Murder On The Sugarland Express
Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book #6
Verity Long is overdue for a little R&R (rest and romance) with her boyfriend Ellis, and a vintage train trip through the Tennessee mountains seems like just the ticket. The Sugarland Express carries history and nostalgia in every compartment, and Verity is determined to enjoy it—without ghostly interference. But the ghosts have other plans…
On a dark, desolate night nearly a century ago, the train was stranded in the mountains and a young woman was found stabbed to death in her locked compartment. The murder was never solved, and a ghostly Belgian detective is still pursuing the case from the grave.
To Verity’s dismay, all of the ghostly suspects are back. And when history repeats itself and a new murder mirrors the old, it’s up to Verity and her friends to discover which of the passengers—dead or alive—could be behind the murders before the killer strikes again. (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Verity is a strong, knowledgeable and committed woman. She also has a resident ghost, Frankie, that she has to deal with all the time. He tries her patience on a daily basis. When her and her boyfriend, Ellis, decide to go one a maiden trip of the newly opened Sugarland Express, they plan on having a relaxing, enjoyable getaway. But when unexpected guests shows up on the train, and dead bodies begin piling up, their relaxing getaway gets derailed.
I enjoyed getting to see other sides of Virginia, Verity’s almost mother-in-law and her ex-fiance, Beau. They seemed to make some headway to becoming nicer people and being a little kinder to Verity, but we will see if it lasts. I am sad that Lucy, Verity’s per skunk, was not in the book more. I 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 of the action taking place. There are two mysteries to solve, the present day murder and the the ghostly murder from years past. I enjoyed having both mysteries to try to figure out and I was not sure who the culprits were until it was revealed at the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted ghostly cozy. I have read the whole series and it is a great one. Do yourself a favor and check this book, and series, out.
I received a complimentary advance copy of this book and chose voluntarily to leave this honest review.