Hello, fellow audiobook fans. It’s day 18 of 🎃 31 Days of Halloween 🎃 my version of #Blogtober. Today, I’m sharing an audiobook review for Southern Bred and Dead written by Angie Fox and narrated by Tavia Gilbert. This is the ninth audiobook in Angie’s cozy paranormal mystery series, Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries.
What’s Southern Bred and Dead about?
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Title: Southern Bred and Dead by Angie Fox
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #9
Published by Audible Studios on 20 October 2020
Genres: Amateur Sleuth, Cozy Paranormal Mystery, Ghost, Women Sleuths
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 9 hours 15 minutes
A haunted church. A ghastly death. Can Verity clear up the case before she’s buried way over her head?
Verity Long would really like a day off. Between uncovering the culprit who capped her gangster ghost housemate and dodging the bomb her boyfriend just dropped on their relationship, her spiritual calling has gotten complicated. But when she steps out for a little fun at a church fundraiser, she has another mystery on her hands when a family friend plunges from the bell tower.
With her pet skunk and a spectral mobster buddy in tow, Verity charges back into the world of furious phantoms. But as she follows a shocking trail of clues through a dangerous speakeasy, a possessed movie theatre, and a spooky mob safehouse, she could end up sleeping with the ghostly fishes.
Can Verity lay everything to rest before a mysterious murderer reads her last rites?
Rating: clean and wholesome
Paranormal cozy mystery romance (with a cute pet skunk!)
©2020 Angie Fox (P)2020 Audible, Inc.
Review Format: Audiobook
Purchase Links: Amazon* ¦ Audible*
Listened To: 25th – 28th August 2021
You don’t need to read any of the previous books in this series to enjoy Southern Bred and Dead but it would be helpful. Angie 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!
What did I think about it?
A Frightenly Good Murder Mystery 👻
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.
Tavia Gilberts is a wonderful voice actor.
Tavia’s performance was once again impressive. I like the pace at which she read this story and was blown away by how much energy and emotion her performance contained. She adds all the appropriate inflexions to the sad, funny or tense scenes. Tavia created many voices for all the southern folk in this story which were subtly different, meaning that I wasn’t ever confused as to who was speaking during the various conversations. Plus, each voice she created seemed to suit the characteristics of each one to perfection. Tavia’s narration increased rather than diminished my enjoyment of this story.
There’s a fantastic array of characters in this story.
I loved that the characters, both living and dead, were complex and multifaceted. All having their own stories, agendas and personalities. Some are wonderfully warm and kind-hearted while others are funny and feisty in equal measures. Plus of course, there are a few that I just love to hate. Verity’s pet skunk, Lucy, is adorable 💚 🦨 and Frankie is a fabulously incorrigible character – I loved his emotional journey through this story.
Verity is the epitome of a fantastic heroine for me.
She’s loyal, funny and has a strong sense of moral obligation to help others (dead or living). Ellis Wydell is definitely one of my book-boyfriends and a great partner to have to watch your back. I’ve enjoyed watching their relationship blossom and grow during this series, however, their relationship was really put to the test in this story.
A great mystery to sink my teeth into.
We have a couple of mysteries to solve in this story and I enjoyed the journey Angie took me on. I loved all the twists, turns, revelations and red herrings. My Miss Marple tendencies were satisfied and my little grey cells kept busy. I love it when authors can surprise me and Southern Bred and Dead did on more than a couple of occasions.
OK, for a “cosy” mystery this book has a definite “horror” feel, I mean c’mon haunted church, people!! *shiver* I did find some scenes quite frightening, there are plenty of tense moments and I think I actually held my breath on more than a few occasions – goosebumps scary! Plus, I’d like to add that I usually work out the ‘who dun it’ aspect in cosy books before the big reveal at the end. However, that wasn’t the case here; lots of second-guessing and I loved all the uncertainty!
I really loved Southern Bred and Dead, although some of the scenes were less than cosy.
It has everything that I look for in a 5-star story. Rest assured, dear reader, it’s not all bumps, jumps and scares, there are funny, light-hearted moments too. Plus, some rather moving scenes and even a bit of romance that’ll just melt your heart.
Murder, mystery, humour and a sprinkling of romance what more could a girl want!
I’d recommend Southern Bred and Dead to anyone who enjoys cosy mysteries with a paranormal focus.
Has my review of SOUTHERN BRED AND DEAD (SOUTHERN GHOST HUNTER MYSTERIES #9) encouraged you to find out more? I bet it has! 😉 Click on any of the links to check it out yourself.
Keep reading to find out more about Angie Fox. But first, let me tell you about the 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.
Amazon* ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository*
Now as promised, here is Angie’s bio and social media links.
And because this is a review for an audiobook, here is Tavia’s bio and links too.
Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about Southern Bred and Dead. Have you read this one or any others by Angie Fox? Are there any of Tavia Gilbert’s narrations in your collection? Drop a comment below so we can compare notes.
Angie is great at writing cosy paranormal mysteries. Before you go, find out why I love this cosy genre so much.
Bye for now,