Review: A Ghostly Undertaking – Tonya Kappes

A Ghostly Undertaking
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Witness (February 24, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062374648
ISBN-13: 978-0062374646
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Everything was normal in Emma Lee Rains life. Well, as normal as life could be, when you run a funeral home. That is until a plastic Santa fell on her head at he local deli. That’s when she discovered that she could see the ghosts of the dearly departed. Her new job in life is to help these restless spirits move on to their eternal slumber.


Emma Lee Raines – Newly empowered ghost communicator.
Ruthie Sue Payne – Deceased Hotel Proprietor.


This book was a lot of fun. From the character of Emma Lee Raines, to the antics of her grandmother, and the sometimes acidic personality of Ruthie Sue Payne. All the characters bring life to the story, and really bring the small southern town to life. Each character is very well designed and developed, and has a robust personality. Even the side characters are 3 dimensional and add to the story.

The plot is rather simplistic in it’s nature. Ruthie needs Emma Lee to find out who killed her. But along the way, are roadblocks, including a long desired potential suitor for Emma Lee. Emma must carry out her goal of helping the ghost of Ruthie, while keeping the rest of her town from having her locked up for having the “funeral trauma.”

Meanwhile she also has to deal with her Grandmother in a separate subplot. The character of Zula as a foil to some of Emma Lee’s work fits right in, and I’m able to picture this little old lady zipping around on her moped.

Overall a very fun mystery, and a great first entry in a new series for Ms. Kappes.

About the Author

Tonya KappesFor years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been self-publishing her numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plotlines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.

HarperCollins and Witness Impulse is thrilled to be publishing this insanely talented and wildly successful author for the first time with A GHOSTLY UNDERTAKING (Witness Impulse; February 24, 2015; $7.99 mass market), the first in her hilarious and spooky Ghostly Southern series.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Andrea at Witness/Impulse for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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One Response to “Review: A Ghostly Undertaking – Tonya Kappes”

  1. Tonya Says:

    Thank you for the review!