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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 to 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 Wydell is in possession of a stunning historic property h 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 to 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 Wydell 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?


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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 to 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 Wydell is in possession of a stunning historic property h 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 to 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 Wydell 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?

30 review for Southern Spirits

  1. 4 out of 5

    ♛✨ Christine ♛✨

    Southern Spirits is perfect for anyone in the mood for a mystery involving paranormal, romance action and fun. This novel has everything… Humour! Ghosts! Mystery! Suspense! One resident bad boy you just have to fall in love with! Verity is strong, sassy, entertaining and could pass as a detective. She is an amazing heroine that many readers will adore! This story is a very smooth novel to read. It will leave you absolutely breathless with laughter! A very intriguing and stunning read! The whole novel co Southern Spirits is perfect for anyone in the mood for a mystery involving paranormal, romance action and fun. This novel has everything… Humour! Ghosts! Mystery! Suspense! One resident bad boy you just have to fall in love with! Verity is strong, sassy, entertaining and could pass as a detective. She is an amazing heroine that many readers will adore! This story is a very smooth novel to read. It will leave you absolutely breathless with laughter! A very intriguing and stunning read! The whole novel concept with the ghosts, plot and mystery is unbelievably good! You will, no doubt, be loving not only the plot but each and every character Ms Angie Fox introduces…so buckle up for one hell of a ride! ARC kindly provided by Season Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Southern Spirits by Angie Fox Narrated by Tavia Gillett This is such a fun and funny book. It is clever, witty, has great ghosts, mysteries, wonderful dialogue, and so much humor thrown in that I was giggling like a school girl. The narrator was so good at talking as if she was terrified with a trembling voice, and still say something snarling or witty, and continue with the terrified conversation! She made it sound hilarious! This narrator really took this book far! I don't think it would have be Southern Spirits by Angie Fox Narrated by Tavia Gillett This is such a fun and funny book. It is clever, witty, has great ghosts, mysteries, wonderful dialogue, and so much humor thrown in that I was giggling like a school girl. The narrator was so good at talking as if she was terrified with a trembling voice, and still say something snarling or witty, and continue with the terrified conversation! She made it sound hilarious! This narrator really took this book far! I don't think it would have been as good with just me reading it. She made it really Pop!! Great job!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. 3.5 Stars! I ended up enjoying this story quite a bit. I decided to pick this book up because I was in the mood for a light, easy read. This book filled that order quite nicely. I caught myself smiling a few times during the story and I just loved the fact that the main character, Verity, has a pet skunk. What really caught my eye with this book was the paranormal aspect. I tend to love to read about anything that falls into that category so I This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. 3.5 Stars! I ended up enjoying this story quite a bit. I decided to pick this book up because I was in the mood for a light, easy read. This book filled that order quite nicely. I caught myself smiling a few times during the story and I just loved the fact that the main character, Verity, has a pet skunk. What really caught my eye with this book was the paranormal aspect. I tend to love to read about anything that falls into that category so I was more than ready for this little ghost story. Once the mystery in the story really got going, I will admit that I was hooked. I don't read a whole lot of cozy mysteries because all too often, I seem to figure out the mystery before the big reveal. That wasn't the case with this book and I have to admit that I didn't have a clue what was really going on until it was revealed. I just loved the Ghostbusters and Poltergeist references in the story. I liked the characters in this book. Verity had a lot of spunk and just deals with things as they happen. She doesn't want to sell her house and is trying to avoid it but she is coping. Ellis was an all around good guy. He is a police officer who is also in the middle of rehabbing a property. He needs a little bit of help with his ghost problem so he enlists the help of Verity. The ghost, Frankie, was actually a nice guy who really tried to help Verity despite his criminal lifestyle. I didn't love everything about the book. I couldn't believe how easily Verity accepted that she now had a ghost following her around and how quickly he talked her into doing things. I also didn't think that she would be so quick to accept any kind of offer from her fiance's brother. I didn't let either of those things bother me as I read the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with a paranormal focus. This was a great book for anyone looking for something that's fun without being series. This is the first book by Angie Fox that I have had a chance to read. I will probably continue on with this series. I received a copy of this book from Season Publishing via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nadia

