February 13, 2015

A Ghostly Undertaking and A Ghostly Grave by Tonya Kappes

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

A Ghostly Undertaking 
A Ghostly Southern Mystery #1
 ISBN: 9780062374646
Mass Market Paperback
Coming out February 24th

Synopsis: A funeral, a ghost, a murder . . . It's all in a day's work for emma lee raines . . .
Bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she's suffering from “funeral trauma.”   It's trauma all right, because the not-so-dearly departed keep talking to her. Take Ruthie Sue Payne—innkeeper, gossip queen, and arch-nemesis of Emma Lee's granny—she's adamant that she didn't just fall down those stairs. She was pushed.
Ruthie has no idea who wanted her pushing up daisies. All she knows is that she can't cross over until the matter is laid to eternal rest. In the land of the living, Emma Lee's high-school crush, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, isn't ready to rule out foul play. Granny Raines, the widow of Ruthie's ex-husband and co-owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, is the prime suspect. Now Emma Lee is stuck playing detective or risk being haunted forever. 

My review: What a fun new cozy mystery series this is. I liked how the ghost spoke to Emma and told her they were murdered. Then she felt as if she needed to find out what really happened. The writing of this story was very good and made the book read quickly. I really liked Emma but don't get me wrong there were a lot of fun characters. I also love the small town - these are always appealing to me in a cozy mystery. Tonya did a good job of keeping you guessing right up until the end as there were multiple suspects. If you like mysteries and ghosts and are looking for a fun fast read then I recommend this book for you. 

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

A Ghostly Grave by Tonya Kappes
A Ghostly Southern Mystery #2
ISBN: 9780062374813
Mass Market Paperback
Coming out March 31st

Synopsis: 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.

My review: This is the second book in Tonya's new cozy mystery series. I am so glad I had this book to read right after the first one as I have enjoyed this one just as much as the first one. You have to love the name Chicken Teater which is the ghost who wants Emma to find out who killed him. Jack, Emma's boyfriend is write there to help her out with solving this cold case. As with the first book in this series the author keeps you guessing right up until the very end. To me this one kept me smiling just because of the whole chicken references in the names. This book reads quickly and is a good book for a rainy day. I can't wait for the third book to come out. This will be one series that I follow with each new book that comes out. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much! I'm thrilled you enjoyed visiting with Emma Lee and the gang!