The Haunted Heist by Angie Fox
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #3
Read: June 5-7, 2017
Format: Kindle ARC
My Book Rating: 3.5 Stars
Publisher: Moose Island Books
Release Date: March 17, 2016
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reading Challenge(s): TBR 2017, Beat The Backlist 2017
ABOUT THE BOOK
Just because she can see the dead doesn’t mean Verity Long wants to spend her days hunting ghosts. Instead, she’s over the moon to land a marketing job at the local bank . . . until she finds her new boss dead in the vault. Even her ghost friend, Frankie, knows that’s no way to start a career.
Relieved to let the police take charge, Verity steps aside, bound and determined to keep her ghost sightings to herself. But when she learns the main suspect in the murder is a very crooked, very dead mobster, Verity knows it’s up to her to solve the case.
She teams up with her ghostly gangster buddy Frankie, as well as the irresistible and charming Ellis, as the three of them search haunted mob hideouts, hidden passageways, and historic cemeteries for the facts behind the heist of the century—and a modern-day motive for murder.
Too bad uncovering the truth could very well make Verity the next victim…
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’m not sure why I put off reading The Haunted Heist for so long. I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for a cozy mystery? Regardless, I felt guilty staring at it in my NetGalley queue, so I bit the bullet and started reading.
This is the third in a series and I haven’t read any of the previous books. Unfortunately for me, that meant the first chapter was full if info dumping to catch me up on what I missed in books 1 and 2.
I read 99% of this book via text-to-speech (aka, listening to a semi-robotic voice read to me while I did other things, like exercise or fold laundry). Text-to-speech is great for multitasking, but I know I missed some things along the way, but it didn’t hurt the story for me.
I like the main character, Verity Long. She doesn’t want to have the ghost of an old mobster hanging around, but she’s stuck with him. (I’d have to go read the first books to find out exactly why, see the paragraph above!) The ghost, Frankie, was a blast. Seriously, his questionable morals and zero filter made the book.
This story revolves around Verity trying to get a job doing marketing work for the bank, but instead she finds herself at a crime scene. Sounds like this is something that happens to her fairly regularly.
I loved the subplot with sexy cop Ellis—and his overbearing mother who hates her. Apparently, Verity was supposed to marry Ellis’s brother, but she left him. It sounds like their Facebook relationship status should be ‘It’s Complicated’ because it is. But they’re soooon cute together!
So, basically, after a rocky start, I enjoyed this story full of southern charm and ghosts. I was never completely hooked, but as I said above, I just haven’t been in the mood for a cozy mystery, so I think that detracted from some of the enjoyment for this book.
If you’re into cozy mysteries, go pick up this series. It’s a cute, quick read, and book one is currently FREE on Amazon (and maybe other retailers?) at the time of this review posting.
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(From an advanced release copy. Actual quotes may differ in final book.)
I felt my smile go wooden It was one thing to have a bad couple of days or even years, but to disrespect my town?
“Bless your heart,” I said, stepping past her desk, determined to end this conversation on a civil note.
“What do you want me to do?” Frankie huffed. “Embroider it on a pillow?”
“You got some natural talent behind the wheel,” Frankie said, approving from the passenger seat. “If you ever wanted a career in getaway—“
I clutched the wheel. “I don’t want to hear about it.”
“You mean like when I shot Crazy Louie in the leg to get your gun?” I challenged.
Frankie grinned wide. “You should have shot him in the balls.
“They chased us,” I said. “I had to dodge bullets. Ellis took us off road.”
“You’re just trying to make me jealous, aren’t you?”
“Who gets your house when you die? Your sister? God I, I hope not. I can’t break in another perky blonde.”