    This is me after finishing Southern Spirits Angie Fox is a new to me author, so I was a bit sceptical starting Southern Spirits, but couple of pages in, my scepticism was forgotten and now, I can't wait for the sequel to come out. The story is easy to read and follow, and quite addictive. From the first page on, it gripped my attention, I had to see what would happen next and I kept thinking just one more page or just this chapter. I ended up reading till the wee hours. We see everything with Veri This is me after finishing Southern Spirits Angie Fox is a new to me author, so I was a bit sceptical starting Southern Spirits, but couple of pages in, my scepticism was forgotten and now, I can't wait for the sequel to come out. The story is easy to read and follow, and quite addictive. From the first page on, it gripped my attention, I had to see what would happen next and I kept thinking just one more page or just this chapter. I ended up reading till the wee hours. We see everything with Verity's eyes and she's such a lovable heroine. She accidentally finds herself in a strange situation, but she takes it all in stride, never allowing anyone or anything to hold her down. She kept her wits about her at all times and she saved herself out of lot of dangerous situations. Of course, she did kinda put herself in danger in the first place, but I chose not to hold that against her. Verity is also the first character I've read about that had a skunk for a pet. I wonder how that works. Can they really be domesticated? I'll have to google it later. Frankie, Verity's friendly ghost was a blast! I adore him. They had a rocky start, but they quickly overcame their differences and became sort of partners in crime, but also friends who cared and looked after each other. And can I just say how cool it is that he's 1920s gangster! The scene where he starts shooting his ghostly revolver trying to cover for Verity was epic! I have absolutely no complaints about the plot or the characters (which is a rare thing), but what this book could use is some editing. Southern Spirits was such an enjoyable read. Entertaining, funny and fast paced, with characters you can't but love, it's just a perfect read when you're feeling down or just want to forget about the outside world. It's my definition of a feel good book. Thanks to Season Publishing for providing me with a copy via NetGalley. Read first: January 9 to 10, 2015

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    Confession time, I made a huge boo boo and started this series from the second book by mistake, oops! So it's with great delight that I've finally got the back story on Verity, Ellis and of course Frankie the frequently inappropriate and very non PC ghost. Set in the south this southern belle may be a thoroughly modern miss but she's also brave, witty and not above putting herself in danger to help those who need it be they dead or alive! Now let's be honest if you discovered your fiancée was a c Confession time, I made a huge boo boo and started this series from the second book by mistake, oops! So it's with great delight that I've finally got the back story on Verity, Ellis and of course Frankie the frequently inappropriate and very non PC ghost. Set in the south this southern belle may be a thoroughly modern miss but she's also brave, witty and not above putting herself in danger to help those who need it be they dead or alive! Now let's be honest if you discovered your fiancée was a cheating scum bag would you go through with the wedding? No? Well alrighty then you already understand Verity and the way she thinks but the family she's tangled up with are kind of nothing like mere plebs and are considered by local society as anything but hoi polloi and right now Verity is in deep do do as she struggles not only to pay for the expensive wedding she ditched but keep both her home and good name to boot! So imagine discovering a ghost on her property , one who is kind of stuck but after a somewhat inauspicious beginning this odd partnership takes Verity places she just doesn't believe . Well would you believe in being a psychic detective ? Because that's just what ghost hunting Verity is about to become. This is such a funny read and I love Verity's personality but don't think it's just fluff because it's quick moving too with a tight plot featuring the odd red herring and an adventure that kept me guessing. Plus with Frankie around its chock full of interesting side notes and characters. Not exactly a romance but as Verity gets to know Ellis you just know it's going to make for rather uncomfortable get togethers at Christmas time ! I really liked this book and happily recommend the whole series

