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Product Details

  • Series: A Pepper Martin Mystery (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425240568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425240564
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've enjoyed her series immensely since book one.
Stephanie
When Pepper starts questioning Lucy's other friends, one turns up missing and another is found hanging from a ceiling fan.
Mason Canyon
I also enjoyed visiting with some of the other characters from previous books.
Pacey1927

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mason Canyon on April 16, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pepper Martin learns it's a small world (or universe) indeed when her latest client turns out to be the best friend of her boss 40-plus years ago.

Pepper, you see, has an unusual side job. She works as a private investigator for the dead helping them find out who killed them so they can rest in peace. Her paying job is just as unusual, she's a cemetery tour guide.

It seems Pepper has garnered quite a reputation on the ghostly grapevine so Lucy Pasternak knows just who to see to help her. One night in 1966 Lucy and a group of her friends went to a Beatles concert. Lucy ran on stage, kissed Paul, and then she and her friends headed home. Lucy was the last one off the train that night and she was never seen again. That is until Pepper sees her ghost 45 years later. She wants Pepper to find her killer and her body.

As Pepper begins checking into Lucy's disappearance, she learns her boss, Ella, was one of Lucy's friends and the last one off the train before Lucy. Pepper can't tell her she's seen Lucy but Ella has always felt guilty about Lucy's disappearance and is glad Lucy's checking into it.

Throw into the mix Ella's 15-year-old daughter, Ariel, who's rebellious to say the least. Pepper has her own personal problems to deal with too - longing for her ex-boyfriend, Quinn, who took off when she told him she talked to dead people. You'd think a cop could handle such revelations.

When Pepper starts questioning Lucy's other friends, one turns up missing and another is found hanging from a ceiling fan.

The closer Pepper gets to the killer, the more dangerous it becomes for them all. Can Pepper solve the mystery of Lucy's death, find her body and keep all the people she loves safe at the same time?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on April 29, 2011
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Lucy Pasternak was a gorgeous girl getting ready to enter her senior year of high school in the summer of 1966. She even braved a riot to kiss Paul McCartney at a Beatles concert. Little did she know the night of the concert would be her last on this earth alive.

This book opens a little differently. The prologue is told from the point of view of a girl in the group of Lucy's friends the night of the concert. As with all Pepper Martin mysteries we know exactly how it all ended for the unfortunate soul seeking out Pepper's assistance. It's the who, how and why that Pepper must always deduce. Lucy's case is a little from Pepper's previous clients. She doesn't care to find out who murdered her. She just wants Pepper to find her body so she can finally rest in peace. It's been 45 years and she's ready to move on. There aren't a lot of clues to go off of. Lucy's case was never closed and she just "disappeared." Pepper has to track down the original group of friends. She has to figure out who would have wanted to get rid of Lucy. Lucy was such a sweet girl who had a lot of friends and according to everyone Pepper talks to no enemies. This case means more than most to Pepper. Lucy was very important to someone very close to Pepper.

There is a lot of history to go through. How can Pepper be expected to find a body that no one found 45 years ago? How can she find it if she doesn't even know who committed the crime?

My Thoughts:
*sigh* Yet another Pepper Martin mystery come and gone. They go so fast. Next time I should savor it but I know I won't be able to control myself! Casey Daniels pens such a wonderful mystery. This is the seventh book in the series and I wondered if it was going to be possible to keep the series fresh. Daniels does a wonderful job of it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pacey1927 VINE VOICE on April 29, 2011
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I love this series. Pepper Martin is one of the most fun slueths in fiction, with her eye for fashion, sarcastic humor, and heart of gold. In the seventh novel, "A Hard Day's Fright" it wouldn't be unusual for the mysteries and the characters to be getting stale but I am pleased to say that is not the case. In this book, Pepper is visited by a ghost named Lucy who disappeared in the sixties right after attending a Beatles concert in which she ran on stage and planted one on Paul. Lucy doesn't seem too worried about who killed her but she would like her body found so that she can rest in peace, becasue right now she is trapped on the train (rapid) she and her friends rode on right before her disappearence.

Ella is one of my favorite supporting characters. She is Pepper's boss and now one of her dearest friends. Ella's rebellious daughter Ariel plays a part in this installment as she works her way into Pepper's investigation. I also enjoyed visiting with some of the other characters from previous books. There is an unexpected plot twist involving one of these characters taht I never saw coming and I am sure that is going to be used as 'fodder' for future books.

This mystery was the lightheared fun we have come to expect from a Pepper Martin mystery but I must admit that I pretty much had the 'mystery' solved early on...that includes who was the murdered and also where the body would later be found. Still that never for a moment detracted from my sheer enjoyment of this book. The series is one that a definitely forget how much I enjoy until I read the new books as they are released. There is already a name and tentative date for the next installment, "Wild wild Death", and I can't wait.

If you like cozy mysteries or ghostly tales this is a series that you shouldn't miss. There is occassionally romance in the books but it is never detailed and always takes the backseat to the mystery plotline.
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