Release Date: June 12, 2018
Synopsis: An Atlanta ex-cop comes to sleepy Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet—but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met.
Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything—but it seems rude to embalm them and not at least say hello.
Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. Led by Great-Aunt Tootie, the gambling, boozing, dog-collecting matriarch of the family, everyone looks out for one another—which usually means getting up in everyone else’s business.
Maybe that’s why Frankie is so fascinated by new sheriff Eric Linden…a recent transplant from Atlanta, he sees a homicide in every hunting accident or boat crash, which seems a little paranoid for this sleepy tourist town. What’s he so worried about? And what kind of cop can get a job with the Atlanta PD but can’t stand to look at a dead body?
Frankie has other questions that need answering first—namely, who’s behind the recent break-in attempts at the funeral home, and how can she stop them? This one really does seem like a job for the sheriff—and as Frankie and Eric do their best Scooby-Doo impressions to catch their man, they get closer to spilling some secrets they thought were buried forever.
First of all, I loved Sweet Tea and Sympathy (the first book in the Southern Eclectic Series), so I was really excited to read this one. You get a glimpse of the weird and wonderful Frankie in the first book, and I just really wanted to know more about her. This book did not disappoint. I love a book where I can kind of want to smack the main characters, but still be so invested in them that I can’t wait to see how they figure it all out. Not to mention the LAUGH OUT LOUD moments of this book that had me smiling like a loon.
“Why do you look like you’re about to tell me that all of the abs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are airbrushed on?”
That being said, Frankie annoyed me a couple times, but it really just made her more human. She’s just so kooky–let’s just say she talks to dead people, and not in a supernatural way. She just seems to be navigating what life has handed her, and slowly owning her own narrative while learning life lessons that lead to maturity.
Eric on the other hand, is so serious. I kind of wish we got his point of view, because I really wanted to know his thoughts as all the hilarious and annoying situations came about. He seems like a great guy that’s just trying to navigate his own bumps in life. While we did learn some of his back story, I really would have liked to know more about him.
Overall, this story was fun and just left me with good feelings. The McCready family is too fun, and I always enjoy diving into their world. Another character we meet in both books is Duffy, one of the cousins. His ex is a real piece of work, and he hasn’t exactly cut her off. Luckily, the next book in the series is about Duffy and I’ll be reading an advance reader’s copy of Gimme Some Sugar ASAP thanks to Gallery and NetGalley. It comes out April 2nd, 2019!! I’m so excited to see Duffy get an HEA!
Book 2: Ain’t She a Peach
Book 1: Sweet Tea and Sympathy
On Kindle Unlimited right now OR the paperback is $8.24 (3/4/19)
Book 3: Gimme Some Sugar