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Poor Verity. Forced to repay her cheating ex-boyfriend Beau for their wedding after she jilted him at the altar and trashed the reception, she faces having to sell her home to repay her debts. After accidentally “grounding” Frankie, the ghost of an old mobster, Verity finds that she can see and speak to ghosts. When her ex’s brother, Ellis, asks for her help to get rid of an angry ghost in return for the money to save her house, it’s a deal Verity can’t refuse. When Verity uncovers a decades-old murder, Verity must use her new abilities to track down a killer.
Southern Ghost Hunters is fast becoming my favorite cozy series, with its exciting plots and great characters. I’ve already read two other books in the series, so I finally sat down to see how it all began.
Verity dumps out a vase full of dust, not realizing it’s an urn filled with the last remains of Frankie “The German”, a mobster who was killed 100 years ago. Now Frankie is “grounded” and can’t leave the property unless Verity carries his urn with her. Frankie is able to help Verity see The Other Side and interact with ghosts. Frankie is a real hoot, and the perfect sidekick for Verity. Thanks to him, she manages to find some much needed money for an elderly widow and to put an angry ghost to rest.
I loved the first ghost story line, with Jilted Josephine and her poltergeist mother. I would’ve liked to have seen Verity go back and help them more, maybe that will come in a later book. It just made me sad that poor Josephine is still locked in her room. *sigh*
The second ghost story line, helping her ex’s brother, Ellis, get rid of the angry ghost that’s destroying his work to restore an old distillery, was very exciting. I loved the Colonel, I wavered between thinking he was protecting Verity and attacking her. The story behind the poltergeist was tragic (like Josephine!) and I really felt for the poor ghostie. I’d be mad too, if that happened to me!
Overall, Southern Spirits is a a real page-turner; fun, exciting and addicting. I definitely recommend this series as a must read for fans of paranormal and/or cozy mysteries.
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