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Sometimes, Verity Long would like to forget she lives with the ghost of a 1920s gangster. But the reluctant housemates must once again work together when a dead detective blackmails Frankie into helping him solve a Great Gatsby-era cold case. Before she can say “bathtub gin”, Verity is dragged straight into a raging, otherworldly house party. Worse, every guest is hiding something.  

Meanwhile, Ellis Wydell, Verity’s living, breathing boyfriend needs Verity’s help with a police case of his own. After a dead body is discovered near the pecan orchard, Verity gives her insights, thinking her job is done. But when mysterious pecan pies start arriving at her house, she wonders who might be thanking her...or stalking her.  

Between hard-living ghosts and sugar-laden desserts, Verity has her work cut out for her. But will she uncover the secrets behind the pecan pies and dead guys? Or has she stumbled upon a recipe for disaster?  

A warm and witty paranormal cozy mystery!

©2018 Angie Fox (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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fun read

another fun read with Verity and Frankie! If you haven't read/listened to a Southern Ghost mystery before, Verity quickly brings you up to speed. I only wish raising a pet skunk was as easy as Verity makes it sound.

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Great Series

I already preordered book 8. I hope book 8 will be offered on audible. The books are fun to read and listen to.

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Great narration

4 Stars. Pecan Pies and Dead Guys is book 7 in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. This is a cozy mystery told in 1st person POV for main character Verity Long.

The series is about a woman named Verity who unknowingly cleans out a man named Frankie's ashes from an old vase looking jar into her rosebushes and it traps his ghost on her property allowing him to only leave when Verity takes his urn off the property. The ghost, Frankie, shows himself to her and so begins her ability to see ghosts.

In this book, we have a couple of story-lines. There is a very current murder to solve when a young woman's body is found near an orchard. There is an old murder that a long dead detective is forcing Frankie and Verity to help him solve. He is unable to find peace until his work is done. The detective threatens to turn Verity's home and land into a maximum security prison for the worst of the criminal ghosts, unless Frankie and Verity solve the murder from long ago. The night of the murder is on a forced loop so Verity ends up right in the thick of things. In addition to those issues, Verity's ex-fiance, Beau, has gone off the deep end and has decided to quit his law-firm to become a mixed media artist and got himself a new girlfriend who loves living the artsy, no obligations, transient life. Obviously, this sets Virginia Wydell off into a tizzy and she demands Verity get involved and convince Beau to come back to his senses. And through all of this, we also have some mild tension with boyfriend Ellis because of Verity using her own methods to solve mysteries that aren't exactly within the law. There is a lot going on in Pecan Pies and Dead Guys.

This book was quite entertaining, however I wish the author was better at allowing the readers to solve clues alongside Verity and Ellis. It's more of a bunch of random stuff happening that doesn't mean anything and then suddenly a big ah-ha and explanation at the end. Although, that being said, I knew who the current murder was and thought Verity was a complete airhead for not realizing it herself and putting herself into danger that was contrived by her being so dumb in that situation.

The past few books, Frankie started to get on my nerves and now Frankie is absolutely on my last nerve! I'm hoping for some character growth where he is concerned.

Even though I have started to get a bit bored with this series since it's not as much fun when there aren't clues along the way for me to solve and it is just a bunch of random stuff happening up until the big reveal at the end, I still love several aspects of the books. I beyond love the skunk Lucy and love that she has a full name: Lucille Desiree Long. So cute. I also love the relationship between Verity and Ellis. I am no longer binging the series but listening with a book or two from other authors in between and it is working out fine. I start to wonder what is happening and find myself getting back to the series fairly quickly.

I'm not sure if I would enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed listening to it. The narrator really injects a lot of emotion into her reading and she really sells the suspense and fear. She does a really good job. Her voices are distinct and clear and her pronunciation is good.

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Just couldn’t get into it. A lot of talking but no story.

I kept waiting for s story to be revealed but it seemed like a bunch of conversations going nowhere and the protagonist hollering trying to find her skunk.

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Disappointed in this entry of the series

This is the first time I was disappointed in the series. My disappointment in this book is especially strong because of the present storyline was boring and obvious and the lack of growth in Verity’s character and circumstance. I love this series and was hoping to see some movement in the mysteries and characters.

The mystery that Verity and Frankie are trying to solve in the past was interesting, but I just couldn’t get into and didn’t really care about the solution. The Gatsby style was written very well to give the reader a great visual in their heads of the party and the characters. The present-day mystery was just so obvious and predictable that when you finally got to the solution, I was thinking how blind the entire town of Sugarland can be. It was so terrible.

