Book Review: A Ghostly Demise
By: Tonya Kappes
Published By: Witness
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Page Count: 288
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Adult - Mystery
Life in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky is anything but tired. Emma Lee has a new ghost seeking to find out who caused their death while she's trying to have romantic evenings with her boyfriend, Jack Henry, and spend her days trying to keep her Granny out of trouble. In a town this small, gossip rules the world.
Everyone thinks Emma Lee is still suffering from "the funeral trauma" when she starts asking questions about Cephus Hardy, a town resident that has been missing for several years. Folks believe he went on a drinking binge that led to an early grave while others believe he took off for the West Coast. Nobody knows for sure what happened to Cephus, but nobody has seen hide nor hair of him until the moment he shows himself to Emma Lee. She knows this cannot be good and finds herself smack in the middle of yet another murder mystery.
I enjoy this quirky town and its vivacious residents. I know that spending time with Emma Lee in Sleepy Hollow will be entertaining and hilarious. I do have to wonder how such a small town has such a high murder count though. This mystery was an interesting one and I didn't have the killer identified correctly; the big reveal had my mouth hanging open.
If you're looking for a quick, fun southern mystery, this is a series you need to read.
One Last Gripe: I am over the feud between Emma Lee's family and the Burns family.
Favorite Thing About This Book: The humor
First Sentence: "Cephus Hardy?"
Favorite Character: Jack Henry
Least Favorite Character: Cephus was annoying.
The prodigal father returns—but this ghost is no holy spirit
When she runs into her friend's deadbeat dad at the local deli, undertaker Emma Lee Raines can't wait to tell Mary Anna Hardy that he's back in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, after five long years. Cephus Hardy may have been the town drunk, but he didn't disappear on an epic bender like everyone thought: He was murdered. And he's heard that Emma Lee's been helping lost souls move on to that great big party in the sky.
Why do ghosts always bother Emma Lee at the worst times? Her granny's mayoral campaign is in high gear, a carnival is taking over the town square, and her hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, is stuck wrestling runaway goats. Besides, Cephus has no clue whodunit…unless it was one of Mrs. Hardy's not-so-secret admirers. All roads lead Emma Lee to that carnival—and a killer who isn't clowning around.