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Deader Homes and Gardens

(Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #4)

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Southern belle Verity Long is back in business — as a ghost hunter. Now all she has to do is visit the town's creepiest mansion and exorcise a family of vengeful spirits. Piece of cake. After all, ghosts love her and need her... that is until she meets the ghosts of Rock Fall mansion. They'll do anything to keep their murderous secrets hidden within the cliff-side fortress ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Angie Fox
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Montzalee Wittmann
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deader Homes and Gardens
By: Angie Fox
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
This is another great book in this hilarious series of ghosts and murder! There is also a great mysteries, wonderful characters, (both undead and dead), fun plot, and made me giggle a lot! So fun!
The narrator is fabulous, she cracks me up! She makes the funny scenes funnier! Love her!
TJ✨
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received from: Moose Island Books
Received Via: NetGalley.com


THE REVIEW

Why this book?
I love this series

What I thought

These books get better and better. This is by far the best book in the series so far. Not only does it have scary ghosts but there's also enjoyable characters, mystery and bit of humor and romance too. These ghosts are nothing like Verity has seen before but she's determined to get the job done. I got to admit I was not expecting the Killer. Which is refreshing since I always
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Quenya
So I really enjoyed this book and loved watching Verity commit to being a ghost hunter and heading straight into a job. I think the best part of the book though was that Verity really handled much of this book on her own. Ellis was very much a supporting character in this story versus being with her for all the adventures and Frankie was just plain not willing to help.

The mystery was fabulous and very different from what I expecting with a book series being so entrenched in the southern culture.
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Marta Cox
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It's fun to get back in the world of Verity, ghost hunter and just alround good girl. This southern miss has standards and a big heart but sometimes boy does she take a wrong turning! I mean come on getting engaged, realising that her fiancé is a waste of space and then falling for his brother has got to be all kinds of messed up. Yet somehow in spite of family strife and the appalling financial circumstances Verity is left in she doesn't wallow, no she just keeps plugging away, see? An alround ...more
Cheryl
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a 4.5 star read.

A fun, sweet, clean and scary read featuring my favourite cosy, ghost hunting sleuth Verity Long. On her first official job as a ghost hunter Verity is asked to investigate a family of ghosts supposedly cursed when the original owner returned to his Sugarland mansion after an Egyptian archaeological dig.
This was a scarier read than the series normally offers, with Verity and those around her put into great danger by a malevolent spirit. Is the family cursed and how did
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Anita
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy, arc
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

I love this series! Angie Fox has the magic combo for me humor, romance (even though it's cozy), a mystery and Frankie. You need to check whatever faith system you have about life, death and the hereafter - don't overthink this series, just enjoy.

Verity has just about given up getting her graphic design business off the floor, especially since she has been outed as having a
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Betty
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fun paranormal that will amuse until the end. Verity Long has decided to be a ghost hunter. Frankie, her ghost friend is not sure if he is on board. The first job is to visit a Victorian mansion that has a number of ghosts that often seen. The house has been shut up for 100 years. Verity, Frankie and Lee, the owner of the house enter in trepidation not knowing how the ghosts will react. At this point, the story takes on several curves as Verity struggles to find why the ghosts are haunting the ...more
Ian
Verity is back and in this episode she has taken on the job of dealing with a whole houseful of angry ghosts that haunt a cliff top mansion.

Deader Homes and Gardens is great. Entertaining, good fun, characters you love...all of that. Angie Fox could keep pumping stories like this out and people will buy them.

I hope she doesn't.

I hope Verity doesn't become another Stephanie Plum (20+ books and no progression). I hope she becomes Violet Parker.

4 Stars because it's great, minus 1 Star because
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Kelly
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm pretty much digging this series. Verity is determined and spunky. Her ghosts are...well, they all have their quirks. Her main ghost is certainly not the most reliable at keeping her safe and sane, but he has a good heart under all his bluster. Also, he throws some darn good parties. You know, for a ghost.

Oh, and *thumbs up* on the hunky boyfriend. It pays to have a guy who isn't afraid to enter an abandoned house with you AND who knows a few tricks of the trade. Like how to properly shatter
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Meigan
Review to come.

*eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Kristina
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Deader Home and Gardens by Angie Fox is the fourth book in The Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery series. Verity Long has given up her graphic design business and has become a ghost hunter. So far, though, she has not gotten any clients. Verity has kept herself busy by helping her boyfriend, Ellis Wyndell decorate his home. They are trying out new curtains when she receives a call from Lee Treadwell. Lee states he needs Verity to come over immediately. Verity is excited to have her first client. She ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
All Things Urban Fantasy

One of the genre tags on the Goodreads page for DEADER HOMES AND GARDENS is "cozy mystery" and that is a very accurate description for this book and in fact, the whole series. It's the type of when you're looking for a 'scary but not pants-wetting scary ' book to read on a cold October evening. I got through this book in one sitting as it's a very quick read and has an interesting mystery that kept my interest enough to want to see what the resolution would be. I love
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Janet Robel
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is so much fun with loads of ghosts and a wonderful plot that keeps the pages turning. The camaraderie between Verity Long and Frankie the gangster ghost gets even better with each book and this one may be my favorite so far. They may be stuck with each other but there is no denying they make a great team. You can't go wrong with this humorous paranormal mystery that may even give you some chills along the way. I simply adore Lucy because she is a unique pet and has her own ...more
Jaclyn
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't quite like this one as much as the previous books in the series. I felt like it didn't get going until very late in the book, but once it did, I enjoyed it. I also didn't like Frankie's attitude in this one. His behavior and then 180 turn didn't quite make sense to me. But I still love the series and am looking forward to the next book.
Melissa Storm
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best one yet!
Nadia
Great job, Angie Fox!

