Deader Homes and Gardens - Review by Martha A. Cheves
I tried to make light of the gossip, hoping that with time I wouldn't care, but deep down it hurt that my greatest fear had come true. I was the town oddball, the flake, and nobody understood that I was really just a good Southern girl aught up with a 1920s gangster ghost. It wasn't like I wanted to be this way. it had happened when I'd accidentally tampered with the funeral urn of a cranky prohibition-era whiskey runner named Frankie. His urn looked a lot like a vase, and his ashes like dirt. So I'd dumped him out over my favorite rosebush and rinsed him in good. Not knowing the dirt was...him. It hadn't helped that I'd filled his final resting place with water from the hose and inserted a fat red rose. But that was before I realized my error. Or what rinsing his ashes into the ground would do. My actions trapped Frankie on my property. He couldn't leave unless I brought his urn with me.
My name is Verity Long. I moved back to my home time with the plans of marrying. That didn't quite work out but I did find myself spending much of my time chasing ghosts and in the arms of my ex-finance's brother Ellis who is also a deputy sheriff with the Sugarland Police Department. Breaking off my engagement found me not only broke but I also had to sell off everything but the house my grandmother had left me just to make ends meet. Now I've just been offered my first paying job. With Frankie's help the task should be profitable and a breeze. I simply have to rid an 1886 estate called Rock Fall of it's ghosts. An easy task. Yeah right. No one really explained to me how evil these ghosts could be nor that there was also a curse attached to the house. After all the whole family had died within days of each other. How dangerous could this curse be?
Deader Homes and Gardens is Book 4 in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. I've read the three before this one and have had a hard time putting them down. They hold my attention with a combination of humor as well as my mystery and suspense. It is a fun series of books and I'm now looking forward to reading Book 5 - Sweet Tea and Spirits. Each book stands alone but I don't think you'll want to miss reading them in order to keep you up-to-par on who is who.