Southern Spirits by Angie Fox
First book in the new Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries! 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 Wydell 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?
Southern Spirits has everything I could ask for in a book - ghosts, mystery, scandal, a hunky man, a sassy heroine, and a cute skunk (yes, really). The mixture of Southern charm and attitude, and tongue-in-cheek humour is a very successful combination. Verity is strong and quirky, yet vulnerable, and immensley likeable, Ellis is more the strong and silent type, and the author paves the way for their relationship to develop in future books in the series. Frank, bless him, is a really nice ghost despite his past.
All in all, the premise is a sound one, and the author's world building is consistent and well-thought-out.
I think Ms Fox may very well be my new favourite author!
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Angie Fox writes sweet, fun, action-packed mysteries. Her characters are clever and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, and going up stairs when it is dark behind her. Let’s face it. Angie wouldn’t last five minutes in one of her books. Angie is best known for her Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries and for her Accidental Demon Slayer books. Visit her at www.angiefox.com.