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From New York Times bestseller Angie Fox, the second book in the new Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone… even a dead someone… must have witnessed the crime. Her ghostly sidekick Frankie warns her to sta From New York Times bestseller Angie Fox, the second book in the new Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone… even a dead someone… must have witnessed the crime. Her ghostly sidekick Frankie warns her to stay out of it. The very alive, very handsome deputy sheriff, Ellis Wydell, inadvertently places her directly in the middle of it. And her ex-fiancé, Ellis’s brother, is back with an agenda of his own. Undaunted, Verity presses forward, uncovering scandalous secrets, long-forgotten ghosts, and a shocking trail of clues that places her directly in the path of a killer.


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From New York Times bestseller Angie Fox, the second book in the new Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone… even a dead someone… must have witnessed the crime. Her ghostly sidekick Frankie warns her to sta From New York Times bestseller Angie Fox, the second book in the new Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone… even a dead someone… must have witnessed the crime. Her ghostly sidekick Frankie warns her to stay out of it. The very alive, very handsome deputy sheriff, Ellis Wydell, inadvertently places her directly in the middle of it. And her ex-fiancé, Ellis’s brother, is back with an agenda of his own. Undaunted, Verity presses forward, uncovering scandalous secrets, long-forgotten ghosts, and a shocking trail of clues that places her directly in the path of a killer.

30 review for The Skeleton in the Closet

  1. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Skeleton in the Closet Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 2 By: Angie Fox Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert This book is even better than the first! She still has Frankie the mob ghost hanging out helping her, reluctantly at times. Now she has experienced more ghosts and I about speed myself laughing at her when she meets her in the haunted house last book, well she is beasties with her now! Someone is trying to kill her and the sheriff, and the old lady that owns the haunted house. Great mystery, g The Skeleton in the Closet Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 2 By: Angie Fox Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert This book is even better than the first! She still has Frankie the mob ghost hanging out helping her, reluctantly at times. Now she has experienced more ghosts and I about speed myself laughing at her when she meets her in the haunted house last book, well she is beasties with her now! Someone is trying to kill her and the sheriff, and the old lady that owns the haunted house. Great mystery, great humor, and love the ghost factor! I adore this narrator! I think you are the cat's s meow! ( Or skunks) Terrific job!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

    The Skeleton in the Closet is book two in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series by Angie Fox and Narrated by Tavia Gilbert. This was another fun one to listen too. I love the characters, world, and mystery. I was sucked in and on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next. We are treated too twists and surprises that all lead to a satisfying ending. Verity and her side-kick Gangster Ghost Frankie find themselves looking into the murder of one of the townsfolk. Everyone is pointing The Skeleton in the Closet is book two in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series by Angie Fox and Narrated by Tavia Gilbert. This was another fun one to listen too. I love the characters, world, and mystery. I was sucked in and on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next. We are treated too twists and surprises that all lead to a satisfying ending. Verity and her side-kick Gangster Ghost Frankie find themselves looking into the murder of one of the townsfolk. Everyone is pointing the finger at her, but Ellis our sexy deputy is on her side. Verity’s life is never dull, with a murder, a hidden document that will change the towns history, a cheating ex fiancé who won’t leave her alone and her current boo, Ellis. I just adore this series. It’s so much fun with it’s witty dialogue and exceptionally fun mystery. I like the light-hearted moments and the ghosts we meet along the way. The romance is second to the mystery and I enjoy that. Narration: Tavia Gilbert remains a fantastic narrator for this series. Her voices are perfect for the characters and add to my enjoyment. I just love her voices for Verity and Frankie. The deluge just pops for me with her narration. The Skeleton in the Closet is a delightful listen and a great mix of paranormal mystery blended with a cheerful small Southern town charm. Rated: 5 Stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    This is like literally me, just instead of the newspapers imagine an e-book reader and instead of Charlotte, imagine me jumping up and down, flailing in glee as I'm finishing The Skeleton in the Closet. (I'm sensing a theme here.) In this newest sequel to The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series, we follow Verity as she tries to solve a murder and simultaneously expose a century-and-a-half long cover up, confronts her past, makes new friends and more than once almost joins her ghost friends on This is like literally me, just instead of the newspapers imagine an e-book reader and instead of Charlotte, imagine me jumping up and down, flailing in glee as I'm finishing The Skeleton in the Closet. (I'm sensing a theme here.) In this newest sequel to The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series, we follow Verity as she tries to solve a murder and simultaneously expose a century-and-a-half long cover up, confronts her past, makes new friends and more than once almost joins her ghost friends on the other side. You know, the every day routine of a twenty-something woman. As with the prequel, the story was fast paced and easy to follow, filled with unexpected, funny gems that made me laugh out loud a lot of times. The mystery was not quite mysterious, as I suspected who might be the killer right away, but it was still fun to read how it all resolved. Unlike the prequel, we get to see more of the blooming romance between Ellis and Verity as they're experiencing it and it doesn't deflect the focus of the story from the mystery, but rather takes a backseat and sort of develops on the go. And it's so much sweeter like this. I love, love, love Ellis, Verity, Lucy, Maisie, Josephine, Matthew, even Verity's slimy ex Beau, but I adore Frenkie, the ghost sidekick to beat all sidekicks. He's just crazy fun to read about and I love him to pieces. The fans will be glad to know that The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series has three more books to come and I can't wait to see what Angie Fox has planned for Verity and Frankie the next time. A big thank you to Season Publishing for providing me with an ARC via NetGalley.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ I had a great time with this book and thought it was a fantastic addition to the series. I have been eager to continue with this series and am so glad that I finally worked this book into my reading schedule. This is the second book in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery series which I would recommend reading in order if possible but it could work as a stand-alone if necessary. Verity stumbles upon a dead body while helping her sister p This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ I had a great time with this book and thought it was a fantastic addition to the series. I have been eager to continue with this series and am so glad that I finally worked this book into my reading schedule. This is the second book in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery series which I would recommend reading in order if possible but it could work as a stand-alone if necessary. Verity stumbles upon a dead body while helping her sister prepare for a big event. Nobody knows who killed Darla or what their motive was so Verity decides to see what she can learn with the help of her ghostly sidekick Frankie and Ellis, a local officer and potential love interest. Throw in the efforts to win her back coming from her ex-fiance and the demands of Frankie, and Verity has her hands full in this installment. I thought that this book was very entertaining. I had no idea who was responsible for all of the things going on around Verity. It was great to get the chance to know the characters we met in the first book a little better and I enjoyed meeting a few new ones as well. I was very happy with the development that we saw in Verity’s romantic life. The book was very well written and I felt like the pacing of the story was spot on. Tavia Gilbert did a wonderful job with the narration. She is able to use a distinctive voice for each character that appears in the story which really helps bring this to life. I thought that she was able to add a lot of emotion and excitement to the story as well. I think that her narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story. I would recommend this book to others! This is such a fun paranormal cozy mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I cannot wait to listen to the next book in this entertaining series. Initial Thoughts This was such a fun addition to the series and it was exactly what I was in the mood for! Tavia Gilbert did a fantastic job with the narration. I just had a great time listening to this cozy mystery. Book source: Purchased

