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A Ghostly Secret

(Ghostly Southern Mysteries #7)

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Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, Eternal Slumber, is a “Betweener,” helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after— only murdered ghosts. After Emma Lee solves who murdered them, only then can they cross over to the Great Beyond, Big Guy In The Sky.
Emma Lee is up against a cold case that happened before she’d even gotte
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Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Cozy Mystery Publishing
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Kristina
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Ghostly Secret by Tonya Kappes is the seventh novel in A Ghostly Southern Mystery series. Emma Lee Raines owns Eternal Slumber Funeral Home in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. Emma Lee is a “Betweener”. She has the ability to help murdered spirits cross over to the other side by getting them closure (bringing their killer to justice). Betsy, a young girl, and a cat named Mr. Whiskers are Emma Lee’s latest clients. Betsy has been present for the last six months and has yet to remember what happened to ...more
Angela~supermom~
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I finally got to read this one! As per the usual, the mystery had me on my toes and constantly guessing.

I will say that even though I know this book is a mystery first and a romance second, I still can't help but feel cheesed over Emma and Jack. And like I don't even know if there is going to be another book so even though the mystery is solved and we aren't introduced to another ghost (yet) I can't help but feel like Emma's story is still very much open with the way things stand with
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Taryn
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Emma Lee has a little girl that needs help crossing over but has very little information to go on. Having to keep her gift a secret, dealing with the death of her sister, and worrying about whether beau Jack Henry is going to propose Emma wonders if she will be able to help this time. Will Emma find the clues she needs to help this little girl move on? Can she get past the turmoil she feels over the death of her sister? Will someone find out the secret she works so hard to keep? Will Jack Henry ...more
Debbie
Emma Lee's life is upside down right now. She is still in shock over her sister, Jack Henry is trying another job, Granny as usual is up to her antics and she has the ghost of a little girl and a cat to help cross over. When this case turns out that it's a 20 year old cold case, it makes it a little more difficult.
I love Emma Lee, she is a strong woman in a world of crazies, I like Jack Henry and I love the introduction of Mazie as someone to help Emma Lee, she a real go getter. This story has p
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Joanne
A Ghostly Secret is the 7th book in the Ghostly Southern Mystery Series by USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes. Set in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. Emma Lee Raines is the proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home. Emma has a unique “gift”, she can see dead people who have been murdered. As a "Betweener" she helps murdered individuals "cross over" by finding out who murdered them. Emma Lee Raines is still in a relationship with her beloved, handsome Sheriff Jack Henry Ross. She's still hel ...more
Deb
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Ghostly Secret by Tonya Kappes is the best of the Ghostly Southern Mystseries series so far. Not often do you find a book or series that you just fall in love with but this book and series is just that. Everything about it from the setting in small town Sleepy Hollow KY to the interesting loveable characters, to the plot and story draws you in to the book and keeps you wanting more and more.
Emma Lee Raines the owner of the family funeral home just happens to be a Betweener which means she sees
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Rosemary K
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emma Lee leads a busy life. She operates Eternal Slumber, her funeral home business, and is a Betweener. She helps ghosts cross over to the other side. Those who come to her are all murder victims who need her help. To accomplish that Emma works with the local sheriff and her love Jack Henry Ross. I enjoy their relationship. They have powerful chemistry and make a great couple. Their dialogue is humorous and full of sass. I enjoyed Emma's Granny, Zula Fae. She's feisty and free spirited. What I ...more
Robin Leslie Coxon
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Ghostly Secret by Tonya Kappes is #7 in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series. Emma Lee, owner/operator of Eternal Slumber Funeral Home in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky has been seeing dead people. Not just the ones she prepares for their eternal journey but the spirits of those who can not pass over because their murder has not been solved. Her ability is the result from a bump on the head by Santa Claus. Her latest ghost is a little girl named Betsy Lynn Brady. Beside trying to solve the mysteries b ...more
Marsha
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A good clean murder mystery. I really enjoy this series, and this book didn't disappoint. In case you are unfamiliar with it, Emma Lee owns and runs a funeral home, and after an accident a few years ago, has been able to talk to the deceased, but not just any... those who were murdered. They want her help crossing over and to do that, Emma Lee needs to help solve the crime. This book had a cuteness factor added in because one of the ghosts she is
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Joan
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Emma Lee Raines is a Betweener, and this time she needs to help a 10 year old girl and a cat named Mr Whiskers cross over.

