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A Ghostly Mortality
Ghostly Southern Mystery #6
Tonya Kappes

Witness/ HarperCollins
February 28, 2017/ ISBN 9780062466976
Mystery & Detective \ Cozy \ Paranormal

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Emma Lee Raines and her sister, Charlotte, inherited Eternal Rest, a funeral home, from their parents and ran it together until Charlotte left to work at Hargrove’s Funeral Homes. Emma Lee visits her to have Charlotte sign legal papers, but Charlotte deftly avoids signing the papers.

Emma Lee, a “Betweener,” sees ghosts who can’t find rest until she discovers who killed them. As the proprietor of Eternal Slumber, ghosts naturally tend to flock to her. When Emma Lee later sees Charlotte, but others can’t, she realizes that Charlotte has been murdered. Since Charlotte has no memory of the event, Emma Lee copes with her despair and loss as she tries to discover who murdered her sister.

Emma Lee’s beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, knows of Emma Lee’s abilities and cautions her to let him handle the investigation. He knows she often meddles where she shouldn’t and places herself in danger, but this case is too close to home for Emma Lee to ignore, especially with Charlotte constantly by her side.

Once again, Tonya Kappes has written an enjoyable paranormal full of charm, intriguing characters and a solid mystery that kept me hooked to the very last page. The relationship between Emma Lee and Jack Henry is hot, and Emma Lee’s grandmother is truly a funny character. The real charm of this latest release, however, is the growing bond that develops between Emma Lee and Charlotte as they realize the love they will miss when Emma Lee discovers who killed Charlotte.

Tonya Kappes has once again brought us the southern charm of Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, a small town filled with dark secrets, southern hospitality and tingling romance. A Ghostly Mortality is entertaining and chock-full with twists and turns, with wonderful characters and a plot that brought a few tears along with the laughs. I loved it!

Reviews of other titles in this series

A Ghostly Grave #2
A Ghostly Demise #3
A Ghostly Murder #4
A Ghostly Reunion #5

Reviewer's Notes: Tonya Kappes has written more than fifteen novels and four novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Fiery Surrender, Shadow of a Doubt, and Lani's Challenge.
Reviewed 2017