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    I finally got around to reading this author's work and I'm loving her Demon Slayer series so simply couldn't resist trying this her Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. It's still written with a light, deft touch but the emphasis is definitely on solving a mystery. Verity sees ghosts and actually has one living with her! Not so surprising given that she lives in an historic old town but Frankie is perhaps not everyone's idea of a house guest as he's a former gangster and perhaps the most grumpy curmu I finally got around to reading this author's work and I'm loving her Demon Slayer series so simply couldn't resist trying this her Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. It's still written with a light, deft touch but the emphasis is definitely on solving a mystery. Verity sees ghosts and actually has one living with her! Not so surprising given that she lives in an historic old town but Frankie is perhaps not everyone's idea of a house guest as he's a former gangster and perhaps the most grumpy curmudgeonly fellow around. Add in a ex cheating fiance with a deputy hunk for a brother and its safe to say that Veritys life is anything but dull. Its the town's annual re enactment of the event that saw a cannon ball getting embedded in the library wall.This year a documentary is being filmed and the whole town is twittering.Then the unthinkable happens and Verity discovers a dead body in the library . Unfortunately though there are those who happily point the finger at her but Ellis has her back and together they set out to discover just what the murderer is trying to hide I confess I haven't read the first book in this series but I had no trouble understanding the plot. There is little love lost between Verity and her ex fiance and almost mother in law which gave the author chance to allow many snide comments to be passed back and forth. Add in an allergy to rhubarb and the scene is set for amazing polite southern charm that is so sharp I expected blood! As for the plot it's a convoluted journey with twists that surprise. Best of all a satisfying ending. This book is not an excuse for pages of sex (actually there's none) but a genuine suspense driven mystery with a paranormal twist. I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Cute and quirky paranormal mysteries are like the Christian Rock of the literary world. If you can't cut it in the pop charts, just add a little Jesus and you'll have a willing market lining up to buy your record. They really are a dime a dozen and I usually start them blinded by the sparkling lights of the synopsis and end up finishing them with the realization that the synopsis was the best part. But there are some shining lights. A few authors who make it all worth while, and Angie Fox is one Cute and quirky paranormal mysteries are like the Christian Rock of the literary world. If you can't cut it in the pop charts, just add a little Jesus and you'll have a willing market lining up to buy your record. They really are a dime a dozen and I usually start them blinded by the sparkling lights of the synopsis and end up finishing them with the realization that the synopsis was the best part. But there are some shining lights. A few authors who make it all worth while, and Angie Fox is one of them. The Skeleton in the Closet is great, as good as book one. There aren't any surprises but it flows along effortlessly, is entertaining and manages to avoid all of the usual clichés that drive me insane.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    Having enjoyed the blend of fun and flirty southern small town charm mixed with a paranormal mystery that began this series, I've continued on for more ghostly adventures with the Southern gal, Verity Long and her irascible ghost pal gangster, Frankie. In this installment, Verity and the rest of the town are gearing up for the big celebration and festival of the year. The town's big claim to fame was a Civil War battle fought on it's doorstep and the townspeople and the militia repelled the invad Having enjoyed the blend of fun and flirty southern small town charm mixed with a paranormal mystery that began this series, I've continued on for more ghostly adventures with the Southern gal, Verity Long and her irascible ghost pal gangster, Frankie. In this installment, Verity and the rest of the town are gearing up for the big celebration and festival of the year. The town's big claim to fame was a Civil War battle fought on it's doorstep and the townspeople and the militia repelled the invaders. Founding families- the Wydells and the Jacksons are feuding over the historical displays and Verity is annoyed when her ex-fiance' Beau Wydell starts wooing her again, but things really get interesting when a historical society volunteer is found murdered just after she calls Verity's sister and shares she found something important when going through the historical display items. Verity and Melanie are under suspicion, but Verity suspects the Wydell matron, Beau's mother, who also happens to be new flame, Ellis' mother, too. Ghostly encounters have revealed a secret worth killing for. Verity and Frankie are forced to press forward to solve the murder even as Verity makes another go at freeing Frankie's ashes so he can leave her property. Meanwhile, things get somewhat strained between her and Ellis when the current case places their relationship in jeopardy and a vengeful poltergeist isn't keen on them investigating a certain haunted house. I love the light-hearted moments blended with a solid mystery and a ghost haunting situation. Fun to get the historical angle through the ghosts Verity and Frankie meet. It's also sweet about the romance building with Verity and Ellis and the fun rivalry of the small town figures. Tavia Gilbert remains a fantastic narrator of the series and hers is the voice of Verity and Frankie for me. Again, I recommend this series to those who enjoy a blend of light romance, paranormal, and cozy mystery set in the small town South.