A Ghostly Demise (Ghostly Southern Mysteries Series #3)

A Ghostly Demise (Ghostly Southern Mysteries Series #3)

by Tonya Kappes

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The prodigal father returns—but this ghost is no holy spirit

When she runs into her friend's deadbeat dad at the local deli, undertaker Emma Lee Raines can't wait to tell Mary Anna Hardy that he's back in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, after five long years. Cephus Hardy may have been the town drunk, but he didn't disappear on an epic bender like everyone thought: He was murdered. And he's heard that Emma Lee's been helping lost souls move on to that great big party in the sky.

Why do ghosts always bother Emma Lee at the worst times? Her granny's mayoral campaign is in high gear, a carnival is taking over the town square, and her hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, is stuck wrestling runaway goats. Besides, Cephus has no clue whodunit…unless it was one of Mrs. Hardy's not-so-secret admirers. All roads lead Emma Lee to that carnival—and a killer who isn't clowning around.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062374912
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries Series , #3
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 347,724
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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 Demise (Ghostly Southern Mysteries Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because it was on sale at Amazon and I do enjoy cozy ghost books. The bonus for reading it now was I needed a book set in Kentucky for my US States Reading Challenge. A Ghostly Demise was a great choice--humor, clever plotting, a serious plot line, and likable main characters. I enjoyed my visit to a small part of Kentucky!
MandaLuvsToRead More than 1 year ago
This is the 3rd book in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series, and I found it to be just okay. The mystery was decent but I didn't feel like the story flowed as well as it could have. The dialogue was a little off at times, and one thing repeatedly bothered me. One of the characters in the book loves Stroh's beer, and main character Emma states that he pronounces it incorrectly by leaving off the "h" sound. She brings this up over and over again. The "h" in the word Stroh's is silent. Every time this would come up, I kept wondering how on earth she though Stroh's was supposed to be pronounced. It really threw me off. Everything tied together nicely at the end but I felt like there was just too much going on and too many characters for the length of the book.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
Emma can't wait to tell her friend that she's seen her father only to realize that he is dead. Cephus wants Emma's help to find who murdered him. On top of that Emma has her hands full since granny is running for mayor. There are many quirky characters in this book, and I feel bad for Emma because she seems to get some crazy ghosts that want her help, and she has a crazy granny that she is constantly trying to rein in. I have to admit that I am not a fan of granny, to me she comes across as self centered, but that is my opinion as from other reviews I've read everyone else seems to love her. I love Jack Henry and his growing relationship with Emma. The mystery was excellent leading us through Cephus' life to figure out who murdered him, I did not see that one coming, it took me totally by surprise. I loved the ending that leads us into the next in the series, I did get a giggle out of that. I will continue with this series, the characters are strong, and fun.
ChristineLee More than 1 year ago
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER/AUTHOR IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW** I've read several of Tonya Kappes books now, and I cannot say which series is my favorite. Somehow, she manages to make each heroine the every-girl, and each hero the hero of our dreams! A Ghostly Demise is book 3 in Tonya's Southern Ghostly series with Emma Lee and Jack Henry. The trouble Emma Lee gets herself into trying to help the Ghosts that come to her, it's a good thing the Sheriff loves her, as often as he is rescuing her from silliness. If you haven't tried the Southern Ghostly series yet, you need to. We all need a little Emma Lee and Jack Henry in our lives! **Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.***
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author writes a clean book so if your looking for something with spice you won't find it here. That being said, I enjoyed this murder mystery very much . I have read several of these books and I would really like to see a few changes. I think Emma's family , her Granny, should start to believe that she can actually see and speak to the dead. The funeral trama theory is only so funny after a few books. Also tired of John Henry telling Emma to let him do the investigating etc. etc. and him always saving the day at the end . Some of that just needs to move forward. JMO. .............................................................................................................
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
This is a fun ghostly cozy. There is a fun quirky cast of characters. Lots of drama, mystery, ghosts and politics. Emma Lee Raines sees ghosts. She ran into one out shopping and did not realize he was deceased. It was her friend's father who took off five years before. Only her boyfriend the Sheriff Jack Henry Ross knows that she can see and talk to the dead. Emma Lee works in the family funeral home Eternal Slumber. People think she is going crazy from working their. Ever since she got knocked on head she sees ghosts that were murdered. Cephus Hardy was the town drunk. People thought he took off five years ago, instead he has been dead. He does not know where his body is and who killed him. He left a wife and two children the youngest Ted was in high school. Emma Lee's grandmother Zula Fae Raines Payne has been a widow twice, runs a inn and now is running as Mayor. Her competition owns the other funeral home in town. Emma Lee is determined to help Cephus to cross over by helping find the murderer. Cephus wants a drink of beer still. Emma Lee gets over her head when someone tries to kill her. I laughed, and smiled while reading this. Can't wait till I read the next book by Tonya Kappes. I was given this ebook to read by the author and in return I agreed to give a honest review and be part of it's blog tour.
heathercm2001 More than 1 year ago
This was another fantastic Tonya Kappes book, and a great addition to this series. It was hilarious, and mysterious. Every itty bitty detail came together and made an amazing story. I love the characters in this book, and I love what Tonya does with them. Not only does she bring them to life, but she writes them so they make an impression and become unforgettable. I can't get enough of this series. It's one of my favorite ways to escape my everyday life.
ytaylor More than 1 year ago
