4 out of 5 stars
I would like to thank Moose Island Books for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.
Okay, I am still catching up! I finished this book back in January and am only now popping in the review.
Here and now I will state I am a HUGE fan of ‘The Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery Series’ and so did a little happy dance when I was approved to read this ARC of ‘Murder on the Sugarland Express’.
This is the 6th book in ‘The Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery Series’ and gels perfectly with the other books in the series. It’s not a rehash or a cookie cutter repeat of the same stuff – she see ghosts, solves mysteries – and anyone who says that needs to be banned from reading. End of. 😉
Although the main characters are still the same ones we’ve been reading throughout the series, ‘Murder on the Sugarland Express’ is an adventure on its own. Characters are developing, relationships – good and bad – are progressing and there are ghosts who are there to often hinder more than help… or so it sometimes seems. The same light hearted, tongue in cheek southern style moments are there too and they simply add to the richness of it all.
The descriptions of the places visited by Verity, as well as the train itself – simply gorgeous and proof research has been done by Ms Fox to ensure we the reader is getting what we came for.
There’s not so much from Lucy the skunk in this book… but not all the books can centre around such a little cutie. Instead we get to delve into Verity’s relationship with her boyfriend Ellis, her ex-fiancé Beau and their mother. It was interesting to see how her interaction with these three characters progressed and I feel there is a story of two to follow to continue on to explain why people are starting to act the way they are.
Or is that just wishful thinking, as I really want Ms Fox to WRITE MORE!? 😉
I have to add that I also enjoyed the few nail biting moments laced through the book. I won’t go and spoil things by describing them here… but well played Ms Fox, thank you of robbing me of my sleep for a few nights as I simply HAD to finish! 😀
Would I recommend this book to others?
Yes I would. It’s a cosy crime/ mystery and so more light hearted and “fluffy” than other crime series I read. But it was still a very enjoyable story.
However, I really would recommend people go and get/ read the first 5 books in ‘The Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery Series’ first. I suppose you could read ‘Murder on the Sugarland Express’ as a standalone… but you would be doing yourself and Ms Fox an injustice. Just go get them, read them and thank me later, okay?
Would I buy this book for myself?
Most definitely! I absolutely LOVE this series and ‘Murder on the Sugarland Express’ was as good a read as the others have been, and so am happy to go buy a copy to enjoy.
In summary: A continuation of the thrills, chills, and love in Verity Long’s life. I highly recommend this book.
Until next time,