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Skeleton in the Closet by Angie Fox is (technically) the second book in the Southern Ghost Hunter series. Verity Long discovered that she has the ability to see ghosts. But that is not what she wants to do for a living. Verity is an artist and has started a graphic design business. She is hoping to get work as soon as the townspeople forget about the wedding fiasco (which was really not Verity’s fault). The town is getting ready to celebrate the annual Cannonball in the Wall Festival. They c The Skeleton in the Closet by Angie Fox is (technically) the second book in the Southern Ghost Hunter series. Verity Long discovered that she has the ability to see ghosts. But that is not what she wants to do for a living. Verity is an artist and has started a graphic design business. She is hoping to get work as soon as the townspeople forget about the wedding fiasco (which was really not Verity’s fault). The town is getting ready to celebrate the annual Cannonball in the Wall Festival. They celebrate the town of Sugarland ousting the Yankee’s from town. The cannonball became lodged in the wall of the library and never exploded. Melody, Verity’s sister and Darla Grace, a volunteer, are working hard on the display of Civil War artifacts (and some that are not quite historically correct). Verity arrives the next morning to help Melody with the catering for the event. She sees a shoe sticking out from under a table and finds it attached to Darla Grace. Melody received a call from Darla Grace about 3 a.m. (not that she was awake to answer it) that she had something important to tell her. Verity uses Frankie, the 1920’s gangster ghost, to help her find clues to solve the mystery. Frankie can give her access to the ghost world at the library. Verity follows the clues to solve the murder. She also uncovers some secrets. Both will upset Verity’s enemy, Mrs. Wydell. One of them will affect the whole town. Someone does not want the information coming out and is willing to kill again. Frankie is tired of being grounded to Verity’s property. He insists that Verity try to unground him (she poured his ashes into her rose bushes and then thoroughly watered them in). Verity does some research online and attempts to help Frankie. Verity and Ellis Wydell are keeping their new relationship a secret. Verity does not want to incur the wrath of Ellis’ mother. Beau, Verity’s ex-fiance, has decided he wants Verity again and decides to pursue her (despite Verity telling him that there is no way it will happen). Ellis does not like Beau getting close to Verity. Soon, though, Verity and Ellis are going to have to make a decision about their relationship. The Skeleton in the Closet is a fun, paranormal mystery. The mystery was child’s play, but I the book was still enjoyable to read. The book is nicely written, fast paced, and provides many laughs. I get frustrated at times with Verity. I do not understand why she will not embrace her paranormal gifts (she keeps saying it is not her job). She has a gift and she needs to embrace it. I hope that the relationship between Ellis and Verity is resolved in the next book (adults should not be sneaking around). I give The Skeleton in the Closet 4 out of 5 stars. It does help to read the first book in the series, but it is not absolutely necessary (you will understand things better if you do). I received a complimentary copy of The Skeleton in the Closet from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own. http://bibliophileandavidreader.blogs...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    I was so happy to be back in Verity's world. Angie Fox has a another winner with The Skeleton in the Closet which is the second book in the Southern Ghost Hunter series. If you are looking for a funny, suspense-filled, paranormal romance that you will have a hard time putting down, then this is the book for you. Verity is still adjusting to her status as social pariah and her new abilities as a Ghost Whisperer. It doesn't help that the Matriarch of the Social Elite, who just happens to be her ex- I was so happy to be back in Verity's world. Angie Fox has a another winner with The Skeleton in the Closet which is the second book in the Southern Ghost Hunter series. If you are looking for a funny, suspense-filled, paranormal romance that you will have a hard time putting down, then this is the book for you. Verity is still adjusting to her status as social pariah and her new abilities as a Ghost Whisperer. It doesn't help that the Matriarch of the Social Elite, who just happens to be her ex-fiancé's mother, has made it her personal mission to ruin Verity. Fun times! Verity does have her sister, a few friends which include ghosts, a pet skunk and a budding relationship with one hot deputy sheriff, who just happens to be the brother of her ex. What more could a girl ask for...maybe a steady paycheck? Sugarland is preparing for their annual historical celebration which promises to be the biggest social event of the year. They will not let the murder of one of their own put a damper on the festivities. Verity, with the help of her ghost friends, wants to find out who killed her friend. Can she find out who the killer is before they strike again? Verity has not let her current financial situation get her down. She is one spunky character with a good sense of humor. Frankie is one cantankerous ghost, but he is a big help when it comes to Verity's investigations. What an interesting cast of characters the author has created! It had me at times laughing out loud and other times on the edge of my seat. I can't wait to see what mystery Verity has to solve next. I would definitely recommend this book and the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Verity Long can see ghosts which is one of the reasons why she finds herself in trouble more often than not. She has the help of Frankie the ghost who is helping her discover who is behind the death of a volunteer who was helping with the reenactment of the cannon ball in the library wall. Verity has enough on her plate right now but with her ex wanting to reconnect, her not quite relationship with his brother Ellis Wydell and her penchant for being in the wrong place at the wrong time she has h Verity Long can see ghosts which is one of the reasons why she finds herself in trouble more often than not. She has the help of Frankie the ghost who is helping her discover who is behind the death of a volunteer who was helping with the reenactment of the cannon ball in the library wall. Verity has enough on her plate right now but with her ex wanting to reconnect, her not quite relationship with his brother Ellis Wydell and her penchant for being in the wrong place at the wrong time she has her hands full. I need to go back and start the series from the beginning. I thought this was a lot of fun, had some surprises and the chemistry between Verity and Ellis makes you smile. Very fun read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jasmin Jace

