A Ghostly Demise

A Ghostly Demise
Ghostly Southern Mysteries, Book #3
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars


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. (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional. Emma Lee has a big heart and she is a giving person. She is willing to help whatever ghost show up in need of assistance, although she may not like doing some of the things that she has to do. Emmy Lee’s sister drives me nuts, she is not a very nice person. Granny is so funny and wild and I enjoy reading about her a lot.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick 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 taking place around me. The small town setting is perfectly depicted: the gossip, the neighborliness, the nastiness and helping others when in need. The mystery is carried on throughout the entire book and there are many twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I did not figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end of the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted paranormal cozy with great characters, humor, a great small town setting and a hard to solve mystery. I enjoy this series very much.

A Ghostly Demise: A Ghostly Southern Mystery (Ghostly Southern Mysteries Book 3) by [Tonya Kappes]

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