Monday, March 2, 2015

A Ghostly Undertaking - Tonya Kappes

A Ghostly Undertaking
Tonya Kappes
Harper Collins/Witness, Feb 24 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9780062374646

In Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, Emma Lee is used to dead people lying around being the director of Eternal Slumber Funeral Home.  However, seeing and hearing ghosts are a relatively new phenomenon that started a few months ago after Emma Lee suffered a head injury.  At the funeral of busybody Ruthie Sue Payne, the guest of honor demands the Light Seeker Emma Lee find the person who murdered her.  Already considered eccentric by her neighbors especially since her trauma, Emma Lee wishes the pain in the butt when she lived and still so in the afterlife would just go away.

Emma Lee concludes that for her to rid herself of her constant nudnik companion, she must investigate Ruthie Sue’s death.  Also making inquiries is Sheriff Jack Ross who is attracted to Emma Lee.  They team up investigating who killed Ruthie Sue.

The first Ghostly Southern Mystery is a lively paranormal whodunit starring a harassed heroine, a law enforcement official wanting to solve the case almost as much as he wants to date the funeral director, and a mean-spirited apparition.  Tonya Kappes authors an amusing supernatural investigation though Emma Lee’s deduction “skills” seem over the top of the Great Smoky Mountains and the audience will solve the case much earlier than the affable living leads.

Harriet Klausner

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