Daily Review: A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes
January 4, 2018
She sees and talks to murdered ghosts who can’t rest. She helps them by solving their murder so they can pass on.
That ghost sure looks . . . familiar
Only a handful of people know that Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, is a “Betweener.” She helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after—murdered ghosts. Once Emma Lee gets them justice they can cross over to the great beyond.
But Emma Lee’s own sister refuses to believe in her special ability. In fact, the Raines sisters have barely gotten along since Charlotte Rae left the family business for the competition. After a doozy of an argument, Emma Lee is relieved to see Charlotte Rae back home to make nice. Until she realizes her usually snorting, sarcastic, family-ditching sister is a . . . ghost.
Charlotte Rae has no earthly idea who murdered her or why. With her heart in tatters, Emma Lee relies more than ever on her sexy beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross…because this time, catching a killer means the Raines sisters will have to make peace with each other first.
By Illinois Reader
Emma Lee Raines is funeral home owner and director but has a hidden talent. She has Funeral Trauma according to Doc and her family, but Emma Lee and boyfriend Jack Henry know better. No Funeral Trauma, but she is a Betweener-that is a person who sees and talks to murdered ghosts who can’t rest.
She helps them by solving their murder so they can pass on. Only it is a little awkward sometimes when the ghost is talking and demanding answers while others are around.
So word has gotten out that she is a little crazy and has Funeral Trauma. Emma Lee didn’t ask for this job, but she does it the best she can without complaining. Unfortunately this time the client who needs the Betweener is her very own sister Charlotte Rae.
It is a difficult job to do when it is your sister, even if she wasn’t your favorite person. Emma Lee realizes when she solves the murder she will never see her sister again. Until that time, she and Charlotte have one more chance to mend fences and express their love for each other, all while Emma is discovering her sister’s affair with a married man and other less than stellar facts about her sister.
This book is much more emotional than the others. It is also a very good mystery told with a dash of humor that it Emma Lee and Granny’s style. Yes, it is sad, but a twist at the very end makes you realize there is always hope. What a good book! I can hardly wait for another in the series!
By Kathleen C.
Emma Lee is on edge. Business is hectic, and her sister Charlotte has been less than cooperative to sign the agreement to sell her stake in Eternal Slumber Funeral Home that they ran together. Charlotte Rae has always been a ‘thorn’ in Emma Lee’s side, opposites as sisters, teasing her about the “Funeral Trauma” and predicaments she has often found herself, but when she went off to work in Lexington, Emma knew it was time to part ways. But, when Charlotte pops in at the funeral home, Emma is not happy. It’s worse when she discovers no one else can see her there. Charlotte has been murdered. “So you really can see dead people?”
Distraught, but determined, Emma Lee begins her investigation against her boyfriend sheriff’s wishes to leave it to the police. Emma, often with Charlotte and a ghost cat in tow, heads off to follow up on every possibility. Charlotte doesn’t remember much, Betweener ‘clients’ frequently have memory lapses, but the flashes of memory, business files, questionable behaviors, and arguments all need to be pursued. But Emma Lee does uncover several suspects including the Hardgrove siblings, a Bridezilla’s mom, competitive businesses, and did someone say a wife with a prenup?
Once again, I was totally entertained by Emma Lee and her “Betweener” gift in the sixth book of the Ghostly Southern Mystery series. Emma is clever, strong-willed, yet still working on her confidence. She loves her family and wants to help people during their most difficult time, even though now it’s her and Granny.
The bit of romance is a nice respite from the investigation, and we continue to be delightfully engaged in all the small town squabbles and gossip. We were treated to engrossing suspense and an “Oh, my!” conclusion. The conflict between the sisters is one with which many of us can identify, and her unique opportunity to set things right and to share moments of real understanding between siblings is endearing and satisfying…I literally cried.
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