Monday, May 11, 2015

Review: A Ghostly Undertaking by Tonya Kappes

Publication Date: 4/24/2015

Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #1
Rating: 4 Stars

Official Blurb:

Another day. Another funeral. Another ghost. Another average day in the life of young funeral home director, Emma Lee Raines. After a perilous run-in with a plastic Santa Claus, Emma Lee, co-owner of Eternal Slumber Funeral Home in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, sees the ghost of town gossip Ruthie Sue Payne, who is proving to be a real pain, more so in death than while living. Recently deceased, Ruthie reveals to Emma Lee that her demise wasn't caused by accidentally falling down the steps at the Sleepy Hollow Inn as everyone believes—she was pushed...murdered. In order for the ghost to cross over—and for Emma Lee to be rid of Ruthie for good—she must find a desperate killer...or risk being haunted forever. 

Emma Raines is far from your average girl. She’s a funeral home beautician that can see ghosts after a hit to the noggin’ from Santa Clause. These ghosts seem to think it’s her job to solve their murders and they won’t leave her alone until she does. Ruthie Payne is the ghost story children talk about in Sleep Hollow, KY. Yet for Emma, she’s not just local folklore, but a ghost who is breathing down her neck about her murder. Emma has two choices, solve Ruthie’s murder or be haunted forever by the town gossip who won’t shut up.

A Ghostly Undertaking is a fast paced humor filled story. The murder mystery aspect to the plot almost makes it feel like you’re a playing a literary game of clue as you read through the novel. It’s a truly different kind of read for PNR fans. The best part of this book for me as a reader besides the humor is the southern charm. Kappes’ writing style lets Emma’s southern hospitably drip into the reader’s heart with every page. Being raised by a southerner myself, I respect the amount of detail she uses when it comes to the southern way of life. This charming little charm will keep readers engaged and on the edge of their favorite reading spot until the end.

I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

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