t the start of Pickens's absorbing fourth Southern Fried mystery (after 2007's Hog Wild), smalltown South Carolina lawyer Avery Andrews agrees to help Fran French find Fran's adopted sister, Neanna Lyles. When Neanna is found dead, an apparent suicide, Fran suspects foul play. Avery learns that Neanna, who was depressed over her grandmother's recent death, had found a scrapbook chronicling the unsolved murder of her mother, Wenda, complete with a terrifying photograph of Wenda's corpse. Later, the haunting photo without the scrapbook turns up in Neanna's car. The arrival of a group of young ghosters trying to hit it big in supernatural reality TV complicates the investigation. Pickens weaves together the murder cases and the paranormal whimsy of the ghost hunters with her distinctive Southern flair.
A chance to be a part of a headline grabbing case against a drug company has lured attorney Avery Andrews back to her home in South Carolina. She agrees to meet with Mark Tilman, a young doctor from her home town who seems to have something on his mind. But on his way to the meeting he has a fatal car crash and his father asks Avery to look into his death and somehow avoid her own in the process.