Deader Homes and Gardens (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #4)by Angie Fox

Published October 11th 2016 by Moose Island Books (Season Publishing)

4 Stars

Synopsis: Southern belle Verity Long is back in business—as a ghost hunter. Now all she has to do is visit the town’s creepiest mansion and exorcise a family of vengeful spirits. Piece of cake. After all, ghosts love her and need her…that is until she meets the ghosts of Rock Fall mansion. They’ll do anything to keep their murderous secrets hidden within the cliff-side fortress—even if that means getting rid of one meddling ghost hunter.

With the entire town skeptical and scrutinizing her every move, Verity struggles to uncover the century-old mystery behind the house. And when she stumbles upon a very fresh, very dead body, she realizes there’s more to it than she ever imagined. With the help of her sexy cop boyfriend, Ellis, and her ghostly gangster sidekick, Frankie, she braves the overgrown gardens, the desolate family cemetery, and the haunted mansion that have been locked away for generations.

Can Verity unearth the truth before she’s the next one buried on the deadly grounds?

Review: This is a great cozy series. It is fun with a mystery and a just a little romance, everything you need. Please do not expect everything to be “real”, one of the main characters is a gangster ghost name Frankie. This is a book to read strictly for enjoyment and fun.

Verity Long has dealt with ghosts in Sugarland and had more success than she has had with her graphic design business so she has put out a shingle as a Ghost Hunter. Fortunately for her, Ellis, her beau, is helping her out with decorating his house while she waits for a paying client. The owner of Rock Fall Manor, Lee Treadwell, calls Verity and asks her to come over immediately. Rock Fall is a century old mansion that is haunted. No one has been inside the house for almost 100 years and Lee wants to fix it up. When his Grandfather, an Egyptologist, brought back artifacts from a find that were supposedly cursed, he, his wife, daughter and brother-in-law all died and the treasure disappeared. Verity takes on the case, much to the chagrin of Frankie and Ellis. There is a lot going on in this case. This is by far the darkest of the books in the series. The ghosts are evil and do not want nyone in the house. They attack the “intruders” on every occassion. Will Verity be able to calm the spirits and help them to find peace? What happened to the family? Where is the treasure? Verity has a lot of questions to answer. When the story unravels, I was surprised at the ending and that it was all brought about happily.

This is another fun paranormal mystery. Frankie has a lot of fun in this one, Verity has a tougher time. Ellis was not in this one as much as previous books. I am happy to see their relationship growing, but Ellis is something of a dud. He supports Verity, but there is not a lot of sizzle there, maybe in the next books. Overall a fun series and this one is no exception. Pick it up if you enjoy a cozy with a paranormal twist. The publisher provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

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