Murder and Funerals and Ghosts! Oh My! A GHOSTLY MURDER is the fourth book in USA Today Bestselling author, Tonya Kappes’ Ghostly Southern Mysteries series and what a rip-roarously great ride it is!

Emma Lee Raines knows there’s only one cure for a bad case of murder

I told you I was sick, reads the headstone above Mamie Sue Preston’s grave. She was the richest woman in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, and also the biggest hypochondriac. Ironic, considering someone killed her—and covered it up perfectly. And how does Emma Lee, proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, know all this? Because Mamie Sue’s ghost told her, that’s how. And she’s offering big bucks to find the perp.

The catch is, Mamie Sue was buried by the Raines family’s archrival, Burns Funeral Home. Would the Burnses stoop to framing Emma Lee’s granny? With an enterprising maid, a penny-pinching pastor, and a slimy Lexington lawyer all making a killing off Mamie Sue’s estate, Emma Lee needs a teammate—like her dreamboat boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross. Because with millions at stake, snooping around is definitely bad for Emma Lee’s health.

I’ve been reading rather dark historical mystery/thrillers for the past few months, so when I began reading A GHOSTLY MURDER, I wasn’t so sure I could get into it, but within the first couple of pages, I quickly changed my mind.

Emma Lee is co-owner, of the family mortuary business, Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, set in the picturesque Kentucky town of Sleepy Hollow. Her hoity-toity co-owner and sister, Charlotte Rae, works the business side of the funeral home and refuses to get her well-manicured hands dirty working with the bodies leaving all that messy stuff, and a whole lot more, to Emma Lee.

If you love Southern humor, ghosts floating around, a hot and sexy Sheriff and a good mystery, this book is for you!

After a Santa decoration falls on Emma Lee’s head, she is able to see ghosts, but is diagnosed with “Funeral Trauma” by the local doc. Realizing those ghosts are actually real and not a product of “Funeral Trauma,” Emma Lee begins to help “Betweeners,” ghosts who have been murdered, move on to the great beyond by solving their murders.  

Though a murder mystery, Ms. Kappes unravels the story in a humorous and distinctly “Southern” manner and I found myself laughing out loud in the middle of the night (my typical reading time). I couldn’t help but think of my Southern girlfriends who never fail to keep me entertained.

When Mamie Sue “hires” Emma Lee to find her murderer so she can get out of the “In Between” and go to her celestial resting place, Emma Lee finds Mamie Sue a veritable force to be reckoned with and one not easily ignored.

I really enjoyed Ms. Kappes writing style and the story kept me engaged and very entertained throughout the whole book. If you love Southern humor, ghosts floating around, a hot and sexy Sheriff and a good mystery, this book is for you!

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About the Author

Tonya KappesFor years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been self-publishing her numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plotlines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.

She has a B.A. in Education from the University of Kentucky and a proud Kentucky Wildcat fan.

Married to an amazing man, Eddy, she has four son ranging in ages from twenty-two to sixteen years old, Charlie and Scooter (Schnauzers), and Kitty Kappes.

Now a full time writer, she spends her days creating the fun-loving, quirky southern characters that is full of charm that readers have come to love.

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Dayna Linton
Dayna Linton - Dayna is the very busy divorced mother of four "exceptional" children. She spends her time running not only this website but is also the founder and President of Rising Phoenix Charitable Foundation ( - a charitable organization which benefits women and children's causes. Dayna is a firm believer in the worth and value of individuals and hopes to help all embrace who they are, nourish themselves and then "pay it forward" by helping others around them to do the same. In her spare time, Dayna enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on and hopes to someday have the time to write a book herself. Dayna is also an avid lover of film and the process that goes into making them. From an early age, she remembers watching the Academy Awards with her mom and cheering on her favorites. When Dayna was little, she just knew she was going to be a big star someday and she would practice in front of a mirror accepting her Oscar. Dayna took four years of drama, which she loved, but found her true passion was dancing. Even today you can catch Dayna dancing just about everywhere she goes, including beaches in the moonlight ...