Once again, the book was spectacular! I loved everything about it, the romance, the mystery, the characters, the plot, I'm just fangirling so hard right now!!

Angie Fox is making it difficult to choose now my favorite book in the series, but this might just do the job! Read it!!
Meg
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good one, with just the right amount of creep factor. The audio book narrative was maybe a tad melodramatic, but it didn't take away from the story. Frankie was the usual funny yet grumpy ghostly sidekick, providing some much-needed comic relief. Looking forward to the next one!
Sophia

Killer title, right? Yeah, sorry couldn't resist that one. However, that's really what snagged my attention first. The whimsical cover screamed cozy mystery to me and that's fine because I've been meaning to try more of them.

When I finished, I looked around and lamented the fact that I really needed to go back for the whole series. I'd missed out. Southern gal ghost hunter, quirky small town and residents, colorful ghost companion, swoony Sheriff's Deputy flame, ghost-riddled mansion, cursed
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is a great cozy series. It is fun with a mystery and a just a little romance, everything you need. Please do not expect everything to be "real", one of the main characters is a gangster ghost name Frankie. This is a book to read strictly for enjoyment and fun.

Verity Long has dealt with ghosts in Sugarland and had more success than she has had with her graphic design business so she has put out a shingle as a Ghost Hunter. Fortunately for her, Ellis, her beau, is helping her out with
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
Deader Homes and Gardens by Angie Fox

A southern style ghost mystery.
I love the humor in this paranormal mystery series. Quite a few laughs and even a feel good tear in the resolution. Sparky.

A southern proper woman and a gangster ghost team up to help the town neighbors get rid of unwanted or malicious ghosts while solving a murder. Bless their hearts.
This is the 4th in the series but can be read on its own.

Excerpt:
“For most of spring, and now into summer, my newfound ability [ghost hunting] had
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Dawn
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The more I read books from Mrs. Fox the better they get.

As always Verity and Frankie (her resident gangster ghost) have a running commentary that is comical. This new case though, even Frankie doesn't want anything to do with it because it creeps him out. He draws the line at dolls.

So Verity will have to do this alone with Lee, the descendent of the family who is trying to improve the property and looking for famous artifacts that were brought back by his grandfather a week before he passed
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Sandee
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The spooky hilarity continues in this the 4th book. Verity has declared herself as an official ghost-hunter and has her first job, investigating an egyptian curse in long abandoned mansion where the entire family died. While her sleuthing continues, Frankie has set up a ghostly speakeasy on her back porch - just to keep every aspect of her life in an uproar. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. However, I do wish Verity would finally start making some regular money. It is getting beyond ...more
Ann
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Verity, Lucy, Frankie and Ellis are back in the 4th installment of the Southern Ghost series. I love reading about their adventures and this time there's a whole house of ghost dead set against their investigation. You'll want to read the previous books to catch all the nuisances and the towns characters.
Jeanne Adamek
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion you can't go wrong reading Angie Fox's Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series--and this installment was as good as the previous three. These are fun books with a lot of great characters and very interesting situations!
Nancy
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
Verity Long’s first ghost hunting job may end up being her last. A haunted mansion, several ghosts, ancient Egyptian relics, a curse, and mummies enter into this amusing tale including a sidekick who’s the spirit of a greedy gangster. He got attached to Verity and now she can’t get rid of him, but she needs his power to see into the spiritual world. When a man hires her to dispel the ghosts in his family mansion, she discovers murder, treachery, and deceit that may reach from the past into the ...more
Theresa
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars... Verity, Frankie, and the gang return to solve a century old murder mystery steeped in Egyptian curses and family secrets... The spook factor gets revved up in the addition to the series with a malicious and vengeful spirit that holds those dear to it captive in it’s quest to secure what it believes is rightfully his... As this spirit begins to set it’s sights on Verity, she must muster up enough courage to fight for the innocent and set right the wrongs of the past... An ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
This is the creepiest of the series so far, but it is creepy in a good way!

Verity has her first official ghost hunting gig, and it is a doozy! Lee Treadwell want's the ghosts gone (or at least calmed down!) so he can either do up or sell the family property, there is just one tiny problem, err an ancient Egyptian Curse that struck down his Grandfather, Grandmother, Aunt, Grandmother's brother and eventually the Governess! In order to get Frankie to let her see the other side she has to promise
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Margaret Hasemann
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Garilous Gardens and Patio Parties

Frankie the ghost is being a pain, all because he wants to get the old gang together ( to do whatever deceased 1930 gangster gangs do ). Somehow he tricks Verify into agreeing to a bargin. He juices her up with his ghost power to communicate with the other side, and she will let them use her back porch patio for the gangs get-together.
But is it really worth it to leave Frankie and his gang at home alone with her pet skunk Lucy, while she goes off to a house
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Jennifer
2.75 stars.

The slow moving romance between the h and her man continued to be cute and sweet. The mystery was interesting and surprising enough. However, the set of circumstances that the h can’t control is starting to make me annoyed. She just reacts to everything, bumbling along and making the best of things. I feel nit picky, but I guess I wanted her to be more proactive and less of a doormat with her nemesis (who thankfully didn’t make an appearance in this book), the townspeople, and her
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Donna Simonetta
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! It's got ghosts, mystery, humor, and romance––all my favorites. And the spirits from this book are connected to early 20th century Egyptian archeology, which is another topic of interest to me. I'm not usually a fan of books written in the first person, but it really works in this series. Give yourself a treat, and escape to Sugarland for a visit...it's packed with fun!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Angie Fox writes sweet, fun, action-packed mysteries. Her characters are clever and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, bees, and going up stairs when it is dark behind her. Let’s face it. Angie wouldn’t last five minutes in one of her books.

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Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries (8 books)
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