Published by Witness Impulse on Feb 24, 2015
Genres: Adult, Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Format: eARC from Edelweiss
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A funeral, a ghost, a murder . . . It's all in a day's work for Emma Lee Raines . . .
Bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she's suffering from “funeral trauma.” It's trauma all right, because the not-so-dearly departed keep talking to her. Take Ruthie Sue Payne—innkeeper, gossip queen, and arch-nemesis of Emma Lee's granny—she's adamant that she didn't just fall down those stairs. She was pushed.
Ruthie has no idea who wanted her pushing up daisies. All she knows is that she can't cross over until the matter is laid to eternal rest. In the land of the living, Emma Lee's high-school crush, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, isn't ready to rule out foul play. Granny Raines, the widow of Ruthie's ex-husband and co-owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, is the prime suspect. Now Emma Lee is stuck playing detective or risk being haunted forever.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When I first started this book, I found it a bit hard to get into. It didn’t seem to have enough Southern charm, but by the time I reached the halfway point, I was taking back this opinion. it took a bit of time for that charm to unfold, but it did, and it resulted in a delightful story.
There was quite a bit of humour in both Emma Lee and Ruthie’s characters, and I loved the slow connection and almost friendship they developed. The same could be said of Jack Henry too, whose character was very sweet.
The story played out in a quick paced, and quite amusing way, just how I’d expect a cozy mystery to progress, and found myself reading quicker and quicker, trying to see if my guess at the ending was right.
Overall, this was an enjoyable story that took a bit to get into, but was worth it in the end. There was quite a bit of charm and humour in the characters and plot, which made the book a delightful weekend read.