Genre – Cozy Mysteries
· Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
· Publisher: Witness · ISBN-13: 978-0062374912
The prodigal father returns—but this ghost is no holy spirit
When she runs into her friend's deadbeat dad at the local deli, undertaker Emma Lee Raines can't wait to tell Mary Anna Hardy that he's back in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, after five long years. Cephus Hardy may have been the town drunk, but he didn't disappear on an epic bender like everyone thought: He was murdered. And he's heard that Emma Lee's been helping lost souls move on to that great big party in the sky.
Why do ghosts always bother Emma Lee at the worst times? Her granny's mayoral campaign is in high gear, a carnival is taking over the town square, and her hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, is stuck wrestling runaway goats. Besides, Cephus has no clue whodunit…unless it was one of Mrs. Hardy's not-so-secret admirers. All roads lead Emma Lee to that carnival—and a killer who isn't clowning around.
· Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
· Publisher: Witness
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 0062374931
· ISBN-13: 978-0062374936
Emma Lee raines knows there's only one cure for a bad case of murder
I told you I was sick, reads the headstone above Mamie Sue Preston's grave. She was the richest woman in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, and also the biggest hypochondriac. Ironic, considering someone killed her—and covered it up perfectly. And how does Emma Lee, proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, know all this? Because Mamie Sue's ghost told her, that's how. And she's offering big bucks to find the perp.
The catch is, Mamie Sue was buried by the Raines family's archrival, Burns Funeral Home. Would the Burnses stoop to framing Emma Lee's granny? With an enterprising maid, a penny-pinching pastor, and a slimy Lexington lawyer all making a killing off Mamie Sue's estate, Emma Lee needs a teammate—like her dreamboat boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross. Because with millions at stake, snooping around is definitely bad for Emma Lee's health.
Dueling funeral homes, ghosts who need help finishing business so they can cross over, sibling discontent, a mother who will never approve of any woman who dares date her son, pranks and tricks and no one without secrets.
Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky is the epitome of southern charm and tradition.
The town square reminds me of that in Stars Hollow, home to tv's Gilmore Girls, or Bluebell, Alabama, where Dr. Zoe Hart finds her world upside down.
Emma Lee Raines and her sister, Charlotte Rae Raines, inherited the family business, the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home. Their parents had retired to Florida but grandmother Zula Rae Raines Payne, although retired from the family business and busy with another full time enterprise, continues to stick her nose into the girls' lives and business. "Southern women always wanted to be seen as a lady, but really, we were all nosy."
A feud with the other local funeral business, owned by the man who had defeated Granny Zula Rae for the mayor's job by just two votes is indeed motivation for the feisty elder to remain active.
The thing that makes Emma Lee different from her family is her ability to see and speak with the dead. Not all dead people, just those who have been murdered. This talent/gift/curse has created tension with some townsfolk who suspect she is a little bit crazy. Fortunately for Emma Lee, her hunky, sheriff, boyfriend, the one with the over protective mother, believes in her and her In-Betweener clients.
The ghost of a woman her Grandmother's age insists that Emma Lee help her.
Her main concern is that she was buried without her false teeth.
Knowing that she only sees murdered souls, Emma Lee realises that she must solve the case. Only, Mamie Sue Preston is not willing to give up her secrets to help, acting as if she is protecting someone. Being the "wealthiest woman in Sleepy Hollow," had to be behind her murder. How could Emma Lee dig up more clues? Will Emma Lee survive tracking down a killer?
Tonya Kappes puts the fun into each novel no matter how tense things may seem.
I love her use of "Southernisms" and relational manipulations.
When all the evidence points to one conclusion, be prepared to finally hear a few secrets. (Never all.)
I did receive an advance copy of this book to read and review.
No promises were given about ratings. I can't wait to continue reading the rest of this series.
About The Author –
Tonya Kappes is a USA Today Bestselling Author.
I write fun humorous fiction, some with romance and some with a little mystery.
More than anything I love to connect with readers! I’m a huge fan of them and LOVE getting to know them. Making readers smile, and remembering not to take life too seriously is how I like to write. I’m addicted to coffee, McDonald’s Diet Coke, and Red Hots Candy to keep her going!
When I’m not writing about quirky characters and even quirkier situations, I’m busy being the princess, queen and jester of my domain which includes my BFF husband, three teenage boys, two dogs and one ornery cat.
Website – http://www.tonyakappes.com/