    Yet another amazing installment from this series. :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melliane

    Mon avis en Français My English review I really liked the first volume and the first chapter of this second volume made me want to discover the rest of our dear Verity’s adventures! Beau is back! Well, we knew it, but he’s determined to get Verity back! As for her, she wants to do everything she can to keep him away from her house. And then there’s always Ellis, so she doesn’t care about the rest. But here we are, at a memorial in town, our heroine and her sister Melody will fall on Darla’s body, Mon avis en Français My English review I really liked the first volume and the first chapter of this second volume made me want to discover the rest of our dear Verity’s adventures! Beau is back! Well, we knew it, but he’s determined to get Verity back! As for her, she wants to do everything she can to keep him away from her house. And then there’s always Ellis, so she doesn’t care about the rest. But here we are, at a memorial in town, our heroine and her sister Melody will fall on Darla’s body, which will make them the main suspects. I really had a really good time again with this novel and I must admit that I didn’t expect to see Josephine so soon, which was really nice too! But our heroine will also meet new ghosts that are very easy to appreciate and I hope we will see them too later! The story with Ellis is evolving a little bit even if it’s still complicated and the end won’t help to fix all that, let’s face it. I quickly suspected the murderer but it was nice to follow the story and to discover the whole gang in a new adventure! I can’t wait to read on!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sparkymom

    Verity and her ghostly sidekick, Frankie, are at it again. Book two of this series finds Verity and Ellis still in the beginning stages of their relationship and still keeping it undercover. Verity continues to struggle making ends meet and dealing with the way Ellis's mother vilified her to the community after she left Ellis's brother at the alter. In fact, things actually get even worse between Verity and her infamous not quite mother in law when her ex, Beau, lands back in town and resumes hi Verity and her ghostly sidekick, Frankie, are at it again. Book two of this series finds Verity and Ellis still in the beginning stages of their relationship and still keeping it undercover. Verity continues to struggle making ends meet and dealing with the way Ellis's mother vilified her to the community after she left Ellis's brother at the alter. In fact, things actually get even worse between Verity and her infamous not quite mother in law when her ex, Beau, lands back in town and resumes his pursuit of Verity. As if that wasn't enough, a murder occurs at the town library, and Verity's sister becomes the prime suspect. When Verity's investigation to clear her sister threatens to not only rewrite town history but to also turn Ellis's family on its ear, Verity's life gets dangerous. Frankie continues to keep Verity searching for a way to underground his ashes, and several new ghosts end up helping Ellis and Verity get to the bottom of the secrets and lies their town has been built upon. To my supreme happiness, the relationship between Ellis and Verity continues to build. I really do love Ellis! I received an ARC from Net Galley for review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    The Skeleton in the Closet is a tale filled with history, murder, politics, romance and plain goofiness. Verity Long can see ghosts especially with the help of ghostly mobster sidekick Frankie. When Darla is killed in the library late at night and Verity’s sister is arrested. Verity will brave every ghost in town to find out the truth. With the help of sexy deputy sheriff, Ellis Wydell Verity will find out secrets that shake the very foundation of her little town. Long held beliefs will be shake The Skeleton in the Closet is a tale filled with history, murder, politics, romance and plain goofiness. Verity Long can see ghosts especially with the help of ghostly mobster sidekick Frankie. When Darla is killed in the library late at night and Verity’s sister is arrested. Verity will brave every ghost in town to find out the truth. With the help of sexy deputy sheriff, Ellis Wydell Verity will find out secrets that shake the very foundation of her little town. Long held beliefs will be shaken and enemies will be made. In other words another day in the life for Verity. I love the possibilities of this series and Angie Fox has a gift of humor and snark and a tender respect for southern living. I will say that I love Lucy Verity’s de-scented skunk. I look forward to watching Verity and Ellis work out their relationship and see what Beau & his mother have to say. Although this is book 2 in the series it can be read stand alone. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Blogs

