Book Review – The Skeleton in the Closet (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Book 2) by Angie Fox.

Skeleton in the closet

5 out of 5 stars.

I would like to thank Season Publishing for allowing me an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an open and honest review.

As you can tell by the score, I loved it. Though I will freely admit here and now to being biased as I’ve read the first book and short story in this series too so there was a strong chance of liking it from the get go.

As corny as it sounds, I really want to give this book the tagline of “more addictive than chocolate” as I received it on Tuesday night and had finished it by Wednesday night. Being home sick with nothing but reading to do sort of helped though.

It is yet another good tale about Verity Long getting to know her new ghostly abilities. This book develops the characters more, gives us more insight into the town, its people and history. It also really shows that Verity is the right person to have such a ghostly gift as her heart is really in the right place when she can even turn ghosts known as ‘the beast’ back into the kind souls they originally were.

In this book we get to know her ex Beau a bit more – and his simply delightful (note sarcasm) mother. We also get to see that not all apples that fall from the same tree are so rotten.

Although there is still the ongoing “secret” romance between Verity and Ellis, the good thing about this book is it stays true to its genre and really is more a supernatural mystery than a romance novel dressed up as a supernatural story.

And can I just say I shouldn’t have read the stuff about Ma’s hauntings late at night in the dark. Damn Ms Fox sets a scene well!

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes! Anyone who enjoys the works of Kim Harrison, Mary-Janice Davidson or Katie MacAlister will enjoy this book – and series! Lovers of light-hearted supernatural mysteries will enjoy this book. Anyone after a great read that includes a mystery, some ghosts and that good old Southern charm will enjoy this book.

Would I buy this book for myself? Yes! In fact I was absolutely prepared to, as I knew it was coming out at the end of the month… and couldn’t help but do a little bit of a happy victory dance when I saw I was approved to read the ARC. I have taken to Ms Fox’s writing style so much I’ve actually starting checking out some of her other series. So, yes, definitely a book I would happily own. I can’t wait for the next in the series coming out in 2016!

In summary – can you tell I liked this book? Have I encouraged you enough to go out and get a copy? Seriously, this book (and series) is just the sort of thing I love and I’m so thankful to have found it. If you think Ms Morgan, Queen Betsy, Fred and all those Wyverns and their mates are entertaining – buy this book as it fits right into the same fantastic genre section on my shelves. In fact, go buy the first one too and grab the little short story ‘1.5’ while you’re at it. Highly recommend.

Until next time,

Janis. XXOO

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