Sweet Tea and Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #5) by Angie Fox
Read: 6th – 9th December 2018
Publication Date: 22nd April 2017
Quote from Sweet Tea and Spirits
“They say you know a ghost is near when bloodhounds howl in the night or when you see a flickering shadow out of the corner of your eye. But as I leaned against the white painted rail of my back porch, I knew a ghost lingered behind me because he couldn’t stop talking about his poker hand”
Overall Rating: 5/5 – Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
So what’s this book about?
Sweet Tea and Spirits is a paranormal novel (approximately 248 pages) that is often placed in the ‘cozy mystery’ genre and is the fifth 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 that 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 girl Verity Long is about as high society as her pet skunk. Which is why she’s surprised as anyone when the new head of the Sugarland social set invites her to join the “it” girls. But this is no social call. Verity’s new client needs her to go in undercover and investigate strange happenings at the group’s historic headquarters.
But while spirits are whispering hints of murder, the socialites are more focused on Verity’s 1978, avocado-green Cadillac. And when Verity stumbles upon a fresh body, she’s going to need the long-dead citizens of Sugarland to help her solve the crime. Good thing she has the handsome deputy sheriff Ellis Wydell on hand, as well as her ghostly sidekick Frankie. The bad thing is, the ghosts are now whispering about the end of a certain ghost hunter.
I am working my way through the whole series, click the titles below to read my reviews; Southern Spirits (Book #1), The Skeleton in the Closet (Book #2), The Haunted Heist (Book #3), Deader Homes and Gardens (Book #4), Dog Gone Ghost (Novella #4.5) or by searching the tag #Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series
So, what did I like about it?
I bought Sweet Tea and Spirits on Kindle and added the audio version because it was offered at a reduced rate. I alternated between reading and listening to the narration 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. 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 multifaceted, all having 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 is 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 continue her romantic life with hunky Ellis Wydell and give her new ghost hunting business a shot too.
I really liked that there were plenty of twist, turns and red herrings to satisfy my Miss Marple tendencies and keep my little grey cells busy – I love it when authors can surprise me and this book surprised me on more than a couple of occasions.
Although I wouldn’t class Sweet Tea and Spirits 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, I admit that 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 usually work out the ‘who dun it’ aspect in cozy books before the big reveal 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 plenty of 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 some of the more ghostly scenes were less than cozy. 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) in short, 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 Murder on the Sugarland Express which I’ve already added to my Amazon wish list.
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