Deader Homes and Gardens
Book 4, Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries
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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Angie Fox
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. But can Verity unearth the truth before she's the next one buried on the deadly grounds?
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Deader Homes and Gardens is the fourth novel in Angie Fox's Southern Ghost Hunter series. Set in Sugarland, Tennessee, a small southern town, we find Verity Long embarking on a new career as ghost hunter after her ability to interact with the ghostly plane became public knowledge in book three, The Haunted Heist.
Verity's first client is Lee Treadwell, descendant of Jack Treadwell of Rock Fall, an estate that has stood empty for a hundred years. Jack, an amateur archaeologist, returned with a find that was presumed to have been cursed. Within days of his return, Jack, his wife Annabelle, daughter Charlotte, and brother-in-law Robert all died. The house had had a dark presence ever since. Lee's father, Jack Jr., had been away at school and never returned until it was to be buried in the family plot. Lee had come back at the same time and taken up residence in the gardener's cottage. Now retired, Lee wanted to restore the house and gardens, but wanted to remove the malevolent spirit first.
Verity tried to make contact with the help of her ghost gangster, Frankie. But Frankie had an agenda of his own, wanting to reunite with his pals, the South Town Gang, and do so on Verity's property. In negotiating this deal. Frankie kept energizing Verity and sending her off on her own. But in doing so,Verity was at greater risk from ghostly encounters as she could be harmed, even killed, when she was connected to that plane.
On her own, or with Lee or boyfriend Deputy Ellis Wydell in tow, Verity began exploring the mansion. The spirit of Robert warned her to stay away, but the ghost of Charlotte kept leaving her clues to return. The journals Jack had kept may have been a clue. To help discern this, Verity called in her old archaeology professor, Dale Grassino. While he was interested in the journals, he was a complete skeptic of ghosts--but not for long.
Escaping the grasp of the malevolent spirit on several occasions, finding lost treasure, and reuniting a family torn apart, all become part of Verity's ghost hunting duties. With terrifying moments, some light hearted humor, and the wisecracking Frankie, Verity pulls her first case together in dramatic style.
As a fan of this series, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. And if you haven't read the series, and it isn't necessary to do so to enjoy this mystery, I recommend you do read them all!
A Haunting Good Time
I loved this book in the series, it was funny, witty and had a great mystery. Ellis is charming as always, Frankie was a crab and Lucy cute as ever!
Deader Home and Gardens by Angie Fox is the fourth book in The Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery series. Verity Long has given up her graphic design business and has become a ghost hunter. So far, though, she has not gotten any clients. Verity has kept herself busy by helping her boyfriend, Ellis Wyndell decorate his home. They are trying out new curtains when she receives a call from Lee Treadwell. Lee states he needs Verity to come over immediately. Verity is excited to have her first client. She heads home to collect Frankie, her gangster ghost and link to the spiritual world, and heads to Rock Fall manor (Lee’s ancestral home). It turns out that Rock Fall manor is haunted. A tragedy occurred after Jack Treadwell (Lee’s grandfather) brought home artifacts (that were said to be cursed) from an Egyptian tomb in 1910. The whole family died within a short period. Jack, Annabelle (his wife), Charlotte (his young daughter), and Robert (his brother-in-law). The governess survived but she suffered severe burns from a fire. The son survived but only because he was living in New York at the time. Lee has been living in the caretaker’s cottage on the property. He has never entered the manor house. Rock Fall is crumbling and needs major repairs. In order to accomplish that task, he needs to enter the house. Lee needs to find something of value that he can sell. Verity needs to find out why the ghosts are hanging around. In order to accomplish her job, Verity needs Frankie’s help (his power). Frankie, though, is not happy. He dislikes being stuck on her property, and has decided that having fun might free him. He wants to have his friends (his bootlegging, gangster friends who like to shoot off guns, gamble, and drink) around. In exchange for Frankie’s help on the case, Verity agrees to let him have use of the back porch (you know Frankie is going to take advantage). When Verity discovers Egyptian artifacts in the dining room of Rock Fall manor along with Jack’s journals, she calls in her old college professor, Dale Grassino. Dale is excited to read the journals, but he never gets the chance. He dies in the study. Did one of the ghosts kill him? Verity is even more determined to find out what is going on at Rock Fall manor (the ghosts have been very secretive) and get a happy ending for Lee and the ghosts.
Deader Home and Gardens was a delight to read. I love the antics of Verity and Frankie (Frankie is quite a character). Ms. Fox does a remarkable job at creating characters that the readers can relate to. The mystery was interesting as well as complicated and had a good twist (I do not believe everyone will see it coming). The ghosts or spirits were a nice mix. Some were scary and creepy while others were friendly and endearing. Deader Homes and Gardens can be read as a stand-alone (but why would you). Angie Fox gives the readers the background information on Verity and her situation (how she ended up with Frankie and dead broke). I do, though, recommend that you read the previous books in the series (they are highly entertaining). I give Deader Homes and Gardens 4.5 out of 5 stars (I did solve the mystery). The ending leaves the reader desiring more. I just wish we did not have to wait months for the next installment!
- Category: Cozy
- Published: Oct 09, 2016
- Publisher: Moose Island Books
- Seller: Angela Marie Fox
- Print Length: 285 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 4, Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries
- Version: 1.6