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A Ghostly Reunion

(Ghostly Southern Mysteries #5)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  95 reviews
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 th
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 27th 2016 by Witness
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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.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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I always spend a great time with the Southern Ghostly Mysteries series by Tonya Kappes and I look forward to each new volume to discover the further adventures of our dear Emma Lee Raines. And I must say that her nerves are strained here!!!

Our heroine is preparing a high school reunion with all the people who were with her when she was younger, this means both good and bad ones, starting with Jade Lee Peel. This woman has always messed around by calling
Laura Thomas
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
A high school reunion turns into a nightmare for Emma Lee when the high school mean girl becomes her latest ghost client, her granny gets a taste for being a reality TV star, her sister works for a rival funeral home now, and her newspaper pal is framed for the murder- pretty much life as normal in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky.

A Ghostly Reunion is the fifth installment in this hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series featuring a heroine who runs a funeral home and sees ghosts who have been murdered a
Sherry Fundin
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

I thought this was good but it felt lacking in some places. I always got excited joining Emma on her adventures in solving the murder case but she didn't do too much of that. At least, not as much as she typically does. And her attitude was super bitter. Though I can figure why, it just didn't make for a totally pleasant time.

It was good and as per the usual, I had NO idea who the killer was until the end! Surprise, suprise! I totally gasped.
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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
Helen Drake
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Imagine the class reunion you’re planning includes your bullies from high school. Now one gets killed. She’s been nasty to everyone. Since your job is to help murdered souls pass on, you now have to help your enemy. As you investigate her life you learn how complex she is and her ideal life isn’t as ideal as people think.

This made for a fun audiobook with a twist ending.
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Cozy Mystery
*Rating* 3.

*My Thoughts*

A Ghostly Reunion is the Fifth installment in author Tonya Kappes' Ghostly Southern Mysteries. Protagonist Emma Lee Raines is an Betweener. She sees, talks to, and hears dead people who have been murdered. Outside of her job at Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, which she now runs solo after her sister Charlotte left for greener pastures, it is her job to solve the mystery of what happened to them so that they can move on to the next phase
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma lee is back with another fun fill murder mystery full of southern hospitality and plenty of hilarity.

I just love the Southern Ghostly Mystery series they are highly entertaining
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! I have read it in order but I believe you could get away with jumping in anywhere. These are written in a way that you might be curious about a previous book you haven't read but you wouldn't be completely lost.
This book finds Emma Lee fixing to attend her school reunion. If that isn't nerve wracking enough, her nemesis is a celebrity! When Emma Lee starts hearing Jade talking without seeing her, we know something is up. Emma's Funeral Trauma only affects her when someone is
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Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far one of my favourite series. From the premise, the characters and a top notch whodunit, I'm always guaranteed an enjoyable escape with this series.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
such a good fun read and is set in my home state of KY
Yvonne Taylor
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the characters in this series!! They are lots of fun. You never know who is going to show up to visit Emma Lee Raines.
After getting hit in the head by a plastic Santa Claus. Now she sees ghosts. They come to her for help. They are not able to cross over until the person who murdered them is behind bars.
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
When I began this episode of 'A Ghostly Southern Mystery,' I thought wow, maybe there aren't any ghosts talking in this novel and the author is switching things up...then, a beauty queen/reality show star who was formerly a citizen of Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky winds up dead!

Not only does Funeral director, Emma Lee Raines have to try and treat this ghost as though she liked her...Hmmn...but also she has to try and win the actual funeral. Poor Emma, everyone thinks she has 'Funeral Trauma' as the ki
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
“A Ghostly Reunion” earns 5/5 Jeweled Homecoming Tiaras!

