Murder on the Sugarland Express
by Angie Fox
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
#6 Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries
Moose Island Books
Formats available: Paperback, Electronic
Pub Date: 11.25.17| Pages: 320
REVIEWER: Sophia Rose
E-ARC provided by Net Galley for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Verity Long is overdue for a little R&R (rest and romance) with her boyfriend Ellis, and a vintage train trip through the Tennessee mountains seems like just the ticket. The Sugarland Express carries history and nostalgia in every compartment, and Verity is determined to enjoy it—without ghostly interference. But the ghosts have other plans…
On a dark, desolate night nearly a century ago, the train was stranded in the mountains and a young woman was found stabbed to death in her locked compartment. The murder was never solved, and a ghostly Belgian detective is still pursuing the case from the grave.
To Verity’s dismay, all of the ghostly suspects are back. And when history repeats itself and a new murder mirrors the old, it’s up to Verity and her friends to discover which of the passengers—dead or alive—could be behind the murders before the killer strikes again. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36543179-murder-on-the-sugarland-express
In a fun tribute to Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, the author places her lovable heroine, Verity Long, irascible gangster ghost hero, Frankie, and Verity’s stalwart boyfriend Ellis on a restored old steam train on which an unsolved murder occurred many years before.
I enjoyed how Verity has really come into her own when it comes to the existence of ghosts and her talent for solving crimes, ghostly or otherwise. She’s grown confident and independent though still a softy for helping others. And, in this installment, she and Ellis prove that they are a solid couple when his brother who is also her ex was attempting to stir up trouble for them and Frankie is up to his antics that disrupt the couple’s vacation. Adults in a relationship acting mature? Oh yes!
The mystery had echoes of the famous Christie story, but only so far as the murder happened on an isolated old train with all the suspects trapped together, no obvious motive, and a locked door mystery. Most of the story was just a great Southern Ghost Hunter adventure with some good twists to keep the reader guessing. How could I resist a mystery set on an elegant steam train journey through the mountains?
All in all, this latest installment of the series was a delight from cover to cover that was a light and easy read that I quickly devoured. Paranormal cozy mystery fans should not miss this series.
PUBLISHER: Moose Island Books It’s Angie Fox’s LLC name for her publishing company