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Cozy Mysteries are not my normal genre; however, one of my closest friends was telling me how much she enjoyed this audio, and since we have similar taste in books I decided to give it a try. I have to admit, it was an entertaining audio, and Tavia really brought the characters and emotions to life. I loved her performance, and thought it was very lively and animated, but could see how some might thing it was over the top.
Through a series of unfortunate events, Verity finds she needs to raise money quickly to pay off her ex fiancé's family so she decides to sell her family's home. While going through some old items, she stumbles across a dirty old vase filled with dust, and proceeds to clean it, and dump the dust into the rose garden. To her horror and shock, she finds out it wasn't dust, but rather the ashes to a gangster named Frankie, when his ghost appears. Frankie wasn't too pleased with Verity the dumping his ashes, because now he is tied to the house. After her initial shock, Verity and Frankie strike up a odd friendship, and a deal.
Frankie knows where Verity can find some hidden money to pay off the debt so she can keep her home, but in return she must try to help free him. They start searching for the hidden loot, and end up face to face with Ellis, her ex-fiancé's brother, who also happens to be a cop. He's not buying her story about ghost or the hidden money, but when strange things start happening at the house he is renovating, he hires Verity to get rid of his ghostly pest. Even though she is new to ghost, and doesn't really know what she is doing, she needs the money badly, and against her better judgment, she takes the job. She maybe a novice, but with her sidekick Frankie, she just might be able to rid Ellis of his ghost. However, things become dangerous real quick as they investigate, encounter other ghost, evil spirits, and find clues, something or someone will do everything to try to stop them from uncovering the truth.
This story was filled with mystery, suspense, danger, and a spark of romance. The more time Verity and Ellis spend with each other, the more they realize they really are not what the other thought. Overall, I enjoyed my first Angie Fox story, and think it is a great fit for any cozy mystery lover.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I was very surprised and pleased by this book. Let me start by saying that Tavia Gilbert did a great job of dramatizing this book. She added extra drama and excitement in all of the right areas. I also love that she didn't over do a southern drawl. Her accent was perfect.
As far as the book goes, it was interesting with a fast paced plot and lots of twists and turns. The characters were believable and likable. No one had a perfect or easy life. There was just a little bit of romance and lots of drama and mystery. I bought the second book after I listened to the first few chapters. This has the potential for being a great series.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I should explain that I came across book 1.5 first and then moved on to book two but in the end couldn't resist going back and taking a peek at this book which is book one in the series. I'm so glad I did, as it is every bit as great as the others and listening to them in the wrong order did not detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. Sometimes unusual stories can have groany, disappointing endings - good endings, it is said, are hard to write. Not these; Angie Fox keeps the action and tension going right to the end and all so far have come to a good, satisfying conclusion. I also like Angie's writing style; it is full of an energy and sparkle that keeps you listening.
I really enjoy the way the supernatural is mixed with the ordinary to produce a very unusual, gripping, page turner of a book that is filled with a lot of humanity too. Once again Tavia Gilbert gives an amazing performance as narrator and I think she is the final perfect ingredient that makes the story live for the listener.
I only review books I really like so you won't see a negative review from me. But trust me, I don't gush about everything I read, Audible knows I return quite a few.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Was looking for some easy listening... This was perfect!! Fun, cheery & well written... and, a big plus for me, it wasn't romance-driven and the heroine wasn't an insultingly ditsy girl! Would recommend it, if you're in the mood for some lighthearted mystery (ghosts, yes, but essentially real-world)!! Give it a try!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
for anyone who likes ghost stories this is a light hearted enjoyable book. Tavia Gilbert is an excellent narrator and very easy to listen too.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I loved the ghost Frankie. he has a real attitude and makes out he is so tough, but even as the book progressed it gives you the opinion that he has a softer side which I hope comes more to light in future books.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I loved it when Frankie first appeared to Verity