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    A cozy mystery with ghosts! Verity is about to lose the house her grandmother left her because she is dead broke, sued by the cheating rot-crawler she was going to marry. It didn't help that she dumped him at the altar, and to make sure he got the message, showed up at the reception to smash cake into his face. Unfortunately his family is prominent in Sugarland, and so she's pretty much toast. While cleaning the last of the items after her auction, she finds an odd urn, tries to scrub it out . . . A cozy mystery with ghosts! Verity is about to lose the house her grandmother left her because she is dead broke, sued by the cheating rot-crawler she was going to marry. It didn't help that she dumped him at the altar, and to make sure he got the message, showed up at the reception to smash cake into his face. Unfortunately his family is prominent in Sugarland, and so she's pretty much toast. While cleaning the last of the items after her auction, she finds an odd urn, tries to scrub it out . . . and discovers too late that she is now haunted by a Prohibition-era gangster named Frankie. With Frankie's help, she ends up getting involved in a local mystery, along with handsome sheriff Ellis . . . brother to afore-mentioned sleazy ex-fiance. Naturally Verity has to keep that quiet, as the two go about exploring a very dangerous area that seems to be haunted not only by ghosts but a poltergeist. Sometimes ghosts need therapy, too. With her pet skunk Lucy, her awesome librarian sister Melody, and Ellis, Verity is ready to tackle this world and the next to solve the mystery. It's funny, sweet, scary, and very vivid, the first of a series that I'm not surprised is becoming more popular as each new one comes out.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aisling Zena

    Free on Amazon.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/Southern-Spi...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Cute and quirky. A Southern Belle. Ghosts. They're things I find hard to resist. Put all three in a book and I'll probably buy it but calling a spade a spade, nine times out of ten they end up somewhere between monotonous and infuriating. Then along comes a book like this which reminds me just how great the genre can be.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    Months ago, I downloaded this book on a whim and it has been gathering electronic dust until a few days ago when I decided to give it a try. Fortunately, it has turned out to be a nice surprise. Author Angie Fox’s quick-thinking female protagonist Verity was the main reason I enjoyed this book. She is quick without being snarky, a trait most fictional characters find hard to master. The humorous asides began on the first page of the book: “Grandma had said it made gossip travel even faster, the w Months ago, I downloaded this book on a whim and it has been gathering electronic dust until a few days ago when I decided to give it a try. Fortunately, it has turned out to be a nice surprise. Author Angie Fox’s quick-thinking female protagonist Verity was the main reason I enjoyed this book. She is quick without being snarky, a trait most fictional characters find hard to master. The humorous asides began on the first page of the book: “Grandma had said it made gossip travel even faster, the way they built houses so close together these days. I always told her that the good citizens of Sugarland, Tennessee, needed no help.” The idea of having a ghostly sidekick is not new, though Ms. Fox handles the relationship in a fresh way, devising what the dead gangster Frankie could do to help Verity as well as developing drawbacks that curtailed his power. Ms. Fox skillfully draws out the story of Verity’s personal life through witty references to past events. The mystery side of the plot was good, although the very end was reminiscent of a Scoobydoo episode. While I might have wished for a bit more believability, the strength of the author’s prose helped me through. The love interest part of the plot was passable. I found it difficult to accept the picture of the tough-talking Verity acting so impulsively at times, but overall, I was still happy with the book and will probably move on to the next tale in the series. Four stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jasmin Jace

