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 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.
"Over the top narration ruins the story"
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.
One day you are having to leave your family home because of your cheating fiance and next you meet a ghost all because you decided to use some old ashes to feed your roses. Now you get involve with your ex;s brother to help get rid of ghost. This was my first book by Angie Fox. I loved this book. I know i get more of these.
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.
"Cute, Clean Cozy Mystery"
Cozy Mysteries are not my normal genre; however, one of my closest friends was telling me how much she enjoyed this audio, and since we have similar taste in books I decided to give it a try. I have to admit, it was an entertaining audio, and Tavia really brought the characters and emotions to life. I loved her performance, and thought it was very lively and animated, but could see how some might thing it was over the top.
Through a series of unfortunate events, Verity finds she needs to raise money quickly to pay off her ex fiancé's family so she decides to sell her family's home. While going through some old items, she stumbles across a dirty old vase filled with dust, and proceeds to clean it, and dump the dust into the rose garden. To her horror and shock, she finds out it wasn't dust, but rather the ashes to a gangster named Frankie, when his ghost appears. Frankie wasn't too pleased with Verity the dumping his ashes, because now he is tied to the house. After her initial shock, Verity and Frankie strike up a odd friendship, and a deal.
Frankie knows where Verity can find some hidden money to pay off the debt so she can keep her home, but in return she must try to help free him. They start searching for the hidden loot, and end up face to face with Ellis, her ex-fiancé's brother, who also happens to be a cop. He's not buying her story about ghost or the hidden money, but when strange things start happening at the house he is renovating, he hires Verity to get rid of his ghostly pest. Even though she is new to ghost, and doesn't really know what she is doing, she needs the money badly, and against her better judgment, she takes the job. She maybe a novice, but with her sidekick Frankie, she just might be able to rid Ellis of his ghost. However, things become dangerous real quick as they investigate, encounter other ghost, evil spirits, and find clues, something or someone will do everything to try to stop them from uncovering the truth.
This story was filled with mystery, suspense, danger, and a spark of romance. The more time Verity and Ellis spend with each other, the more they realize they really are not what the other thought. Overall, I enjoyed my first Angie Fox story, and think it is a great fit for any cozy mystery lover.
"a fun tale"
A good listen for a relaxing day. it also has a bit of ghostly tension.
This book was like opening a little gift. I love how refreshing and funny it was. I highly recommend it to anyone! The narrator was perfect!
"Great story and a great read (well great listen)"
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.
"Entertaining, but annoying narration"
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.
"Love, Love, Love this series"
You will not want to stop listening to this story. The characters are so fun and real. They have real issues that we all deal with. Sure, some are ghosts, but hey, ghosts have issues too. The mystery aspect just draws you in and you can't wait to find out how it ends.
I love Verity. She just takes the punches as they come with a smile on her face and that sweet southern charm that she was raised to portray in her demeanor. She has a heart of gold when it comes to helping people and she makes friends with pretty much everyone.
Yes, in the Demon Slayer series. She is awesome in both, but this series is definitely a new favorite of mine.
Yes, but unfortunately that did not happen.
Please, please, please, listen to this book. You will not be sorry. In fact, you will want to continue reading any books that come out in this series.
"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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