Flora Reviews… The Haunted Heist (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #3) by Angie Fox
What’s The Haunted Heist about?
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Title: The Haunted Heist by Angie Fox
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #3
Published by Moose Island Books on 17 March, 2016
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes
No. of Pages: 264
Just because she can see the dead doesn’t mean Verity Long wants to spend her days hunting ghosts. Instead, she’s over the moon to land a marketing job at the local bank… until she finds her new boss dead in the vault. Even her ghost friend, Frankie, knows that's no way to start a career.
Relieved to let the police take charge, Verity steps aside, bound and determined to keep her ghost sightings to herself. But when she learns the main suspect in the murder is a very crooked, very dead mobster, Verity knows it's up to her to solve the case.
She teams up with her ghostly gangster buddy Frankie, as well as the irresistible and charming Ellis, as the three of them search haunted mob hideouts, hidden passageways, and historic cemeteries for the facts behind the heist of the century—and a modern-day motive for murder.
Too bad uncovering the truth could very well make Verity the next victim...
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Audiobooks.com*
Read: 16th – 17th August 2018
I bought The Haunted Heist for my Kindle at the beginning of the summer. Then added the narration because it was offered at a reduced rate. I alternated between reading the kindle version and listening to the narration. It’s the first time I’ve done that but it won’t be the last. 😉
What did I like about The Haunted Heist?
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 and Verity’s financial struggles. Then, of course, she adds in the ghosts and their issues into the mix.
I loved that the characters, both living and dead, were complex and multi-dimensional. Each with their own stories, agendas and personalities.
As my regular followers will know, I prefer to read stories with intelligent, witty heroines. Women who have plenty of gumption and resilience. Protagonists who never give up. I’m full of admiration for Verity. She’s loyal and funny. However, I really love that, against the odds, Verity’s resilience shines through.
I wouldn’t put the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series in the romance genre. However, I am enjoying how the relationship between Verity and Ellis continues to develop with each book. I’ve no doubt that their romance will not be an easy ride. However, I’m looking forward to seeing where Angie takes them.
I enjoy mystery stories but usually work out the ‘whodunit’ in cosy books before the big reveal.
However, I loved that this didn’t happen reading The Haunted Heist. There were plenty of twists, turns and red herrings to satisfy my inner Miss Marple. My little grey cells were kept busy reading this story. Kudos to Angie for keeping me guessing!
OK, for a cosy mystery this has some wonderfully tense moments. I actually found myself holding my breath in fear for a few pages too – scary!
I really loved everything about this story and as a narrated book, I was impressed with Tavia Gilbert’s performance; loving her tonal adjustments for the dialogue and the pace at which she read the story. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.
Was there anything I disliked about it?
I loved every page, hence the 5 star rating.
Basically, what I’m saying is…
I really loved this book; it has everything that I look for in a 5-star story. The Haunted Heist gave me all the feels I crave. I laughed, cried, was on the edge of my seat (I was even a bit scared at times). Yes, I was gripped! Murder, mystery, humour and a cute romance what more could a girl want!
I’d recommend The Haunted Heist to anyone who enjoys ‘cosy mysteries’ with a paranormal focus. We get a sneaky teaser from book 3 – Deader Homes & Gardens – which is already on my Kindle waiting patiently. 😉
Has my review of THE HAUNTED HEIST (SOUTHERN GHOST HUNTER MYSTERIES #3) sparked your interest? Click on any of my links to check it out yourself.
Keep reading to find out more about Angie Fox and her Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries 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 The Haunted Heist. 😉
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,