A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone…even a dead someone…must have witnessed the crime.
Her ghostly sidekick Frankie warns her to stay out of it. The very alive, very handsome deputy sheriff, Ellis Wydell, inadvertently places her directly in the middle of it. And her ex-fiancé, Ellis’s brother, is back with an agenda of his own.
Undaunted, Verity presses forward, uncovering scandalous secrets, long-forgotten ghosts, and a shocking trail of clues that places her directly in the path of a killer.
My apprehension about the success of this series is gone. I’m fully invested in the weird ghost hunting duo that is Verity and her spirit sidekick, Frankie. Verity thrives on helping those in her small town of Sugarland, Tennessee, even despite the fact that most of the town has turned their noses up at her. Meanwhile, as a realist and one who is always eager for a quick fix, Frankie can’t seem to understand why she keeps putting herself out there. They are like the odd couple and it surprisingly works better than I would have thought after reading the first book of the series, Southern Spirits.
One thing I enjoy about this book is that the author does an exceptional job at hiding the killer from the reader. I have yet to notice a distinct pattern or structure of clues that gives it away. This is impressive since I typically can guess who the culprit is before reaching the halfway mark.
As Verity seeks out to uncover the truth behind a murder in the local library, she also finds herself being pursued by her slimy ex-fiance, Beau. This is an awkward situation considering their past: she left him at the alter after discovering he hit on her younger sister the night before their wedding and his family took her for all she was worth in retribution for her humiliation of him during their reception. Considering that Verity is barely surviving, it’s a slap in the face when Beau begins trying to woo her. It’s even more awkward considering the fact that she may or may not be dating his older brother, Ellis.
The thing I enjoy most about this series is the fact that each story offers new characters and depth to the world of Sugarland, Tennessee. The author is doing a great job at creating a world that is intriguing and engaging for readers. I know a lot of people struggled with the first book, but I would highly recommend that other fans of cozy mysteries give this series a chance if you haven’t already. It’s definitely a keeper!