A Ghostly Demise
Ghostly Southern Mystery, # 3
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Date of Publication: August 25, 2015
Number of pages: 288
The prodigal father returns—but this ghost is no holy spiritIn the third book in the Ghostly Southern Mysteries series by Tonya Kappes, Emma Lee Raines is finally starting to get a handle on her "Betweener" skills. Emma has successfully sent off two different ghosts to the great beyond, as well as snared the interest of her long term crush - the local Sheriff, Jack Henry, who knows and accepts that she can communicate with the dead. Now if only the town would stop jumping to the diagnosis of 'Funeral Trauma' every time she acts a little weird (like while talking to a ghost), her life would be going well.
When she runs into her friend's deadbeat dad at the local deli, undertaker Emma Lee Raines can't wait to tell Mary Anna Hardy that he's back in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, after five long years. Cephus Hardy may have been the town drunk, but he didn't disappear on an epic bender like everyone thought: He was murdered. And he's heard that Emma Lee's been helping lost souls move on to that great big party in the sky.
Why do ghosts always bother Emma Lee at the worst times? Her granny's mayoral campaign is in high gear, a carnival is taking over the town square, and her hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, is stuck wrestling runaway goats. Besides, Cephus has no clue whodunit…unless it was one of Mrs. Hardy's not-so-secret admirers. All roads lead Emma Lee to that carnival—and a killer who isn't clowning around.
Emma Lee would like a break from dealing with the ghosts of murdered townsfolk. But they just keep passing her name on to the next ghost, leaving her to help them find out the whodunit of their murder. And for such a quiet, unassuming town like Sleepy Hollow, apparently there is much more going on than meets the eye, especially with all the suspects in Cephus' disappearance and murder.
I can't help but like the way Jack Henry handles things with Emma Lee. Here is a man who knows how to work around the weirdness in her life and still manage to get things accomplished. Emma Lee's granny continues to be a larger than life character and a great comedic foil for Emma Lee. Throw in the funeral home rivalry going on with Burns family and it makes for an unconventional small town mystery. I am enjoying my trips to Sleepy Hollow and time spent with this madcap cast of characters and gave this book 3 solid stars.
Thanks to Edelweiss and Witness for the opportunity to read and review the book.