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A Ghostly Murder
Ghostly Southern #4
Tonya Kappes

Witness Impulse (Harper Collins)
September 29, 2015 / ISBN 978-0062374936
Cozy Mystery/Supernatural/Ghosts

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Emma Lee Raines runs a mortuary, Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, that's been handed down from her grandmother, then her parents, to her and her sister. Emma also has an unusual knack of seeing the ghosts of dead people, especially those buried through the family mortuary. That's why Emma is so surprised when the ghost of Mamie Sue Preston suddenly appears sitting on her gravestone, asking for Emma's help to prove she was murdered. It wouldn't hurt if Emma can find Mamie's false teeth first, though, and place them in the grave to please Mamie, the town's richest woman. That's a definite motive for murder, and Emma realizes she doesn't have much choice. It's up to Emma to ferret out the clues to who and why of Mamie's murder. Unfortunately, the more she uncovers, the more suspects are revealed.

Emma's beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, knows that Emma is a "Betweener" - she sees and helps ghosts reach the other side. Unfortunately, Emma often gets into situations that are far too dangerous for his liking. Though he tries his best to keep Emma safe, just like him, once she sniffs out a clue, she won't let go, especially when she meets another murdered ghost and realizes the similarity in the two deaths.

Tonya Kappes has drawn an exquisite picture of the small southern town of Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, replete with an atmosphere of greed, envy, revenge, retribution and an especially tasty plot that twists and turns and entertains until the surprising, satisfying end. Wonderful characters and hidden secrets slowly unraveled made this a real winner for me. While this is the fourth book in the series, it stands alone as a lively, entertaining read, filled with just the right tough of southern charm, dark secrets and tingling romance.

Reviews of other titles in this series

A Ghostly Grave #2
A Ghostly Demise #3
A Ghotsly Murder #4

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2015