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The Ghost of Christmas Past

(Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #8.5)

4.66  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  113 reviews

From NY Times Bestselling Author, Angie Fox, a hauntingly fun holiday addition tothe USA TODAY bestselling Southern Ghost Hunter series

She needs a Christmas miracle...

Verity Long is ready to deck the halls, jingle some bells, and maybe, just maybe have a merry Christmas with her boyfriend’s stuffy family. Truly, if she doesn’t extend the proverbial olive branch to

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Published November 29th 2019 by Moose Island Books
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox

A retelling from the Charles Dickens tale, this time with a crotchety Southern woman, a cute domesticated skunk and a sleeping momma bear with her three cubs. Ghosts included.

Sentimental and sappy and a message of being happy. Spread joy. It will make everyone respond.
Book 8.5 of the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. Can be read as a standalone.

Loved it.
Marta Cox
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novella is such a timely addition to this series because as I’m writing it’s November so all the Christmas feels are more than welcome. Verity is a southern girl with charm and courage aplenty and together with her curmudgeonly and definitely non PC resident ghost Frankie she’s frequently helping both humans and spirits to find answers and hopefully peace. Her relationship with her boyfriend Ellis has recently come under strain as not only does he have an interfering, controlling mother but ...more
Dee Arr
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A while back I stumbled upon a book titled “Southern Spirits,” the first in author Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter series. Finding it enjoyable, I made a mental note to purchase the next book in the series, but never did get around to it. Perhaps this latest offering, “The Ghost of Christmas Past,” will set me back on that path.

I questioned the “Book 8.5” notice on the cover and wondered what that meant. The author’s main character, Verity Long, has more of a personal mystery to solve as the
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox is a lovely and magical Christmas short story. It's Christmas Eve and Verity is ready to join Ellis at a Wydell family gathering to celebrate. As usual Ellis' mother, Virginia, acts obnoxious and Verity has had enough. Thanks to a ghost that was a dear friend of hers that pays her a visit, Verity is on a ghostly journey through the Wydells Christmas past, present and future that will allow Verity to think about what really matters to her. It's a sweet ...more
Verity and Frankie are back with a new ghostly adventure, but this time there is a lot more riding on her figuring out how to help the ghosts than she could have imagined. Her very happiness is riding on this one. With a drop of Dickens and the author's own charming Southern Ghost Hunter world, I was dazzled as usual.

The Ghost of Christmas Past is a novella and is #8.5 in the series. It is standalone, but has more meaning and makes more sense when gotten in order.

Virginia Wydell, her boyfriend's
Angie Elle
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC from Netgalley

3.5 stars

The Ghost of Christmas Past is the eighth and a half book in Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. Always on the hunt for a Christmas read this time of year, I didn’t let the fact that this was part of a series I haven’t followed deter me. I didn’t feel lost reading this, so you can start here, but I think if I’d read more from this series and was more attached to Verity, my rating would have been higher.

It’s obvious from the title of the story that this
The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox is a “between the books” holiday story. It can be read as a standalone, but The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries are an entertaining series of books that are not to be missed. I was instantly drawn into The Ghost of Christmas Past with Verity, Frankie, Lucy and Ellis. I like Angie Fox’s engaging writing style which makes for a pleasant to read story. The book has delightful characters (except for Virginia) with my favorite being Frankie the German. He is a ...more
Hélène Louise
(I thank Netgalley and Moose Island Books for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review)

I thought I was ready for a nice and sweet Christmas story - but clearly I wasn't. Or I just became more grumpy on my old age and aren't able anymore to appreciate sweetness anymore :P

I appreciate the characterisation of the unusual pet, an adorable skunk, and the way the author exposed how a wild animal shouldn't be kept as a pet in general. That was a good point. The rest of the characters and the
Verity finally stands up to Virginia Wydell on Christmas Eve before the annual party. She stays home instead and gets a visit from an old friend who sends her on a ghostly errand. Needless to say the errand is a lot more dangerous than Verity and Franky thought it would be. With the help of a ghost verity sees the future and finds how her actions have caused major consequences for not only her future but the Wydell family as well.

