With the entire town skeptical and scrutinizing her every move, Verity struggles to uncover the century-old mystery behind the house. And when she stumbles upon a very fresh, very dead body, she realizes there’s more to it than she ever imagined. With the help of her sexy cop boyfriend, Ellis, and her ghostly gangster sidekick, Frankie, she braves the overgrown gardens, the desolate family cemetery, and the haunted mansion that have been locked away for generations. But can Verity unearth the truth before she's the next one buried on the deadly grounds?
So Verity has a unique problem and that's the fact she somehow connected to Frankie, a ghost, and at times the bane of her life. This gangster is just starting to realise that being undead might have perks and knows exactly how to yank Verity's chains! Finally, Verity has a bona fide case and with a little help from Frankie (sheesh who am I kidding?) it's time to make some money. It's going to be fine because ghosts like Verity, or do they? There's genuine evil at the Treadwell mansion and Verity might not be able to save anyone, not even herself!
Deader Homes and Gardens is light on the romance front and if honest, I find Ellis to be a bit boring. Still I can't fault that he is finally out in the open as far as his relationship with Verity goes. Verity is kind of blinkered at times and just doesn't always see the danger she puts herself in and I must admit this story had all kinds of interesting twists.
The Egyptian angle was inspired and I could easily understand how Ms Fox found inspiration. Expect to be surprised as sometimes bad guys hide in plain sight. What truly elevates this series is the grumpy, yet manipulative Frankie. He and his 'associates ' are a scream and it's always fun to read.
This is a voluntary review of an ARC copy from NetGalley and is my honest opinion.