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Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Review: A Ghostly Undertaking by Tonya Kappes

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Harper Collins, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Well we DO talk about ghosts during the holiday season,
with all those viewings of Scrooge movies, right?

Here's another one to add to your new reader/tablet!


A funeral, a ghost, a murder . . . it’s all in a day’s work for Emma Lee Raines . . .

Bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she’s suffering from “funeral trauma.” It’s trauma all right, because the not so dearly departed keep talking to her. Take Ruthie Sue Payne—innkeeper, gossip queen, and arch-nemesis of Emma Lee’s granny—she’s adamant that she didn’t just fall down those stairs. She was pushed.

Ruthie has no idea who wanted her pushing up daisies. All she knows is that she can’t cross over until the matter is laid to eternal rest. In the land of the living, Emma Lee’s high-school crush, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, isn’t ready to rule out foul play. Granny Raines, the widow of Ruthie’s ex-husband and co-owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, is the prime suspect. Now Emma Lee is stuck playing detective or risk being haunted forever.


This was one of those books that you start laughing during the first chapter and realize you will not be able to put it down until you finish it! Emma Lee is a character you feel like you already know- she could be your sister, best friend, kooky relative. You'll find yourself rooting for her to chill and go out with Sheriff Ross and have a happy ending. Tonya captures all the small Southern town quirks, characters and secrets perfectly! You'll be laughing at Emma's antics and her 'mother' issues! I finished this one in under 2 hours, it is such a fast enjoyable read!

Tonya has multiple series under her belt, and I'm really hoping that this one ends up as a new series, as I for one, can't wait to see how things end up with Emma and Sheriff Ross, and how many more mysteries she can get into! Be sure to add this one to your wish list, as it is due out in February and you'll want to make sure you get it asap when it comes out!

About the Author:

TONYA KAPPES has written more than fifteen novels and four novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, two very spoiled schnauzers, and one ex-stray cat in northern Kentucky. Now that her boys are teenagers, Tonya writes full-time but can be found at all of her guys’ high school games with a pencil and paper in hand. Check out Tonya's website, Tonyakappes.com.


  1. Oh! Thank you soooo much! I'm thrilled you enjoyed Emma Lee and the gang! YES! It is a series and all four books will be out in 2015. The second novel, A GHOSTLY GRAVE, will be released on March 31. Thank you again!

  2. I can't wait for this series! I love that they will all be out in 2015. I won't have to wait too long.

  3. One of my favorite authors! Thank you for this review


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