This series just gets better and better. Emma Lee Raines can see ghosts. These ghosts appear to her for help in finding out who murdered them. Cephus Hardy is no different. Emma Lee has her hands full trying to help Cephus, making time for her hunky boyfriend Jack Henry (who is also the town Sheriff), and keeping her crazy grandma in check..... This book is full of fun!! I look forward to the next book "A Ghostly Murder"....
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
So here we are, back in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. And yes, Emma Lee still sees and hears ghosts. It’s a side affect of having a giant plastic Santa fall on her and knock her out cold. Her doctor calls it ‘funeral trauma’, not believing she really communicates with ghosts. Appropriate name as she and her sister run Eternal Slumber Funeral Home. Emma is shocked and pleased to run into Cephus Hardy. He just up and vanished 5 years ago, leaving his wife and daughter to fend for themselves. It’s only after Doc Clyde starts talking to her that she realizes Cephus is a ghost. Drat, now Doc will tell her grandmother, Zula Fae, and soon the whole town will know she still suffers from funeral trauma. Cephus tells her he didn’t abandon his family. Says he never left Sleepy Hollow. Adamant that he was murdered. But, he can’t tell her where his body is or who killed him. Emma Lee takes this info to her boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry. Yep, they are now officially boyfriend and girlfriend. There’s not much to go on, but Jack Henry starts digging. So does Emma Lee, much to his consternation. With two murder cases under her belt, Emma dives back in with no regard to danger. Business as usual, think Jack Henry. You never know who you;re going to meet in this series. each book introduces new characters, new ghosts. They all have such fun names. In the south, lots of people go by their first and middle name. You’ll be bumping into Zula Fae again. Emma’s grandmother is following through on her plans to run for mayor, and she’s taking her campaign to a whole new level. She’s such a pistol. There’s also Mable Claire, Beulah Paige, Hettie Bell, and Cheryl Lynne. to mention a few more. I keep waiting for a Bubba to pop up. So, the skinny is, someone murdered Cephus. Emma Lee has to solve the case, the whole town thinks she’s still whacko, and her granny is taxing her last nerve. So much fun. About twenty-five percent into the book, I found my first clue. But, knowing this author, I couldn’t count on that leading me anywhere but down the garden path. So I pressed on, and tripped over a few more clues. Yep, they led all over the place. I’ll leave you here. Don’t want to spoil anything. Grab it. Read it. Find out for yourself who did what. A good thing is, you don’t have to have read the other books to jump into this series. The author fills you in on past events quickly and in just the right places. I received this book from Edelweiss for my honest review.
Susieqz68 More than 1 year ago
Loving this series! A Ghostly Demise is the third book in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series written by Tonya Kappes. It can be read as a stand alone but it's more fun to start from the beginning of the series. I really enjoyed my trip back to Sleepy Hollow and Cephus Hardy is my favorite ghost so far. He is so funny! These just keep getting better and better. I can't wait for the next in the series.
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
I love this series!!! Emma Lee does not disappoint in this mystery. I love the small town feel and how everyone knows everyone. It is easier to figure out the suspects that way. Of course that just means there is a ton of gossip too! This book had enough twists and turns that you really don't know who did it until the end.
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Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first too. I like the Southern sass of Emma Lee. In my opinion you will need to read these books in order so you don't miss out on anything. This book just keeps me wanting craving for more. The author's writing style is enjoyable and flows very well. Again this is another haunted book which makes the book that much more enjoyable to me. There are plenty of gossips in this story and that makes it that much more interesting in trying to find out whodunit. It was exciting to go back and "visit" with old friends. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
In the third book in the Ghostly Southern Mysteries series by Tonya Kappes, Emma Lee Raines is finally starting to get a handle on her "Betweener" skills. Emma has successfully sent off two different ghosts to the great beyond, as well as snared the interest of her long term crush - the local Sheriff, Jack Henry, who knows and accepts that she can communicate with the dead. Now if only the town would stop jumping to the diagnosis of 'Funeral Trauma' every time she acts a little weird (like while talking to a ghost), her life would be going well. Emma Lee would like a break from dealing with the ghosts of murdered townsfolk. But they just keep passing her name on to the next ghost, leaving her to help them find out the whodunit of their murder. And for such a quiet, unassuming town like Sleepy Hollow, apparently there is much more going on than meets the eye, especially with all the suspects in Cephus' disappearance and murder. I can't help but like the way Jack Henry handles things with Emma Lee. Here is a man who knows how to work around the weirdness in her life and still manage to get things accomplished. Emma Lee's granny continues to be a larger than life character and a great comedic foil for Emma Lee. Throw in the funeral home rivalry going on with Burns family and it makes for an unconventional small town mystery. I am enjoying my trips to Sleepy Hollow and time spent with this madcap cast of characters and gave this book 3 solid stars. Thanks to Edelweiss and Witness for the opportunity to read and review the book.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Awesome Series! This is an awesome series; this is the third book in the Ghostly Southern Mysteries by Tonya Kappes. The books in this series keep getting better and better, each book can be read as a standalone, but once you read one you will want to read them all. Emma Lee Raines is an undertaker who can see and hear dead people. When Cephus Hardy shows up and asks Emma Lee to help solve his murder, she knows the only way he will leave her alone is to help him and find out who killed him and where his body is. Poor Emma Lee can’t catch a break, her granny is running for mayor, a carnival is taking over the town square, her boyfriend Sheriff Jack Henry Ross is stuck wrestling runaway goats, and her sister is just as annoying as ever. If you are looking for a great humorous mystery that will keep you guessing until the end who the murderer is then you need to read this book. This book has it all, humor, great characters, and a great mystery. I highly recommend this book as well as the other books by this author. I can’t wait until the next book in this series comes out. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.