Book cover - Pecan Pies and Dead Guys - Author Angie Fox

Pecan Pies and Dead Guys

Author Angie Fox

  • Release Date: 2018-09-18
  • Genre: Cozy
Our score: 4.5
From 274 Ratings

Pecan Pies and Dead Guys Summary

Pecan Pies and Dead Guys - From New York Times bestselling author Angie Fox

Sometimes Verity Long would like to forget that she lives with the ghost of a 1920s gangster. But the reluctant housemates must once again work together when a dead detective blackmails Frankie into helping him solve a Great Gatsby-era cold case. Before she can say “bathtub gin,” Verity is dragged straight into a raging, otherworldly house party. Worse, every guest is hiding something.

Meanwhile, Ellis Wydell, Verity’s living, breathing boyfriend needs Verity’s help with a police case of his own. After a dead body is discovered near the pecan orchard, Verity gives her insights, thinking her job is done. But when mysterious pecan pies start arriving at her house, she wonders who might be thanking her…or stalking her.

Between hard-living ghosts and sugar-laden desserts, Verity has her work cut out for her. But will she uncover the secrets behind the pecan pies and dead guys? Or has she stumbled upon a recipe for disaster?

What Reviewers are saying…

5 Stars!  “I could not put this down.”

5 Stars!  “The setting was in a fabulous mansion with glamorous characters, the story was complex, and as usual Verity and Frankie were up to their ears in suspects.”

5 Stars!  “I had such a difficult time holding back the tears. It hit me to the core and felt like I was sitting there witnessing it all myself instead of reading about it. I went back and re-read the ending over and over!”

5 Stars!  “One of the best series I've ever read.”

Rating: Clean and Wholesome

Paranormal Cozy Mystery Romance (with a cute pet skunk!)

Pecan Pies and Dead Guys Review

  • Fantastic Murder Mystery

    By Joan T Mueller
    Who knew that the afterlife could influence the lives of so many of the people who live in this little community. The series started with Southern Spirits where Verity discovers that her fiancé is cheating on the eve of her wedding. Verity quickly finds herself out of work and penniless due to the maneuvering of her ex’s mother. All the books in this quirky series follow the adventures of Frankie, a gangster ghost; Lucy, the skunk; and Verity, our unique sleuth and problem solver. This new book in the series opens with an unresolved problem from the previous book, Murder on the Sugarland Express. Verity and Frankie must help a long dead Police Detective solve a case or else the consequences could be dire not only for Frankie but for his new love, Molly, his cadre of fellow gangster ghosts, and for Verity’s home. The previous book had seen a halt in the war between Verity and her ex fiancé’s mother but Beau is now showing signs of breaking away from his mothers influence. This leads to the mother believing that Verity is corrupting Beau. The dramatic relationship challenges that erupt based on the plot developments as the characters struggle through unexplained murder, poisoning, and police intimidation. These layers of complexity are in each and every book of this series with this book providing more depth and details to characters and community. I enjoyed this book especially the expansion of Beau. I received an ARC. I would highly recommend this book.
  • A rip-roaring good time with the Southern Ghost Hunter favorites!

    By 17krista
    In this most recent installment of Angie Fox’s delightful series, protagonist Verity Long continues to walk the fine line between the here and now, and the ghostly realm she moves through with the reluctant assistance of Frankie the German. This time, however, it’s Frankie who needs Verity’s help to solve a decades old murder in order to appease an old nemesis. Frankie’s world almost brings Verity’s investigating of crimes in the ghost world and in the non-ghost world to an untimely end as she puts everything on the line to expose a long dead murderer. Life in present day Sugarland proves just as dangerous, as the characters navigate difficult relationships and impossible expectations. With her cop boyfriend by her side, Verity risks life and limb to keep all of those she loves and cares for safe from threats known and unknown. This series is the perfect blend of all of my favorites genres: mystery, supernatural, with a splash of romance, and a hint of thriller. The stories are well crafted with interesting characters, complex but enjoyable plots, beautifully designed settings, and enough detail to give the reader a strong sense of the author’s vision. The books have recognizable continuity throughout the series and each one adds nicely to development of characters and back story. Fox has really hit her stride with this book. Itwas the perfect length for curling up on a rainy Sunday and losing yourself in a great story. And as always, she’s set readers up for the next installment wrapping things up with the slightest hint of what’s to come. If you like good mysteries, fun, quirky characters, great atmospheric settings, a bit of light romance, a little suspense, and an element of the paranormal, do not miss the Southern Ghost Hunter series.
  • Awesome read!

    By Holly72557
    Verity and Frankie are at it again. This time solving a 90 year old murder mystery with Inspector DeClerq, who is also a ghost. Ellis is trying to solve a new murder as well. Two murder mysteries? Oh yes, bring it on!
  • I love Pies!

    By LindaCald
    Verity is at it again! The ghost hunter is trying to solve two murders, one in the present and one in the 1920s with her ghostly sidekick Frankie. She has three days to find a murderer at a mansion party. Using her ability to mingle with the ghosts she uncovers clues that will help her friends but also risk her life. But to make matters worse there is an unknown stalker in the present trying to kill her. Now she has to juggle both past and present to to save her life and help her friends. Another great story that I couldn’t put down!
  • I LOVE Verity!!

