ARC Review | The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox

The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox
Series: Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries

Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Sci Fi & Fantasy 
Publication Date: November 29th, 2019
ARC from Netgalley

She needs a Christmas miracle…

Verity Long is ready to deck the halls, jingle some bells, and maybe, just maybe have a merry Christmas with her boyfriend’s stuffy family. Truly, if she doesn’t extend the proverbial olive branch to the overbearing Wydells, she’s afraid she’ll hit them over the head with it.

But when her boyfriend’s mother pulls a shocking stunt, Verity finds herself with a big decision to make. And if that’s not enough, there’s an unexpected guest at her door. It’s the ghost of the woman who helped rescue Verity’s pet skunk three years ago that very night. And now she’s there to change Verity’s life as well.

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The Ghost of Christmas Past is the eighth and a half book in Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. Always on the hunt for a Christmas read this time of year, I didn’t let the fact that this was part of a series I haven’t followed deter me. I didn’t feel lost reading this, so you can start here, but I think if I’d read more from this series and was more attached to Verity, my rating would have been higher.

It’s obvious from the title of the story that this is meant to be a riff off Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and even as light-hearted as it was, it carried an important message. Verity’s Christmas Eve begins when her boyfriend’s mother, always ready with an insult for Verity, surprises her with an expensive delivery (that Verity has to pay for,) and when Verity finally gives the woman a piece of her mind, her Christmas plans go up in smoke. But as happens in fiction, another event soon presents itself, and off Verity goes. I thought this was a fun little novella where Verity gets to see the past, present and future, and I like that while she is finally able to get her point across, it’s in a bit of a softer way. I also enjoy the way this book highlights a sort of domino effect – how a seemingly passing conversation or confrontation can change everything, often for the worst. The addition of Verity’s pet skunk was adorable, and I’m sure it’s been in the series for a while, but as a new reader, it was a treat for me. I also really liked that while it was Verity who gets the opportunity to change the way things go, it wasn’t all selfishness, as the events she gets to witness affect others more than her, and she could have just chosen to walk away. But she didn’t, and I love that she is the kind of person to be there when the going gets tough.

As I mentioned before, The Ghost of Christmas Past was my first book of the series, and I found it enjoyable enough to want to go back and read previous books. The timing is perfect, because while I’m writing this review, the first book is free on Amazon, and the WhisperSync price for the audio is only $1.99. And BONUS – Tavia Gilbert narrates this series, and she’s one of my favorites! Overall, I think this was a fun Christmas read with a life lesson thrown in, and I reserve the right to up my rating once I know Verity better.

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3 thoughts on “ARC Review | The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox

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  1. You sold me on Tavia Gilbert…..LOVE her work, and even though I normally steer away from animated covers ( I know how vain that makes me sound hehe….forgive me) I am definitely going to be listening to this one for sure.

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  2. Woohoo!!!! This is my favorite cozy mystery series. I loved Tavia’s narration of it. Glad you enjoyed this and are going back for the others.

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