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'Tis the season...for ghosts. Verity Long has come to terms with the fact that she can see spirits, and talk to them, and...she's actually making cookies for one of them. But she's drawing the line at any more ghost hunting or mystery solving. Until a dear friend needs help locating a missing antique at the party of the year. Not one to leave a friend in need, Verity strap 'Tis the season...for ghosts. Verity Long has come to terms with the fact that she can see spirits, and talk to them, and...she's actually making cookies for one of them. But she's drawing the line at any more ghost hunting or mystery solving. Until a dear friend needs help locating a missing antique at the party of the year. Not one to leave a friend in need, Verity straps on her sparkly heels and sneaks in to see what she can find—only to uncover a startling secret that will change everything.


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'Tis the season...for ghosts. Verity Long has come to terms with the fact that she can see spirits, and talk to them, and...she's actually making cookies for one of them. But she's drawing the line at any more ghost hunting or mystery solving. Until a dear friend needs help locating a missing antique at the party of the year. Not one to leave a friend in need, Verity strap 'Tis the season...for ghosts. Verity Long has come to terms with the fact that she can see spirits, and talk to them, and...she's actually making cookies for one of them. But she's drawing the line at any more ghost hunting or mystery solving. Until a dear friend needs help locating a missing antique at the party of the year. Not one to leave a friend in need, Verity straps on her sparkly heels and sneaks in to see what she can find—only to uncover a startling secret that will change everything.

30 review for Ghost of a Chance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Underwood

    This Verity Long novelette is set as the holidays approach. Ghost of a Chance nicely straddles that line between fun fluff and too-silly-to-care, easily managing to keep both feet firmly planted on the delicious treat side while sprinkling a bit of festive warmth on the confection. Unlike most readers, I hadn’t yet read any full-length entries in the Southern Ghost Hunter mystery series, but had no trouble getting a feel for its tone from this shorter story. I didn’t run across anything that see This Verity Long novelette is set as the holidays approach. Ghost of a Chance nicely straddles that line between fun fluff and too-silly-to-care, easily managing to keep both feet firmly planted on the delicious treat side while sprinkling a bit of festive warmth on the confection. Unlike most readers, I hadn’t yet read any full-length entries in the Southern Ghost Hunter mystery series, but had no trouble getting a feel for its tone from this shorter story. I didn’t run across anything that seemed like a spoiler to the other entries, nor did I find anything that made me roll my eyes, as this genre all-too-often has a tendency to do. This is fluff done right. Verity is making sugar cookies with deceased gangster Frankie hanging around when a Union soldier — deceased, of course — named Matthew shows up on her doorstep in need of help. He wants to marry but needs a necklace to present to his bride-to-be that only Verity can get for him, because he was forbidden to enter his old home when he joined the Union Army. Since she’ll need to use Frankie’s power to go there and see the dead, which saps Frankie, she has to use Southern Belles as an enticement. As good fortune would have it, Verity’s friend Lauralee is catering so there is some fun stuff going on as she mingles with the corporeal and the non-corporeal. It doesn’t take long for Verity to realize mending a family relationship is just as important as obtaining that necklace for Matthew. Ghost of a Chance has just the right dash of fun — Frankie’s urn gets used as a serving tray ornament — and enough warmth and holiday spirit — no pun intended — to make this a short and enjoyable read. It’s fluff, but fluff with enough warmth and whimsy that you don’t feel too ridiculous for having read and enjoyed it. A nice treat.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Quenya

    For a short story/novella, Angie Fox packed in the emotional wallops. I really started to feel for Verity and Frankie in this one. In Ghost of Chance, I felt like the author really gave us a good idea of how lonely both Frankie and Verity’s existence are. Verity’s ostracization from Sugarland doesn’t seem to have eased any from Skeletons in the Closet and it appears that she and Ellis are still keeping their relationship on the down low. This leads Verity to a very quiet Christmas and poor Frank For a short story/novella, Angie Fox packed in the emotional wallops. I really started to feel for Verity and Frankie in this one. In Ghost of Chance, I felt like the author really gave us a good idea of how lonely both Frankie and Verity’s existence are. Verity’s ostracization from Sugarland doesn’t seem to have eased any from Skeletons in the Closet and it appears that she and Ellis are still keeping their relationship on the down low. This leads Verity to a very quiet Christmas and poor Frankie still being tethered to her house can’t really seem to find any joy in the season either. But the big emotional was Mrs. Jackson’s heartbreak over her losing her son in the Civil War. Goodness the author did a great job of describing her pain and loss. I was glad to see the story end happily but it was one emotional ride to get there. Tavia Gilbert continues to delight as the voice of Verity and the citizens of Sugarland

