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A Ghostly Mortality

(Ghostly Southern Mysteries #6)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  99 reviews
That ghost sure looks . . . familiar

Only a handful of people know that Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, is a “Betweener.” She helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after—murdered ghosts. Once Emma Lee gets them justice they can cross over to the great beyond. 

But Emma Lee’s own sister refuses to believe in her special ability. In fa
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Witness
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Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was really sad while finishing the previous volume and realizing that Charlotte Rae was killed. I know that she was a little annoying over Emma, but I liked their little fights and I’m sad to see that we won’t see them together again.

I had the chance to read the 5th and 6th book the one after the other but it’s true that I was a bit disturbed by the first chapter. Indeed, it is identical to the last of Volume 5 and I wondered for a moment if it was an err
2.5 stars

I had liked the previous book in this series and after the ending and set up for this book, I was eager to start it. Sadly it fell flat for me.

I do like Emma. She's smart and curious and I enjoy how she never listens to what she's told. Sure, sometimes that particular plot device gets old, but it's mostly amusing. This time around, the townspeople were a little closer to the annoying side.

The main plot arc was intriguing and not what I was expecting. And yet, I was more interested in ju
Sherry Fundin
With the tease at the end of A Ghostly Reunion, I knew I had to have me some more of Emma and her granny in this riproaring Ghost Whispering kind of haunting murder mystery.

A plastic Santa had fallen on Emma’s head and now she sees dead people. It’s fitting that she lives and runs a funeral home.

This Ghost Whispering sleuth lives in a small town where everyone knows your business and some considered the creepy funeral girl a bit wacky, talking to herself…or at least that’s what they think as she
So, that big stunner at the end of book five left me so curious. How was Emma Lee going to handle this one? This light, often giggle-worthy paranormal cozy mystery series just stepped out into deep waters and I was in anticipation for how it would go. Well, it wasn't exactly a slam dunk, but it was a deeply emotional listen in some ways.

A Ghostly Mortality is book six in the Ghostly Southern Mysteries. Most of the stories could be read or listened to as standalone though I do think they are best
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Cozy / Mystery
*Rating* 3.5


A Ghostly Mortality is the 6th installment in author Tonya Kappes Ghostly Southern Mysteries series. Emma Lee Raines is proprietor of a small-town (Sleepy Hollow) Kentucky funeral home called Eternal Slumber. She's also a “Betweener.” Emma helps those who were murdered and are looking for a resolution before moving onward. After Emma Lee solves who murdered them, only then can they cross over to the Great Beyond, Big Guy In The Sky.

Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really wondered how Emma Lee would go losing her sister, even if they hadn't been the best of friends they were sisters.
I loved the mystery didn't pick the end which I loved.
Charlotte moving on brought me to tears it was movingly written and Emma Lee surprised me more than once in this book by being more grown up.
Paula Ratcliffe
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Alice 🌙
5/5 ⭐️
I’m so glad I picked this series back up! I forgot how awesome it is and how fast paced everything is.
Elizabeth Mathis
That ghost sure looks . . . familiar.

Only a handful of people know that Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, is a “Betweener.” She helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after—murdered ghosts. Once Emma Lee gets them justice they can cross over to the great beyond.

But Emma Lee’s own sister refuses to believe in her special ability. In fact, the Raines sisters have barely gotten along since Charlotte Rae left the family business for the competition. After a do
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of her better editions. This book gives more insight to the characters ands its theme has a bit more meat to it than the general cozy. By exploring her sisters death, Emma Lee is also starting to explore her 'gift', herself, and her relationships with others. Those who have not read any others in the series can begin here as the author does a good job of relating what has transpired before so that you are not lost... however, she does not reveal too much in case you wish to read the others a ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one. I liked the banter between the sisters and the story moved quickly. The mystery was a good ending as it wasn't a common result. ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this series is laugh out loud hysterical
Barbara Hackel
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma Lee Raines is funeral home owner and director, but has a hidden talent. She has Funeral Trauma according to Doc and her family, but Emma Lee and boyfriend Jack Henry know better. No Funeral Trauma, but she is a Betweener-that is a person who sees and talks to murdered ghosts who can't rest. She helps them by solving their murder so they can pass on. Only it is a little awkward sometimes when the ghost is talking and demanding answers while others are around. So word has gotten out that she ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not prepared for what an emotional journey this book was. The whodunit in my opinion was only part of the equation, the victim and the aftermath was the focus for me. Well written as always.
I like this series enough to keep reading it but I wish it was a little more relaxed. All the characters sound so stiff and proper when they talk that it takes me out of the story. They live in Kentucky, where's the accent? ...more
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
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I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy (via edelweiss & publisher) of this book.

“Funeral Trauma.” Emma Lee still has it and it’s not going any time soon. A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes brings back the zany occupants of Sleepy Hollow for this installment and it just keeps getting better. With the added bonus of a ghostly kitty, Emma Lee finds herself at a loss because of her new “In betweener” client.

