Flora Reviews… Deader Homes and Gardens (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #4) by Angie Fox
What’s Deader Homes and Gardens about?
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Title: Deader Homes and Gardens by Angie Fox
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #4
Published by Moose Island Books on 11 October, 2016
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 6 hours 43 minutes
No. of Pages: 210
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?
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Audiobooks.com*
Read: 24th – 26th September 2018
I bought Deader Homes and Gardens on Kindle and added the audio version. It was offered at a reduced rate and who can resist a bargain, right?! I alternated between reading on my kindle and listening on Audible (usually before bed). This duality is becoming my favourite way to “read” a book.
What did I like about Deader Homes and Gardens?
I love Angie Fox’s writing style and find her books very easy to read. The way she weaves all the elements of her stories together is wonderful and seamless. The mystery, the strained relationship between Verity and the rest of the townsfolk of Sugarland and Verity’s continued financial struggles. Plus, we have the ghosts and all their issues thrown into the mix!
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 love it when authors can surprise me.
I really liked that there were plenty of twists, turns and red herrings. My inner Sherlock Holmes was satisfied and my little grey cells were kept busy. I’d like to add that I usually work out the ‘whodunit’ aspect in cosy books before the big reveal. However, that wasn’t the case here and I loved that!
I wouldn’t class Deader Homes and Gardens as a romance novel.
However, I enjoyed how the relationship between Verity and Ellis continued to develop through this book. 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! 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.
Was there anything I disliked about Deader Homes and Gardens?
I loved every page, hence the 5-star rating.
Basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved this story. At times it feels more Gothic horror than cosy mystery. However, it has everything that I look for in a 5-star story and gave me all the feels I crave. I laughed, cried, 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’d recommend Deader Homes and Gardens to anyone who enjoys ‘cosy mysteries’ with a paranormal focus. We get a sneaky teaser from the next book in the series Sweet Tea and Spirits too. It’s already on my Kindle waiting patiently. 😉
Has my review of DEADER HOMES AND GARDENS (SOUTHERN GHOST HUNTER MYSTERIES #4) sparked your interest? Click on any of my links to check it out yourself. Keep reading to find out more about this series and Angie Fox herself.
Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries
The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries sits comfortably in the ‘cozy mystery’ genre. Although, some of the ghostly scenes feel less than cosy. 😉 This murder mystery series is set in modern America – Sugarland, Tennessee to be exact – and features the town’s residents, both living and deceased. Each book contains a new self-contained mystery for our heroine, Verity, to solve.
Books in the Series
If you haven’t read any of the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries books yet, it’s never too late to start your adventure. Read my thoughts on each one or buy them for yourself using the links below.
- Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #1) (2015)
- A Ghostly Gift (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #1.5) (2015)
- The Skeleton in the Closet (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #2) (2015)
- Ghost of a Chance (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #2.5) (2016)
- The Haunted Heist (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #3) (2016)
- Deader Homes and Gardens (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #4) (2016)
- Dog Gone Ghost (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #4.5) (2017)
- Sweet Tea and Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #5) (2017)
- Murder on the Sugarland Express (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #6) (2017)
- Pecan Pies and Dead Guys (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #7) (2018)
- The Mint Julep Murders (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #8) (2019)
- The Ghost of Christmas Past (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #8.5) (2019)
- Southern Bred and Dead (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #9) (2020)
- The Haunted Homecoming (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #10) (2021)
Buy Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries in print, ebook and audio formats.
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Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and reading this review. I hope I’ve persuaded you to buy Deader Homes and Gardens.
I really LOVE this cosy paranormal mystery series. I’ve added Angie Fox to my favourite amazing authors’ page. Have you read any of her books? Drop me a comment below.
Bye for now,