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

    An adorably cute and sweet holiday cozy mystery novella. Frankie and Verity are enjoy their own holiday when a friendly ghost comes by asking for favor. A fun audio. Full review to come Rated 4 Stars

  4. 5 out of 5

    Flora

    A Festive Short Story To Warm The Heart.  I'm already a big fan of this series; I love Ms Fox's writing style, the pace at which her tales flow, how she weaves all the elements together and how she manages to engage me completely in the story. She seamlessly weaves present day mysteries with those of the past and always includes a twist that surprises me! Although Ghost of a Chance is a quick short read, all of my expectations were met beautifully and it still managed to put a smile on my face an A Festive Short Story To Warm The Heart.  I'm already a big fan of this series; I love Ms Fox's writing style, the pace at which her tales flow, how she weaves all the elements together and how she manages to engage me completely in the story. She seamlessly weaves present day mysteries with those of the past and always includes a twist that surprises me! Although Ghost of a Chance is a quick short read, all of my expectations were met beautifully and it still managed to put a smile on my face and a tear in my eye. I downloaded the narration and was once again impressed by Tavia Gilbert's performance: the pace at which she read, the emotions she infused into the different scenes and the tonal variations she used for the dialogue. I really loved this sweet ghostly story and only rated it 4 stars instead of 5 because I am reluctant to award 5 stars to books this short.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Regina De Los Reyes

    Another great short story in this series. This time Verity helps Mathew the ghostly soldier who appeared in the last story to reconnect with his family and his home. Sweet light read

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Munger

    Wonderful short story What a great Christmas ghost story! Warm and enjoyable short story! Love Verity, Frankie, Matthew and all the ghost characters.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    A fun little novella in the Southern Spirits series, this one is set at Christmas and Verity has the chance to help two people, one living and one dead! Her ghostly friend Matthew Jackson (the one member of the family who joined the Yankee army rather than the Confederates) has decided to marry Josephine (aka jilted Josephine, another ghost), but he wants to family heirlook necklace before he proposes, the problem is his mother barred him from the house when he joined the opposing army.  This is A fun little novella in the Southern Spirits series, this one is set at Christmas and Verity has the chance to help two people, one living and one dead! Her ghostly friend Matthew Jackson (the one member of the family who joined the Yankee army rather than the Confederates) has decided to marry Josephine (aka jilted Josephine, another ghost), but he wants to family heirlook necklace before he proposes, the problem is his mother barred him from the house when he joined the opposing army.  This is where the second favour comes in, Verity's friend has been asked to cater the Jackson's pre Christmas party and Verity is going along as a waitress, oh and Frankie is along for the ride as well, after all she needs his help to talk with the deceased Mrs Jackson!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    4 Stars... A sweet, enchanting novella that holds moments of hilarity coupled with tenderness... Verity finds herself in the middle of family drama leaving her ghostly friend, Matthew, lost and frustrated... To save the day she needs to resolve old hurt, unite a couple in Love, serve up some delicious hors d’oeuvres, and manage gangster Frankie... all in a days work for a budding ghost hunter:)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Verity and Frankie are enjoying their own simply holiday festivities of baking Christmas Cookies and decorating the old family home when a ghost they met through their previous case, Major Jackson stops by needing a favor. He wants to propose to his ghostly sweetheart and wishes to give her the opal necklace his mother promised him when he took a bride. Unfortunately, he and his mother had a falling out when he signed up to fight for the North and he came from a family of Southerners. Verity want Verity and Frankie are enjoying their own simply holiday festivities of baking Christmas Cookies and decorating the old family home when a ghost they met through their previous case, Major Jackson stops by needing a favor. He wants to propose to his ghostly sweetheart and wishes to give her the opal necklace his mother promised him when he took a bride. Unfortunately, he and his mother had a falling out when he signed up to fight for the North and he came from a family of Southerners. Verity wants to help so in the guise of a catering server for her friend, she and Frankie attend Major Jackson's descendants' Christmas party at the old family mansion. Verity discovers things are not as the ghost described and she is determined to make it a Merry Christmas all around. This shorty in the Southern Ghost Hunter series was a heartwarming holiday edition to the series. It's fun to have Verity and Frankie banter their way through another ghostly assignment that has a touch of romance. Tavia Gilbert's narration of the story just made it even better. All-round enjoyable quick short story between the larger novels of the series. I would recommend getting it after book two so the ongoing plot thread makes more sense.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I absolutely adore this series. Its such a fun read. Poor Verity having to put up with a grumpy gangster. Love all the ghost characters .In this episode, Matthew wants a family heirloom necklace so he can propose to his love Josephine. The only problem is that Matthew cant get it himself. His mother banished him when he was alive. So Verity and Frankie head off to the party of the season. At Matthews family home. While waitressing Verity searches for Matthews mother, with the help of Frankie's gh I absolutely adore this series. Its such a fun read. Poor Verity having to put up with a grumpy gangster. Love all the ghost characters .In this episode, Matthew wants a family heirloom necklace so he can propose to his love Josephine. The only problem is that Matthew cant get it himself. His mother banished him when he was alive. So Verity and Frankie head off to the party of the season. At Matthews family home. While waitressing Verity searches for Matthews mother, with the help of Frankie's ghostly powers. What she finds is surprising. I wont give it away. Pick up a copy and see for yourself. I hope this series doesn't end for a long time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Helle Gade