    Wow! Just wow! I finally found a book that took me out of my reading slump! And, what made me happier is that it's a series! Which means I could still be with these amazing characters for a longer time. Paranormal romance is the genre that made me fall in love with reading and this book just reminded me why I fell in love with it at the first place. It's the only genre that could give me the total escape from reality that I want and for this reason, I have higher criteria of satisfaction when it Wow! Just wow! I finally found a book that took me out of my reading slump! And, what made me happier is that it's a series! Which means I could still be with these amazing characters for a longer time. Paranormal romance is the genre that made me fall in love with reading and this book just reminded me why I fell in love with it at the first place. It's the only genre that could give me the total escape from reality that I want and for this reason, I have higher criteria of satisfaction when it comes to these types of books. Fortunately for me, Southern Spirits gave me the satisfaction I need. It's an easy fun read with a little bit of drama, comedy, mystery and of course, a touch of romance. Verity, Ellis and Frankie are all amazing characters that you'll surely fall in love with. Note: this is currently free on Amazon and I have no idea until when so I advise you to grab it now! I assure you it's a very good read. 🙂

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meigan

    Poor Verity Long just can't catch a break. After leaving her fiancé at the alter on the heels of some disturbing circumstances, Verity was forced to pay for the wedding that never happened, thanks to her bitter and vindictive would-have-been mother-in-law. On the brink of losing her ancestral home, her grandma's antebellum mansion, Verity is now the laughingstock and resident outcast of Sugarland, Tennessee. Once a thriving graphic designer, no one will hire Verity. Poor (literally and figurativ Poor Verity Long just can't catch a break. After leaving her fiancé at the alter on the heels of some disturbing circumstances, Verity was forced to pay for the wedding that never happened, thanks to her bitter and vindictive would-have-been mother-in-law. On the brink of losing her ancestral home, her grandma's antebellum mansion, Verity is now the laughingstock and resident outcast of Sugarland, Tennessee. Once a thriving graphic designer, no one will hire Verity. Poor (literally and figuratively) girl owns 3 thrift-shop dresses, eats ramen for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and sleeps in an empty house. Well, not completely empty. She owns a futon and a strange vase. And a skunk named Lucy. As if that weren't bad enough, she now has the ability to see ghosts, thanks to a simple mistake on her part. Ellis Wydell, the brother of the fiancé scorned, hires Verity to take care of some odd happenings around the property he's restoring. Initially, Ellis takes the approach that the rest of the town does towards Verity -- thinking she's nothing but a gold-digging troublemaker, he isn't all that warm and friendly. As the story progresses, both Ellis and Verity realize the other isn't what they seem. Ellis sees that Verity isn't a bad person, that she's the one who was actually wronged. Verity discovers that Ellis isn't like his family, the uppity, holier-than-thou Wydells. Together, they made a great team and there's even a hint of romance blossoming. At its heart, Southern Spirits is a cozy mystery infused with a touch of the paranormal with it's ghostly characters, peppered with humor, and based in a fictional southern town steeped with history and charm that's often found in real southern cities. Fox's no-nonsense, simplistic writing style made this such a quick, enjoyable read. Despite the simplicity, Fox leaves nothing to the imagination. Every last detail was given, leaving nothing to be assumed by the reader. The characters, both living and dead, were complex and dimensional, the town was richly drawn, and the murder mystery wasn't all that easy to figure out, which is always a huge plus. One of my favorite aspects of this story were the ghostly residents. While most of them were friendly, they certainly weren't Casper. Unless Casper was a gangster with a bullet hole in his head. All told, Southern spirits was a fun, fast-paced mystery full of delightful characters and humor. Angie Fox was a new-to-me author when I stared this book, and I am so excited to have stumbled across her work. In fact, I loved it so much that upon finishing, I immediately went and purchased her other series, the Demon Slayer series. I have a feeling that Angie Fox is quickly going to become one of my favorites, and one that I look forward to with each new release. **eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy SOUTHERN SPIRITS is a fun and surprisingly fast read. I enjoy some quirk in these light paranormal stories and this book is full of quirks from Verity's pet skunk to the many types of ghosts with their own odd issues and relationships. The story follows Verity on her attempt to solve a decades old murder mystery in order to get money to pay off her debt and keep her house. There is a ton of action and suspense along with a pretty clever bad guy reveal t Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy SOUTHERN SPIRITS is a fun and surprisingly fast read. I enjoy some quirk in these light paranormal stories and this book is full of quirks from Verity's pet skunk to the many types of ghosts with their own odd issues and relationships. The story follows Verity on her attempt to solve a decades old murder mystery in order to get money to pay off her debt and keep her house. There is a ton of action and suspense along with a pretty clever bad guy reveal that I did not see coming at first. With a decades old murder to solve, Verity ends up going into lots of old haunted buildings and I spent half the time mentally telling Verity to not go down into the very scary, dark room! I like Verity and admire her courage in being able to adjust to seeing and communicating with ghosts all of a sudden. The secondary characters I loved most were the ghosts she encountered with fun backstories and interesting lives even in their afterlives. The way Verity can 'see' the ghost world is really cool too. I had a hard time warming up to Ellis, Verity's love interest. In part it was due to his being so horrible to Verity in the beginning but as the story went on and they were supposed to grow closer to some sort of romance I couldn't buy it. Perhaps I need to see more interactions between them to really buy more than them having grown from more than mild respect which is what I had for Ellis at the end of SOUTHERN SPIRITS. One of the touches I love with Angie Fox's stories is her addition of adorable pets. Her Accidental Demon Slayer series had a talking dog, and now The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series has an adorable pet skunk who is the impetus for some very hilarious moments. SOUTHERN SPIRITS is a good start to a lighthearted paranormal mystery series with some loveable characters, spooky sights, and a kindling romance.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lynsey (A Bookish Life)

    Oh, what fun! Here's a delicious new light paranormal mystery series for you! Featuring a delightful and somewhat misunderstood heroine, helpful (and not-so helpful) ghosts, a budding romance AND a plot so well done I didn't guess the bad guy! Consider me a happy camper! If you enjoyed H.P. Mallory's series of a similar theme from last year (first book: Ghouls Rush In), you'll love this too!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susana

    3.5 Stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"

    3 stars I've had this one on my TBR pile for a while. I almost DNF'd in the beginning. However, I kept reading and I'm glad I did. There quite a few reviews (1 star - 5 star) for this book and are much better in explaining the details. I liked the tension between Ellis and Verity - and while it might have been obvious to other readers, I was surprised about the "villain." I also liked that Verity actually communicates with the ghosts. Not quite sure why some move on and some don't. I will read th 3 stars I've had this one on my TBR pile for a while. I almost DNF'd in the beginning. However, I kept reading and I'm glad I did. There quite a few reviews (1 star - 5 star) for this book and are much better in explaining the details. I liked the tension between Ellis and Verity - and while it might have been obvious to other readers, I was surprised about the "villain." I also liked that Verity actually communicates with the ghosts. Not quite sure why some move on and some don't. I will read the next one because of Ellis. I've got my eye on him.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Southern Spirits is the first book in Angie Fox's new series Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. I enjoy her other series Demon Slayer, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did. Verity Long is a little down on her luck. That will happen when you refuse to marry your fiancé, who happens to be from one of the most influential families in your small town. It turns out that a man scorned can be just as vindictive as a woman. T I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Southern Spirits is the first book in Angie Fox's new series Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. I enjoy her other series Demon Slayer, so I thought I would give it a try. I'm so glad I did. Verity Long is a little down on her luck. That will happen when you refuse to marry your fiancé, who happens to be from one of the most influential families in your small town. It turns out that a man scorned can be just as vindictive as a woman. The only thing Verity has left from her ex-fiancé is a dusty old vase. Who knew it held ashes? Now, the ghost isn't happy to be trapped, and Verity can see and communicate with the spirit world with the help of said ghost. If Verity's life wasn't interesting enough, her ex-finance's brother, Ellis, needs her help using her new found abilities. Can Verity set her ghost free? Will Verity and Ellis be able to work together despite the family history? Verity is one tough cookie. Life may get her down, but Verity won't be down long. She has an easy going personality which comes in handy since wherever Verity goes trouble is not far behind. Did I mention she has an interesting pet? Only Verity would have a pet skunk, Lucy. Love her! This was a fun, suspense-filled read that I did not want to put down. I would definitely recommend.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The first book in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series by Angie Fox. Verity Long dumped her fiancé at the altar with good reasons but that doesn't stop his family from suing her and now she faces the loss of her home in the upcoming days. When she traps a ghost to her property she thinks she has a way to save her home. I saw it listed as a cozy mystery so I wasn't expecting a romance but there is a romantic element in the story. I will certainly continue the series. It was a fun read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Shitty week = drown myself in cutesie books like this

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ira

    Not sure how to write a review for this one:) A well written story and currently FREE on Amazon, get your copy quick because it was good:) Our heroine Verity, accidentally trap Frankie, a ghost of 1920's gangster who died because someone shot him between his eyes. He was well dress and wearing Panama hat, and talked like a typical baddie from a vintage movie, it's funny after you pass the spooky bits when he appeared. Frankie not happy when he find out Verity wanted to sell the house, because he wa Not sure how to write a review for this one:) A well written story and currently FREE on Amazon, get your copy quick because it was good:) Our heroine Verity, accidentally trap Frankie, a ghost of 1920's gangster who died because someone shot him between his eyes. He was well dress and wearing Panama hat, and talked like a typical baddie from a vintage movie, it's funny after you pass the spooky bits when he appeared. Frankie not happy when he find out Verity wanted to sell the house, because he was trapped there, but V didn't have a choice, she jilted her bloody cheat ex! Now his local strong first family told her to pay the wedding cost which is a lot and they're too powerful to ignore, poor thing! But the good thing is Frankie was a baddie when he was alive, he knew few things how to find some money and he can help Verity to see the supernatural part when she needed to. Here the start of their weird friendship:) Oh, Frankie is not the hero, that will be the cheat ex's black sheep brother Ellis, a deputy sheriff who by accident saw what Verity capable of and asked and will pay her If she can help him to removed the ghost in old haunted building he bought! Don't read at night by yourself, those aren't pretty ghosts. They look like how they were died. When I read, usually I was sitting on my cozy sofa, telly on, and having nice hot chocolate at night. Last night, sitting in the dark beside sleeping hubby under the duvet, lol 😂😂. But it was a fun read and Frankie is awesome! 😂😂 I will certainly continue reading this series!

  20. 5 out of 5

    ~Mindy Lynn~

    Amazon freebie 7/14/17

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This book took maybe a chapter to get into and then I was hooked and couldn't put it down. This was a one-sitting book for me and I RARELY have time to do that. This book had humor and danger and mystery and a gangster ghost from the 20s. What more could a reader possibly want? Oh, yeah, a hunky sheriff who needed the MC to help him with his poltergeist problem. Always a positive! The secondary characters were used well, but I would love to get to know them better in future books. The sister espec This book took maybe a chapter to get into and then I was hooked and couldn't put it down. This was a one-sitting book for me and I RARELY have time to do that. This book had humor and danger and mystery and a gangster ghost from the 20s. What more could a reader possibly want? Oh, yeah, a hunky sheriff who needed the MC to help him with his poltergeist problem. Always a positive! The secondary characters were used well, but I would love to get to know them better in future books. The sister especially seems really sweet and smart, if a little divided in her interests. I like how the manly macho sheriff helped our MC out, but he didn't rescue her every single time. Verity was a strong woman who was doing the best she could to keep her home and her sanity, from being lost forever. Yes, that statement was a bit dramatic, but the book does have some drama in it, so it works. I really liked the peeks into the ghostly side of things and "Jilted Josephine" was really awesome, when Verity got to know her. Excellent set of characters, good people and bad people, good ghosts and bad ones. The characters, especially the ghosts, made the book for me. I highly recommend this book to those who like their cozies with a dash of the paranormal and a hint of romance. Five stars, all the way. My thanks to NetGalley and Season Publishing for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Plot Monster

    Southern Spirits by Angie Fox is a refreshingly fun paranormal cozy mystery. It is a fast, easy read that leaves you wanting more. Lucky for you this is just the first in a series. It is not particularly scary so if you are looking for horror, this is not the book for you. However, it is full of quirky humor and southern sass. After the first few pages I thought, "Oh, no. This is going to be bad." But, I was wrong. Keep going. It definitely picks up. If you enjoy cozy mysteries you will love South Southern Spirits by Angie Fox is a refreshingly fun paranormal cozy mystery. It is a fast, easy read that leaves you wanting more. Lucky for you this is just the first in a series. It is not particularly scary so if you are looking for horror, this is not the book for you. However, it is full of quirky humor and southern sass. After the first few pages I thought, "Oh, no. This is going to be bad." But, I was wrong. Keep going. It definitely picks up. If you enjoy cozy mysteries you will love Southern Spirits. Plus, right now it is free on Amazon.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    A fun ghost story I started to read this book last night and finished it this afternoon. This was a fun easy read that I really enjoyed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Brown

    3.5 rounded up to 4 stars Very cute, light read that's part ghost story, part mystery, part romance, and part comedy. As the first in a multi-book series (each of which, I believe, can be read as a stand-alone), the first part of this one establishes the premise. Verity Long of Sugarland, Tennessee accidentally awakens the spirit of Frankie the German, a 1920s gangster when he was alive. He died from a bullet in his forehead and still has the hole in his head to prove it. Due to Verity's error, he 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars Very cute, light read that's part ghost story, part mystery, part romance, and part comedy. As the first in a multi-book series (each of which, I believe, can be read as a stand-alone), the first part of this one establishes the premise. Verity Long of Sugarland, Tennessee accidentally awakens the spirit of Frankie the German, a 1920s gangster when he was alive. He died from a bullet in his forehead and still has the hole in his head to prove it. Due to Verity's error, he's chained to her family home except when she leaves the property with the ugly urn in which some of his ashes still reside. Frankie's ghostly energy allows Verity to see and hear what's going on in the spiritual plane. This comes in handy because Verity needs a large chunk of cash to save her home. Otherwise, she must sell it to repay the mother of her ex-fiance for the wedding reception costs--the scumbag had put the moves on Verity's younger sister at the rehearsal dinner, and Verity wisely called off the wedding at the last minute. Unfortunately, the Wydells are a powerful family in Sugarland, and their version of what happened has turned Verity into a pariah in the community. Frankie knows there's a stash of old money hidden in a neighborhood haunted house, so off Verity goes with the urn so she can find it and keep her house. The local officer who shows up when there's a disturbance turns out to be Ellis Wydell, older brother of aforementioned scumbag. From here, Verity and Frankie (and Ellis) end up at an old liquor distillery and carriage house dealing with a poltergeist that's destroying new renovations underway. This leads to a mystery--who's been digging in the cellar, and why? What is this ghost so ticked off about? Even the other spirits hanging around the property are wary of it. Naturally, there are all kinds of convenient coincidences. Neither the encounters with ghosts nor the attempts on Verity's life are particularly scary. (We're not talking a Stephen King novel here.) The characters don't have a lot of depth to them and aren't always believable (Verity stays way too calm in extraordinary circumstances, and Frankie talks in stereotypical gangster style rather than like a born-and-bred Tennessee Southerner, for example), but they're pleasant book company. All in all, I liked it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tara♥

    Cute read. The writing was a bit clunky so the story moved in a weird kind of way but I’d like to give the next one a go!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Morris

    “Southern Spirits” is the perfect cozy mystery for a rainy winter’s day. There is plenty of humor, a pet skunk, and southern charm, along with the beginning of what promises to be a steamy romance. Don’t be fooled, though, as there were some legitimate scares to be found. A really fun adult mystery read! This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

