In what Readers’ Favorite calls a “really fresh take on the paranormal genre, [set] apart from others within the genre,” Stephanie Alexander brings back her spunky and fierce protagonist, Tipsy Collins, for another psychic adventure set in South Carolina’s lowcountry. Haint Blue picks up where it’s award-winning predecessor, Charleston Green, left off. Tipsy has just solved a century-old murder mystery and finally brought peace to her home. She is ready to have a break from the paranormal world and immerse herself in the real one, but the spirits have other plans.
Clairvoyant single mom Tipsy Collins is easing into a post-divorce new normal. She’s solved a century-old murder mystery and brought peace to her house. She’s rebuilding her artistic career and co-parenting with her ornery ex-husband. She’s hopeful that her boyfriend is Mr. Right. Mercurial phantom Henry Mott still haunts her house, but he’s become a dear friend. Tipsy plans to return to her lifelong habit of ignoring restless spirits.
A series of sudden financial and personal setbacks leave her feeling like she's back to square one, until a new friendship offers unexpected financial salvation. Ivy More has been haunting a Sullivan's Island cottage since the 1940s. Ivy's eccentric granddaughter, Pamella Brewton, will pay big bucks if Tipsy can figure out how to free her moody, volatile Meemaw. It turns out there was more to Ivy’s death than a simple swan dive off the dock at low tide. To complicate matters, Ivy had a secret lover. Shockingly, he's someone Tipsy has seen before.
As Tipsy struggles with heartbreak, her ex-husband's shenanigans, and a growing sense of frustration with life, she turns to Henry for help solving Ivy's mystery. She finds herself learning from her brooding housemate, but also from Ivy, who has far more in common with Tipsy than either of them expect.
"Haint Blue is a highly engaging paranormal mystery filled with frolic, fun, and genuine nail-biting moments as we race to its conclusion. The book is filled with charming and likable characters that will keep you invested throughout...The author does a masterful job of giving us a look at Tipsy’s backstory without getting off track. The plot itself is well thought out with twists and turns you do not expect, but the conclusions and links make sense all the same. I enjoyed how uplifting and warm this story felt, and the humor that was given to break up some of the more emotional scenes. Author Stephanie Alexander gives us a really fresh take on the paranormal genre, setting this novel apart from others within the genre. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Haint Blue to fans of intriguing mystery novels with a paranormal twist." —Readers' Favorite
"I loved revisiting the story of Tipsy Collins! Stephanie Alexander mixes southern fiction with mystery and a supernatural element...Stephanie's way with words transported me into the story. I'm hoping for a third book with Tipsy!" —Tammy, PeaceLoveBooks
"This is a delightful series with a host of unforgettable characters! Set in the lowcountry of Charleston, SC and other surrounding areas, Tipsy Collins, recently divorced mother of three, tackles every day life and solves ghostly mysteries. A great fun story with lessons to be learned by all! I highly recommend these books!" —★★★★★ Reader Review
"This was a great book with excellent writing, and I will definitely read the next which I hope will come. Highly recommend." —★★★★★ Reader Review
"When I finished the first book, Charleston Green, I was dying to know what happened next to Tipsy Collins. In Haint Blue, we are introduced to several new characters and ghosts, but we also get more back-story on characters that we remember from Charleston Green. Tipsy is still navigating the dating scene post-divorce while trying to solve a new ghostly mystery so that she can feel financially secure. She seems to have grown as a person and is more willing to stand up for herself, which was exciting to read. Tipsy is not a pushover! You get to see the good, bad, and the ugly of her personality...The ghostly characters are just as well-developed as the living characters. By the end, the reader is invested in Henry, Ivy, John, and Camden. After the mystery is solved, there is a sweet twist at the very end that makes you want Stephanie to hurry up and write the next book so you can find out what happens!" —★★★★★ Reader Review
"Haint Blue was my first foray into the Tipsy Collins mysteries and I am hooked! I don't usually go for ghostly stories but I loved the ghosts as much as the living characters in this story...While the setting was definitely drool-worthy, I enjoyed the characters so much I kept flipping pages to see how everything would resolve for them. And Tipsy is definitely a lady after my own heart and the crowning achievement of the book. So many books skimp on character development but we get to see Tipsy in all of her flawed glory, trying her best to put her post-divorce life back together while helping the ghosts around her move on. Her growth by the end of the book was immensely satisfying." —★★★★★ Reader ReviewABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephanie Alexander grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Drawing, writing stories, and harassing her parents for a pony consumed much of her childhood. After graduating from high school in 1995 she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the College of Charleston, South Carolina. She returned to Washington, DC, where she followed a long-time fascination with sociopolitical structures and women's issues to a Master of Arts in Sociology from the American University. She spent several years as a Policy Associate at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), a think-tank focused on women's health and economic advancement.
Her award-winning first Southern fiction novel, Charleston Green was released in April 2020 and is the 2020 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Silver Medalist for Paranormal Fiction.
Stephanie and her husband live in the Charleston area with their blended family of five children and their two miniature dachshunds, Trinket and Tipsy. She is represented by Stefanie Lieberman of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, New York, NY.