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Southern Spirit

(Max Porter Mysteries #9)

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Old Power, New Corruption

Max Porter has had his share of odd cases. That goes with the territory when one of your partners is the ghost of a 1940s detective. But the idea of being hired by a witch coven to save witches seems wrong from the start, and it only gets worse.

Bad enough that Max can’t trust anything his clients say, but his own wife is being lured closer into
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published October 24th 2017
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Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
"Looks like we're working for a witch coven."
Not an easy book for this reader to star score, being torn between the characterisations and their story, and that of the mystery itself.
Firstly, the detective team of the Porter Agency. This is composed of Max and his wife, Sandra, and Drummond, the ghost of a mid twentieth century P.I. Following their personal conversations and interaction was a delight, especially when also in conflict with Max's mother over the schooling of the two boys, P.B. and
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is the ninth book in the Max Porter Mysteries series. Max doesn’t like witches and doesn’t like being hired by them any better. But his wife Sandra thinks taking a missing-persons case for the witches is the right thing to do. It doesn’t take long, however, before he starts regretting his decision when he finds out that there is a lot more to the case then anyone could imagine. It isn’t long before Max is facing old enemies as well as new ones. But, he will have to fix everything or is afra ...more
Lisa Haycocks
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really enjoyable light clean read.
If you are after a paranormal, noir private detective mystery that doesn't take itself too seriously, then these books will be right up your street. The whole series firmly reminds me of the old TV series Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased).

This is book 9 in the series and can be read as a standalone mystery, though events from earlier books are referred to within the story. I would recommend that book 8 should be read prior to this one because it would make parts
Vinita P Hayes
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying I received this as an Arc.
Max Porter ,his wife Sandra, n a 1940's ghost named Drummond investigate unusual cases. Max only sees the dead detective. His wife on the other hand sees all ghosts n is a practicing witch.
The Mobley clan, a coven, ask the Porter's to look into the disappearance of one of their members. Against Drummond's wishes they agree. The many twists n turns surrounding the coven's circumstances that involve their matriarch was spell-
binding. The revenge t
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is all fun and games until a Curse is invoked. Max, Sandra and of course Drummond are in a heated battle between two powerful forces. Power corrupts and both sides are using the Porter Agency to gain an advantage. Love the characters and how they have evolved. Who would have thought that the sandwich boys would enjoy getting an education? Drummond is as entertaining as ever, and how can you not love the ghost of a PI who acts like it is still the 1920’s. Cannot wait for the next Max Porter no ...more
Ann  Marie
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have missed a few of the Max Porter books but decided that I really wanted to read this one.

It was an enticing and entertaining read. With the new to me Sandwich brothers and Max's mother actually 'in person' the complexity of interaction of the characters just adds to the story line.

The story itself is a jump in the world. I am going to have to read the books in the series that I have missed. Just to catch up on what has happened. Hull's??

I suggest this is well worth reading, even if you hav
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well Max is back and with a brand new mystery. A witch is missing and really Max Porter wants nothing to do with this investigation. But Sandra and Drummond convince him its the right thing to do.
Don't forget that Max has been cursed by a witch and that comes back to play.
Also Sandra is becoming a witch herself, much to Max's disappointment. And Drummond well, Drummond is Drummond. This is one of the best mystery series on the market. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Porter Agency is stretched thin - tons of witch issues including Sandra being encouraged into becoming a real witch, which scares the hell out of Max. Add to that - witch hunters, a curse to cause havoc, Sandra imitating her mother in law in the grouchy department, the boys finding out there is more to life.
Max and the gang struggle through but prevail.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Max is learning some fighting skills and Sandra is learning some magic. Along with their best ever ghost detective, Drummond, they are hired by a powerful witch coven. The best part, Leon gets some much deserved trickery in the end.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm always ready to catch up on the adventures of the Max Porter team. The characters continue to evolve, leading to some of the twists and turns within the story. Non stop action and intrigue as always, keeping me up late to finish.
Keep them coming Stuart.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stuart Jaffe does it again. I love this world he has created with the Max Porter series. The characters are deep and ever growing and changing as you read through the series.

Another wonderful read and another not to miss!
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Southern Spirit rocks

Here Max, Sandra and Drummond for again. Accepting this case sends them into a big battle. One of Maxes battles is of his own making. The kids even get a new path. Another fun plot from Stuart Jaffe.
Rhonda Adkins
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love these books

Very entertaining read. Also love listening to the author read the Audible books. I love the characters, glad Mac's mom is part of the stories.

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Stuart Jaffe is the madman behind the Nathan K thrillers, Max Porter paranormal-mystery series, The Malja Chronicles, The Bluesman series, and much more. He has written numerous short stories in Fantasy, SF, and Horror. He was also the co-host of The Eclectic Review ( -- a podcast about science, art, and well, everything.

Stuart lives in rural North Carolina, and for thos

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Max Porter Mysteries (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Southern Charm (Max Porter, #2)
  • Southern Belle (Max Porter, #3)
  • Southern Gothic (Max Porter, #4)
  • Southern Haunts (Max Porter, #5)
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