Review: A Ghostly Demise by Tonya Kappes

Posted April 12, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 22 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: A Ghostly Demise by Tonya Kappes
A Ghostly Demise
Narrated by Tiffany Morgan

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Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #3
Genres: Comedy Romance, Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on February 4, 2020
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

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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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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2 years ago

This sounds like a fun series. The site I use for audiobooks only seems to have book 7 in this series available for some reason, I might have to check back later to see if they get the earlier books. It sounds like an interesting set-up how the ghost show up and she tries to solve his murder and have the ghost tag along. Seems like a humorous read, although that does sound a bit annoying how she keeps facts from Jack Henry. He sounds like a good guy with how he has her back and is there for her.… Read more »

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lola

That’s weird that they only carry book seven. My library is like that too when it comes to series by having some but not all and not in order. LOL

These are funny and yes, she tries poor Jack Henry’s patience though he still loves her. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I confess I’m off cozies at the moment but I love the dress on the cover!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Some day, the mood will swing. 🙂 I tend to stick with paranormal cozies for the most part. I like the audio covers, too, though the print covers are more fun. 🙂

2 years ago

This sounds like a cute and fun read! I’m finding it more difficult to listen to audiobooks without my daily commute. Cooking time and daily walks with the dog are helping me to pick up the slack!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Ethan

My reading tends to be more print than audio these days, too, but some chores definitely go easier with audio. 🙂

Carole's Random Life in Books

This is a series that I have had my eye on for a very long time. After reading your review, I am convinced that I would enjoy it! The audio sounds very well done so maybe I will try to go that route.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

They are a hoot. I’ve been enjoying working my way through the series. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

What a pretty cover. I think I’ve only read one of her books and must try some more.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

They are light and fun when you don’t want anything too challenging. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I haven’t read it but it sounds like it was an enjoyable read. I like a book that can make me laugh.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

These are hilarious, Mary. I laugh several times over the ghosts, Emma, or her granny.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

A light cozy mystery, one that’ll make me laugh sounds wonderful! Glad you enjoyed this installment, Sophia Rose. I keep meaning to start this series.

Hope you’re having a lovely Easter! 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

I had a great Easter, Rachel, thanks. Oh yes, you’d probably get some good laughs from these.

Benish Khan
2 years ago

This seems like a cute read, I love the dress on the cover 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Benish Khan

Definitely adorable. Yes, the audios all have those pretty dresses on the covers.

Angie Elle
2 years ago

Oh, this sounds like a rollicking good time! I am going to have to check this one out. I hope the wife did it! LOL

Great review. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

They are a hoot, Angie. Not telling. LOL

2 years ago

SO I listened to like 7 of the Camper mystery series she did with Tantor. I really enjoyed, but then started to get annoyed with the series and stopped listening. So I’ve been hesitant to try something else from the author. But this does sound fun – I do love a paranormal cozy! Thanks.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Jen

I got annoyed a lot sooner with those and stopped a while back. I’ve kept up with her Kenni Lowry series which has a ghost and like those the best so far. These, I enjoy as long as I don’t take them seriously or listen too close together because, yes, I can get annoyed at Emma Lee or a few others. But, listened to a few weeks apart, I do fine. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Cute cover for sure and it sounds like it was a blast

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

This is a series that I love both the audio and print copy covers though they are very different in style. They are hilarious, Carole! 🙂