    This a sweet Christmas short story. A friend asks Verity for help and she and Frankie goes to worke.  I highly recommend this series as well as the authors other series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Loved it! Flew through this one in one sitting. MUST READ NEXT BOOK! 5, I love the HEA in these, stars!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    4 Stars. Ghost of a Chance is book 2.5 in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. This is a cozy mystery told in 1st person POV for main character Verity Long. This book is a quick read/listen at only 54 pages or 1 hour and 3 minutes. The series is about a woman named Verity who unknowingly cleans out a man named Frankie's ashes from an old vase looking jar into her rosebushes and it traps his ghost on her property allowing him to only leave when Verity takes his urn off the property. The gho 4 Stars. Ghost of a Chance is book 2.5 in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. This is a cozy mystery told in 1st person POV for main character Verity Long. This book is a quick read/listen at only 54 pages or 1 hour and 3 minutes. The series is about a woman named Verity who unknowingly cleans out a man named Frankie's ashes from an old vase looking jar into her rosebushes and it traps his ghost on her property allowing him to only leave when Verity takes his urn off the property. The ghost, Frankie, shows himself to her and so begins her ability to see ghosts. In this book, Matthew, a ghost that we met in the last book, needs some help. He reaches out to Verity to help get his mother's necklace back so that he can give it to Josephine, a ghost that we met in the first book. I really enjoyed the historical aspect that these books have been giving since the ghosts we have met are not the newly deceased. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed reading this book as much as I enjoyed listening to it. The narrator really injects a lot of emotion into her reading and she really sells the suspense and fear. She did a really good job. Her voices were distinct and clear and her pronunciation was good. The audio editing was off in one place in chapter 13 where you could tell that it was pieced together and a word was partially cut off. So far, I recommend this series!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This was a quick dip back into Verity's world and it had plenty of ghostly action. Seriously, she was practically tripping over ghosts. Okay, not tripping, but I imagine it would be hard to navigate a room that was filled with both the living and the dead. You'd be bobbing and weaving all over the place. Maybe it's just me. Anyway. This book. Verity. Ghosts. She does her thing. Everybody ends up happy. It's a win all around. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal This was a quick dip back into Verity's world and it had plenty of ghostly action. Seriously, she was practically tripping over ghosts. Okay, not tripping, but I imagine it would be hard to navigate a room that was filled with both the living and the dead. You'd be bobbing and weaving all over the place. Maybe it's just me. Anyway. This book. Verity. Ghosts. She does her thing. Everybody ends up happy. It's a win all around. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hollie

    Verity Long sees ghosts. Not only sees them, but talks with them with the help of her gangster ghost hunter..who is also a ghost. This story is another "chapter" in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. And was just a good as the others. Verity agrees to help a "friend" find a special something for his loved one. It takes her to a Christmas party that has no idea that the past is also having a gathering. Great writing and a wonderful story! It made me smile and have all the good feels! Verity Long sees ghosts. Not only sees them, but talks with them with the help of her gangster ghost hunter..who is also a ghost. This story is another "chapter" in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. And was just a good as the others. Verity agrees to help a "friend" find a special something for his loved one. It takes her to a Christmas party that has no idea that the past is also having a gathering. Great writing and a wonderful story! It made me smile and have all the good feels!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Ghost of a Chance by Angie Fox Verity goes on a errand for a ghost and reunites a mother and son. A touching holiday novella where family and friends are the most important part of the season. You don't need to be familiar with the series. The author does a good job with background information. Ghost of a Chance by Angie Fox Verity goes on a errand for a ghost and reunites a mother and son. A touching holiday novella where family and friends are the most important part of the season. You don't need to be familiar with the series. The author does a good job with background information.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Mystery ☔️

