The Haunted Heist is the third book in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series by Angie Fox. The first two books are Southern Spirits and The Skeleton in the Closet. While it is better to read the books in order, there are enough mentions of important past events that readers can catch up quickly. Although, it is such a fun, quirky series that I do recommend reading them all.
Just because she can see the dead doesn’t mean Verity Long wants to spend her days hunting ghosts. Instead, she is hoping to land a marketing job at the local bank, until she finds her new boss dead in the vault. Even her ghost friend, Frankie, knows that's no way to start a career. Relieved to let the police take charge, Verity steps aside, bound and determined to keep her ghost sightings to herself. But when she learns the main suspect in the murder is a very crooked, very dead mobster, Verity knows it's up to her to solve the case. She teams up with her ghostly gangster buddy Frankie, as well as the irresistible and charming Ellis, as the three of them search haunted mob hideouts, hidden passageways, and historic cemeteries for the facts behind the heist of the century—and a modern-day motive for murder. Too bad uncovering the truth could very well make Verity the next victim.
The Haunted Heist is a fun romp through a ghost infested mystery. I like that the ghosts are varied and have just as many issues as the living characters. Verity is still struggling, she is trying to make ends meet but a vindictive ex and his mother do not help, nor does the fact that she is dating said ex's brother (kinda) and is afraid to move forward with much. When she steps up with a possible job offer everything is made more complicated with getting caught up in another murder mystery and losing the hope for a paying gig any time soon. Ghostly antics, dealing with the grief, trying to free Franky, and figuring out just what is going on with her love life are all weighing heavily on her mind and driving the story. There is so much for Verity to deal with, but she keeps moving forward with determination, humor, and concern for others. This was a fun read and kept me interested and entertain through the entire read.