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A Ghostly Reunion: A Ghostly Southern Mystery
     

A Ghostly Reunion: A Ghostly Southern Mystery

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by Tonya Kappes
 

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Emma Lee Raines sees dead people

Proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, Emma Lee can see, hear, and talk to ghosts of murdered folks. And when her high school nemesis is found dead, Jade Lee Peel is the same old mean girl—trying to come between Emma Lee and her hot boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, all over again.

There’s only one

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Emma Lee Raines sees dead people

Proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, Emma Lee can see, hear, and talk to ghosts of murdered folks. And when her high school nemesis is found dead, Jade Lee Peel is the same old mean girl—trying to come between Emma Lee and her hot boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, all over again.

There’s only one way for Emma Lee to be free of the trash-talking ghost—solve the murder so the former prom queen can cross over.

But the last thing Jade Lee wants is to leave the town where she had her glory days. And the more Emma Lee investigates on her own, the more complicated Miss Popularity turns out to be. Now Emma Lee will have to work extra closely with her hunky lawman to get to the twisty truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062466952
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/27/2016
Series:
Ghostly Southern Mysteries Series , #5
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
65,429
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

Tonya Kappes has written more than fifteen novels and four novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists, including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, two very spoiled schnauzers, and one ex-stray cat in northern Kentucky. Now that her boys are teenagers, Tonya writes full-time but can be found at all of her guys' high-school games with a pencil and paper in hand. Come on over and FAN Tonya on Goodreads.

