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Review: Deader Homes and Gardens by Angie Fox

on October 21, 2016

deader-homes-gardensDeader Homes and Gardens (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #4)
Angie Fox
Season Publishing
2016, eBook
Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

Southern belle Verity Long is back in business—as a ghost hunter. Now all she has to do is visit the town’s creepiest mansion and exorcise a family of vengeful spirits. Piece of cake. After all, ghosts love her and need her…that is until she meets the ghosts of Rock Fall mansion. They’ll do anything to keep their murderous secrets hidden within the cliff-side fortress—even if that means getting rid of one meddling ghost hunter.

With the entire town skeptical and scrutinizing her every move, Verity struggles to uncover the century-old mystery behind the house. And when she stumbles upon a very fresh, very dead body, she realizes there’s more to it than she ever imagined. With the help of her sexy cop boyfriend, Ellis, and her ghostly gangster sidekick, Frankie, she braves the overgrown gardens, the desolate family cemetery, and the haunted mansion that have been locked away for generations.

Can Verity unearth the truth before she’s the next one buried on the deadly grounds?

This is such a fun series!

I found the first on NetGalley and to be honest, I can’t say what made me request it because ghosts and the like are usually not my sort of thing. But there was something about it that sounded interesting and I’m super glad I did because I really, really enjoy these books.

Verity accidentally emptied out the ashes of a dead 1920’s gangster named Frankie and in the process she “tethered” him to her property. Now he can’t go anywhere unless Verity takes Frankie’s urn with her. Together they’ve formed a bit of a ghost busting team – Frankie has the ability to let Verity tune in to the supernatural plane, seeing the spirits and even being able to interact with them in a way that other people can’t. Throughout the series they’ve solved a few mysteries, helped some ghosts be reunited and even dealt with a couple of annoyed poltergeists.

Frankie and Verity have such an interesting friendship and it keeps me laughing throughout each installment. Frankie is so frustrated about being dead (and very touchy about how he came to be dead) and he’s kind of unaware that times have moved on. It’s all about underground speakeasys, dames, dolls, bootleg whiskey, poker games and guns. He wants to reconnect with his pals but he generally can’t do that unless Verity takes him somewhere so in this novel he kind of works out a deal whereby if Verity wants his help to solve a case, she has to give him something in return. It’s occasionally a bit fractious but banter aside they are developing a pretty cool connection.

I love the romance in these stories too, although it’s understated and not at all the dominant focus. After a disastrous almost-wedding in which her mother-in-law then stuck her with an enormous bill, Verity was thrown together with her former fiance’s brother Ellis who is also a local officer of the law. The first book is an awesome simmering attraction combined with a mutual dislike and misconception and from that it’s evolved into a comfortable but still complicated-by-various-things relationship. Ellis is a great character – he was incredibly skeptical of Verity at first, his opinion coloured by the events that had taken place. But the more he saw, the more he began to believe her and now he’s her staunchest supporter and is always willing to go along for the ride as back up.

Sometimes these stories actually go in a much darker direction than I expect – I still keep thinking it’ll be super fluffy and light but some of these spirits are tortured and savage souls and it can get pretty tense! I like the way Verity becomes invested in the mysteries – even when it gets scary as all heck and she should probably run away, she can’t bring herself to leave the situation unfinished and she keeps going back in order to sort out the problems best she can. I always look forward to the next installment to see what Verity has got herself into and how her relationship with Ellis is progressing. It’s fun learning more about Frankie and his friends too and I’m so curious about whether or not we’ll find out what actually happened to him.

8/10

Book #185 of 2016

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One response to “Review: Deader Homes and Gardens by Angie Fox

  1. Lily Malone says:

    I’d grab this on the title alone!

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