A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone…even a dead someone…must have witnessed the crime.
Her ghostly sidekick Frankie warns her to stay out of it. The very alive, very handsome deputy sheriff, Ellis Wydell, inadvertently places her directly in the middle of it. And her ex-fiancé, Ellis’s brother, is back with an agenda of his own.
Undaunted, Verity presses forward, uncovering scandalous secrets, long-forgotten ghosts, and a shocking trail of clues that places her directly in the path of a killer.
Verity sees ghosts and actually has one living with her! Not so surprising given that she lives in an historic old town. The ghost, Frankie, is perhaps not everyone's idea of a house guest as he's a former gangster and perhaps the most grumpy curmudgeonly fellow around. Add in an ex cheating fiancé with a deputy hunk for a brother and it’s safe to say that Verity’s life is anything but dull.
It’s the town's annual reenactment of the event that saw a cannon ball getting embedded in the library wall. This year a documentary is being filmed and the whole town is twittering. Then the unthinkable happens and Verity discovers a dead body in the library. Unfortunately though, there are those who happily point the finger at her but Ellis has her back and together they set out to discover just what the murderer is trying to hide.
I confess I haven't read the first book in this series but I had no trouble understanding the plot. There is little love lost between Verity and her ex-fiancé and almost mother-in-law, which gave the author the chance to allow many snide comments to be passed back and forth. Add in an allergy to rhubarb and the scene is set for amazing polite southern charm that is so sharp I expected blood! As for the plot, it's a convoluted journey with twists that surprise. Best of all a satisfying ending. The Skeleton in the Closet is not an excuse for pages of sex (actually there's none) but a genuine suspense driven mystery with a paranormal twist.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.