Here is my issue with Verity. When dealing with the paranormal world, she is beginning to lose a grip on the fact that these people are dead and puts herself in danger to protect ghosts who can’t die. She also still hasn’t improved her financial situation and the author gave her the perfect opportunity at the end of the book, but it didn’t come to fruition. In the real world, Verity is a total doormat, and the author keeps trying to couch in the fact she is “southern girl” who needs to be polite and a lady. Well in the South, your nice until its time to no longer be nice. I think Verity needs a backbone terribly bad because her naivete is putting her in dangerous and stupid situations that are not fun or engaging in the book.

I know this review is harsh but it was just so disappointing of a story to me.

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Always Amazing!

The narrator does the best job! My husband even listened to some of the book and actually enjoyed it! That's saying something because he isn't a "reading" fan.

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Wonderful series!

So happy to be drawn back to the characters in Sugarland! This author and narrator are wonderful! The town is alive and so is the whole cast of characters! Pick this up immediately - or start from the beginning and you won’t be sorry!

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Tense Moments, But Worth It

There were times I wanted to scream at Verity for making rash decisions. Plenty of tense moments dot the story line, and at one point I nearly opted to stop listening. I'm glad I didn't, though! The ending is worth it.

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Very disappointing

I came across this book and decided to try it even though it was number seven in a series. It can be read as a stand alone, though I'm not sure why anyone would want to. There are two murder suspects, one in the ghost realm and one in the real world. The human murderer was blatantly obvious, and the protagonist, Verity, very stupidly walks straight into her hands, apparently so there can be a silly fight scene involving bad art. The rest of the story wasn't horrible, but the narrator was excruciatingly bad. Her attempt at a French accent was comparable to a Monty Python sketch parody of a French accent. Also, her delivery could be very shrill. There was no humor in this story, and the main character, Verity, came across as a sap, who let people walk over her, and ignored someone trying to kill her; even ignoring someone breaking into her house. I can see why these books are priced so low on Amazon. I can only assume there aren't more negative reviews because people got their money refunded.

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fun and sleuthing

cozy-mystery, supernatural, suspense, ghosts, family-dynamics, pet, situational-humor, snarky

Flappers and gangsters and food trucks, oh my!
Sugarland Tennessee is supposed to be a sleepy Southern town, but it is really a home to all kinds of ghostly former residents. Verity has a connection with ghosts ever since she inadvertently messed up the remains of a local gangster who now reluctantly works with her on murder cases both new and historical. This installment has one of each, but we're not talking CSI here, more like Nick and Nora Charles with no money. Most of the humor is situational, but it's still pretty snarky. Fun book in a great series, don't miss it!
Tavia Gilbert has an interesting dramatic way of narrating.

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  • Bettle
  • 06-18-19

enjoyable stories

I have enjoyed the Southern Spirts books as light hearted stories that are fun & easy. thd negative for me is that the narration can become very shrill & 'over excited' for prolonged periods which becomes very hard to tolerate and can detract from the story

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  • *Flora*
  • 11-23-19

Five Stars of Gripping Ghostly Tastiness!

A Tasty Tale of Murder and Secrets That Had Me Gripped!

I am already a fan of Ms Fox's writing style; I find her books very easy to read and I like the way she weaves all the elements of her stories together - the mystery, the strained relationship between Verity and the rest of the townsfolk of Sugarland who are loyal to the Wydell family and, of course, the ghosts and their issues.

I downloaded the narration and found myself reading along while listening to the story play out, which has become my favourite way to get lost in a book. As a narrated book, I was once again impressed with Tavia Gilbert's performance; loving the pace at which she read the story, the way she added emotional inflection to the sad, funny or tense scenes and her tonal variations for the dialogue between the characters.

I really loved this story, although some of the scenes were less than cozy - scary! It has everything that I look for in a 5 star story; I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat (I was even scared at times), in short, I was gripped! Murder, mystery, humour and a sprinkling of romance - what more could a girl want!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cosy mysteries with a ghostly, paranormal focus.

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  • Alan
  • 07-21-19

Diverting!

I’ve been meaning to try this series for a while so I dived into bk 7. When teamed up with the ghost of a 1920s gangster, southern belle, Verity Long, can see the ghost world. In this book she attempts to solve an historical murder while dealing with a real life serial killer. While definitely in the fluffy end of the cosy mystery genre, there are just enough plot lines to keep the story from becoming twee. I’ll read more of these.