    The Skeleton in the Closet is the second book in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery Series by Angie Fox. There is a full length book and a novella previously written in this series. I love Verity! This book is a super fun, paranormal cozy mystery. I was laughing out loud at times. Fox has a wonderful writing style that quickly pulls you in and makes you really want to dive into the world she has created. The mystery is skillfully woven - I was swiftly turning pages, wanting to solve the mystery w The Skeleton in the Closet is the second book in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery Series by Angie Fox. There is a full length book and a novella previously written in this series. I love Verity! This book is a super fun, paranormal cozy mystery. I was laughing out loud at times. Fox has a wonderful writing style that quickly pulls you in and makes you really want to dive into the world she has created. The mystery is skillfully woven - I was swiftly turning pages, wanting to solve the mystery with Verity. The Skeleton in the Closet by Angie Fox is a light cozy mystery that combines everything I love in a paranormal cozy: ghosts, mystery, murder, quirky characters, and, in this story, a library setting. :) I loved every word and am really looking forward to the next Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery. I received an ebook for review purposes - this did not influence my opinion in any way.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda Quick

    I just love this series - it has it all - a mystery with lots of ghosts and a hint of romance. Add in a great story, and you've got a wonderful book. Verity can see ghosts, well, mostly one ghost, Frankie, but he helps her see other ghosts. Ellis, her former fiance's brother, can't see them, but believes her and has experienced a poltergeist with her. Ellis is also a cop and helps Verity try to solve a murder. If you love paranormal mystery with a touch of humor and romance, you will love this b I just love this series - it has it all - a mystery with lots of ghosts and a hint of romance. Add in a great story, and you've got a wonderful book. Verity can see ghosts, well, mostly one ghost, Frankie, but he helps her see other ghosts. Ellis, her former fiance's brother, can't see them, but believes her and has experienced a poltergeist with her. Ellis is also a cop and helps Verity try to solve a murder. If you love paranormal mystery with a touch of humor and romance, you will love this book. While it is the second book in the series, it is a stand alone book. I strongly recommend this to fans of the genre.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Adamek

    This was an absolutely wonderful book! I loved the authors first book "Southern Spirits", and I would go as far to say that this story (the second in the series)was even better. I found the characters totally believable especially the main character Verity. She is a touch naive, and has a definite touch of Southern charm, is very much an lady--but a lady one could count on, whether you were a person or a ghost. The humorous ways that Verity would go about to solve a problem kept me laughing... I w This was an absolutely wonderful book! I loved the authors first book "Southern Spirits", and I would go as far to say that this story (the second in the series)was even better. I found the characters totally believable especially the main character Verity. She is a touch naive, and has a definite touch of Southern charm, is very much an lady--but a lady one could count on, whether you were a person or a ghost. The humorous ways that Verity would go about to solve a problem kept me laughing... I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who like to read a cozy mystery with ghosts.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ira

    Fun read! Certainly more characters in here, name ghosts, hah!:) She was able to see more ghost without help from Frankie and her sweet character made those ghosts like her, lol. It's good and not too spooky ghost stories. If there is one thing I dislike, Verity attitude toward her almost mother in law. She need more backbone against her or she end up look like pathetic little woman! Ah well. Ellis too, come on man! I love Frankie, Josephine and Matthew:) Fun read! Certainly more characters in here, name ghosts, hah!:) She was able to see more ghost without help from Frankie and her sweet character made those ghosts like her, lol. It's good and not too spooky ghost stories. If there is one thing I dislike, Verity attitude toward her almost mother in law. She need more backbone against her or she end up look like pathetic little woman! Ah well. Ellis too, come on man! I love Frankie, Josephine and Matthew:)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    The cast of ghosts expands.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    The Haunted Heist - book 3 of the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series By Angie Fox Verity Long has a ghost roommate. By accident, but she’s trying to fix that. She’s unemployed and needing a job desperately. Her best friends uncle is offering her a dream marketing job at the local bank. It was a dream job offer until she finds her would be boss dead in the vault. Her ghost friend Frankie thinks it could be the work of a dead mobster. The case can’t be solved by the local Police. So Verity steps i The Haunted Heist - book 3 of the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series By Angie Fox Verity Long has a ghost roommate. By accident, but she’s trying to fix that. She’s unemployed and needing a job desperately. Her best friends uncle is offering her a dream marketing job at the local bank. It was a dream job offer until she finds her would be boss dead in the vault. Her ghost friend Frankie thinks it could be the work of a dead mobster. The case can’t be solved by the local Police. So Verity steps in to help solve the case mainly for her best friend. I was thinking it was one person that may have been the killer only to be totally wrong. I like that in a book. I like this series very much. And I honestly can’t wait for the next book. I’m glad that Verity and her new budding relationship with Ellis is working out. I’m excited to hear what his mom and her ex fiancé (Ellis’ brother) is going to say about it. Angie writes her characters so well you hate his mother and hope she gets shut down and put in her place. in the Family and socially. I would recommend this book to anyone. I would suggest starting from book 1 Southern Spirits Bk. 1 A ghostly gift - short Skeleton in the closet Bk. 2 Ghost of a chance – short The Haunted Heist Bk.3 All very good reads.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chatel Casto

