The Haunted Heist
Southern Ghost Mysteries, Book #3
Just because she can see the dead doesn’t mean Verity Long wants to spend her days hunting ghosts. Instead, she’s over the moon to land a marketing job at the local bank…until she finds her new boss dead in the vault. Even her ghost friend, Frankie, knows that’s no way to start a career.
Relieved to let the police take charge, Verity steps aside, bound and determined to keep her ghost sightings to herself. But when she learns the main suspect in the murder is a very crooked, very dead mobster, Verity knows it’s up to her to solve the case.
She teams up with her ghostly gangster buddy Frankie, as well as the irresistible and charming Ellis, as the three of them search haunted mob hideouts, hidden passageways, and historic cemeteries for the facts behind the heist of the century—and a modern-day motive for murder.
Too bad uncovering the truth could very well make Verity the next victim… (Goodreads)
Verity is so excited at the prospect of getting a honest-to-goodness paying job, doing marketing for the local bank. That excitement turns to dismay when she learns that the man who was going to hire her has been murdered. Not only has she lost the job, but her best friend lost her uncle. She does not want to get involved this time in the investigation, but does not have a choice when Frankie (her unfriendly ghost) tells her the killing looks the the work of Handsome Henry, a long dead mobster.
The characters are well rounded, well developed, and three dimensional. Verity is a strong woman, except when it comes to her almost mother-in-law, Virginia Wydell. Verity left one of Virginia’s sons at the altar after she caught him cheating. Virginia has caused so much trouble for Verity that she does not want to tangle with her again. But tangle with her she must if she wants to date Ellis, Virginia’s other son. I like the idea of Verity and Ellis being together, but they have a long difficult road to travel if they are going to make a relationship work. I enjoy reading about Verity and Frankie bickering and arguing, it is quite funny. I am sad that Lucy, Verity’s pet skunk, was not in the book more. I really love reading about her.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all the action around me. The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book and I did not figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end. There was plenty of action and suspense that kept me turning pages to find out what was going to happen next.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. And if you enjoy paranormal cozies (like I do) this is a must read book and series. This can be read as a stand alone book because there is enough of a back story to know what is going on in Verity’s life. But I would recommend starting with book one for even more enjoyment.
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.