Oh my word!
The little town of Sleepy Hollow is certainly ANYTHING but sleepy here recently, and that's without the dearly departed putting their two cents in. This time around, Chicken Teater is in need of Ms. Emma Lee Raines' services but if you think it's going to be a walk in the park, think again. If you read book one, you know that Emma Lee has had to deal with cantankerous spirits before but this one has a one track mind and it's all about the chicken. No, not him as in "Chicken" but the fowl, or rather the prize winning Lady Cluckington. He doted on this chick to the extent of her being the only other soul to ride in his fancy smancy convertible, at least until he up and kicked the bucket. It was proclaimed a natural death due to illness, but with Chicken unable to rest, something is amiss and Emma Lee is just about the only one with her head on straight enough to figure things out.
Why would I insult the other parties involved like that? Oh well, let's see here...Granny is running for mayor while almost running fellow citizens over with her moped. Then there's the widow Mrs. Teater who shows one face to the world and another more pageantry one to Duckie (the woman does have some affection for men named after birds). Emma Lee gets caught up in the hubbub while trying to uncover clues, pretty much getting her feathers plucked in the process (think hair dye, extreme plumage, and coaching from a former beauty queen with ill intentions), and coming close to losing her head. The Sheriff that's stolen her heart is the only thing between her and an untimely end. Here's hoping he gets there in time....
The writing is consistent with the last book, while the plot walks the same course as the first release. Character wise, we're getting to know the residents of Sleepy Hollow more and skeletons are emerging from closets that we knew not existed. Does it work? Yes indeed! You'll laugh as Emma Lee tries to walk the line between sane-average-girl and the In-Betweener that she's become, in high heels and a feathered dress no less! The action picks up towards book's end with a surprising twist you won't see coming. Recommended read for Mystery fans who love a little laugh, humor, and a paranormal twist in their reads. I for one will be keeping an eye out for the next release with a spot on the wish list ready and waiting.