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The Mint Julep Murders

Written by: Angie Fox
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins

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For Southern girl Verity Long, friendship means sitting down to stories and sweet tea on the front porch. For her gangster ghost housemate, it means dragging Verity out to a remote haunted asylum during a raging thunderstorm to do a favor for a long-dead mob boss. 

But Verity is always ready to help out a friend, even one as eternally eccentric as Frankie. And in the case of Mint Julep Manor, the stakes are too high to refuse. The criminally insane mob boss holds a secret to Frankie’s past, one that might set Frankie free. Do the favor - survive the favor - and they might change Frankie’s afterlife for good. Fail, and they might never leave the asylum.

©2019 Angie Fox (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Carole 🤨
  • 29-07-19

I have enjoyed this series very much... but not this one. Disappointing 😯

Unnecessary descriptions of violence runs thru this storyline and, frankly, creeped me out. BIG TIME! The story was dragged out and with no benefit to the plot or it’s characterizations. Not one I will listen to again. Author went a little too much to the dark side. 😲

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  • Dawn
  • 30-07-19

Another good addition to the series

Angie Fox has crafted another good addition to the series. It included all the usual characters we’ve grown to love. Tavia Gilbert gave a nice performance as she brought it all to life. I look forward to the next in the series.

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  • Beatrice
  • 10-07-19

I AM SO DONE !!!

If I could give this book no stars, I would. Verity is incredibly annoying and stupid. She visits an insane asylum. When told not to bother the inmates, she decides she knows best and insists upon seeing them. She is shocked that Frankie wants to engage in a criminal act. Ellis is a fool for staying with Verity. If Verity is not saying something stupid, she is doing something stupid. In the beginning, this series was fun an entertaining. Now it's just stupid. I simply CAN NOT get another book in this series.

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  • Jill
  • 07-02-20

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The Mint Julep Murders is book 8 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 cleaned out a man named Frankie's ashes from an old vase looking jar into her rosebushes and it trapped his ghost on her property allowing him to only leave when Verity takes his urn off the property. The ghost, Frankie, showed himself to her and so began her ability to see ghosts.

It is best to read these books in order. I'm sure you could read them standalone but I don't think that it will be as fulfilling that way.

In this book, Frankie convinced Verity and Ellis to go to an old and haunted asylum. I have to be pretty vague for this review because I don't want to give anything away. It is better to watch as it all happens. I will say that everything really kicks off when the owner of the property is murdered while Verity and Ellis are there. They have to figure out who killed her while worrying about a bunch of unhappy and not completely mentally together ghosts who aren't pleased with them being there. All of this is happening during a horrible storm and power outage. And of course, there is no cellphone reception in the mental hospital and they are trapped there with some other living people who are also suspects in the murder.

The past few books, Frankie got on my last nerve! He is a pain in the butt and very selfish and rude. He actually had a couple of moments of decency in this book but they were short moments. I'm still hoping for some character growth where he is concerned.

One big thing is that there is starting to be a rift between Verity and Ellis because he has issues with just how dangerous ghost hunting is for Verity. That was just introduced in this book though and not yet addressed. It sounds like that will be a big part of the next book. I can't wait for that book to be released so I can read it.

I really loved The Mint Julep Murders, however I wish the author was better at allowing the readers to solve clues alongside Verity and Ellis. These books are typically a bunch of random stuff happening and then suddenly a big ah-ha explanation at the end. It takes a bit of the mystery fun out of it.

Even though I have started to get a bit bored with this series since it's not as much fun when there aren't clues along the way for me to solve, I still love several aspects of the books. I beyond love the skunk Lucy and love that she has a full name: 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 does a really good job. Her voices are distinct and clear and her pronunciation is good.

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  • Dog mama
  • 08-10-19

Cliff hanger

This is an excellent book. My claustrophobic nature did not like it, AT ALL!!!!! So, my only criticism is that the author left 2 cliff hangers. Not just one. I love this series and I hate when authors do that. Just saying...

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  • Cathy
  • 05-12-19

Fantastic

I have to say this was my favorite book in the series. I loved it!

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  • Rachel Vickers
  • 29-09-19

Creepier

Scarier than the others in this series, but still fun as ever! Recommend this whole series for a fun ‘cozy mystery’ way to pass the time.

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  • Alice Plotts
  • 14-09-19

The best one yet!

This one keeps you wondering until the end. Enjoy the new friendly ghost encounters and how it all comes together. All I have left to say is, "Poor Frankie!"

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-09-19

great mystery book as usual.

Finally getting some information about Frankie's past. hoping next book has more on frankie and his brother.

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  • Katz
  • 01-09-19

Needs New Narrator

I really like this series. The story is good and there is a lot of humor in them. The only problem is the woman reading them. She wasn't that good to start and as the series goes on she has gotten worse. All the men in the book sound the same. I'll still enjoy the books. I just wish they would get another reader.

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  • *Flora*
  • 23-01-20

Another Spine-Tinglingly Good Mystery

I am a fan of this series; I love Ms Fox's writing style, the pace at which her tale flows, how she weaves all the elements together and how she gets me completely engaged in the story.

The present day murders and the mysteries run alongside the series background story arcs - Verity and Ellis's relationship and discovering the way to free Frankie. All of the aspects come together to make one gripping book.

I downloaded the narration and found myself reading along while listening to the story play out, which has become my favourite way to get lost in a book. As a narrated book, I was once again impressed with Tavia Gilbert's performance; loving the pace at which she read the story, the way she added emotional inflection to the sad, funny or tense scenes and her tonal variations for the dialogue between the characters.

I really loved this story, although some of the scenes were less than cozy. It has everything that I look for in a 5 star story; I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat (I was even scared at times) in short, I was gripped! Murder, mystery, humour and a sprinkling of romance what more could a girl want!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys ‘cozy mysteries’ with a paranormal focus.

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  • PC Sussex
  • 10-08-19

Ending Lost

the last few chapters listed are a mess of repeated earlier chapters. So the ending isn't there. Dreadful quality control.