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.
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by Gallery Books
Three and a half stars: A quick, simple, fun read for when you need something light and hilarious.
Frankie likes her life for the most part. She is the county coroner in the small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia. Her big problem is that at twenty eight years old, she is still treated like a child by her overprotective parents due to a bout of cancer when she was young. So when Frankie wants a good time, she heads to Atlanta. Then one day her good time lands right in her lap when she comes face to face with her former one night stand, Sheriff Eric Linden. Eric is now the sheriff of Lake Sackett. Even worse, as the coroner, Frankie must work with Eric on a regular basis. What is a girl to do?
What I Liked:
- Molly Harper is known for her humorous books that are meant to entertain. I love that you can pick up one of her books and giggle your way through. No over the top drama or angst, just down home fun.
- I love that this book is all about the family. The eclectic McCready family was first introduced in Sweet Tea and Sympathy. This latest novel delivers another heaping dose of this hilarious family. I love how quirky and funny they are. How can you not enjoy a family whose business is fishing and funerals, working out of the same building? This family is a bushel of laughs, and better yet, they all love each other and look after one another.
- Gotta love a small town setting, and Lack Sackett delivers. Yes, there are plenty of busy bodies and gossipers and of course, small town drama, but that is what makes it fun. It was easy to immerse right back into this sleepy little town.
- Frankie is a hoot. I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed in the first book in this series, mostly because I wasn’t able to connect with Margot, the main character. Margot was way to uptight. Frankie on the other hand is the complete opposite. She dresses in outrageous goth clothes, dyes her hair bright colors and talks to the dead. She is full of sass and spunk. Loved her.
- The romance is simple and sweet. It starts out rocky when the one night stand comes back to bite Frankie in the butt. Over time, a friendship forms and then it roots and unfurls into something else. It was light, easy and without drama and angst.
- The other conflict involving a teenage culprit trying to vandalize the funeral home was entertaining as well. I liked when the vandal got what was coming to him. Snicker.
And The Not So Much:
- Going into this one, I was lost as events that happened such as the one night stand had already occurred. I found out there was a short novella that covered what happened. I went back and read the novella: Peachy Flipping Keen, to catch up on what I missed. The novella was only seventy two pages and it was unnecessary. There was overlap and repetition in both this book and the novella. The novella should have been done away with as it was a waste of time, other than to grasp the one night stand details.
- I didn’t like that certain things kept getting glossed over. I was especially frustrated when Margot’s big situation wasn’t explored on scene. There was all this buildup and then the reader didn’t get to witness her telling Kyle and her dad. Big miss.
- I enjoyed the whole thing with the teen vandal, but it was a little over the top and unrealistic.
Ain’t She a Peach was one of those novels that didn’t completely wow me, but I must admit, I had a great time with the characters. This is one of those novels you pick up when you want something quick, fun and light. There ins’t much to this, which makes it perfect for when you need a palate cleanser or a pick me up. This one has a great cast of characters and it is full of laughs.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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