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Sweet Tea and Spirits

Written by: Angie Fox
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
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*USA Today best-selling series!* 

Southern girl Verity Long is about as high society as her pet skunk. Which is why she’s surprised as anyone when the new head of the Sugarland social set invites her to join the "it" girls. But this is no social call. Verity’s new client needs her to go in undercover and investigate strange happenings at the group’s historic headquarters. 

But while spirits are whispering hints of murder, the socialites are more focused on Verity’s 1978, avocado-green Cadillac. And when Verity stumbles upon a fresh body, she's going to need the long-dead citizens of Sugarland to help her solve the crime. Good thing she has the handsome deputy sheriff Ellis Wydell on hand, as well as her ghostly sidekick Frankie. The bad thing is, the ghosts are now whispering about the end of a certain ghost hunter.

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  • Yvonne
  • 2018-06-19

kinda silly

The book was okay. Kind of bored by the fact that every time she describes what a man is wearing it's a chambray shirt. Verity's rationalizing for many of her actions are very circumspect. I'm also a little tired of her being afraid of every sound she hears when she's taken on the occupation of ghost hunter. The good things about the book are that it doesn't drag. It's easy to listen to while I'm working.

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  • TVNerd95
  • 2018-06-16

Really Good but series starting to wear on me

I really loved the case in this book. Verity is forced to finally start interacting with the living folks of Sugarland after being ostracized by Virginia Wydell. I like how some of the citizens actually like Verity and supported her. She needs to involved in Sugarland activities again. The case brings Verity back into Virginia’s social orbit and not with the best results. This part of the book bothered me a little but it was good to see Verity and Virginia get into a verbal spat. The author found a great way to get Verity hired for this job and it was good see that Verity was actually hired to do a ghost job. I do like how the author is showing a lot of different ways for Verity to not only take on cases but also interact with ghosts. The case is very obvious and show is the secret of the society house. It is so obvious it made Verity and most of the residents of Sugarland look like idiots for not being able to see what was going on. There are a few reasons why I won’t give another book in this series more than 3 stars. First up is Frankie’s lack of respect for Verity – it gets worse and worse in every book and then again Verity freaks out about Frankie actions which is weird considering he is a gangster and she can’t see any of it unless he lets her. Two is the author really needs to figure out a way to solve Verity’s money problems – either let her become a paid ghost hunter or give the girl a part-time job at least – her lack of food and other comforts could easily be solved. Third is that Verity is such a good girl that is starting to border on her being a total “door mat”. She defends herself but only after being backed into a corner with no other choice. The rest of time she claims she is being a “good Southern girl” – well no one else in the book is so why should Verity at least get a little bit of a backbone.

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  • Jill
  • 2019-12-31

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Sweet Tea and Spirits is book 5 in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. This is a cozy mystery told in 1st person POV for main character Verity Long. The series is about a woman named Verity who unknowingly cleans out a man named Frankie's ashes from an old vase looking jar into her rosebushes and it traps his ghost on her property allowing him to only leave when Verity takes his urn off the property. The ghost, Frankie, shows himself to her and so begins her ability to see ghosts. In this book, Verity gets a strange call from the Sugarland Historic Society phone number telling her there has been a murder and then disconnecting. Only when she and her boyfriend Ellis, who is also a Sheriff's Deputy, arrive, they find that there hasn't been a murder, only some strange goings on from a haunting. But it appears that the mischief might actually be some sort of message. Verity tangles with Ellis' mom, yet again. That woman has it out for Verity in a big way. But can they work together when it counts? I really enjoyed this book. Frankie is starting to get on my nerves and I don't like his don't gaf attitude, but I really liked the ghosts in this book and the secrets that were uncovered. I started to get a bit bored with this series because it's not as much fun when there aren't clues along the way for me to solve and it is just a bunch of random stuff happening up until the big reveal at the end. I do love the skunk Lucy and love that she has a full name when she is in trouble: Lucille Desiree Long. So cute. I also love the relationship between Verity and Ellis. I am no longer binging the series but listening with a book or two from other authors in between and it is working out fine. I start to wonder what is happening and find myself getting back to the series fairly quickly. I'm not sure if I would enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed listening to it. The narrator really injects a lot of emotion into her reading and she really sells the suspense and fear. She did a really good job. Her voices were distinct and clear and her pronunciation was good.

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  • Dawn Bone Byrd
  • 2019-08-03

Verity, Verity...

