Pecan Pies and Dead Guys (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #7) by Angie Fox
Read: 9th – 11th April 2019
Publication Date: 18th September 2018
Quote from Pecan Pies and Dead Guys
“August in Sugarland Tennessee, meant hot, humid days, beautiful pink and white bougainvillea in full bloom, and last but not least, a mischievous skink – one who liked to roam the great outdoors instead of staying inside at this time of year.
I could hardly keep her inside. My little girl was on the prowl for young skunks leaving the nest. In Lucy’s mind, those boys had no manners, and she liked to run them off whenever they wandered too close to her favourite hiding spot under the porch.”
Overall Rating: 5/5 – Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
So what’s this book about?
Pecan Pies and Dead Guys is a cozy paranormal novel (approximately 331 pages) and is the seventh book in Ms Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series; currently 7 novels and 3 novellas with book 8 – The Mint Julip Murders – being released at the end of April 2019. This ghostly murder mystery series 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:
Sometimes Verity Long would like to forget that she lives with the ghost of a 1920s gangster. But the reluctant housemates must once again work together when a dead detective blackmails Frankie into helping him solve a Great Gatsby-era cold case. Before she can say “bathtub gin,” Verity is dragged straight into a raging, otherworldly house party. Worse, every guest is hiding something.
Meanwhile, Ellis Wydell, Verity’s living, breathing boyfriend needs Verity’s help with a police case of his own. After a dead body is discovered near the pecan orchard, Verity gives her insights, thinking her job is done. But when mysterious pecan pies start arriving at her house, she wonders who might be thanking her… or stalking her.
Between hard-living ghosts and sugar-laden desserts, Verity has her work cut out for her. But will she uncover the secrets behind the pecan pies and dead guys? Or has she stumbled upon a recipe for disaster?
You don’t need to read any of the previous books in this series to enjoy Pecan Pies and Dead Guys as Ms Fox weaves any relevant information into this story beautifully. I would also like to confirm that, as with all of the books in this series, the murder mystery aspect in the story – both living and ghostly – is concluded by the end of the book, so no nasty cliffhangers. Woop! Woop!
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), Sweet Tea and Spirits (Book #5) Murder on the Sugarland Express (Book #6) or by searching the tag #Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series
So, what did I like about it?
I bought Pecan Pies and Dead Guys for my Kindle and added the audio version because it was offered at a reduced rate; I found myself reading along to the narration which has become my favourite way to get lost in the story.
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 who are loyal to the Wydell family 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, the way she added emotional inflection to the sad , funny or tense scenes and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue between the characters.
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, resilience and who never give up. Verity is the epitome of a fantastic heroine for me; 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 weather the storm of being with her ex-fiancé’s brother hunky Ellis Wydell. They do make a wonderful couple.
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. Ms Fox admits that she loves Agatha Christie novels and in my opinion the 1930’s murder mystery at the Adair estate is paying fitting homage to the queen of mystery.
Although I wouldn’t class Pecan Pies and Dead Guys as a romance novel, there are definitely romantic elements. 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 should 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 way 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.
I don’t think that you need to read any of the previous books in this series to enjoy Pecan Pies and Dead Guys as Ms Fox weaves any relevant information into this story beautifully. I would also like to confirm that, as with all of the books in this series, the murder mystery aspect in the story – both living and ghostly – is concluded by the end of the book too, so no nasty cliffhangers. Woop! Woop!
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I really loved this story, although some of the 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 sprinkling of romance what more could a girl want!
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys ‘cozy mysteries’ with a paranormal focus. I have already pre-ordered the next book in the series The Mint Julip Murders and am waiting patiently for it to appear on my Kindle.
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