Boyfriend Sheriff Jack Henry Ross accepts a 6 month job out of town, and Emma takes on the town librarian as her new sidekick. Mazie has noticed her odd behaviour and suspects that Emma sees dead people. Her computer skills and wild imagination make her an asset to their sleuthing.

This book started off slowly and for the first 50 pages I found the writing to be very clumsy an
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Sandy Bartles
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emma Lee Raines is a "Betweener", a person who sees ghosts and helps them cross over to the other side. It was heart wrenching for me to read about a ghost child and ghost kitten searching "for the light" so they can cross over. The author had me crying and laughing throughout the book. She effortlessly leads you from one scene to another, amazing you with her writing talent. There are a few surprises along the way that I wasn't expecting, a couple of which has me eagerly awaiting the next book ...more
Kim
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy from the author, to read, and give an honest review.

I absolutely loved it!! This is my favorite series of her books. Each one surpasses the last.
The dynamic between the characters is always evolving, and growing--and just a little bit crazy!
Good strong story line with twists and turns to keep you engaged and guessing until the end.
You will laugh, and cry, and feel part of the family and community.

Kudos, Tonya!! Keep them coming!
Karen
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of my favourite series. The series just keeps getting better. I strongly recommend you read them in order.
From the premise, the characters and a top notch whodunit, I'm always guaranteed an enjoyable escape with this series.
Cyndy
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This latest addition to this series does not disappoint. Emma Lee has her youngest client while dealing with personal relationship issues. The character development in this book is great and the mystery will leave you guessing until the end. I highly recommend!
Amy
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Ghostly Secret is the 7th book in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series. Emma Lee owns her family funeral home in the small town of Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. She is also a betweener, she helps murder victims cross over.
Betsy Lynn has been dead for many years, but is still a young girl ghost trying to find out what happened.
A wonderful paranormal cozy with great characters, suspense that will keep you turning those pages.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Mary Brown
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Ghostly Secret
Ghostly Southern Mysteries, Book #7
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars

Synopsis:

Checking out!

Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, Eternal Slumber, is a “Betweener,” helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after— only murdered ghosts. After Emma Lee solves who murdered them, only then can they cross over to the Great Beyond, Big Guy In The Sky.
Emma Lee is up against a cold case that happened before she’d even gotten her “Betweener” gift. Not only is the ghost o
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Daniele
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
3.5 stars - I liked it quite a bit

In addition to running her family’s funeral home, Emma Lee Raines is busy helping murder victims cross over into the light. Up until now, she has always assisted people that she has known in life, but this time around she finds herself trying to help eight year old Betsy Lynn and Mr. Whiskers, the cat. Emma Lee quickly learns that helping a stranger, especially a child, poses more problems than she is accustomed to. With some digging, and the help of a new sidek
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Kathleen
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
“A Ghostly Secret” earns 5/5 Healthy Green Concoctions from Granny!

“Can you help me?” It has been six months since the ghost of a ten-year girl entered Emma Lee’s life, at the same time Emma Lee had been struggling to find some normalcy in the wake of her own family tragedy. As a ‘Betweener,’ one who sees dead people, she discovers young spirits can be very challenging, and the little ghost cat…no help at all. When she finds a twenty year old article about a girl gone missing…things start to fa
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Judy Dickerson
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Ghostly Secret is the story of "Betweener" Emma Lee Raines, who owns her family funeral parlor, but who also has the additional "duties" of helping ghosts cross over. Author Kappes gives enough information about the prior stories so that you can follow along, but not so much that you feel it's not worth it to go back & read the older books- in fact, you are inspired to do just that, which is great.
Here we have Emma trying to help a child- Betsy Lynn- with a cat- who, it turns out, was a ba
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Miki
This was first published on my blog " Lecture toute une Aventure"
I received an eARC and voluntary choose to review this book

Really moving! i couldn't stop reading and i just wanted to hug Emma Lee.... however let's start by the beginning this book is the 7th in the series and for this one i do recommend you read the precedent books first and some events needs to be read not just remembered. (Even if Tonya explains well enough what has happened etc it's better to follow the series)

