Scrooge or Doormat for Christmas With the Boyfriend’s Family


The Ghost of Christmas Past

by Angie Fox
#8.5 Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries
Cozy Mystery
Moose Island Books
Formats available:  Electronic
Pub Date: 11.29.19| 200 pages

REVIEWER: Sophia Rose


Book was received from Net Galley. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


She needs a Christmas miracle…

Verity Long is ready to deck the halls, jingle some bells, and maybe, just maybe have a merry Christmas with her boyfriend’s stuffy family. Truly, if she doesn’t extend the proverbial olive branch to the overbearing Wydells, she’s afraid she’ll hit them over the head with it.

But when her boyfriend’s mother pulls a shocking stunt, Verity finds herself with a big decision to make. And if that’s not enough, there’s an unexpected guest at her door. It’s the ghost of the woman who helped rescue Verity’s pet skunk three years ago that very night. And now she’s there to change Verity’s life as well.

*A “between the books” holiday story you don’t want to miss!




Book was received from Net Galley. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


Verity and Frankie are back with a new ghostly adventure, but this time there is a lot more riding on her figuring out how to help the ghosts than she could have imagined.  Her very happiness is riding on this one.  With a drop of Dickens and the author’s own charming Southern Ghost Hunter world, I was dazzled as usual.

The Ghost of Christmas Past is a novella and is #8.5 in the series.  It is standalone, but has more meaning and makes more sense when gotten in order.

Virginia Wydell, her boyfriend’s mother has gone her length.  Verity always knew that Virginia detested her, but this latest snobby stun right on the eve of Christmas has Verity deciding enough is enough.  Ellis does not disagree that his mother is out of line and has verbally challenged her before, but he is also stuck in a hard place between love and loyalty that is complicated because family is involved. 

Verity’s anger is mixed with her vulnerability of feeling not good enough and lonely for her own scattered family so she pushes Ellis to go to his family party and she mopes alone feeding her bitterness and anger.

Fortunately, this is when gangster Frankie’s antics and the sweet love of her pet skunk keep her from going full on depression.  A ghost of one of her past friends comes along with a request for Verity’s help and Verity can’t resist a plea for her help so she drags a reluctant Frankie with her out to a spooky cider mill and the ghosts take her on three fateful visionary journeys so she can do her part to save a family.

I knew in the last book that things were coming to a head when Verity’s feckless way of charging into danger would get to Ellis who is a natural protector and a trained responder to danger since he’s former military and a sheriff’s deputy, but he’s helpless against the ghostly danger.  Verity knows they need to have that conversation and now, Ellis’ mother does a spiteful act that Verity just can’t smile away and won’t.  I was startled by her vehemence at first and then it made sense as the story unfolded. The age old trouble with the cliched mother in law is a cliche for a reason.  I do love how Verity, and Ellis, eventually handled Virginia.

The personal storyline and the romance running through the series along with the colorful and sparkling characters on their ghostly adventures make this an outstanding series that I can heartily recommend.


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