    By StephanieRV
    This is Pecan Pies And Dead Guys, book 7 of the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series, written by Angie Fox. It’s so great to be back in Sugarland again....well, for most things. Verity, Frankie and Lucy are amazing! Don’t forget her hot boyfriend Ellis Wydell! . As well as Virginia Wydell, her almost mother in law AND the mother of her now boyfriend Ellis. And, as always, a crazy group of ghosts that are always getting Verity into trouble! Ms Fox has a way of trapping you in the story right along with Verity and her posse. I would love to see lots more Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries!! Please Ms Fox?? Pretty please??
  • Great read!

    By Angeladarrknessradiofollower
    Entertaining until the end! Another great addition to The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. Verity and Frankie The German find themselves in the middle of another mysterious murder from the past. This time Frankie's freedom in the afterlife is on the line. Can they solve the murder from the past? Will Frankie spend the rest of his afterlife in the slammer? Will Virginia find a new way to torture Verity? There is never a dull moment!
  • Best ever Southern Ghost mystery

    By Linda535
    I love the way Angie writes with all the plot twists and turns and NO distracting expletives in every sentence! I’m not a prude, but it’s so nice to read quality fiction. She includes a little fantasy and romance, a lot of suspense, a few skunk cuddles, and a page-turning ending. I think this book was the best yet. Of course, our heroine Verity was instrumental in solving a real-life mystery and murder. She and Frankie, her gangster/ghost partner also entered the ghostly past and set history right with their exploits. Verity’s cop boyfriend, Ellis even got involved in the ghostly murder investigation and helped saved the day. Beau, Ellis’s brother and Verity’s ex-fiancé, comes back with some very interesting adventures as well in this book. This isn’t a “recipe” book with all the ingredients added with a predetermined ending. There are so many twists and turns in Pecan Pies and Dead Guys that the ending was very surprising – and of course a great one.
  • The Ghost Hunter Series is Still Amazing!

    By Sasmith361
    Another great one by Angie Fox! This series just keeps getting better and better. As usual very hard to put down! Ellis and Verity are even closer, Beau apparently has a screw loose since his Sugarland Express experience, and Virginia and Verity may have come to an understanding. Verity and Frankie make a great detective team, even if Inspector De Clercq doesn't agree with their methods. Fantastic series! Can't wait for the next one!
  • Love the characters in this series!

    By Hyrollin
    This series just keeps getting better! This time Verity has to help solve 2 murders and all your favorite, and not so favorite, characters are back. The 1st murder takes place during present time in a pecan orchard and Verity’s boyfriend/cop Ellis, asks for her help. Now she has a stalker leaving her pecan pies and the rest of Ellis’s family trying to cause problems for verity and Ellis. The other murder took place in the 1920s and it’s up to Verity and Frankie to solve the murder to keep Frankie out of the slammer for the rest of his afterlife and Verity’s home from being turned into a Federal ghost prison. I loved the old mansion in this part of the story. The way the author describes everything makes it easy to picture while you’re reading. The parties at the mansion going on while the murder takes place, the animal menagerie, and so many suspects! Plus the backstory of the family that owns the mansion I found interesting. I found the endings to both story lines to be satisfying. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
  • Seventh book in series!

    By Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader
    Pecan Pies and Dead Guys by Angie Fox is the seventh book in The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. Verity Long is surprised when she receives a call from her boyfriend and deputy, Ellis Wydell. He wants her to come to a crime scene at the quarry with Frankie to see if can provide some insights. Unfortunately, Verity is unable to provide any helpful intel. Later that evening, Verity and Ellis are attending a barbeque hosted by Virginia Wydell, Ellis’s mother when Inspector Julien De Clercq catches up with them. They have agreed to help Inspector De Clercq with a case that has stumped him for a century in exchange for the charges against Frankie being dropped. Verity has three days to solve the murder that occurred on the Adair estate in 1928 before the ghostly crime scene and the suspects disappear for another year. In the world of the living, Virginia is on a tear because Beau has decided to quit his law practice and to become an eclectic folk artist. He says it is all thanks to Verity (oh dear) and Virginia wants Verity to fix it. Virginia dangles a precious Long family heirloom as bait. After a night of questioning ghostly suspects, Verity finds a pecan pie on her kitchen counter. Lucy knocks it over before Verity can take a bite. When another pecan pie is left in the kitchen, Verity becomes suspicious. How did the person get into her home when all the doors were locked? Come along to charming Sugarland, Tennessee where ghosts and murder abound along with eccentric citizens, adorable skunk and a determined sleuth. Pecan Pies and Dead Guys is a part of The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries and I suggest reading the series in order. Each book builds upon the previous one in this charming Southern series. Verity has her work cut out for her in this time. There are two murders to solve along with the mysterious pecan pie problem and Beau’s desire to become an artist. Beau believes he is the next Andy Warhol and his new girlfriend, Zoey Lee is encouraging him (his artwork would work well in a haunted house). I like the variety of quirky characters with my favorite being Verity’s resident ghost, Frankie “the German” Winkelmann. Of course, let us not forget Verity’s pet skunk, Lucy (only in Sugarland). Pecan Pies and Dead Guys is nicely written with a fast pace. I quickly devoured this novel. I laughed frequently at the wacky antics in the story. Wait until you discover what Frankie has created in Ellis’ attic. The two mysteries were interesting with the ghostly one being more difficult to solve. The present day murder is a cinch to figure out. I wish the author had put a little more effort into it. The ending is sweet and heartwarming. We also get a clue as to what will occur in the next volume in this whimsical series. I am giving Pecan Pies and Dead Guys 4 out of 5 stars. I have gotten my mother hooked on this series. When she heard I received Pecan Pies and Dead Guys, my kindle disappeared (I am thankful I have a spare one). I heard chuckles emanating from her room for the next several hours.