Verity learns an important lesson this Christmas season. No
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of this author since the first time I read her Demon Slayer series. This series is one I love just as well. I do have to admit that short, and holiday, stories aren’t exactly a favorite, but of course I had to read it because of the above. Verity, Ellis, and Lucy are just adorable, and this author’s remake of A Christmas Story is a nice novella to read to tide her readers over until the next full-length novel comes out. Something happens between Verity and Virginia that sends ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful, and heartwarming tale. Verity learns some things that apply to us all, no matter what your situation. We usually have to draw the line somewhere, or make a choice, but we really need to be conscious of how it affects us personally as well. Some things happen in this book that have needed to be done, but the impact goes further than Verity realizes. I’m so proud of Verity, and how she deals with some issues. And Ellis – talk about caught between a rock and a hard place. This is ...more
Mary Brown
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ghost Of Christmas Past
Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book #8.5
Angie Fox
5 Stars


From NY Times Bestselling Author, Angie Fox, a hauntingly fun holiday addition to the USA TODAY bestselling Southern Ghost Hunter series

She needs a Christmas miracle...

Verity Long is ready to deck the halls, jingle some bells, and maybe, just maybe have a merry Christmas with her boyfriend’s stuffy family. Truly, if she doesn’t extend the proverbial olive branch to the overbearing Wydells, she’s afraid
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019, ebooks
Verity and Ellis had seemed a little...err, slightly out of sync, maybe, after their last ghostly stakeout. Or whatever you want to call it. Ellis wasn't thrilled with the bodily danger Verity tends to end up in while ghost hunting and Verity is sort of unaware of said dangerous situations when she's in the heat of the ghost hunting moment.

Plus there's the situation with Mama Wydell, which, frankly, just succccckkkkks. Verity puts up with a lot from her, but putting Ellis in the middle of their
Tammy Kenney
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Ghost of Christmas Past is a great story and a wonderful addition to the series. Verity and Ellis are planning to spend Christmas Eve with the Wydells. While things don't go as planned we get to learn more about Lucy and how she came to live with Verity. Frankie and Verity also have quite an adventure trying to save a family of bears. I loved Frankie's interaction with the cubs. We also get to see how the Wydell family celebrate Christmas. It is a good rewrite of A Christmas Carol. I would ...more
Lisa Schuck
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No Christmas could be complete without a happy/sad story that makes you cry and yet feel joyful. The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox (Part of the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries Series) is that story.
It’s Christmas Eve and time for the Wydell Family Christmas Party. As Verity Long (Ghost Hunter extraordinaire) gets ready for the party her almost Mother in Law does her usual and performs a nasty deed. Nothing new, but Verity has had enough and tells her what she really thinks. Long story
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

I love this series filled with quirky characters including Frankie the Gangster Ghost. This Story evokes Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and puts a Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries spin on it.

It all starts with Verity finally standing up to Ellis' mother, Virginia, and telling her off. When that ends with Verity alone on Christmas Eve, she gets a surprise ghost visitor which
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one is a Dickens!!! Loved it! I sit down with a cozy book and Verity sits down with Lucy her pet skunk. Besides her live in fur buddy she also has a ghost named Frank living in the barn. This series is amazing that will make the reader smile and cry. Yep I had to get a Kleenex in one part. Fox has developed characters that stick with you until the next book comes out. "A copy of this book was provided by the author with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
Judy Lewis
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Ghost of Christmas Past
Series: Southern Ghost Hunters Mysteries
Designation: Book 8.5 of Series, Novella Length, Standalone, NO Cliffhanger #cozymystery #sweetromance #humor #holidaytheme
Author: Angie Fox

It's time to trim the tree, jingle a few bells, and deck Virginia Wydell...oops, I meant to say deck the halls in Sugarland! As much as Verity only wants to canoodle with her
Susan Johnston
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here: I have enjoyed each and every one of Verity’s stories since the beginning of the series. She is a ghost investigator aided by a dead gangster who became attached to her when she accidentally spread his ashes over her rose bed. We first meet her when her fiancé has hit on her sister, causing Verity to call off the wedding. Her future mother-in-law will go to any lengths to make her life miserable including trying to break her financially. So when a second son and Verity ...more
M  - The long hot spell
A longer review with my thoughts on cosy mystery books in general is posted on my blog The Long Hot Spell

This novella (most of Fox’s books seem to be on the short side) was fun, cute as hell in parts, and followed the path of the first book giving me all the elements I’d enjoyed so darn much.