    This is a really fun Christmas mystery novella. Verity serves as a waitress at a haunted Christmas party so that she can help a ghost find a family heirloom. It concludes with a sweet, heart-warming ending. This is a great short read for those readers who like paranormal cozy mysteries!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria

    This is a fun series. This short story helps me handle the months between the books. I feel like I'm catching up with old friends. This is a fun series. This short story helps me handle the months between the books. I feel like I'm catching up with old friends.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A cute little holiday feel good story

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)

    Review was originally posted on The Writer's Inkwell Once again, I found that I really enjoyed the short novellas that accompany the Souther Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. In this particular novella, Verity finds herself tasked with helping a ghost that was introduced in The Skeleton in the Closet, Matthew. Matthew has found love with the ghost of “jilted” Josephine from Southern Spirits and is eager to propose to his ghostly beloved. However, the ring he wants to use is with the spirit of his m Review was originally posted on The Writer's Inkwell Once again, I found that I really enjoyed the short novellas that accompany the Souther Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. In this particular novella, Verity finds herself tasked with helping a ghost that was introduced in The Skeleton in the Closet, Matthew. Matthew has found love with the ghost of “jilted” Josephine from Southern Spirits and is eager to propose to his ghostly beloved. However, the ring he wants to use is with the spirit of his mother, who disowned him when he joined the Union during the Civil War. Verity’s gangster ghost, Frankie is skeptical as usual and doesn’t see the point in helping Matthew, but Verity sees an opportunity to not only help Matthew find a ring, but to also reconnect with his beloved mother. Overall, this was an interesting and engaging short novella. I love how it adds another layer to the development of the universe that is being built in these books. These novellas are nice little break from the larger mysteries and they allow the reader to become more invested in a broader range of characters. This series is definitely just as much about the dead and the living. I recommend you check this one out!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Another quick read - a short story that comes between #2 and #3 of the series. Verity's old friend from previous books, a Union Army ghost, comes to ask her a favor. He and his ghost girlfriend Josephine want to get married (if they can find a ghost preacher.) He wants Verity to get a necklace that belonged to his mother, which she had said he should give to his wife. The ghost was a member of the Jackson family, one of the two feuding wealthy families in Sugarland. But the necklace is at his fa Another quick read - a short story that comes between #2 and #3 of the series. Verity's old friend from previous books, a Union Army ghost, comes to ask her a favor. He and his ghost girlfriend Josephine want to get married (if they can find a ghost preacher.) He wants Verity to get a necklace that belonged to his mother, which she had said he should give to his wife. The ghost was a member of the Jackson family, one of the two feuding wealthy families in Sugarland. But the necklace is at his family estate, where the most recent generation of Jacksons live. Verity's friend Lauralee is catering a big party there, so she hires Verity on as a waitress to get her into the house. However, the resident ghosts are wreaking havoc at the party by throwing 'cold spots' at the guests and the catering staff. Lori has to find the matriarch, whose ghost is still grieving for her dead son, to tell her that he is still around and needs the necklace. But her son refuses to enter the house, saying that his mother kicked him out when he joined the Union army instead of the Confederates. Verity does her job despite the commotion, leaving her army ghost friend happy - but still looking for a preacher.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 sta Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen Siddall

    When the ghostly spirit of the former Union officer, Major Matthew Jackson, decides to propose to his ghostly sweetheart, Josephine, he comes to Verity Long for help. When he was a living man, his mother had promised to give him a family heirloom, an opal necklace, to present to his bride-to-be when the time came. With his early death, a casualty of the War Between the States, that time never came, and with his alliance on the side of the Union, he had been banished forever from his home in Suga When the ghostly spirit of the former Union officer, Major Matthew Jackson, decides to propose to his ghostly sweetheart, Josephine, he comes to Verity Long for help. When he was a living man, his mother had promised to give him a family heirloom, an opal necklace, to present to his bride-to-be when the time came. With his early death, a casualty of the War Between the States, that time never came, and with his alliance on the side of the Union, he had been banished forever from his home in Sugarland. However, his mother’s spirit still haunts the old homestead, and since he cannot approach her himself, he is hoping that Verity, with her ghostly gangster friend, Frankie’s help, can act as a go-between and retrieve the necklace. This is another creative addition to the Southern Ghost Hunters series by Angie Fox. Series readers will have met most of the characters involved in the previous entries and it was especially nice to continue with Matthew and Josephine’s relationship. Frankie is his usual crabby yet fun-loving self with Verity caught in the middle of everything living and deceased. As with the previous stories, there are some poignant moments with the spirits of the departed. Hug your loved ones and let them know how feel while you can.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lou Webb