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A Ghostly Reunion: A Ghostly Southern Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 15 days ago
As always, good story . I really enjoy this series and author does not let us down.
Anonymous 28 days ago
Emma lee Raine can still see dead people .Emma helps them solve their murders and helps them move on. This book Emma goes to her class reunion and her enemy Jade is there. For years Jade was Emma's worst pain in her side from what Emma can figure out Jade has not changed at all. she's still out to get her but who do you know would get murdered next yes Jade Lee Peel. Emma lee raine can see her and hear her and has to figure out who murdered her with the help of the sheriff Jack Henry Ross her boyfriend. she's going to find out who murdered Jade. Help her move on I love this series.misty vassar stockton
wtfareyoureadingFR 3 days ago
My Thoughts Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky may be a small southern town, as far as size goes. But make no mistake, it is quite big on charm, personality, and paranormal mystery shenanigans. Don't believe me? Just ask Miss Emma Lee Raines. The young, pretty, and very busy proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, and part-time sleuth. Oh yeah...and did I happen to mention that "she sees dead people"? Yep. Just like that cute little boy in The Sixth Sense. Only these dead people need Emma Lee's help to cross over, and she's not exactly running all over town letting the populace know that she can in fact "see dead people". No. It seems that Emma Lee is quite content to let the general public and her grandma believe that she has gone just a little south of her mental balance beam, and now suffers from a condition not so lovingly referred to as Funeral Trauma. Who knew that a little ole' thing like a high school reunion would lead to the murder of its prom queen turned reality star, one Miss Jade Lee Peel. The owner of the town newspaper as the lead suspect, and Emma's "Funeral Truama" stuck in the upright and on position? Why none other than Emma Lee Raines of course...and all y'all lucky folks that have the pleasure of reading this story. Bless your hearts! Authoress Tonya Kappes invites readers into the world of Emma Lee Raines for a 5th time in A Ghostly Reunion. As such, both new readers, and those well acquainted with the series find themselves presented with a well balanced cast of the quirky, kooky, and just down right fun characters and circumstances which make for a relatable and compulsively readable tale. While Miss Jade Lee Peel's untimely demise may be a bit of a foregone conclusion. (I mean...with her tombstone being on the cover of the book and all.) The over the top persona that this snuffed out starlet brings to the table, both in life and in death is well worth the read. When you add Emma, grandma Zula Fae, and Emma's sister, Charlotte Rae into the mix. Priceless. This mystery builds its reader loyalty by allowing the reader to understand and gain an affinity for the people in the story. Not just the stars of the show. The whole entire town. It then becomes so very easy to slip right into any given scene, and feel as though one is right at home. A very handy tool at times when the action may slow or the plot may get a little thin. Another very smart and particularly well executed element of this story is the blending of Emma's personal and professional lives. The ebb and flow from one into the other is seamless. Making Emma a very well rounded character, and giving her readers the full view of how her sleuthing impacts all areas of her life. This focus on Emma does backfire at times however. At times taking the spotlight away from her dead client. Leaving parts of their story to either be glossed over or not explored at all. Another drawback to having such a seemingly fixed array of memorable characters. (I say seemingly because this is my first foray into this series.) Is the ability to deduce that the murderer is always going to be someone coming in from the outside. This bit of formulaic writing is well covered in charm, wit, and characters. But it does bear mentioning nonetheless. In short. This is a great cozy for the reader looking for unforgettable characters, a fun escape, a bit of mystery, and a whole lot of heart.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Fun visit great interesting characters
lauralovesreviewingLT 12 days ago
It all started when a large plastic Santa fell off the roof and knocked Emma Lee for a loop. She starts seeing the ghosts of murdered people. People in town thinks she’s gone round the bend when they spot her talking to something that isn’t there. She’s getting used to that. What she’s having trouble with is the newest ghost, Jade Lee, a prom queen diva with no manners and an ego as big as Texas, who has her eyes on Emma’s man, the sexy Sheriff Jack Henry Ross. Emma wastes no time diving into the case, more then ready to send Jade on to greener pastures. But Jade has other plans and the fun begins. I live in a small southern town and every time I dive into another book in this series I feel like I’m welcomed with open arms. Tonya nails it with her descriptions of a southern town. Her character’s are the perfect blend of eccentric, opinionated, charming, and did I say eccentric. LOL And the mystery is rib ticklin’ fun and as sticky as a humid afternoon. Keep ’em coming, Tonya. This southern gal would love some more, please.
SherryF 17 days ago
If you are looking for a humorous paranormal/supernatural story with some quirky characters, check out A Ghostly Reunion and the Ghostly Southern Mystery series by Tonya Kappes. Emma sees murdered dead people, after being conked on the head by a plastic Santa. Her home and the family business are one and the same, Eternal Slumber Funeral Home. People of the town thinks she’s a loon, but really she is a Ghost Whisperer. I loved the TV show, so any book that reminds me of it, is high on my reading list. Emma is planning her ten year high school reunion and her least favorite person deigns to grace them with her presence, Jade Lee Peel. She epitomizes why we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. This light, ghostly murder mystery is filled with humor and quirky characters with large personalities. Occurring in a small town, we still have plenty of suspects and it takes a while to figure it out. Sooo…if you like some laughs with your murder, you will want to add A Ghostly Reunion and the Ghostly Southern Mysteries to your reading list. A KILLER ending and I can hardly wait to read more. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of A Ghostly Reunion by Tonya Kappes.
BookaholicHo 25 days ago
