Deader Homes and Gardens (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #4) by Angie Fox
Read: 24th – 26th September 2018
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
…So what’s this book about?
Deader Homes and Gardens is a paranormal novel (approximately 211 pages) that is often placed in the ‘cozy mystery’ genre and is the fourth book in Ms Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series; currently 7 novels and 3 novellas. This ghostly murder mystery tale is set in modern America – Sugarland, Tennessee to be exact – and features the town’s residents, both living and deceased.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know, I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
**USA TODAY Bestselling Series!**
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?
Click to read my reviews for this fabulous series; Southern Spirits (Book #1), The Skeleton in the Closet (Book #2), The Haunted Heist (Book #3) or by searching the tag #Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series
…So, what did I like about it?
I bought Deader Homes and Gardens on Kindle and added the audio version because it was offered at a reduced rate. I alternated between reading the kindle version and listening to the story on Audible before bed, which is becoming my favourite way to “read” a book.
I love Angie Fox’s writing style; I find her books very easy to read and I like the way she weaves all the elements of her stories together – the mystery, the strained relationship between Verity and the rest of the townsfolk of Sugarland, Verity’s financial struggles and, of course, the ghosts and their issues. As a narrated book, again I was impressed with Tavia Gilbert’s performance; loving the pace at which she read the story and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.
I loved that the characters, both living and dead, were complex and multi-dimensional with their own stories, agendas and personalities. As my regular followers will know, I prefer to read stories with intelligent, witty heroines who have plenty of gumption and resilience and who never give up. Verity is fantastic; she’s loyal, funny, has a strong sense of moral obligation to help others (dead or living) and I love that, against all the odds, she’s resilient enough to give her romantic life with hunky Ellis Wydell a fair shot too.
I really liked that there were plenty of twist, turns and red herrings to satisfy my inner Sherlock Holmes and keep my little grey cells busy – I love it when authors can surprise me.
Although I wouldn’t class this as a romance novel, I enjoyed how the relationship between Verity and Ellis has continued to develop throughout this series; the pace feels very natural and realistic. Ellis is definitely one of my book-boyfriends. *swoon*
OK, for a “cozy” mystery this book has a definite “gothic horror” feel; I found some scenes quite frightening, there are plenty of tense moments and I think I actually held my breath for a few pages too – scary! I would like to add that I usually work out the ‘who dun it’ aspect in cozy books before the big reveal at the end too but that wasn’t the case here and I loved that! But rest assured, dear reader, it’s not all bumps, jumps and scares, there are many funny, light-hearted moments too and even a few romantic scenes that’ll just melt your heart.
…So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
I loved every page, hence the 5 star rating.
…So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved this story, although I feel it’s more Gothic horror than cozy mystery, it has everything that I look for in a 5 star story; I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat (I was even scared at times) – I was gripped! Murder, mystery, humour and a cute romance what more could a girl want!
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys ‘cozy mysteries’ with a paranormal focus. We get a sneaky teaser from the next book in the series Sweet Tea and Spirits; which is already on my Kindle waiting patiently.
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