Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Series #5
7 hrs and 17 mins
Sweet Tea and Spirits Audiobook Sample
Sweet tea and Spirits Audiobook
One of my favorite cozy mystery series is the Southern Ghost Hunter. I enjoy small town southern girl Verity Hunt struggling against the old tabbies of the town, getting past her disastrous near-wedding to the cheating golden boy of town by falling for his older, sweeter brother, and her accidental introduction to the world of ghostly mayhem when she is stuck with a gangster ghost who puts the ‘life’ into afterlife.
Verity, with Frankie’s dubious help, tumbles into murder and ghostly troubles with each new series installment. I started them out of order, but I did see how getting them in order made sense of some things that are understood by this point in the series.
In this latest, Verity finds herself tangling once again with Sugarland’s high society ladies including her boyfriend, Ellis’ snobby and conniving mother, Virginia, when she is hired to calm the ghosts at the old manor where the historical society meets. Verity wants nothing to do with the plastic set, but she can’t turn her back on a phone call for help that seems to be from a ghost. The trouble leads to murder and now she is definitely in for the long haul with Ellis at her side. Meanwhile, she needs to help Frankie sort some troubles on the ghostly plain when he tangles with a dangerous ghost of a Chicago mobster and gets his first ghostly romantic efforts in a tangle.
These are light and fun on one level since sweet Verity is winging it much of the time and has to force Frankie her gangster ghost’s cooperation with bribes and promises, but there are other layers like struggling still with Virginia Wydell’s hatred for Verity because she left her son Beau at the altar and began dating another son, Ellis, a sterling man that his mother under-appreciates because he went into humble police work.
The mysteries are clever and entertaining though not really complex. I enjoy how there is always a ghost problem attached to the mystery and the settings tend to be a little creepy and tied to the past as a result.
All in all, it was good times and leaves me pleasantly anticipating my next encounter with Verity and Frankie as they get tangled up in a new ghostly adventure. This series is for those who like to add paranormal to their cozy mystery.
Sweet Tea and Spirits Audiobook Narration
Tavia Gilbert is a fantastic narrator match for this series and I’m never more pleased than when I can click on and listen in as she voices Verity and Frankie along with the rest of the characters. A light Southern drawl for Verity and a tough guy 20’s shtick for Frankie. She hits just the right note of lightness with excitement throughout the story. She will insert more emotion into her voice when the situation calls for it so she is acting and not merely storytelling, but it never feels overdone.
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.
Classically trained in voice and theater, Tavia Gilbert attended the University of Washington and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Original Works in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts. She has been singing in choirs since she was 12 years old and has been working full time as a voice actor since 2006.