This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Comedy Romance, Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on February 4, 2020
And the hilarious ghostly capers continue for poor Emma Lee Raines when she runs into her good friend’s dead beat dad at the grocery store. It isn’t until she’s got some of the good folk of Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky staring that she realizes that the long-time missing Cephus Hardy is a ghost. I have such a good time with each new installment in the series and the entertaining narration work of Tiffany Morgan.
A Ghostly Demise is book three in this series of standalone paranormal cozy mysteries.
Once Cephus Hardy shows up, Emma Lee understands that he didn’t just leave his family and disappear all these years. He was murdered. Solving his death has come right when Granny is running for mayor, the carnival is in town, and their funeral home is struggling with several clients going to the rival. But, ready or not, Cephus isn’t going anywhere and the former town drunk is nagging her for his favorite beer or ready to punch any man interested in his widowed wife.
With no actual body, her sheriff boyfriend, Jack Henry, can only do so much, but she does ignore his caution about tangling with a murder case even an old one. She starts to understand his worry when someone nearly kills her. She’s been asking the family and those who knew Cephus a lot of questions, but she’s no closer to getting to the who let alone the why even as things get even more deadly.
A Ghostly Demise was another light and hilarious cozy mystery. Emma Lee flits about doing her interviews and tracking leads in her bumbling way with her latest ghost client along for the ride. Her life is nuts with all the quirky town folks and their suspicion that she’s the craziest of them all since all her years working in the family funeral business have left her with the ‘funeral trauma’ aka talking out loud to dead people. She gets lucky and likes to ignore Jack Henry’s longsuffering common sense advice. I wouldn’t mind except she nags him to investigate, but then keeps back facts and clues so she can get to the truth on her own. Basically, I just end up going with it most of the time since this is more comedy than anything and invites the reader/listener to laugh at the antics of these folk of Sleepy Hollow especially Emma Lee’s granny.
The mystery is the front and center element. Emma Lee followed the trail to each of her suspects and I had no idea who or why right up to the end. The ghosts are not helpful because they tend to only remember bits and pieces and aren’t always right when they are pointing their fingers. Cephus was convinced his rival for his wife just had to be the killer.
Surrounding the mystery is Emma Lee’s relationships with her obnoxious sister, her hilarious yet cunning granny, and adorable, patient boyfriend Jack Henry. Jack Henry is the only person to know her secret and he is so good about her seeing ghosts and he tries so hard when she hares off into potentially dangerous situations. I crack up each time she hides so much from him and yet, in the end, he’s right there for her and arrived at the answers in the old-fashioned way.
Tiffany Morgan is a hoot as Emma Lee and the rest of the cast with her voices for each and the range she has. She gets the tone and pacing so that the humor is allowed to waft up on its own and isn’t over-acted. I’m so glad she continues to do the series.
In summary, the latest was fabulous fun and left me giggling a few times. Sheer entertainment that I think those who enjoy light and easy paranormal cozy mysteries would get a kick out of.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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