Flora Reviews… Sweet Tea and Spirits (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #5) by Angie Fox
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
What’s Sweet Tea and Spirits about?
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Title: Sweet Tea and Spirits by Angie Fox
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #5
Published by Moose Island Books on 25 April, 2017
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 7 hours 17 minutes
No. of Pages: 248
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.
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Audiobooks.com*
Read: 6th – 9th December 2018
Publication Date: 22nd April 2017
I bought Sweet Tea and Spirits for my Kindle and added the narration. 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 flexibility is becoming my favourite way to “read” a book.
What did I like about Sweet Tea and Spirits?
I love Angie Fox’s writing style and 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 twists, 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 ‘whodunit’ aspect in cosy 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.
Was there anything I disliked about Sweet Tea and Spirits?
I loved every page, hence the 5 star rating.
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 Sweet Tea and Spirits 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.
Has my review of SWEET TEA AND SPIRITS (SOUTHERN GHOST HUNTER MYSTERIES #5) encouraged you to find out more? I hope so. Click on any of the links to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about Angie Fox and her fabulous series.
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 Sweet Tea and Spirits.
I really LOVE this cosy paranormal mystery series. So, 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,