Review ~ Southern Spirits by Angie Fox @angiefoxauthor

Posted August 22, 2016 by Tanya in Cozy Mystery, Reviews / 4 Comments

Review ~ Southern Spirits by Angie Fox @angiefoxauthorSouthern Spirits by Angie Fox
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 7 hrs 33 mins
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #1
Published by Angie Fox on December 29, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 320
3 Stars
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I received this book for free from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.

Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity put an end to the disturbances. But soon Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms.

There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn't above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

Verity Long is so down on her luck. Practically homeless because of small town gossip. She is willing to do pretty much anything to keep her family home. When she accidentally releases a ghost that she can see it is quite a surprise and makes her last night in the house interesting.

The fun part is Frankie, her new ghostly buddy is a former gangster. He has a great idea on how Verity can get some money to keep the house. He gets Verity involved in ghostly adventure. Things turn out really interesting for her, and she gets at least a start to the path of keeping her home as well as giving a local policeman ideas on Verity’s powers.

Of all the people Verity should work for, it would be her ex-fiancé’s family. But she cannot pass up the opportunity Ellis is presenting her with.

Verity finds herself in deep with these new powers Frankie can give her and she works at the surprising mysteries that pop up despite being scared out of her mind.

It took awhile for me to warm up to Verity. I just didn’t feel a connection. I found her a bit of a whiner. The more we dove into the story and the more Verity pushed on despite her fear, I grew to appreciate her a little more. She was able to put a lot of her fear to the side and not only discover and investigate an unsolved crime, but she was able to put some spirits to rest.

I liked the slow beginnings of something between Verity and Ellis. That will be an interesting situation if something happens there.

The timing of the clues kept you interested enough to wonder just what was truly going on. The ending was a complete surprise but I just didn’t feel the danger involved in the ending scenes. That may have been my lack of connection to the characters. Southern Spirits was still interesting enough that I enjoyed the read. I also may have that “first book in a series” syndrome. I will be continuing on to see how Verity’s character evolves and what new mystery can come up in their little town.

I found the narration very high pitched and rushed, like everything was in panic mode. This may have contributed to my feelings that Verity sounded like a whiner. The timing evened out more towards the end of the book as we fell into a groove.

About Angie Fox

New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox writes fun, action-packed stories. She is best known for her Accidental Demon Slayer series, about a demon slayer who runs off with her grandmother’s gang of biker witches. Angie is also catching a lot of buzz for her new Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries. The first book is called Southern Spirits.

While Angie’s characters may be clever and fearless, in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, going up stairs when it’s all dark behind her, and (her friends have way too much fun with this one) puppets.

Angie lives in St. Louis, with her football-addicted husband, two kids, and Moxie the dog.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge
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  • Pretty sure I have the kindle of this one! Might need to get the audio upgrade 😉 I like that narrator lol

    • It took me a little while to get into the narration as Verity’s situation was almost a constant panic so the narration seemed rushed for the longest time. This is a great narrator though, so I hope you get it and enjoy it!

  • I’ve not read this series yet. I have been listening to the Demon Slayer series, also narrated by Tavia Gilbert. I want to try this series too. Sorry this one was a bit rushed. Maybe the next book will be a little less frantic.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I’ve had the Demon Slayers on the list for quite some time. I’d like to get to them to kind of compare. I think it is hard too because I’m not used to cozy mysteries.