Review: Sweet Tea and Spirits by Angie Fox

Review: Sweet Tea and Spirits by Angie FoxSweet Tea and Spirits by Angie Fox

Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Moose Island Books on 22 April 2017
Pages: 248
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Southern girl Verity Long is about as high society as her pet skunk. Which is why she’s surprised as anyone when the new head of the Sugarland social set invites her to join the "it" girls. But this is no social call. Verity’s new client needs her to go in undercover and investigate strange happenings at the group’s historic headquarters.

But while spirits are whispering hints of murder, the socialites are more focused on Verity’s 1978, avocado-green Cadillac. And when Verity stumbles upon a fresh body, she's going to need the long-dead citizens of Sugarland to help her solve the crime. Good thing she has the handsome deputy sheriff Ellis Wydell on hand, as well as her ghostly sidekick Frankie. The bad thing is, the ghosts are now whispering about the end of a certain ghost hunter.

The Delight

Another ghostly case with my favorite Southern gal and her gangster ghost associate snooping around at the old historical museum trying to solve a murder, a ghost problem, and their separate relationship issues.  Let me just get my hot cuppa and cozy into my favorite comfy spot.

Review

Sweet Tea and Spirits is the fifth installment of the Southern Ghost Hunter series.  They can be read standalone, but work best in order to follow the relationships and situations that are ongoing with the series.

The first scene had my right back in the world of this series.  The humor displayed through Frankie’s antics, as even in the afterlife, he’s just doing what a gangster will do, and Verity’s sweet southern gal persona appalled at her resident ghost and more appalled that her boyfriend Ellis wants her to do a meet the family because they are getting serious.

But then things are off to the races when Verity gets another case from the president of the historical society shortly before the lady is murdered and only Verity knows its murder because she gets a ghostly prompt that tells her.

I enjoy this blend of light-hearted and mystery with some moderate chills and humorous moments.  By now, Verity is hitting her stride accepting her role as ghost hunter in the community even though some folks think she’s nuts, but also moving on from the fiasco of leaving her cheating ex at the altar and dealing with the aftermath since he’s from one of the most influential and prestigious family’s in town- and hsst, Verity is not in a deepening relationship with his older brother.

Now, the tone of the book may be light, but the mysteries are actually rather clever.  Some elements are easy to figure out, but then there’s the twist and the surprise is fun.  In this case, I had the murder figured out, but it was the ghostly situation that had the impressive twist.  Very clever…

And I did enjoy that ghostly Frankie got a bit of romancing in with a pretty ghost.

All in all, these are fun, light distractions and I look forward to each new installment.  Cozy Mystery fans who don’t mind some paranormal and romance are probably the best match for this series.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • This book looks good to me. I love these type of mystery series. Great review and I am putting this series on my to read list. Thanks for sharing!

    • You bet, Cindy. Just so you know, the first book is free for Kindle. 🙂

  • Oh this sounds like such a cute read! I love that she’s got a pet skunk and that it’s in the south and there’s gangster ghosts! You definitely have me intrigued! Glad you enjoyed this, lovely review Sophia Rose!

    • It’s so quirky and fun, Cyn. I’ve really come to anticipate each release. I need to try her demon hunting series which hopefully has the same quirkiness. 🙂

  • I have never read a cozy mystery, but it is something I want to remedy. And this author has a fabulous first name! 😉

    Great review.

    • LOL, yes, you can’t go wrong with this Angie. 🙂 This series is my first cozy mystery attempt and it’s been great.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Thanks for the great review Sophia Rose this series is on my wish list and the author is one of my friends, a local and a favorite too!

    • Well worth it, Debbie. Oh neat, that you already know the author. Her books are fun. First one in the series is a freebie… 😉

      • Debbie Haupt

        oh wow thanks just nabbed the freebie and added the audible for 1.99 cha ching! 🙂

        • Super Cool! That’s exactly what I did. I love the narrator.

  • A gangster ghost? mmmmmm, worth looking into 😉 Great review Sophia

    • I know, Sharonda. What a hoot, right?

      Book one is free if you are interested. 🙂

      • Thanks Sophia! I’m gonna check it out

        • You bet, and her first Demon Hunter is free, too, if you’d rather try that series. I still want to read those, too.

  • Sounds like my kind of read! Love mysteries. ~Aleen

  • I like that the mysteries are clever Sophia. I have been listening to cozy series which I share this month (maybe June, I cannot remember when its scheduled..lol) If this is similar I know I will love it.

    • Oh really… I’ll have to watch for those. Lola got me curious to try cozies finally so I’ve got a few this year and hope to branch out to a few more. I definitely love these for both the ghost antics and the murder, but also I’m a sucker for small town quirkiness. 🙂

  • That sounds good and the cover is really cute.

    • They are great fun, Mary. I think each cover is cute and neat how it reflects something of what the story is about.

  • It’s nice to see that for a light novel you have a good mystery too! I heard about the author and I think I have 1 book or 2 but haven’t read any

    • Yes, you’re right, Melliane. That light humor balanced with the mystery is a good part.

      Hope you get to try the ones on your pile soon. 🙂

  • I really need to get back to this series. I liked the first one and it looks like the series is still going strong. Great review!

    • Yes, it is still going strong. I’ve had a good time with each story. The characters and the ghostly situations are great.

  • That sounds like such a good time, Sophia! I do like a good murder mystery now and again 🙂

    • These really are exactly that, Anna. Great distractions to push the cares away. 🙂

  • I love Angie Fox. I haven’t tried this series, but I love her Demon Slayer series. I hope to start this one sometime soon. It has a narrator that I love.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • We’re the opposites. I love this one and the narrator and I’m eager to try her Demon Slayer books. 🙂

  • Debra

    Thanks for the review. This series has been in my TBR for a little while and I am looking forward to starting it after being a little aprehensive by not knowing what to expect. Your review has helped make up my mind to start it.

    • Oh neat! Glad I could help you with your decision about the series. Makes it more than worth it to share my thoughts, Debra. Hope you enjoy the series when you get the chance. 🙂