Review of A Ghostly Grave

A Ghostly Grave

Ghostly Southern Mystery #2

Tonya Kappes

5 Stars


There’s a ghost on the loose—and a fox in the henhouse

Four years ago, the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home put Chicken Teater in the ground. Now undertaker Emma Lee Raines is digging him back up. The whole scene is bad for business, especially with her granny running for mayor and a big festival setting up in town. But ever since Emma Lee started seeing ghosts, Chicken’s been pestering her to figure out who killed him.

With her handsome boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, busy getting new forensics on the old corpse, Emma Lee has time to look into her first suspect. Chicken’s widow may be a former Miss Kentucky, but the love of his life was another beauty queen: Lady Cluckington, his prize-winning hen. Was Mrs. Teater the jealous type? Chicken seems to think so. Something’s definitely rotten in Sleepy Hollow—and Emma Lee just prays it’s not her luck. (Goodreads)


Emma Lee now has a new ghost to help. This time is is Chicken Teater, who has been dead for four years. He keeps insisting that someone murdered him and he has a pretty good idea that it was his wife. Since Emma Lee is the only “betweener” that she knows, it is up to her to help Chicken. But it will not be easy trying to solve the four year old mystery while trying to keep her granny in check and not aggravate her sheriff boyfriend with her snooping.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The writing is descriptive and many time I felt like I was there, listening to Emma Lee and Chicken talk or watching granny on her moped avoiding running into people. There is a lot of humor in this book and many times I was laughing out loud. I especially liked the bickering and bantering between Emma Lee and Chicken. 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, which I always like when that happens.

The characters are well developed and well rounded and are people I would like to hang out. Emma Lee has a big heart and will do whatever it takes to help the ghosts that come to her for help. Granny is a hoot and I really enjoyed reading about all her crazy antics.

I cannot recommend this book (and series) enough to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. And if you enjoy paranormal cozies, then this book is a must read.