The story continues with Verity, a down-to-earth southern gal and her freaking adorable pet, a skunk, called Lucy. Lucy is a rescue animal and her stink gland has been removed (we don’t have skunks in
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Ghost of Christmas Past, by Angie Fox, is a sweet holiday story taking place between the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries novels. This book is a fun modern twist on the classic A Christmas Carol.I enjoy Christmas stories and this was just what I needed to get myself started in the holiday spirit.

Christmas Eve finds Verity ready to bury the proverbial hatchet and enjoy a fun night with her boyfriend Ellis and his family. Verity's history with the Wydells, mostly Ellis' mother Virginia, has
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Ghost of Christmas Past (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries #8.5) was a cute short story and worth a read.

I have to admit that I was very confused by Verity's behavior at the beginning of this story. I know that every one of us has a breaking point but I truly felt that she could have handled herself more respectfully. Especially on Christmas Eve! For starters, she could have grown a backbone and refused to pay for the surprise from Ellis' mother, Virginia. Secondly, after Ellis made his wishes
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect Little Break during the Busy Holidays
A Christmas Carol goes ghost hunting with Verity Long and her eclectic cast of regulars, and its shorter length is just right for a rest from the hustling bustling season. The Ghost of Christmas Past, book 8.5 in the Southern Ghost Hunter series, opens with Verity preparing for holiday festivities with boyfriend Ellis’ family. The problem is, that includes his pretentious mother, Virginia, who never misses an opportunity to embarrass demean and cause
Visionary Druid
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Verity Long, ghost hunter extraordinaire, wants nothing more than to spend Christmas Eve with her boyfriend. However, when his mother pulls an unforgivable stunt, it ruins her festive mood. She is later visited by the ghost of an old friend, who asks for a favor. While on the job, Verity meets three more ghosts, who also need something from her. Will these ghosts revive Verity’s festal spirit? Can she help her boyfriend’s family?
Verity continues to amaze me with her selflessness towards ghosts.
RO G'ma
The Ghost of Christmas Past is a “between the books” holiday story in Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. This fast-paced book is well-plotted with an interesting storyline. The story flows smoothly, and the characters are well developed.

Verity Long can see and communicate with ghosts, but only with the help of Frankie, the ghost of a 1920s gangster who she managed to ground to her property in Sugarland, Tennessee when she dumped his ashes which she thought was dirt in her yard.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's Christmas Eve and Verity is sort of looking forward to spending the evening with her boyfriend, Ellis - that's great....however the invite came from his mother and the party is to be held as a family gathering. Let's just say Verity isn't thrilled about spending one second with her almost ex mother in law. Yes, it's complicated. The woman is a very nasty person and can make any situation very uncomfortable. But Verity is being an adult and is going to give her another chance. It follows all ...more
Things to know before you start, if you haven't read the amazing series that is Southern Ghost Hunters, well... you don't actually need to do it to understand this story, but you totally should because it is amazing.

Verity is excited to have a merry Christmas with her boyfriend's family, stuffy as it is, is still Ellis' and she wants to be with him. She is more than ready to extend the proverbial olive branch, but when Virginia pulls another of her stunts Verity decides that she has had enough.
Bobbie Kirkland
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST (Tale 8.5 of the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries) by Angie Fox in exchange for an honest review. Verity Long’s anxious about spending Christmas Eve with her boyfriend Ellis’ family, the Wydells. Ellis’ mother Virginia has a lengthy history of making Verity’s life miserable, especially financially. When Virginia pulls another evil stunt, Verity takes the opportunity to tell Virginia where she and her narcissistic personality disorder can ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was another good quick read that takes place in the Southern Ghost Hunter world. For the adventurous among us, this may be able to be read as a standalone, but we've got a lot of the world built at this point, so it would be best to start at least 1 book previous.

We join Verity on Christmas Eve. She's still reeling from the wild and crazy ride her last ghost job took her on, some secret revelations, and, of course, some boyfriend mother drama. I'm not saying there shouldn't be drama,
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Verity was looking forward to a great evening with Ellis at his Uncles estate for Christmas Eve that is if she can let her pride go, and just enjoy the night. Virginia is still up to her toxic tricks. She literally delivers the last straw that finally breaks Verity, and has her vowing not to darken the same Christmas Eve party as Elli's Mother Virginia..... Can the help from some ghosts including Franky, and some cute baby bear in need help Verity realize her mistakes. This was a cute quick ...more
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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.

Angie is best known for her SOUTHERN SPIRITS mysteries, and for her ACCIDENTAL DEMON

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Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries (8 books)
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