For Southern girl Verity Long, friendship means sitting down to stories and sweet tea on the front porch. For her gangster ghost housemate, it means dragging Verity out to a remote haunted asylum during a raging thunderstorm to do a favor for a long-dead mob boss.
But Verity is always ready to help out a friend, even one as eternally eccentric as Frankie. And in the case of Mint Julep Manor, the stakes are too high to refuse. The criminally insane mob boss holds a secret to Frankie’s past, one that might set Frankie free. Do the favor—survive the favor—and they might change Frankie’s afterlife for good. Fail, and they might never leave the asylum.
I adore this series and this 8th instalment kept up the standard I’ve come to expect from Angie Fox.
I’m never quite sure whether to categorise this series as Fantasy or Crime, I guess it’s really a bit of both, and i think it would be enjoyed by readers of both genres. As this is Wyrd and Wonder month I’m claiming it in the name of Fantasy for now.
This time Verity is on a personal mission to help Frankie her accidentally bound ghost find out who it was who shot him all those years ago in the hope that the knowledge would finally let him free himself from Verity’s property.
This leads Verity, Frankie and Verity’s policeman boyfriend Ellis to Mint Julep House an old asylum currently being turned into a ‘haunted house experience’ by it’s new living owner.
Haunted is exactly what Mint Julep is, home to ghostly asylum patients and their remaining ghostly medical practitioners Nurse Claymore and Doctor Anderson.
Also in ghostly residence is a high security ghost prison, housing Scalieri the mob boss who knows the identity of Frankie’s killer – but he’s using the information as a bargaining chip.
With Frankie and Verity disagreeing on whether or not to bargain with Scalieri, a storm closes in on the manor cutting the power and flooding the bridge that is the only way off the property. It’s annoying for all concerned until Mint Juleps owner is found dead and then it gets scary.
Trapped in the creepy building with a killer on the loose the Mint Julep Murders is far more nerve wracking and tense than the other books in this series which I’ve always found very light. That’s not to say this is a bad book – it was brilliant but took me by surprise a little.
I love the relationship between Frankie and Verity and Verity’s growing confidence in herself as a person and as a ghost hunter. If you’ve not tried this series yet I highly recommend it. You can jump in at any point or go start at the beginning.
With thanks to Moose Island Books and Netgalley for a review copy in exchange for honest review.
The Mint Julep Murders is available now.