Southern Spirits is book one of the Southern Ghost Hunter series of cosy mysteries.
Verity Long has been forced to sell almost everything she owns after she walked out on her cheating fiancé. It’s just Verity and her pet skunk until she mistakenly tries to empty an ugly old vase, which turns out to contain the ashes of one deceased. After she’s thrown him into her roses, he makes his disgruntled presence known.
Frankie was a gangster before he died and after some coaxing has an idea about where Verity can lay her hands on urgently needed money which might save her home, but it means going into a haunted house. Frankie and Verity work together successfully across the spiritual planes, which then leads them onto a second haunted venue, but the danger level is almost more than they can handle.
This was a fun read, I like cosy ghost stories like this with just a sprinkling of fright rather than full blown horror. There’s also a possible romantic story thread, so it ticks more boxes for me. Ideal for those who enjoy books set in the southern states of the US or a light paranormal mystery.
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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 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?