I do enjoy this series, yet realize I enjoy it much more when I allow several months to pass between listenings. Verity may not be a true Southern belle archetype; after all she hasn’t a penny to her name. That aside, we perceive her family didn’t always want for money or property. Nevertheless, a Southern Belle is proud of her southern heritage, exudes charm, knows her manners, and have a distinct way with fond expressions; Verity has these attributes in spades. She has integrity and strength of will; she is kind and has a good-hearted nature (often saying “it wouldn’t be right”). However, it’s bewildering how frequently she seems to move from capable and confident to unable and diffident; as well as from smart to naive. In this book, Virginia hits the nail on the head when she tells Verity “you just say exactly what’s on your mind” and “you have no filter” and most pointedly “you don’t think”! Virginia, a well written dislikable character, isn’t the type of individual one is likely to agree with; however, she has a point. After all this is book 5 and Verity appears to fail to connect even the most obvious of dots. Granted, these are mysteries so said dots shouldn’t be easily traceable. Yet, if Verity is a present-day woman - she’s certainly read a book or two, tuned into a news broadcast now and again, and in the vein of her character, listens to all the small town gossip - shouldn’t she, by book 5, be less naive? More able to glean even the most obvious of clues? Or certainly, think a bit more before opening her mouth, inserting her foot and brining about threats to her person? Again, I do like this series; I’ll just wait a few months between next book’s listen.

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  • Sophia Rose
  • 2019-06-07

Historical Society Flusies and Gangsters Gunning!

One of my favorite cozy mystery series is the Southern Ghost Hunter. I enjoy small town southern girl Verity Hunt struggling against the old tabbies of the town, getting past her disastrous near-wedding to the cheating golden boy of town by falling for his older, sweeter brother, and her accidental introduction to the world of ghostly mayhem when she is stuck with a gangster ghost who puts the 'life' into afterlife. Verity, with Frankie's dubious help, tumbles into murder and ghostly troubles with each new series installment. I started them out of order, but I did see how getting them in order made sense of some things that are understood by this point in the series. In this latest, Verity finds herself tangling once again with Sugarland's high society ladies including her boyfriend, Ellis' snobby and conniving mother, Virginia, when she is hired to calm the ghosts at the old manor where the historical society meets. Verity wants nothing to do with the plastic set, but she can't turn her back on a phone call for help that seems to be from a ghost. The trouble leads to murder and now she is definitely in for the long haul with Ellis at her side. Meanwhile, she needs to help Frankie sort some troubles on the ghostly plain when he tangles with a dangerous ghost of a Chicago mobster and gets his first ghostly romantic efforts in a tangle. These are light and fun on one level since sweet Verity is winging it much of the time and has to force Frankie her gangster ghost's cooperation with bribes and promises, but there are other layers like struggling still with Virginia Wydell's hatred for Verity because she left her son Beau at the altar and began dating another son, Ellis, a sterling man that his mother under-appreciates because he went into humble police work. The mysteries are clever and entertaining though not really complex. I enjoy how there is always a ghost problem attached to the mystery and the settings tend to be a little creepy and tied to the past as a result. Tavia Gilbert is a fantastic narrator match for this series and I'm never more pleased than when I can click on and listen in as she voices Verity and Frankie along with the rest of the characters. A light Southern drawl for Verity and a tough guy 20's shtick for Frankie. She hits just the right note of lightness with excitement throughout the story. She will insert more emotion into her voice when the situation calls for it so she is acting and not merely storytelling, but it never feels overdone. All in all, it was good times and leaves me pleasantly anticipating my next encounter with Verity and Frankie as they get tangled up in a new ghostly adventure. This series is for those who like to add paranormal to their cozy mystery.

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  • Darla McCollim
  • 2018-11-03

History rewitten

I do enjoy a southern gal with a pet skunk! This book doesn't have the scare quality that some of the others have had and more romance...even on the spiritual plane. Enjoy!

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  • Cat
  • 2018-05-31

Verity is dumb

She really really REALLY needs to use her brain ..she survived because she got lucky 😒😒😒 and because she has Ellis ..seriously? She almost died because she couldn’t connect the dots? Good lord I could barely get through the book without wanting to reach in and choke her ..her comebacks suck ...she can’t spar with Virginia ..their chats are so boring

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  • J@YD944
  • 2020-07-18

Sweet Tea and Spirits

Verity is called to help solve another murder. It’s quite a shock when she finally learns who made that call. She, Frankie her Deputy boyfriend, Ellis help solve the who done it again. Frankie finally finds “the one” who steals his heart. Another winner from Ms. Fox!

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  • Jan
  • 2020-07-07

I love Lucy!

bookshelves: skunk, pet, ghosts, law-enforcement, amateur-sleuth, murder-investigation, snobs, small-town Come for the socially inept ghosts and stay for the twisty murder sleuthing and a pet skunk named Lucy! Verity Long interacts with ghosts with the grudging help of the ghost of a long dead gangster she inadvertently acquired. This time it's a paying gig but the client winds up dead shortly thereafter. Some scary stuff, lots of twists, some romance, angst, and the horrid nemesis. I loved it! I wasn't as happy with narrator Tavia Gilbert this time as the dramatic presentation seemed a little more pronounced this time.

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  • Raymond Fiorello
  • 2020-02-26

it gets better

I really enjoyed the books before this and I almost didn't keep listening to this one. The main character is a little bit whiny and she can seriously grate on your nerves, but if you stick it out the story gets better and worth the read.