Flora Reviews… Pecan Pies and Dead Guys (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #7) by Angie Fox
Quote from Pecan Pies and Dead Guys
(had to find a quote featuring my favourite character, Lucy the skunk)
“August in Sugarland Tennessee, meant hot, humid days, beautiful pink and white bougainvillaea in full bloom, and last but not least, a mischievous skunk – 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
What’s Pecan Pies and Dead Guys about?
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Title: Pecan Pies and Dead Guys by Angie Fox
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #7
Published by Moose Island Books, Self-Published on 18 September, 2018
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 9 hours 6 minutes
No. of Pages: 314
A warm and witty paranormal cozy mystery!
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?
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository*
Read: 9th – 11th April 2019
Publication Date: 18th September 2018
I bought Pecan Pies and Dead Guys for my Kindle and added the narration because it was offered at a reduced rate. Reading along to the narration has become my favourite way to get lost in the story.
What did I like about Pecan Pies and Dead Guys?
I find Angie Fox’s books very easy to read and love her writing style. The way she weaves all the elements of her stories together is wonderful. The mystery and the ghosts and their issues plays centre stage. However, the strained relationship between Verity and the rest of the townsfolk of Sugarland who are loyal to the Wydell family is always there in the background. Causing Verity no end of troubles.
Tavia Gilbert is a wonderful narrator who transports me into each scene.
As a narrated book, again I was impressed with Tavia Gilbert’s performance. I love the pace at which she read the story, the way she added emotional inflection to the sad, funny or tense scenes. Plus her tonal adjustments for the dialogue between the characters bring conversations to life.
Verity is the epitome of a fantastic heroine for me.
As my regular followers will know, I prefer to read stories where the protagonist has certain traits. The heroine must be intelligent, witty, have plenty of gumption, resilience and who never gives up. Verity’s loyal, funny and has a strong sense of moral obligation to help others (dead or living). 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 loved that the characters, both living and dead, were complex and multifaceted, all having their own stories, agendas and personalities.
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.
Was there anything I disliked about Pecan Pies and Dead Guys?
Nope 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. Ms Fox weaves any relevant information into this story beautifully. I’d 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. Therefore, no nasty cliffhangers. Woop! Woop!
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 Shhh!). In short, I was gripped! Murder, mystery, humour and a sprinkling of romance what more could a girl want!
I’d recommend Pecan Pies and Dead Guys to anyone who enjoys ‘cosy mysteries’ with a paranormal focus.
I’ve already pre-ordered the next book in the series The Mint Julip Murders and am waiting patiently for it to appear on my Kindle.
Has my review of PECAN PIES AND DEAD GUYS (SOUTHERN GHOST HUNTER MYSTERIES #7) encouraged you to find out more? I really hope so, it’s a great read. Just click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the series and its author.
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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I love Tavia’s narrations for this series, so here’s her bio too.
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