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Review of Secrets Laid to Rest

Updated: May 3

More About Secrets Laid to Rest

The Secrets of Sutter Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance...

Fall is in the air, the scent of autumn leaves and apple pies, and now a brand new business is opening its doors in small-town Sutter, Georgia.

But not just any business. It's the Golden Girls meet the Ghostbusters when four women find themselves in an unlikely career: Southeastern Paranormal Investigations. Ree Lane, a stylish widow, is more cynic than true believer, while her childhood chum Elle Harper has a knack for getting sensitive info with the help of her homemade pies. The preacher's wife, Betsy Jones, can't be seen with SPI unless she's in her disguise as Nora, a psychic-in-training with a gift for Tarot. And the recently-returned-home Gillian Buchanan is a whiz at technology, especially of the supernatural sort.

Their first case lands on the doorstep when neighbor Doris Tucker is sure her prized vintage dolls are haunted. But there's hardly time for ghost-hunting when the bank director's wife mistakes SPI for a private eye venture. Now they're also hot on the trail of a misbehaving husband. It's a wild ride as the sixty-something sleuths start digging into the past. But have the Ladies of SPI gone too far? And how far will Sutter go to keep its secrets dead and buried?

More About Catherine C. Hall

I confess. I didn’t always want to be a writer. I wanted to be Julie Andrews/Mary Poppins but with a charming Southern accent. Apparently, one must have an amazing voice for a career like Julie’s. Lots of life happened in the middle. Eventually, I did develop my voice–in writing. And here I am now, with a debut Southern cozy mystery, Secrets Laid to Rest, in the Ladies of SPI series. Pretty supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

My Thoughts About Secrets Laid to Rest

I love mysteries but have mixed feelings about ghost stuff so I began this book reluctantly but to my surprise was swept into the genre. You get all the feels from this book - humor, fear, surprise, sadness, romance! Hall does a great job portraying small town life, secrets and the connections you can't escape. This was a fun book filled with people you'd like to be friends with.

When I first began Secrets Laid to Rest, I thought "How could these ladies end up friends?" They were so different it seemed a stretch. Then I had lunch with three friends, looked around the table and thought "Yep, now I see how the Southern Paranormal Investigators got together." Hope they're together for some more adventures!

A Little Extra

I knew Catherine (so fancy!) when she was Cathy and wrote children's books and stories for China and Korea. No, I am not making that up! After loving mysteries forever, her debut cozy mystery was published last year and Book 2 is on its way. Learn more here.

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