Book Review: Southern Bred and Dead by Angie Fox

A haunted church. A ghastly death. Can Verity clear up the case before she’s buried way over her head?

Verity Long would really like a day off. Between uncovering the culprit who capped her gangster ghost housemate and dodging the bomb her boyfriend just dropped on their relationship, her spiritual calling has gotten complicated. But when she steps out for a little fun at a church fundraiser, she has another mystery on her hands when a family friend plunges from the bell tower.

With her pet skunk and a spectral mobster buddy in tow, Verity charges back into the world of furious phantoms. But as she follows a shocking trail of clues through a dangerous speakeasy, a possessed movie theatre, and a spooky mob safehouse, she could end up sleeping with the ghostly fishes.

Can Verity lay everything to rest before a mysterious murderer reads her last rites?

I can never resist visiting Sugarland and seeing what Verity and Frankie get up to next so I was thrilled to be given a copy of this book from Netgalley.

This time out it’s Frankie’s turn to take the ghostly lead as he needs Verity to help him navigate some of his old gangster haunts as he chases down the truth to find out why he was shot in the head. The hope being that coming completely to terms with his death will allow him to finally leave Verity’s property without her needing to carry his ashes with her.

I love the glimpses we get into the gang land that Frankie was part of and his recollections throughout this book are always interesting.

Meanwhile Verity also has boyfriend troubles among other things – Ellis is upset that her ghost hunting and frequent hang outs with the ghostly Frankie are putting her more and more on the wrong side of the law he has sworn to uphold.

Add that to the sudden and suspicious death of her grandmothers best friend along with the odd behaviour of the ghosts in a local graveyard and Verity is kept increadibly busy!

I love that she isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and the work she is doing (even if half the town think she is crazy). There’s a special kind of strength in being true to yourself and its a pleasure to read a character who has that outlook on life.

As always with this series there is a wonderful mix of light heartedness and the more serious side of life. It was a real pleasure to catch up with Verity and Frankie again and I look forward to their next outing. If you haven’t tried these books yet and would like to the series starts with Southern Spirits but you can pretty much read them in whatever order you like.

With thanks to Moose Island Books and Netgalley for a copy in exchange for honest review.

Southern Bred and Dead is available now.