Authors Showcase: Southern Spirits by Angie Fox
June 18, 2015
The Book: Southern Spirits
The Author: Angie Fox
The Story: 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 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 Wyatt 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 to 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?
About Angie Fox:
New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox writes sweet, fun, action-packed mysteries. Her characters are clever and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, going up stairs when it’s all dark behind her, and (her friends have way too much fun with this one) puppets.
Angie lives in St. Louis, with her football-addicted husband, two kids, and Moxie the dog.
Review by Ginny Lurlock:
There is nothing I didn’t like about this book. Nothing. And that’s saying quite a bit as I’m sort of a nit picky bitc… well enough about me…
Southern Spirits starts with Verity feeling very sorry for herself. Normally I loathe this kind of thing, but when you consider the circumstances I cannot blame her. Hell, I almost wanted to crack open a bottle of wine with her and I do not drink wine.
While she’s wallowing, she stumbles across a ghost. Now, up until this point in her life she had not believed in the paranormal, but she warms up to Frankie the German (the ghost of a mobster from the 1920s) quick as you can say Bob’s your Uncle. Again, I loathe that kind of quick acceptance of the paranormal in your average novel… but somehow Ms. Fox makes it work. Is it because Verity is from a small town and I assume that small town folks take things like ghosts in stride? Maybe. More likely voodoo was involved.
I mean, how else can you explain that despite these two things that I normally detest happening right at the start I was immediately sucked in. I practically devoured the book and when I reached the end found myself shouting “no, that can’t be it. There has to be more!!”
Maybe it was the pet skunk …
And while typing that, I literally snorted remembering one of the funnier moments having to do with that pet skunk. It was priceless.
Oh, Southern Spirits was good. I laughed, I cried, I was left wanting more. It’s everything you need and want in a southern tale of ghosts, mystery, and romance. This is one of those books that you really need to read.
Review by Bizzy Reader:
This book was so much fun. It is loaded with interesting characters that make up a fun, and charming world. It was a blast from start to finish and I totally enjoyed it.
Favorite Quote that pretty much sums up how it all starts ““Listen, Doll,” Frankie said his tone softening a hair. “When your great-uncle so-and-so dies, there’s a reason you scatter his ashes. You scatter,” he said making a motion like he was feeding birds or something. “You let them catch the wind. You give the spirit freedom if he wants it.” His voice grew tight. “You don’t dump them all in one spot then stomp on ‘em.””
Verity is a down on her luck graphic designer from Sugarland Tennessee who gets in a little over her head when she leaves her ex-fiancé Beau Wydell at the altar. Beau happens to be the most eligible bachelor in three counties, and from a very prominent Sugarland family. After being sued by Mrs. Leland Herworth Wydell III for every dime she has left to pay for scandal that was supposed to be their wedding Verity owes more than $20,000.
While cleaning out her house to get the money she inadvertently lets loose the ghost of Beau’s uncle a 1920’s gangster named Frankie, and grounds him to her ancestral home. Saddled with a ghost, and no money in the hopes of keeping her house Verity takes a job for her ex’s brother black sheep Ellis Wydell. She is charged with the job of cleaning out a violent spirit from the restaurant that Ellis happens to be remodeling.
Many hijinks ensue during the book which culminates in Ellis and Verity being embroiled in a decades old murder mystery. Will they solve they be able to solve mystery, and move the ghost on before the murder catches them!
I totally recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Mrs. Fox’s work, and who also likes cozy mysteries of a ghostly nature. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.