So this bo
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Valerie
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this latest edition of this series, Emma Lee is investigating a murder of a ten year old child who went missing years ago. In addition to this storyline, the funeral director, ghost seeing, amateur detective is also trying to sort out her own life as she continues to process the death of her sister as it impacts her relationship with her boyfriend. The mystery is well done, and the story plot twists and turns so that the reader is kept guessing throughout most of the book. The side stories ar ...more
Michelle
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Ghostly Secret by Tonya Kappes is the seventh novel in A Ghostly Southern Mystery series. Emma Lee Raines owns Eternal Slumber Funeral Home in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. Emma Lee is a “Betweener" and has the ability to help murdered spirits cross over by solving their murders and bringing them justice and peace. Betsy, a young girl, and a cat named Mr. Whiskers are Emma Lee’s latest clients. Betsy has been present for the last six months and has yet to remember what happened to her. Emma Lee is ...more
Allyson Abu-hajar
Emma Lee Raines runs the family business at Eternal Slumber, in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky and has the gift. She is what is called a Betweener, although the majority of the town folk thinks she has Funeral Trama.

Emma Lee is trying to figure out how to help Betsy, a young child ghost haunting her, to cross over. Emma Lee only sees the ghosts of those who have been murdered. Unfortunately, Betsy isn't giving Emma Lee much to go on. With the help of a medium, Emma Lee is directed to do some researchi
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Barbara Hackel
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While Emma Lee Raines (owner of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home and Betweener) has an eight year old girl and her cat to figure out who murdered them, there was no clue that her murder was tied to another ghost's murder. It was probably Emma Lee's most challenging client thus far. Of course when you aren't on the same page as the man you love, that tends to interfere with solving a murder. John Henry was not at his most helpful! Meanwhile her granny is interfering as usual and pulling Emma Lee ...more
Diane Williams
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Again, another winner for Tonya Kappes, A Ghostly Secret did not disappoint. This is the 7th book in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series and in following suit of the other 6, it was just as wonderful.
Another murder mystery ti solve for Emma. But this time she does not know the person so she is having a hard time solving this case since she knows nothing about the victim, except what she has told her, which is not much. It takes some detective work to solve this one. And Granny is up to her old t
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Tina Todd shobe
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ghostly Secret is book 7 in the Ghostly Southern Mysteries. I recommend you read them in order but not necessary. This could easily be stand alone. I also think this book would also be one that young adult readers would enjoy reading.

Emma Lee Raines runs a small funeral home. She is what is determined as a 'betweener'. She helps ghost that are stuck in transition between her and the after life. They are stuck here until their murder is solved and the person involved is arrested.

In this book she
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Tanya
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure where the author was going to go with Emma Lee after the death of her sister Charlotte. I admit that I had wanted to see the two sisters come to some sort of reconciliation and work together in the funeral home and solving the mysteries presented to Emma Lee as an "Betweener".
The direction Tonya Kappes went is SO much more interesting! Emma Lee is forced to work with the librarian and deal with her boyfriends ambitions, all while trying to solve the mystery of what happened to a li
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Kimberly Ann
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shortly after Emma Lee helps her sister Charlotte Rae move on by finding her murderer; a cat appears, but as it happens the cat is a ghost and along with Mr. Whiskers come two other ghosts; Betsy Lynn Brady & Rachel Bemis...

Betsy's mother was about to get married to Kevin, the King of Rent a Room Furniture. She & Betsy were staying in Kevin's mansion, but all that changed when Kevin fired Rachel, with whom he was having an affair.

Betsy Lynn disappeared about twenty years ago, as did Rach
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Silvana
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emma Lee Raines lives in small town as proprietor in Eternal Slumber a funeral home. But she is more than proprietor she is a “betweener” helps ghosts to cross over, but only murdered one after she solving their murder. She is very successful in solving those mysteries.

A Ghostly Secret grabbed me right from the start. It’s part of the series seventh book. It’s light, fun and enjoyable read. I enjoyed the mystery part with a little girl and wanted to know more about her with every turned page, wh
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Paula Ratcliffe
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