    This is fast becoming one of my favorite series. I absolutely love Verity, Ellis and Frankie. This was a great read and in my opinion the best so far. I really love how karma comes to play in this book but I'm not going to say what that karma was you have to read to find out. But I'm sure there will probably be repercussions in future books. I also love that I can recommend this series to people that love the paranormal books but don't want to read sex scenes. There are no sex scenes in this ser This is fast becoming one of my favorite series. I absolutely love Verity, Ellis and Frankie. This was a great read and in my opinion the best so far. I really love how karma comes to play in this book but I'm not going to say what that karma was you have to read to find out. But I'm sure there will probably be repercussions in future books. I also love that I can recommend this series to people that love the paranormal books but don't want to read sex scenes. There are no sex scenes in this series. I can go on and on about how i loved this book but I'm afraid I would give away the story and I just don't like to do that. I was given an ARC copy in return for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Why did I wait so long to read this book?!? I LOVED the first book, but just SAT on this one and that was a MISTAKE, let me tell you! So, the characters are just as amazing as ever, Lucy is my favorite. We have skunks here and while I would NEVER actually go near one enough to pet it, they are ADORABLE in that "I move awkwardly like I am cute prey, but will make you wish you were born without a nose should you come close to me" kind of way. The small town Southern setting is not one I have ever Why did I wait so long to read this book?!? I LOVED the first book, but just SAT on this one and that was a MISTAKE, let me tell you! So, the characters are just as amazing as ever, Lucy is my favorite. We have skunks here and while I would NEVER actually go near one enough to pet it, they are ADORABLE in that "I move awkwardly like I am cute prey, but will make you wish you were born without a nose should you come close to me" kind of way. The small town Southern setting is not one I have ever lived in, but it fits what I would expect (from seeing in movies/on tv/in other books) so that was spot on. The worst part of mysteries are the murders. I feel so bad for the victim and I really wish we had seen some sorrow by the relatives/loved ones of the victim. It felt too...sanitized or not realistic. There didn't seem to be any grieving and holding the celebration while her body was still warm seemed really...tasteless. Other than that, it was great to see Virginia get some sort of come-uppance, though it GALLS me what she did to financially ruin Verity and I SO want Verity to get her grandmom's necklace back. What happened in this book wasn't enough to hurt Virginia, bless her little black heart. Ellis is a dream-boat, despite who his mother is. So was Matthew and I am SO HAPPY that Josephine is happier now. Frankie is a pip and I will be sad to see him move on. HIGHLY recommended series Folks. I am going to toddle off and get the short in-between stories and the next book NOW. 5, perfect blend of spooky and funny, stars. My thanks to NetGalley and Season Publishing for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    A fun, fast-paced mystery that involves a town secret, murder, and a few ghosts. The second book of the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series has Verity investigating a murder that takes place at the local library. It turns out the motive behind this murder could change the history of the small town of Sugarland, TN forever. An easy read, but vey entertaining!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Visionary Druid