Planning the ten-year high school reunion, Emma Lee was conflicted to include the now well-known reality television star, Miss Popular Cheerleader Jade Lee Peel, who in high school dubbed Emma Lee “Creepy Funeral Home Girl.” Sleepy Hollow seems all ‘gaga’ about their hometown star with her television crew entourage, and everyone’s falling over themselves to get an endorsement. However, a ‘mishap’ at the Best Friend’s Spa throws Jade Lee int
Barbara Flowers
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma Lee Raines owns and operates Eternal Slumber Funeral Home in a small Kentucky town. She's your average, everyday undertaker with one minor exception. She sees ghosts. Specifically, ghosts of murder victims who can't cross over until the murder is solved, and the perpetrator is arrested. This time she's tasked with solving the murder of her high school nemesis Jade Lee Peel. With help from boyfriend Sheriff Jack Henry Ross and her granny Zula Fae, Emma Lee successfully helps Jade Lee cross o ...more
Teresa Kander
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-mystery
I LOVE this series and this book only added to my enjoyment. Emma Lee is an amazing main character, who is extremely likable. She is intelligent and always loyal to her family. There is still potential there for a relationship with Jack Henry, but it seems to be developing s-l-o-w-l-y. :)

It is always entertaining to read about Emma trying to hide her conversations with the dead from other people in her life so that they don't think she's gone completely round the bend. This time, with the deceas
Misty vassar stockton
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 bo ...more
Karen Wright
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best in the series!

Wow! I hope the next book comes out soon. As usual, Emma never has a dull moment. This series is wonderful!!! The characters are colorful and lovable, and the story is always good. The town sounds great and with each new book the reader gets to know more and grow a relationship with it only this time I am so anxious to read more!
West Hartford Public Library
"Small town girl who has made it big and comes back to town and is murdered." --patron
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Danielle U
Book provided by Edelweiss

A Ghostly Reunion by Tonya Kappes is hilarious, hot, and mysterious. Inside this cleverly written plot, Tonya Kappes keeps readers hooked. I found myself wanting to go after the annoying ghost myself but also felt sorry for her. The main character, Emma Lee, is strong, real, and a perfect heroine. Her arc enemy boils her up into a jealous rage...even in the afterlife. Funny how a ghost can still make an alive woman jealous...

Emma Lee sets up a
Kimberly Ann
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth in the series: I like the characters, I like the humor, I like the ghosts, & I like the stories....

Emma Lee & her sister Charlotte have taken over the family's undertaker & funeral parlor business.... Charlotte on the business side & Emma Lee on the undertaker side, but at this point Charlotte had decamped and is now working for a "Legacy" Funeral Parlor in Lexington

When Emma Lee is hit on the head by a falling plastic Santa Clause and she begins seeing the ghosts of people her family
John Presler
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 co
Cecelia Kelsey
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 "betwe ...more
I really enjoyed this book, I love the whole idea of Emma Lee being able to see dead people and help them. I am sorry to say that I do not like her sister or her granny, but I guess that shows how good an author is when she can stir your feelings one way or another for a character.
Emma Lee is organizing her high school reunion, when her classmate Jade arrives and starts causing upheaval not only for Emma Lee but it seems the rest of the town also. When she turns up dead Emma Lee has to help fin
Danielle Bush
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Ghostly Southern Mystery book! In this one Emma Lee is putting together her high school reunion when Jade Lee Peel returns to town. She is a former beauty queen who used to make Emma's life miserable. And while she is in town she is being filmed for a reality TV show.. as soon as she drives in she starts making enemies..
While emma and Jack are out to eat, jade is found dead by Emma's Granny..
And basically the whole town except for Emma this time are suspects.
So emma has to dive
Kelli Jo
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 th ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hold on to your tiara ladies, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!!

One of my very favorite series from this author, this book does not disappoint.

Emma Lee is hosting her high school reunion but naturally things do not go according to plan. Jade (our ghostly inbetweener) is Emma Lee’s high school nemesis, yet the more you try to dislike her, the more you will be able to forgive her nastiness. Emma Lee is once again between a rock and a dead person when it comes to figuring out how to solve this crime.
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Tonya Kappes has written more than 80 southern cozy mysteries, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists, including USA Today . Best known for stories charged with southern charm, emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews.

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