Ain’t She a Peach
(Book #4 of Southern Eclectic)
By Molly Harper
Published by Simon and Schuster | Gallery Books
e-book/& Trade Paperback
June 12, 2018
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
An Atlanta ex-cop comes to sleepy Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet—but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met.
Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything—but it seems rude to embalm them and not at least say hello.
Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. Led by Great-Aunt Tootie, the gambling, boozing, dog-collecting matriarch of the family, everyone looks out for one another—which usually means getting up in everyone else’s business.
Maybe that’s why Frankie is so fascinated by new sheriff Eric Linden…a recent transplant from Atlanta, he sees a homicide in every hunting accident or boat crash, which seems a little paranoid for this sleepy tourist town. What’s he so worried about? And what kind of cop can get a job with the Atlanta PD but can’t stand to look at a dead body?
Frankie has other questions that need answering first—namely, who’s behind the recent break-in attempts at the funeral home, and how can she stop them? This one really does seem like a job for the sheriff—and as Frankie and Eric do their best Scooby-Doo impressions to catch their man, they get closer to spilling some secrets they thought were buried forever. http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Aint-She-a-Peach/Molly-Harper/Southern-Eclectic/9781501151330
I may be in trouble with Gallery Books but it’s just too hard to resist a new Molly Harper on my Kindle – they are a bright spot in an any season. Shucks (avoiding the infamous swear jar of the Southern Eclectic series), they always make me feel good. So, looking ahead, pre-order this one asap.
Aside from some references to Sasquatch. this series is totally non-paranormal, it’s more of an amusing family saga of the American South, located in small town, rural Georgia. But like her paranormal series, Southern Eclectic is filled with unique, engaging characters.
This story focuses on Frankie, part of the close-knit McCready family; owners of a funeral home and marina. Frankie is the mortician and, the county coroner. She’s lead a sheltered life, and nearly died of Leukemia as a child. At 28 she faces the issues of the family being too close: she lives with her parents in the family compound and they get nervous if she’s even the slightest bit late.
She has no romantic life so when necessary she hightails it to “Hotlanta” and hooks-up rather anonymously. This entry has a new sheriff, the handsome Eric Linden with whom Frankie had one of those hook-ups. There’s chemistry, but the history makes the relationship confrontational – in the most amusing manner.
But a sheriff and a coroner end up being together more than one would imagine, and as her family’s business is attacked they are thrown together in several ways – some hot and others totally not.
The McCreadys are multi-generational and while mostly a beloved institution, they have a couple of enemies, okay ONE enemy with lots of cousins. The battle between the McCreadys, Eric, and the Lewis family combine with Frankie’s quest for independence.
As I said, Harper’s books are filled with engaging characters and Frankie is certainly that: her childhood illness has made her vulnerable, and a little cautious about her health. She dresses a little bit Goth, reminding me of Abby in NCIS. At the same time, she is also likely to fly off the handle and speak without thinking. Her analyses of situations are often correct but she is liable to make the situation, this one in particular, more of a feud than a disagreement. And yet, as close as Frankie is to her family, she needs to break out of the ensconcing cocoon resulting from her childhood illness.
Although the cocoon has benefits: minimal expenses, three good meals a day and laundry, she has a complete lack of privacy. Breaking free from the parents, is easier when she is motivated. She also has an enviable ability to know when she is wrong and the courage to take responsibility and make changes.
Another aspect of the protective circle her family and her job as a mortician, provides is that she is, to some degree, stunted in her emotional growth. The people she talks to are mostly dead or parents so intent on her happiness they never disagree with her.
She’s ripe to get free of her chrysalis and become the mature form of Frankie she wants to be. Cool, huh?!
Add a super hot cop with an embarrassing past and we get a lot of interesting twists and some steamy relationship development.
So, get out there and pre-order this new entry in the Southern Eclectic series. It is possible as a stand alone but better as part of the series. While you wait, catch up with the first few books in the series. Some are available as part of the Audible Romance package.