From New York Times best-selling author Angie Fox, the first book in the new Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries.
One simple mistake, for a girl who is about to lose her family home, releases the ghost of a long-dead gangster and opens Verity Long's eyes to a whole new world.
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?
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I put the narration down to .75. Everything in the book is performed in crisis mode which gets very tiresome to listen to. The story itself wasn't bad once I reduced the speed but I won't buy the next one unless it's a new narrator or the performers learn to tone it down. Sheesh.
I actually found the story to be charming and light-hearted. The characters were quirky and overall likable. I also loved the Southern setting. However, Tavia Gilbert's over-the-top narration proved to be very distracting. She didn't so much "narrate" the story as "perform" it - with all the gusto and unnecessary histrionics of a high school production. When the character is feeling mildly sad and teary - Ms. Gilbert actually cried while reading?! She managed to turn a sweet paranormal cozy into "Apocalypse Now"! After two hours of listening to her bi-polar style of narration (three cups of chamomile tea and a valium later), I had to switch to my Kindle to read the rest of the story. I already purchased Book 2 in this series, needless to say that I will opt out of listening to it; will choose to read it instead.
It took me about 1/3 of the book to get into the story. It ended up being fairly entertaining. But, the narration was so frantic and high-pitched at times it not only annoyed me, it gave me a headache.
I was very surprised and pleased by this book. Let me start by saying that Tavia Gilbert did a great job of dramatizing this book. She added extra drama and excitement in all of the right areas. I also love that she didn't over do a southern drawl. Her accent was perfect.
As far as the book goes, it was interesting with a fast paced plot and lots of twists and turns. The characters were believable and likable. No one had a perfect or easy life. There was just a little bit of romance and lots of drama and mystery. I bought the second book after I listened to the first few chapters. This has the potential for being a great series.
I liked the characters but the storyline was rushed and there were so few characters that you know immediately who the villain is....the why was a bit of a surprise. A fun book to listen too.
Angie Fox is a great author and Tavia Gilbert is a great storyteller. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and I am excited to move onto the next story in the series.
Natural Resource Mgr
am going to try the kindle version, am sure the story is worth reading. the narrator is impossible for me to listen to. really want to enjoy this book.
"Great and delightfully unusual"
I should explain that I came across book 1.5 first and then moved on to book two but in the end couldn't resist going back and taking a peek at this book which is book one in the series. I'm so glad I did, as it is every bit as great as the others and listening to them in the wrong order did not detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. Sometimes unusual stories can have groany, disappointing endings - good endings, it is said, are hard to write. Not these; Angie Fox keeps the action and tension going right to the end and all so far have come to a good, satisfying conclusion. I also like Angie's writing style; it is full of an energy and sparkle that keeps you listening.
I really enjoy the way the supernatural is mixed with the ordinary to produce a very unusual, gripping, page turner of a book that is filled with a lot of humanity too. Once again Tavia Gilbert gives an amazing performance as narrator and I think she is the final perfect ingredient that makes the story live for the listener.
I only review books I really like so you won't see a negative review from me. But trust me, I don't gush about everything I read, Audible knows I return quite a few.
Was looking for some easy listening... This was perfect!! Fun, cheery & well written... and, a big plus for me, it wasn't romance-driven and the heroine wasn't an insultingly ditsy girl! Would recommend it, if you're in the mood for some lighthearted mystery (ghosts, yes, but essentially real-world)!! Give it a try!!
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