    Sweet and delightful In this story, Verity needs to help her friend, Matthew, a Civil War ghost, retrieve an heirloom to present to his intended. With the sort-of-help from Frankie, who had rather party, Verity steps in to do what she can to repair a century-and-a-half rift between Matthew and his mother. This story is both a mystery (searching for a ghostly heirloom) and a romance (between two ghosts), and is well-plotted and filled with fun characters. The ghost hunting might not be dangerous i Sweet and delightful In this story, Verity needs to help her friend, Matthew, a Civil War ghost, retrieve an heirloom to present to his intended. With the sort-of-help from Frankie, who had rather party, Verity steps in to do what she can to repair a century-and-a-half rift between Matthew and his mother. This story is both a mystery (searching for a ghostly heirloom) and a romance (between two ghosts), and is well-plotted and filled with fun characters. The ghost hunting might not be dangerous in this one, but discovery by the living is always s threat.sink your teeth into this enchanting holiday story, another between-the-books short.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jacalyn

    Recommended for me by Audible with the holidays and my love of PNR/cozies, I snagged this audiobook. I probably should have verified the series because I thought it was a short from a completely different series. Ooops! In the end it didn’t matter because this short read, while clearly not the first in a series, still managed to give enough context to understand the universe and wet my appetite. The story itself was sweet, and I enjoyed the quirky characters. Luckily I have the first book on my Recommended for me by Audible with the holidays and my love of PNR/cozies, I snagged this audiobook. I probably should have verified the series because I thought it was a short from a completely different series. Ooops! In the end it didn’t matter because this short read, while clearly not the first in a series, still managed to give enough context to understand the universe and wet my appetite. The story itself was sweet, and I enjoyed the quirky characters. Luckily I have the first book on my kindle so it just moved up my list to be read soon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    Verity and Frankie go to the Jackson mansion to get a necklace from ghost Matthew's ghost mother so he can propose to ghost Josephine. Her best friend is catering so she goes as a waitress and when she gets there finds a lot of ghosts who are wrecking the party. (view spoiler)[Turns out Matthew's mother has been reliving his funereal (he fought for the Yankees and was disowned) and dislikes when the living through a happy party. Once they reunite all is good. (hide spoiler)] Verity and Frankie go to the Jackson mansion to get a necklace from ghost Matthew's ghost mother so he can propose to ghost Josephine. Her best friend is catering so she goes as a waitress and when she gets there finds a lot of ghosts who are wrecking the party. (view spoiler)[Turns out Matthew's mother has been reliving his funereal (he fought for the Yankees and was disowned) and dislikes when the living through a happy party. Once they reunite all is good. (hide spoiler)]

  27. 4 out of 5

    Josie

    Yup, I am voracious reader once find something I like. Read this one out of order, but still enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading more this author has to offer. I'd tell you all about the book, but I hate to read reviews that have spoilers so I won't. You have to read this for yourself it is well worth the time. Yup, I am voracious reader once find something I like. Read this one out of order, but still enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading more this author has to offer. I'd tell you all about the book, but I hate to read reviews that have spoilers so I won't. You have to read this for yourself it is well worth the time.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Although part of a series, this nice little tale can be appreciated as a stand alone. The publisher's blurb gives hints, but can't show you the fun or the interesting relationships between the ghosts. A very positive ending made the story even more enjoyable. Tavia Gilbert gives an interesting narration. Although part of a series, this nice little tale can be appreciated as a stand alone. The publisher's blurb gives hints, but can't show you the fun or the interesting relationships between the ghosts. A very positive ending made the story even more enjoyable. Tavia Gilbert gives an interesting narration.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    A sweet novella perfect for Christmas. VerityLong can see and communicate with ghosts. With help of Frank, her friendly ghost pal, she can speak to them. In this story a Verity is asked to retrieve an opal necklace from a Dead Union soldiers mother. She must find a way into the holiday party of one of the richest families in town. This story was a fun and very fast read. I enjoyed it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maranda Prigmore

    Good A nice little short story. Verity is helping her friend Lauralee out at the Jackson family Christmas party. She also has to help a friend get a necklace back that was promised to him 150 years ago. Hope Verity is up for the challenge. Frankie always makes me laugh. He is all about finding a good dame.

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