  27. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Southern Spirits by Angie Fox is the first book in her new series, Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. This book was so much fun to read that I hated to put it down until the end. Verity Long is strong, sassy, compassionate and determined. She dumped her fiancee after finding out he had been cheating on her and other disgusting things. Unfortunately, she now has to pay for the wedding that didn't happen and she doesn't have the money. She has sold everything she owns and the family home is up next. Southern Spirits by Angie Fox is the first book in her new series, Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. This book was so much fun to read that I hated to put it down until the end. Verity Long is strong, sassy, compassionate and determined. She dumped her fiancee after finding out he had been cheating on her and other disgusting things. Unfortunately, she now has to pay for the wedding that didn't happen and she doesn't have the money. She has sold everything she owns and the family home is up next. She is hoping for a miracle and one does come along in a totally unexpected way. Ellis Wydell is the brother to Verity's ex-fiancee. Unfortunately, he believes every word that his brother has said about Verity being a gold digger. However, he ends up needing her help to eliminate some ghosts at his new purchase, a stately southern mansion that he is trying to renovate. Frankie is Verity's ghost partner/companion and he was such an integral character in helping Verity to begin her new job of "ghost hunter". She needs him to see and understand other ghosts but it's the information that he gets from other ghosts that continue to move Verity's story along. He was so much fun throughout the entire story and I really liked him. The writing was smooth and fast paced with a current day mystery to add to Verity's ghost hunting. This story has all the entertainment that I love to read - humor, ghosts, mystery and just a touch of romance. I will definitely be watching for the next book in this series. I received an ARC from Season Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Southern Spirits by Angie Fox is a just a delightful cozy mystery. Verity Long is not having a good year. She broke off her wedding to Beau Wydell after catching him with another woman (again). Beau and his mother sue Verity for the cost of the wedding and she is forced to sell off everything she owns. While rinsing out a vase that Verity thought was full of dust, she meets Frankie the German. Frankie is a gangster ghost from the 1920’s. The vase turns out to be his urn and Verity just washed hi Southern Spirits by Angie Fox is a just a delightful cozy mystery. Verity Long is not having a good year. She broke off her wedding to Beau Wydell after catching him with another woman (again). Beau and his mother sue Verity for the cost of the wedding and she is forced to sell off everything she owns. While rinsing out a vase that Verity thought was full of dust, she meets Frankie the German. Frankie is a gangster ghost from the 1920’s. The vase turns out to be his urn and Verity just washed his ashes out into the rose bushes. Frankie is now stuck and can only move about if the urn does. Frankie helps Verity think of a way to help save her from selling her home. Thus ensues a delightful and fun adventure. The book has ghosts, laughter, mystery, and romance as well as Lucy, Verity’s pet skunk. Everything you need in a good book! I hope you will enjoy reading Southern Spirits. I certainly did! Happy Reading! I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I love this fun paranormal mystery. I am not a big fan of ghost stories but this is Angie Fox. She makes even the worst day seem like a blast and Verity Long has had some really bad days. She is selling everything she owns to pay back her ex for the huge wedding (she didn’t want) that she bailed on because he is a cheating rat bastard. To save her house from being sold she has to make a deal with the black sheep brother of her ex. Ghost hunting isn’t on her resume but she will do what it takes i I love this fun paranormal mystery. I am not a big fan of ghost stories but this is Angie Fox. She makes even the worst day seem like a blast and Verity Long has had some really bad days. She is selling everything she owns to pay back her ex for the huge wedding (she didn’t want) that she bailed on because he is a cheating rat bastard. To save her house from being sold she has to make a deal with the black sheep brother of her ex. Ghost hunting isn’t on her resume but she will do what it takes if it kills her and it might just. I read this in one sitting. Go buy this book. A gifted copy was provided by author for an honest review

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    **I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.** What a fun mystery with a sweet romantic twist. I have never read anything by Angie Fox and boy am I glad I got to read this. I love quirky paranormal books and this one delivered. I cant wait to read more.

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