    REVIEW COURTESY OF ROMANCE JUNKIES... Verity Long has an unconventional and unwanted skill: she can see and communicate with ghosts. It is not an ability she wants made public for fear of eliciting even more ridicule and ostracizing from Sugarland's populace. Verity agrees to assist her sister in setting up for a brunch at the library, only to accidentally discover the dead body of Melody's co-worker. Ellis, Sugarland's sheriff and Verity's ally, convinces her to help him gather clues on the woma REVIEW COURTESY OF ROMANCE JUNKIES... Verity Long has an unconventional and unwanted skill: she can see and communicate with ghosts. It is not an ability she wants made public for fear of eliciting even more ridicule and ostracizing from Sugarland's populace. Verity agrees to assist her sister in setting up for a brunch at the library, only to accidentally discover the dead body of Melody's co-worker. Ellis, Sugarland's sheriff and Verity's ally, convinces her to help him gather clues on the woman's murder from ghostly witnesses. On top of that, she needs to figure out how to unground her reluctant ghostly partner and diffuse her ex-fiancé's interest in restarting their relationship. The investigation dredges up their town's history, and Verity discovers via her ghostly contacts something far more than what she or Ellis expected, a secret that someone is willing to kill for. Ellis Wydell is Verity's secret supporter and Sugarland's resident sheriff. He is one of the sparse few in town who does not openly shun Verity or think ill of her. Ellis safe-keeps her secret of interacting with ghosts, having seen the credibility of her gift. Although it goes against his law enforcement ethics, he persuades Verity to ask her spiritual friends to help solve the murdered woman's case. Even worse, his caddish brother, the one who cheated on Verity, wants to reconnect with her. The investigation takes a dangerous turn, threatening to not only shake up Sugarland's foundation but his family's illustrious name. Verity kind of reminds me of a quirky, blonde, and Southern-style Melinda Gordon, the main character of the television drama sitcom, Ghost Whisper. To be truthful, I rather preferred the Verity-version ghost-whisper than the television one. Verity never loses her sass and sanguine attitude, the facets of her personality that I came to like from book one and makes the entire book so darn entertaining to read. She may have been shoved reluctantly into the unlikely role of ghost hunter slash ghost whisper, yet Verity makes the most of her eccentric ability without abusing it or using it for monetary gains. I like how she is steadily growing confident in her dealings with the ghostly persuasions and gains a tentative foothold in the unorthodox profession she has landed in. She has learned, and grown, from the trial-and-errors from her previous forays with the spiritual types. Verity did surprise me with how she handled and dealt with the dragon-lady responsible for her besmirched reputation in Sugarland and her destitution. Ellis has a much larger and active part in this story than its predecessor, SOUTHERN SPIRITS, for which I am delighted. I hope the sheriff's increased role is the author's way to make atonement for his glaring absence in the novella, A GHOSTLY GIFT. I did not believe it possible to fall even more in love with his character but Ellis succeeds, especially in the crafty ways he thwarts his younger brother's renewed interest in Verity. I remember cackling in evil glee, and grinning like a loon, at the cunningness he displays while interfering and his blasé attitude toward his brother's disgruntlement. It is great to finally see Ellis showing signs of his growing interest in Verity and his continual willingness to protect her from both his mother and brother's machinations. But, what I like most about him is his readiness to believe in Verity, knowing her connections with ghosts, and helps her in whatever capacity he can, even if the favors she asks have a tendency to go against his nature. Angie Fox finally introduces readers to the two Wydells responsible for most of Verit'’s hardships and woes. Meeting the two, and easily disliking both characters, it makes me understand how Ellis is the black sheep of the family, the man is nothing like his snooty mother and brother. Characters and a few mysteries hinted at inside the first book return and have a large impact on Verity’s current escapade, leading to one or two reaching a final resolution. We are introduced to a new cast of interesting ghosts who befriend and aid Verity in her investigation. However, so far, none possess the gangster’s fun and colorful personality that Frankie does, although Matthew Jackson does come close with his tormented demeanor. Frankie is still entertaining, making me laugh out loud with his outlaw anecdotes and snappy quips, yet he too shows an amazing amount of growth. SKELETON IN THE CLOSEST is a story that shows how history has a way of shedding its secrets to reveal what we believe may not be entirely accurate. The book also proves that it is never too late to fall in love, even in the afterlife. SKELETON IN THE CLOSEST is the second book in Angie Fox's quirky THE SOUTHERN GHOST HUNTER MYSTERY series. This story, in my opinion, trumps its predecessor and I was forlorn once I reached the book's end, wanting more and hating the wait for the next installment.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Simona

    *I've got this book from the NetGalley in exchange of an honest review* It is a second book that in this series and I loved it. I just couldn't put this book down, it was that funny and entertaining. The mystery was well developed and there were few plot twists, that I didn't expected at all and, of course, I didn't have a clue what a real murderer was. All interaction with paranormal realm only gave this book more charm. I loooved it! Great book for a cozy evening. *I've got this book from the NetGalley in exchange of an honest review* It is a second book that in this series and I loved it. I just couldn't put this book down, it was that funny and entertaining. The mystery was well developed and there were few plot twists, that I didn't expected at all and, of course, I didn't have a clue what a real murderer was. All interaction with paranormal realm only gave this book more charm. I loooved it! Great book for a cozy evening.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Meigan

    With The Skeleton in The Closet, Fox once again provides a fun, fast-paced mystery with some ghostly encounters. Verity Long has managed to save her house, her late-grandma's beloved antebellum mansion that she handed down to Verity. Things are kind of looking up for the new ghost hunter of Sugarland, Tennessee. But she's still poor. She still rotates her 3 thrift-shop dresses. And she still eats ramen for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And at least she has one new ally in the form of handsome She With The Skeleton in The Closet, Fox once again provides a fun, fast-paced mystery with some ghostly encounters. Verity Long has managed to save her house, her late-grandma's beloved antebellum mansion that she handed down to Verity. Things are kind of looking up for the new ghost hunter of Sugarland, Tennessee. But she's still poor. She still rotates her 3 thrift-shop dresses. And she still eats ramen for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And at least she has one new ally in the form of handsome Sheriff Wydell. This time around, Verity stumbles upon a dead body during a very important time in Sugarland -- the annual Cannonball in the Wall Festival, the crème de la crème of Sugarland's events. With all the excitement and activity surrounding the preparation for the most important event in Sugarland, it's no wonder that the murder went unnoticed. Verity, Ellis, and Frankie are once again brought together to try and solve the murder with Frankie and Verity working the spectral aspect, and Ellis working the police investigation side. What they discover is enough to rock the town off it's axis, and also bring shame and scandal to the most prominent (and pompous) family residing in Sugarland. The mystery in this installment was a bit more obvious than the one in the previous installment, but it didn't take away any enjoyment from me. I absolutely adore Fox's charming southern town and the quirky and fun residents that inhabit it. What I loved the most about The Skeleton in the Closet was that there were more ghostly interactions this time around, both from the friendly ghosts and the not-so-friendly poltergeists. And of course, at the center of it all, is Frankie. No longer happy to be Verity's investigating sidekick, he wants more than ever to be ungrounded from the rose bushes Verity inadvertently tied him to. I'm hoping Verity doesn't figure out too soon how/if he can be ungrounded because I like the little thing they have going. Bottom line -- great second installment in Fox's new Ghost Hunter series and one I recommend to anyone who likes mysteries with humor, a touch of romance, and some really fun ghostly sidekicks. Angie Fox has such a great and simple style that ensures her mysteries move along quickly without leaving out any details, providing a fast-paced story with so many great elements. I read in the back of this book that Fox has at least 4 more books planned for this series, which makes me super happy. **eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cindi (cheesygiraffe)

