A Ghostly Grave by Tonya Kappes

Ghostly Southern Myster, Book 2

Synopsis: There’s a ghost on the loose—and a fox in the henhouse

Four years ago, the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home put Chicken Teater in the ground. Now undertaker Emma Lee Raines is digging him back up. The whole scene is bad for business, especially with her granny running for mayor and a big festival setting up in town. But ever since Emma Lee started seeing ghosts, Chicken’s been pestering her to figure out who killed him.

With her handsome boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, busy getting new forensics on the old corpse, Emma Lee has time to look into her first suspect. Chicken’s widow may be a former Miss Kentucky, but the love of his life was another beauty queen: Lady Cluckington, his prize-winning hen. Was Mrs. Teater the jealous type? Chicken seems to think so. Something’s definitely rotten in Sleepy Hollow—and Emma Lee just prays it’s not her luck.

Review: After a good time with the first book, I was curious to see what the author would introduce with her second volume. But I must say that once again we have a story full of humor, incredible characters and of course a new survey all accompanied by another ghost.

As I said, Emma finds herself haunted by a new ghost but unlike Ruthie, Chicken was buried 4 years ago. But thanks to her relations with the police, Jack exhumes the body to determine whether the man actually killed or not. While her boyfriend makes every effort to prevent her to investigate this new case, Emma remains determined to find the culprit. Who else but his wife could be the ideal culprit? Especially when we know that she was jealous of the award winning Chicken’s hen. Oh yes, and we can understand it because he literally idolized the animal and brought her to the forefront whatever happens. An unpleasant situation for his young wife I must say. I admit that I loved the conversations of the ghost about his favorite chicken! It’s pretty impressive to see what he was willing to do for her. You can imagine that it’s not common to see something like that! Besides, he had a Cadillac used only to transport his favorite animal. Yeah! Really!

It’s not all because Emma’s grandmother, this really wacky woman decides that it is time to concur as mayor of the city. We will also see the evolution of the relationship between Jack and the young woman, which is not so easy regarding the situations where we find Emma each time. I must say that to discover the culprit, the young woman does not hesitate to act, and even to completely change her appearance. Yep, we can see her blonde, seeing her attend a Miss contest and even singing! It makes you curious is not it? Especially when we know that she is far from that all. As for the murderer elsewhere, I quickly realized about his identity, perhaps because he stood out from the other characters but it’s true that I was curious to discover the reason behind this gesture.

In any case I had a great time with this new story and I’m curious to read more again for a new adventure for our funeral employee.




38 thoughts on “A Ghostly Grave by Tonya Kappes

  1. This is the second review of this book that I’m reading. Also, the second positive review. Nobody is raving about it, but no one has anything particularly bad to say either – which I guess puts this on a very comfy middle level. Lovely review.

  2. I am glad you enjoyed the second. I liked the first well enough and I have a copy of this so I think I will just set aside an afternoon and get it read. The whole thing with the chicken sounds funny.

  3. I always wonder how funeral employees do what they do. It seems so sad and depressing. I wouldn’t be able to handle the constant ‘sad’ vibe. Glad you had fun with this one Melliane 🙂

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