4 out of 5 stars
I would like to thank… well, myself actually. As I bought this book from Amazon Kindle myself as I love the series and wanted to read this book. So this is obviously an open and honest review as the only one who paid me to do it was… ME! Thank you me, I loved that you thought of me. 😉
‘The Mint Julep Murders’ is book eight in
Angie Fox’s ‘Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries’ series. I’ve been reading them
from the start, either via Netgalley or by being part of Ms Fox’s review crew.
Due to time restrictions this year, I stepped down from the review crew and
just bought my own copy. Reasonably priced and well worth it. I simply LOVE
Although I found ‘The Mint Julep’ story a little different from other books in the series, it wasn’t different in a bad way. Stories in this series, so far, tend to be made up of a “living” whodunit that parallels as “ghostly” whodunit. With ‘The Mint Julep Murders’ the two stories were very closely intertwined and balanced each other extremely well.
And oh so super creepy! A locked house that
was a really, really old Southern Asylum! I tend to read books at bedtime, with
just my tablet on in a dark room… there were parts of this book that I almost
found myself wanting to turn my bedside light on… So, thank you for the goose
bumps Ms Fox! ❤ I feel the fact I am watching a LOT of “Hauntings” and
ghost hunter/ paranormal TV shows lately that helped stir my imagination up,
but all the same the writing was perfect for the setting.
What I also loved, without giving away any spoilers, is that Verity never judged or assumed things about the ghostly residents. They were in an asylum, but she never once equated mental health to bad people. Yes she was cautious, as you should be of all strangers – living or dead – but she never just assumed that a ghost in an asylum was crazy or that insane meant bad. Huge thumbs up from the mental health community, or at least this member!
Verity was just her usual, wanting to help but out of her depth, strong-willed protagonist that I’ve come to love. Her relationships with both Frankie and Ellis are still evolving in interesting ways, but there wasn’t much Lucy in this story! No!!!! We need more Lucy! 😉 Thankfully there was an author’s note at the end of the book assuring readers like me that the next book – already being written – has a LOT of Lucy. What a relief! 😉
Book nerd side of things, there was no formatting or copy editing issues that I could see… This was a final print, not the usual ARC I read, and so was very satisfied to see the “book” side of things were perfect.
Would I recommend this book to others?
Yes I would… but you know what I’m going to say. This is book eight – so read all the other books first! I mean, you COULD read it as a stand-alone, but there are going to be gaps. Both big ones and little ones… the little ones could be skimmed, but not the big ones. So just grab the whole series, it’s well worth it and they are VERY reasonably priced.
Lovers of cosy mysteries with a sassy protagonist and a strong paranormal feel – you will love this book, and this series. Go get it now, and thank me later.
Would I buy this book for myself?
Yeah, well all know I already did as I’ve been saying it throughout this review. And I do not regret it one bit. Looking forward to buying the next one when it comes out too! And, as said, it was very reasonably priced for an eBook. Anything $10 and under is reasonable for an eBook to me… but maybe I’m a cheapskate? 😉
In summary: a gloriously spooky and entertaining continuation to a great series.