Another day. Another funeral. Another ghost. Another average day in the life of young funeral home director, Emma Lee Raines. After a perilous run-in with a plastic Santa Claus, Emma Lee, co-owner of Eternal Slumber Funeral Home in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, sees the ghost of town gossip Ruthie Sue Payne, who is proving to be a real pain, more so in death than while living. Recently deceased, Ruthie reveals to Emma Lee that her demise wasn't caused by accidentally falling down the steps at the Sleepy Hollow Inn as everyone believes—she was pushed...murdered. In order for the ghost to cross over—and for Emma Lee to be rid of Ruthie for good—she must find a desperate killer...or risk being haunted forever.
FROM MY MIND'S EYE:
What a fun read! This was mystery, paranormal and romance all rolled into one delightful book! And all of it came with a strong southern flair.
Kappes created a really quirky heroine in Emma Lee Raines, who of all things was a funeral home director, (the family business). Complicating the life and times of Emma Lee was a whole small southern town full of gossipy characters, including the ghost of Ruthie Sue Payne, a recent resident of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home. Emma Lee's life took a turn into the unnatural when she realized she could see and hear Ruthie Sue's pleas for help in crossing over to the bright beyond. The gossipy town labeled Emma Lee a looney tune with the exception of our leading man, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, who actually believed in Emma Lee's unnatural ability.
The story was fast moving with lots of suspects, twists and turns. And although in hindsight, I should have guessed the villain, I sure didn't and that was an enjoyable surprise to me. It's a light hearted and fun read and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of paranormal with their mystery!
I rated this a five wink read.
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