Joan T Mueller
Verity and Frankie are back sharing an exciting adventure that occurs during a small town tradition. This book was a new direction in the series for the author. It had a few directional plots that emphasized relationships between people. It was interesting to see Verity’s mom introduced to the reader as a secondary character after only being mentioned in passing in other books. Additionally, further depth is added to Frankie and Molly. High school renovation leads to the digging up of time capsule projects from graduating classes during this year’s Homecoming Week. Scores of former graduates including Verity’s mom gather for the celebration providing more suspects for Verity’s murder investigation. The plot twists and quirky characters let the reader enjoy how Verity investigates without letting people know she is speaking with ghosts in the middle of the Homecoming crowds. I laughed aloud at the dialogue and the coverups that prevented ordinary people from realizing that ghosts were all around them. The plot was complex and I was kept guessing concerning the actual murderer until the revelation in the final chapter. I really enjoyed this book. I received an ARC for review. I would highly recommend this book.
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Perfect to put you in the mood for Fall! Fox has delivered another fun, entertaining story with all of the crew from Sugarland, plus some visiting relatives. Set amid the High School homecoming weekend, this story brings Verity’s mother, Tilly, and husband Carl back into the fold for the festivities. Mom is anxious to reconnect with her BFF, but a decades old tragedy comes to light and has Verity on the trail of a killer. Her efforts are minimally hampered by her mom’s inability to keep her mouth closed, but with the help of gangster ghost, Frankie, and her cop boyfriend, Ellis, she’s determined to find the answers at all costs. Frankie finds himself in some hot water (again!) with the love of his life, and agrees to help with the unofficial investigation only if Verity will straighten things out for him. We also get a generous helping of Verity’s pet skunk, Lucy, who is enjoying her gramma time. Fox always lays out a rich setting, with the perfect amount of detail to give the reader a clear vision of the story. The characters are quite familiar, now, and gain dimension and depth with every book. The Southern Ghost Hunter books are a delightful series, easy to read, well developed plots, fantastic, quirky characters and always a satisfying ending. Each book stands alone, but reading them from the first is just the best. I highly recommend Haunted Homecoming for mystery lovers, like me, or anyone who appreciates a great story with memorable characters!
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The Haunted Homecoming by Angie Fox has Verity Long welcoming her mother, Tilly and stepdad to Sugarland, Tennessee for the 106th Annual Sugarland Homecoming Festival. The town will be opening their time capsule that weekend as well. When the time capsule is opened, a woman in a red dress is found dead inside. It turns out to be Tilly’s best friend who disappeared the night of her homecoming dance. Tilly asks Verity to investigate and get justice for her friend. Verity will have to do her sleuthing while helping Frankie evade a Cuban mobster intent on killing him (after a couple of decades of torture). Verity will need to solve the murder with one reluctant ghost and one overeager mother. The Haunted Homecoming by Angie Fox is the 10th The Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery. It can be read as a standalone, but you will be missing out on a delightful series. I look forward to reading a new Verity and Frankie book each year and so does my mother. When she heard I had gotten The Haunted Homecoming, she insisted I download it on her device. I thought The Haunted Homecoming was easy to read with developed characters and plenty of humor. I laughed often while reading this entertaining tale (and so did my mother). Verity must deal with her mother who insists on telling people every detail of her life (especially the embarrassing stories and stuff Verity wants kept secret like her ghost hunting adventures). Frankie, of course, is up to no good. He has a Cuban mobster gunning for him which has Frankie plotting a way to get even. The mystery was fun to follow. A cold case has Verity questioning her mother’s old classmates—those alive and those who have passed. Verity had plenty of “help” from her mother. Verity’s mother provided many laugh-out-loud moments that included Lucy’s wearing a cheerleading outfit with a bow for her head and a wreath for Frankie’s shed. The author ended the book on a cliffhanger which has me eager to read Give Up the Ghost. You cannot help but love a book that makes you laugh and smile. The Haunted Homecoming is witty tale with an aggrieved girlfriend, a killer Cuban, a rumormonger mother, a freaked-out Frankie, a lovable Lucy, and a vexed Verity.