Review of The Skeleton In The Closet

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestseller Angie Fox, the second book in the new Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries

25783149A 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. (Goodreads)

Review:

Verity Long can see ghosts.  It is not an ability that she wants but it is an ability she possesses.  Ever since she accidentally traps a spirit on her property by pouring his ashes in her rose bushes, she can see into the otherworld.  This ability comes in handy when she discovers a dead body in the library.  Wanting to know what happened to the deceased and who committed the crime, she is able to question both the living and the dead.  When someone she cares about is attacked and someone else close to her is arrested for the murder, she knows she has to use any means available to her to solve the crime.  With the help of Frankie, her resident ghost, and Ellis, her exes deputy sheriff brother, they set about attempting to do just that. But there are people, both living and dead, that do not want secrets revealed, and will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried.

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Verity has some problems to deal with, including being the town “bad apple” because of her wealthy ex.  When she finds him with another woman, she calls off the wedding and wants nothing to do with him.  But in the eyes of the town, she is the one that is in the wrong, even though she did not do the cheating.  She also has started to develop feelings for her exes brother, but knows that a relationship with him would be greatly frowned upon.  And then she is dealing with her ghost seeing abilities.  But even with all of these things going on in her life, she is willing to meet any challenge head on.  She is strong willed but vulnerable, honest and loyal.  I really enjoyed meeting her and learning about her life.  Frankie is very gruff and wants to be seen as a tough guy, but he has a soft side when it comes to Verity, even though he would never admitted.  I enjoyed reading about their relationship and their bickering was funny to read.

The mystery is carried on throughout the book and there are many twists and turns to keep Verity and the reader guessing. I loved the paranormal aspect of the book.  Ghost cozies are one of my favorite genres to read and this book took that a little further.    The ghosts in this read are not all nice and angelic, some are downright demonic.  They are a little more hard core than your normal cozy ghost. I really enjoyed that.  I am always looking for these types of books and this book was as good as any other ones that I have read.  I am a new fan of this series.  

Although this is the second book in the series, I did not have any trouble knowing what was going on and enjoying this book immensely.  I found mysel reading as fast as I could to see what would happen next.  I will definitely read the first book in the series because I want to spend more time with all the characters.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  And if you enjoy cozy paranormal, this book is a must read.  

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Season Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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