    ***Net Galley Review*** This is the 2nd book in the Southern Ghost Hunter series by Angie Fox. Verity Long is back along with Frankie, a mobster ghost tied to her property, Lucy, her pet skunk, and Ellis Wydell, a sheriff's deputy and kinda sorta her boyfriend. It's that time of year for the Cannonball in the Wall Festival. Her small southern hometown celebrates it each year to mark their ancestors stopping the Yankees from burning the town down. When a volunteer and friend finds something in the ***Net Galley Review*** This is the 2nd book in the Southern Ghost Hunter series by Angie Fox. Verity Long is back along with Frankie, a mobster ghost tied to her property, Lucy, her pet skunk, and Ellis Wydell, a sheriff's deputy and kinda sorta her boyfriend. It's that time of year for the Cannonball in the Wall Festival. Her small southern hometown celebrates it each year to mark their ancestors stopping the Yankees from burning the town down. When a volunteer and friend finds something in the antiques donated for display, it gets her killed. Verity steps in and along with Frankie and Ellis try to figure out what information got her killed. To do this, she needs Frankie's ghostly energy so she can talk to the other ghosts at the library to find out what they saw. With the help of a couple of the ghosts, she finds out where to look for information she needs. It leads her to a haunted, dilapidated cabin. Between a very scary poltergeist and a determined killer, Verity and Ellis almost get killed themselves. In the end, they have the killer arrested and the town finds out the deadly secret. I've enjoyed Angie Fox's books for years. And this series really speaks to me. I love a good mystery with a ghost in it plus it's set in the south. I can't wait to find out what's next for Verity. I do hope that Verity and Ellis can come out of the closet about their relationship but with her ex-fiance being his brother and his mother hating her, I don't see it happening anytime soon. I also hope Frankie can untie himself from the property, which he trying so hard to do in this book. If he does, I hope he sticks around to keep helping Verity.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the first book in this series so much that I put this series on my books-to-buy list. Lucky for me, I received an ARC from NetGalley. If you love paranormal lite, cozy mystery and humor, you will love this series. These books should be read in order, they do not read well as standalones. Verity grounded Frankie, a 1920's era gangster, in her heirloom rose bush by washing out his ashes out of his urn. This time ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the first book in this series so much that I put this series on my books-to-buy list. Lucky for me, I received an ARC from NetGalley. If you love paranormal lite, cozy mystery and humor, you will love this series. These books should be read in order, they do not read well as standalones. Verity grounded Frankie, a 1920's era gangster, in her heirloom rose bush by washing out his ashes out of his urn. This time they try to unground Frankie and there is a murder in the historic Sugarland library and Verity's sister, Melody, is suspected. Darla Grace, the victim called Melody and said she had discovered something extremely important in the donations for the annual Hole in the Wall celebration Civil War memorabilia display. Since the library was used as a field hospital there are plenty of ghosts for Verity and Frankie to interact with. They find at that Verity's secret squeeze, Sheriff Ellis's mother had a really good motive. They someone starts shooting.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Keel

    Wow! I'm not usually a fan of first person stories. In fact I normally won't even try a book if I know it's first person. It's a quirk of mine. But I love Angie Fox, so I decided to try this one. And I'm glad I did. The story is engaging and quickly pulls you in, you soon forget it's first person and get feel immersed in the story itself. I loved the characters, and found you can read it without having read any of the other books. You will want to read them after this but you don't have to read Wow! I'm not usually a fan of first person stories. In fact I normally won't even try a book if I know it's first person. It's a quirk of mine. But I love Angie Fox, so I decided to try this one. And I'm glad I did. The story is engaging and quickly pulls you in, you soon forget it's first person and get feel immersed in the story itself. I loved the characters, and found you can read it without having read any of the other books. You will want to read them after this but you don't have to read in order to enjoy the story or to follow along. I loved the interactions between Verity, ghosts, and Ellis. There is enough of a surprise to keep things interesting, and enough fun to keep you smiling. I highly recommend this book, SKELETON IN THE CLOSET and this series to everyone who enjoys an easy to read mystery and great characters! You are sure to be delighted!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alexandria

    I am enjoying Angie's new series. In this book we get more background on the town and we are introduced to some characters that were only mentioned in the first book. The town is celebrating the annual Cannonball in the Wall Festival. The celebration is even bigger this year with media and a documentary. The celebrations don't go as planned when a volunteer is murdered. Verity needs to use her new gifts of seeing ghosts to help Ellis solve a murder. It's amazing how far she will go to do this. S I am enjoying Angie's new series. In this book we get more background on the town and we are introduced to some characters that were only mentioned in the first book. The town is celebrating the annual Cannonball in the Wall Festival. The celebration is even bigger this year with media and a documentary. The celebrations don't go as planned when a volunteer is murdered. Verity needs to use her new gifts of seeing ghosts to help Ellis solve a murder. It's amazing how far she will go to do this. She even confronts her almost mother-in-law! This book made me like Verity even more. I like her continued strength in her less than ideal circumstances. I received a copy of the book from the author.

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