Southern Spirits

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Jenn reviews cozy mystery, Southern Spirits, by Angie Fox

About the Book

Southern Spirits; Angie Fox
Adult; Mystery; 256 Pages

Angie Fox (January 13, 2015)

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability to see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with. Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity to put an end to the disturbances. But soon, Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms. There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn’t above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Angie Fox writes sweet, fun, action-packed paranormal mystery and romance. Her characters are clever and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, and going upstairs when it is dark behind her. Let’s face it. Angie wouldn’t last five minutes in one of her books.

Angie is best known for her Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries and for her Accidental Demon Slayer books. She lives in St. Louis, with her football-addicted husband, two kids, and Moxie the dog.

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Jenn’s Review

I love a good paranormal romance, and couldn’t wait to dive into Southern Spirits, by Angie Fox. Sadly, this tale left me on the fence in regards to the rest of the series (The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries).

Verity Long has a problem: She’s lost everything, and is in the process of selling her grandmother’s estate when she accidentally unleashes the ghost of a long-dead gangster. Now, not only does she need to come up with some serious cash, find a new place to live, and try to start her life over in the aftermath of leaving her fiance, she needs to find a way to lay the gangster to rest.

When her former fiance’s brother, Ellis, discovers that Verity has a talent for seeing and communicating with ghosts, he hires her to rid his new project property of the restless spirits that are setting back his renovations, time and time again. 

This book had me rolling in laughter, page after page. The interplay between characters is entertaining, and the characters themselves pop off the page, in this first-person POV story. The mystery that winds through the plot is engaging and kept me guessing right up to the end. That said, the romantic aspect of the story left me feeling less than impressed. As friendships go, Verity and Ellis are at odds from the get-go, as Ellis only knows what happened at the wedding, where Verity stood his brother up at the altar. What he didn’t know was Verity’s reason for jilting her ex, and even when she reveals her motives to Ellis, she doesn’t tell him the whole truth. The pair form a believable friendship, but the romance didn’t sizzle for me. What love interest there was in the story felt rushed and bland – the story focuses almost exclusively on Verity’s character arc, with limited interaction between hero and heroine.

Perhaps Ms. Fox continues building this relationship in subsequent novels, but for me, this one just didn’t have enough pop to continue to the next book. Definitely, an adult read, and well-written, but if you’re looking for a love story, this probably isn’t it.

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