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ARC Review: A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

A Ghostly Mortality

ARC Review: A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes
by Tonya Kappes
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries #6
Also in this series: A Ghostly Reunion
Published by Witness
on February 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Cozy Mystery, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: e-book
Source: ARC, edelweiss, Publisher
Purchase: Amazon |B&N
Rating: 4 Stars



That ghost sure looks . . . familiar

Only a handful of people know that Emma Lee Raines, proprietor of a small-town Kentucky funeral home, is a “Betweener.” She helps ghosts stuck between here and the ever-after—murdered ghosts. Once Emma Lee gets them justice they can cross over to the great beyond.

But Emma Lee’s own sister refuses to believe in her special ability. In fact, the Raines sisters have barely gotten along since Charlotte Rae left the family business for the competition. After a doozy of an argument, Emma Lee is relieved to see Charlotte Rae back home to make nice. Until she realizes her usually snorting, sarcastic, family-ditching sister is a . . . ghost.

Charlotte Rae has no earthly idea who murdered her or why. With her heart in tatters, Emma Lee relies more than ever on her sexy beau, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross…because this time, catching a killer means the Raines sisters will have to make peace with each other first.

ARC Romance smart and funny


“Funeral Trauma.” Emma Lee still has it and it’s not going any time soon. A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes brings back the zany occupants of Sleepy Hollow for this installment and it just keeps getting better. With the added bonus of a ghostly kitty, Emma Lee finds herself at a loss because of her new “In betweener” client.


Emma’s “Funeral Trauma” is still talk of town. Townsfolk think she’s crazy, including her grandmother (who in my opinion is also cray cray) and her sister, Charlotte. Personally, I did not like Charlotte, she was a biotch, treating her sister like crap all the time. But there was something happening in Charlotte’s life that was clued in to the reader, but we did not find out until later. I did feel sorry for her and especially for Emma, who would have a hard time doing her job this time around.


“Ghost Charlotte is much nicer than living Charlotte.”


Too bad it was too late for the sisterly bond, but I guess they did get some in at the end. The elements of humor were still there and I especially loved the cat that makes an appearance. There is another story there and the ending sets the next story up, as it does in the previous books. I wouldn’t say it’s a cliffhanger, since the main plot is resolved, just think of it as a preview into the next story.

Her relationship with her boyfriend Sheriff Jack Henry pretty much is still the same. There isn’t that much drama on that front. It’s a sweet romance and we catch glimpses of how sexy Jack Henry can be. He’s basically the support character. He knows about her “In betweener” clients and doesn’t think she’s crazy.


Overall, I thought the build up to the climax of the story was good. Emma’s mystery solving leads to some wrong conclusions until she finds her self in danger and of course has that “Oh, now it makes sense” type of deal. I would totally recommend this series to anyone who likes small town shenanigans and funny heroines.

A little note…
  • No cliffhangers per se’ just a preview to the next book.
  • I would suggest reading these in order.

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Nadene Reynolds

This sounds like a fun story. I imagine it’s filled with humour. I think I will check this one out. Great review, thanks for the recommendation.

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Amanda K Thompson

This sounds so fun! I’ve been looking for a book with a lot of these elements so I’m definitely giving this series a try. Thanks for reviewing! ^_^

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

This sounds like a fun series! And the MC’s boyfriend sounds sweet. And a ghost cat? I’ve read about some zombie cats but never a ghost one, haha. Glad you’re enjoying the series!

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anna @ herding cats & burning soup

These always look appealing. Sounds like a nice supporting romance to go along with the other crazy bits. 🙂

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