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Ain't She A Peach by Molly Harper
Series: Southern Eclectic #2
Published by Gallery Books on June 12, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
A couple of years ago I moved east and south, which is all new territory for me. It’s given me a better appreciation of the southern flavor of the Southern Eclectic series. In Ain’t She a Peach, there is also the plus of seeing the couple and other characters from the first book, Sweet Tea & Sympathy.
I liked the story and learning more about Frankie. This is truly about her character. She learns about herself and experiences growth which is a good thing We spend nearly all our time with her, seeing her challenges and ideas. There is not much about Eric, and his character is not really developed well. I feel I know much more about Duffy, or Carl or even Jared Lewis.
The plot focuses on the family life and business, Frankie getting used to working with the new sheriff, and some vandalism at the funeral home. The pace feels a bit lazy, like it can be in the South. I did enjoy Tootie’s continued rescue of dogs and her new one, Hercules.
The novella before this, Peachy Flippin’ Keen, started this story. I really liked the novella until it ended without going anywhere. I love Molly Harper. Honesty though, I think Peachy Flippin’ Keen and Ain’t She a Peach should be one book.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge