Flora Reviews… Southern Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #1) by Angie Fox
What’s Southern Spirits about?
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Title: Southern Spirits by Angie Fox
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #1
Published by Self-Published on 21 January, 2015
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 7 hours 33 minutes
No. of Pages: 320
When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability to see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.
Ellis Wydell is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity put an end to the disturbances. But soon Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms.
There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn't above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Audiobooks.com*
Read: 10th – 11th July 2017
Audiobook: 15th July 2020
I was lucky enough to find this book for free from Amazon UK – what a bargain!!
What did I like about Southern Spirits?
Angie Fox is a new-to-me author and I really liked her writing style. I found this book very easy to read. I liked the way she wove all the elements of this story together. The mystery, the strained relationship between Verity and the rest of the townsfolk of Sugarland, Verity’s financial struggle to save her family home and, of course, the ghosts and their issues. Usually, I work out the mystery in these sorts of books before the big reveal at the end but that wasn’t the case with this one and I loved that!
I love a well-rounded story: Southern Spirits had it all.
The characters, both living and dead, were complex and multi-dimensional with their own stories, which was fantastic. I liked the twists and quirks that Ms Fox created in her paranormal world of spirits. Plus the fictional town of Sugarland was also richly drawn; steeped with history and charm and so well described, I was easily transported there.
I prefer to read stories with intelligent, witty heroines who have plenty of gumption and resilience and who never give up. Our leading lady here does not disappoint.
Although I wouldn’t class this as a romance novel, I enjoyed how the friendship between Verity and Ellis (and Frankie) builds throughout this book. The pace felt very natural and realistic and I can imagine that a romance between Verity and Ellis will blossom in future books.
Was there anything I disliked about it?
Basically, what I’m saying is…
I really loved this book and although it’s a quick read it doesn’t lack depth! Southern Spirits had me gripped. I had to see what would happen next, thinking just one more page or just this chapter.
2020 Audiobook Update:
I’ve been listening to more audiobooks this year so downloaded the Audible narration which I thoroughly enjoyed too. As a narrated book, I was impressed with Tavia Gilbert’s performance. Loving the pace at which she read the story and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue. Therefore, I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.
I’d recommend Southern Spirits to anyone who enjoys ‘cozy mysteries’ with a paranormal focus. We get a sneaky teaser from the next book in the series The Skeleton in the Closet. I’ve already added the rest of the series to my Amazon wish list.
Has my review of SOUTHERN SPIRITS (SOUTHERN GHOST HUNTER MYSTERIES #1) sparked your interest? Click on any of the links to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about this 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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Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and reading this review. I hope I’ve persuaded you to buy Southern Spirits.
I really LOVE this series. Angie Fox is one of the amazing authors on my favourites’ page. Have you read any of her books? Drop me a comment below.
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