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Monday, March 16, 2015

A Ghostly Undertaking by Tonya Kappes, Review and Guest Post

A Ghostly Undertaking: A Ghostly Southern Mystery
(Ghostly Southern Mysteries)

Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Witness (February 24, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0062374646

A funeral, a ghost, a murder . . . It’s all in a day’s work for emma lee raines . . .
Bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she’s suffering from “funeral trauma.” It’s trauma all right, because the not-so-dearly departed keep talking to her. Take Ruthie Sue Payne—innkeeper, gossip queen, and arch-nemesis of Emma Lee’s granny—she’s adamant that she didn’t just fall down those stairs. She was pushed.
Ruthie has no idea who wanted her pushing up daisies. All she knows is that she can’t cross over until the matter is laid to eternal rest. In the land of the living, Emma Lee’s high-school crush, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, isn’t ready to rule out foul play. Granny Raines, the widow of Ruthie’s ex-husband and co-owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, is the prime suspect. Now Emma Lee is stuck playing detective or risk being haunted forever.
What I Thought:
This was a very fast read that I read in a couple of hours.  It was highly entertaining and had some laugh-out-loud moments in it.  And it is very southern, just about everyone goes by their first and middle names!  Everyone thinks that Emma Lee is crazy because she "funeral trauma", really she can just see dead people.  And the dead people she can see wants her to help solve their murders.  This book had a lot of action and a very surprising ending.  If you are looking for a whimsical, fast, entertaining, and humorous read then this is the book for you. 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. 
About This Author
Tonya Kappes is a USA Today Bestselling Author.
I write fun humorous fiction, some with romance and some with a little mystery.
More than anything I love to connect with readers! I’m a huge fan of them and LOVE getting to know them. Making readers smile, and remembering not to take life too seriously is how I like to write. I’m addicted to coffee, McDonald’s Diet Coke, and Red Hots Candy to keep her going!
When I’m not writing about quirky characters and even quirkier situations, I’m busy being the princess, queen and jester of my domain which includes my BFF husband,  three teenage boys, two dogs and one ornery cat.
And be sure to stalk me on Facebook,  Twitter, TSU, Instagram!
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Guest Post:

Was Shakespeare really Southern, only with big words?


Shakespeare said: To weep is to make less the depth of grief.

Southern translation: Cry it out, Sugar.


Shakespeare said: Let me embrace thee sour adversity, for wise men say it’s the wisest course.

Southern translation: That which does not kill you make you stronger.


Shakespeare said: Friends, Romans, countrymen lend me your ears.

Southern translation: Listen up, y’all!


Shakespeare said: The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief.

Southern translation: Kill them with kindness.


Shakespeare said: Time does not have the same appeal for everyone.

Southern translation: Bless her heart. She’s not agin’ well.


Who knew we southern women were so smart! We’ve been reciting Shakespeare and we didn’t realize it. 


When I started writing the Ghostly Southern Mystery Series, I was simply writing what I knew. I’m from a small town in Central Kentucky.

The small town life was all I knew and I was bound and determined to leave it all behind me when I was old enough to get out.


Boy…was that a mistake!


Growing up in a small town is really an amazing experience. I’m not saying small towns don’t have their share of problems, they do. But I love the entire flavor I grew up with and have been engrained in my soul, spirit, and personality.


There is something about a little southern flare thrown into a mystery that brings color and characters to life on the page. I wanted to bring my experience to my readers.


  1. I think Shakespeare really was a Southern. It all makes sense now. :)

  2. Thank you so much for having me!!

  3. Love her books.

  4. OK, that was fun. Listen up, y’all! Who knew that was a Shakespeare-ism.

  5. Reading a book Tanya writes means a good laugh out loud time. Each book is fun to read.

  6. No, I would not go so far as to say Shakespeare was Southern. Though that was a very clever post. I think he lacked from not having tasted sweet tea. He was on his way though. This subject is prime for some cocktails by the pool.

  7. Thank you. I liked this. Of course he was southern!! I am also southern and all kinds of greats are from the south.