Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #6
on November 25, 2017
Genres: Cozy, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
Verity Long is overdue for a little R&R (rest and romance) with her boyfriend Ellis, and a vintage train trip through the Tennessee mountains seems like just the ticket. The Sugarland Express carries history and nostalgia in every compartment, and Verity is determined to enjoy it—without ghostly interference. But the ghosts have other plans…
On a dark, desolate night nearly a century ago, the train was stranded in the mountains and a young woman was found stabbed to death in her locked compartment. The murder was never solved, and a ghostly Belgian detective is still pursuing the case from the grave.
To Verity’s dismay, all of the ghostly suspects are back. And when history repeats itself and a new murder mirrors the old, it’s up to Verity and her friends to discover which of the passengers—dead or alive—could be behind the murders before the killer strikes again.
MURDER ON THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS is another delightful installment in this series filled with clever twists and turns and unique, likable characters. It was especially fun to read this after seeing the recent Murder on the Orient Express movie and spot the similarities in some of the plot points and characters as the book is an homage to the Agatha Christie story. The murder mystery ends up being a dual mystery, one being on the living plane and the other on the ghostly plane. Luckily, it doesn't get super complex and both mysteries are compelling and tragic. Both cases unfold almost simultaneously and rapidly with quite a few possible suspects for each murder that keep the tension up through to an exciting climactic ending.
I love seeing Verity come into her own in regards to her abilities to see and talk to ghosts. Some of my favorite moments in this book are of her trying to handle talking to a living person while attempting to politely ignore the ghost demanding her attention. It was also amusing to see her try to resist taking on a case during her much needed vacation knowing that she would eventually be pulled in. She can't help herself to help others! While she is capable of handling ghosts, I liked seeing the interactions between Verity her boyfriend Ellis, his brother (her ex), and his mom. Ellis takes on a more active role, what with being a cop on a train with a murder to solve. I love how supportive and accepting he is of Verity which is in such a contrast to his vindictive brother and snobbish mom.
MURDER ON THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS is a fun twist on cozy mysteries, as well as an excellent homage to Agatha Christie but with added ghostly hijinks to make it something wonderfully unique.Series Titles:
- Southern Spirits 4/5
- The Skeleton in the Closet
- The Haunted Heist
- Deader Homes and Gardens 3/5
- Sweet Tea and Spirits 3/5
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