The Mint Julep Murders (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #8) by Angie Fox
Read: 4th – 6th May 2019
Publication Date: 25th April 2019
Quote from The Mint Julep Murders
““We used to have a guy in our gang who joked like you.”
“Oh, yeah?” I asked, intrigued. Frankie didn’t like to talk about his past. Maybe he was starting to trust me more.
“Yeah,” Frankie said. “I shot him.”
Maybe we still had a way to go.”
Overall Rating: 5/5 – Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
The Mint Julep Murders is a cozy paranormal novel (approximately 270 pages) and is the eighth book in Ms Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series; currently 8 novels and 3 novellas. 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:
For Southern girl Verity Long, friendship means sitting down to stories and sweet tea on the front porch. For her gangster ghost housemate, it means dragging Verity out to a remote haunted asylum during a raging thunderstorm to do a favor for a long-dead mob boss.
But Verity is always ready to help out a friend, even one as eternally eccentric as Frankie. And in the case of Mint Julep Manor, the stakes are too high to refuse. The criminally insane mob boss holds a secret to Frankie’s past, one that might set Frankie free. Do the favor—survive the favor—and they might change Frankie’s afterlife for good. Fail, and they might never leave the asylum.
You don’t need to read any of the previous books in this series to enjoy The Mint Julep Murders 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 life or death 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), Pecan Pies and Dead Guys (Book #7) or by searching the tag #Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series
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 prejudice Verity’s ghost whispering brings out, 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.
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 not only weather the storm of being with her ex-fiancé’s brother hunky Ellis Wydell – they do make a wonderful couple – but to continue with her ghost hunting business, even when faced with impossible odds.
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.
Although I wouldn’t class The Mint Julep Murders as a romance novel, there are definitely relationship/romance elements. I enjoyed how the relationship between Verity and Ellis has continued to develop throughout this series and the revelations in this book; the pace feels very natural and realistic. Ellis is definitely one of my book-boyfriends and a great partner to have watching your back. *swoon*
OK, for a “cozy” mystery this book has a definite “horror” feel, I mean c’mon the story is set in an old abandoned mental hospital; I did find some scenes quite frightening, there are plenty of tense moments and I think I actually held my breath for a page or two on more than a few occasions – goose bump scary!
I would like to add that I usually work out the ‘who dun it’ aspect in cozy books before the big reveal at the end but that wasn’t the case here, lots of second guessing and I loved that uncertainty! But rest assured, dear reader, it’s not all bumps, jumps and scares, there are funny, light-hearted moments too, some rather moving scenes and even a bit of romance that’ll just melt your heart.
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 The Mint Julep Murders 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!
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.
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