Emma’s “Funeral Trauma” is s
I had been out of circulation for more than a week. No reviews or any bookstagram posts. This review was supposed to be due March 10th but I was unable to because I was sick and my laptop went berserk. Good thing, the blog tour is still until March 30th so this review will still make it. Again, I apologize to Tonya Kappes and PICT for not being able to post on my promised date.

Book 5 --A Ghostly Reunion, ended with a cliffhanger and a capital OMG. I was glad I also signed up for the blog tour fo
Teresa Kander
I LOVE this series, and this book only serves to illustrate why. Emma Lee's work as a "Betweener" gets intensely personal this time around, as the ghost she needs to help cross over after a murder is her only sister, Charlotte Rae.

It's sad that the sisterly relationship seems to improve after Charlotte Rae dies...they both seem to understand each other better as they work to solve the murder mystery. I feel sad for both of them that they won't be able to make use of what they learned and have a
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes is the sixth book in the Ghostly Southern Mysteries.

Emma Lee Raines was just the town's "funeral girl" until a plastic Santa knocked her out; now she suffers the "Funeral Trauma". But really, she is a Betweener; someone who can see ghosts. Specifically, ghosts who've been murdered. Emma Lee's job is to find the murderer so her "clients" can cross-over. Only, this time, her client is her very own sister.

This story is emotional, funny, and suspenseful, and I hop
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like reading this series. Emma Lee and Granny are fun to be around. Emma Lee is a betweener who helps ghosts cross over once their murder has been solved. Since her sister Charlotte goes to work at a rival funeral home Emma Lee is in charge of the family's mortuary. When Charlotte shows up as a ghost asking for help it's a shock. This is the 6th book in this humorous cozy series. It's great re visiting this small southern town with a wide variety of characters. It's hard to imagine the funeral ...more
Deana Dick
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's another big hit for this very talented author as A Ghostly Mortality brings us laughs, heartwarming moments and a mystery that is sure to intrigue you. I love the authors quirky southern sayings throughout the book. It is fun to read a book that has great characters that come to life. The story is a look at the mortuary business and the shenanigans that take place there.

Emma is a great character that has her hands full keeping up with her grandmother and sassy sister. It seems that the two
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

A GHOSTLY MORTALITY, the sixth book in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series, is great fun, full of small town Southern charm and a resolution to the mystery that I did not see coming.

Emma Lee, proprietor of Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, has a unique ability. She is a “betweener” who helps murder victims figure out who killed them so that they may cross over to the other side. This time the task hits a little too close to home when Emma Lee’s sister Charlotte Rae appears before her with
Kimberly Ann
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The sixth 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
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emma Lee and her sister, Charlotte Rae, have been at odds ever since Charlotte up and left the family business, Eternal Slumber, to take a job at a larger, shinier funeral home in Lexington, KY. All that is put aside, however, when Charlotte appears to Emma a ghost. Although devastated to learn her sister has been murdered, Emma Lee is determined to find the culprit and get justice for Charlotte, even though that means she'll never be able to see nor speak to her sister again.

Their gra
Kendrea Parsons
I love this series a lot. And I had such high hopes for this book. However, it just didn't deliver. Unlike other readers, I wasn't upset about Emma Lee's sister, Charlotte Rae, being killed off. She was never even close to being a likeable character. The mystery could've been so much better. For one thing, there is a huge flaw in the big reveal of who killed her and why. It's so monumental that it ruined the entire book for me. Any seasoned writer will tell you that you have to research informat ...more
Danielle Bush
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jessica Bronder
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma Lee Raines works in the family mortuary. Emma and her sister are part owners but Charlotte Rae decided to work for the competition. The girls don’t get along and Emma and her grandmother are trying to get Charlotte to sign over her part of the mortuary. But then Charlotte shows up as a ghost. Although the sisters had differences, Emma is going to help solve her sister’s murder so she can pass on. With the help of her sexy boyfriend Sheriff Jack Henry and Charlotte Emma is up against her har ...more
Emma Lee is a betweener, she sees ghosts of murdered people and helps to cross them over. This story hits close to home for her when it is her own sister that she must help. Her discovering this was so real with gamut of emotions that she went through.
I found this to be a great twist to the series, honestly I never liked Charlotte anyway. This being said, Charlotte as a ghost started to show a different personality that would have made her much more likable in previous books. I had to laugh tha
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book, but there are inconsistencies in it. Emma Lee's life as Betweener just took a turn the she had never thought, or dreamed would happen. While she and her sister are in the middle of one of the biggest arguments ever after Charlotte move to another town to work for a competitor. Emma realizes that her most recent argument her and Charlotte are having is with Charlotte's ghost. Which could only mean one thing. Charlotte Rea has been murdered and needs Emma's help to cro ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've really been enjoying this series, looking forward to each new book. This one was kind of disappointing for several reasons. It was more of a cross over book from the last one to the next one.

The first 40-50 pages were just copies from the last few chapters of the prior book. Then while I enjoyed the "new" character, it was mostly a lead in to the next book, which is actually an ebook only novella rather than a print book. The way this one ends leads me to believe that it's just another vers
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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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  • A Ghostly Murder (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #4)
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