Flora Reviews… The Skeleton in the Closet (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #2) by Angie Fox
What’s The Skeleton in the Closet about?
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Title: The Skeleton in the Closet by Angie Fox
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #2
Published by Moose Island Books on 26 August, 2015
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 6 hours 43 minutes
No. of Pages: 251
From New York Times bestseller Angie Fox, the second book in the new Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries.
A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone… even a dead someone… must have witnessed the crime.
Her ghostly sidekick Frankie warns her to stay out of it. The very alive, very handsome deputy sheriff, Ellis Wydell, inadvertently places her directly in the middle of it. And her ex-fiancé, Ellis’s brother, is back with an agenda of his own.
Undaunted, Verity presses forward, uncovering scandalous secrets, long-forgotten ghosts, and a shocking trail of clues that places her directly in the path of a killer.
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
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Read: 24th – 29th December 2017
What did I like about The Skeleton in the Closet?
I fell in love with Angie Fox’s writing style after reading Southern Spirits. Her books are very easy to read and 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. The Skeleton in the Closet did not let me down.
I loved that the characters, both living and dead, were complex and multi-dimensional with their own stories, agendas and personalities. The twists and quirks that Ms Fox created in her paranormal world of spirits were fantastic. I loved that the town of Sugarland is steeped with history and charm; the scenes are so well described, that I was easily transported there.
I prefer to read stories with intelligent, witty heroines. Females who have plenty of gumption and resilience. Protagonists who never give up. Verity is the perfect leading lady, she ticks all my boxes.
I wouldn’t class The Skeleton in the Closet as a romance novel. However, I enjoyed how the friendship between Verity and Ellis continues to build and develop throughout this book. The pace feels very natural and realistic. I can imagine that the romance between Verity and Ellis will continue to blossom in future books. I also like the way that Verity’s relationships with the ghosts in Sugarland are portrayed – especially Frankie.
OK, for a cosy mystery this has some wonderfully tense moments. I think I actually held my breath for a few pages – scary! I usually work out the ‘who dun it’ aspect in cosy books before the big reveal at the end too. However, that wasn’t the case here and I loved that!
Was there anything I disliked about it?
No, not a thing.
Basically, what I’m saying is…
I really loved this book; although it’s a quick read, it doesn’t lack depth! The Skeleton in the Closet has everything that I look for in a 5-star book. It gave me all the feels; I laughed, cried, was on the edge of my seat (I was even a bit scared at times), and was gripped! Murder, mystery, humour and a cute romance what more could a girl want!
I’d recommend The Skeleton in the Closet to anyone who enjoys ‘cozy mysteries’ with a paranormal focus. We get a sneaky teaser from the next book in the series The Haunted Heist; which is already added to my Amazon wish list.
Has my review of THE SKELETON IN THE CLOSET (SOUTHERN GHOST HUNTER MYSTERIES #2) sparked your interest? Click on any of the links to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries 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 The Skeleton in the Closet.
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,