I received an advanced reader copy, from the author, with no expectations. Emma Lee and Jack Henry team up again to find who murdered Jade Lee Peel, a spiteful beauty queen She had many who could have murdered her. But Emma Lee always gets her man...or woman! The ending...what a shocker! Tonya Kappes is, in all honesty, my favorite writer. She juggles so many wonderful wonderful series with written perfection!
Cece56 28 days ago
Emma Lee Raines is doing yoga in the gazebo in the middle of town square in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. She sees a car pull up across the street. It is none other than Jade Lee Peck who was Emma's #1 enemy from high school. She is in town for the reunion. Emma runs the funeral home that her family started. After an accident that caused a head wound to Emma, she can see "betweener" clients who have been murdered and cannot move on until their murder is caught. Jade Lee Peck becomes one of her "betweener" clients when she is murdered before the reunion. Sleepy Hollow is a typical small town. It has its share of quirky people, gossips and people who truly care for one another. I liked Emma Raines and her boyfriend who is the sheriff. The story moved fast and the ending was a total surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this series.
KelliJo 28 days ago
This series just keeps getting better! Just when you think poor Emma Lee is going to get a break from her Betweener gig just in time for her class reunion, which she had to put together, but her arch nemesis shows up for the reunion - and after stirring up all kinds of trouble and making MANY people mad, Jade Lee shows up in Emma's hearse - as a new client. The race is on to find the real killer because Fluggie has been framed for her murder and the evidence is piling up! But wait! Even after the killer is found, the story takes a crazy turn - that we have to wait until the NEXT book to read about!!!
The_Brats 28 days ago
Emma Lee Raines is organizing her 10-year High School Reunion. One of the people attending the reunion is her old high school nemesis, Jade Lee Peel. Shortly after arriving in town, Jade Lee has an altercation with a person in an older car for parking "too close" to her Mercedes in front of the Higher Grounds Cafe. Jade considers herself a prima donna and has a film crew following her around. She is rude to just about everybody she has any contact with, but seems to be totally oblivious to her conduct. Jade Lee also wants to rekindle her relationship with Jack Henry Ross. When Jade Lee turns up dead, it is up to Emma Lee and Jack to find the killer. Unfortunately, with Jade Lee's behavior, there is no shortage of suspects. There also seems to be some question as to where the funeral will be held, Eternal Slumber or ...? Who killed Jade Lee? Can Emma and Jack solve the mystery and help Jade Lee cross over? Will Emma Lee handle Jade Lee's funeral? What will happen to the reunion plans? The story has sufficient twists and turns to keep you guessing all the way to the end, with a final twist that will leave you looking for more. I received an ARC copy of this book and elected to provide this honest review.
LGHudson 28 days ago
Really Great Book! I'm not really someone who enjoys "ghost" or "paranormal" books. Now that I've got that behind me, I have to say this was one of my favorite books of the year! Once I started A Ghostly Reunion, I was so drawn in by the delightfully charming characters that I quickly became personally engrossed in the story. The novel is set in Sleepy Hollow where they're getting ready for a High School Class Reunion. I guess that actually could bring out "ghosts" if you believe in such!! The town of Sleepy Hollow is typical of a lot of small Southern towns - everyone knows everyone else, their families, their business, their successes, their failures and the their dirty little secrets & what they were like when they were young and dumb! The author does a masterful job weaving a story of a young girl who broke out of her small world, reinvented herself and brought the media hype home with her for a Reality Show. Unfortunately, the whole town gets far more of a Reality Show than they bargained for! As I mentioned at the beginning, the characters are delightful! You will come to enjoy them and their interpersonal relationships so very, very much!! The conclusion will blow your mind! I need the next book NOW!!
LGHudson 28 days ago
Really Great Book! I'm not really someone who enjoys "ghost" or "paranormal" books. Now that I've got that behind me, I have to say this was one of my favorite books of the year! Once I started A Ghostly Reunion, I was so drawn in by the delightfully charming characters that I quickly became personally engrossed in the story. The novel is set in Sleepy Hollow where they're getting ready for a High School Class Reunion. I guess that actually could bring out "ghosts" if you believe in such!! The town of Sleepy Hollow is typical of a lot of small Southern towns - everyone knows everyone else, their families, their business, their successes, their failures and the their dirty little secrets & what they were like when they were young and dumb! The author does a masterful job weaving a story of a young girl who broke out of her small world, reinvented herself and brought the media hype home with her for a Reality Show. Unfortunately, the whole town gets far more of a Reality Show than they bargained for! As I mentioned at the beginning, the characters are delightful! You will come to enjoy them and their interpersonal relationships so very, very much!! The conclusion will blow your mind! I need the next book NOW!!
book_junkee 28 days ago
3.5 stars When I got the invite to read this from the publisher, I was instantly intrigued. I do love murder mysteries and I'm a sucker for anything set in the south. I liked Emma well enough. She seems smart and she's likable and friendly. She's also loyal to her family. I was hoping for serious chemistry between Emma and her boyfriend Jack Henry, but the scenes between them were lukewarm at best. There are also a lot of secondary characters, all with double names and I struggled to keep track. The plot was interesting, but not captivating. I did want to find out who did it and I didn't expect the reveal. But the slight build up led to a rushed ending and sort of fizzled out instead of satisfying. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the book, but it lacked a spark I was really really hoping for. I didn't see the southern charm or the spunky attitude. However, the set up for the next book is something I wasn't expecting and I'll definitely be reading that one. **Huge thanks to Witness and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**