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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: 1.2 x 4.2 x 6.8 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: #1,092,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

I've enjoyed her series immensely since book one.
Stephanie
She really needs to bring her characters up and back into focus....they are losing their own focus and becoming one-dimensional.
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These books are some of the few that I pre-order and anxiously await.
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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 YodaWay on May 27, 2012
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Pepper is approached by a ghost that just happens to be her coworkers high school missing friend. A girl that went missing over 45 years ago. They tangles her up in a whole mess of old high school drama and family issues. Pepper tackles the few clues available with the help of a teenage want to be.
This was not my favorite Pepper mystery. I had trouble keeping interested in the book for the first 3/4 of the story. it just did not have the wow factor of her previous mysteries. Perhaps it was the total lack of romance ? I hope that not what I lowered myself to, but even so I found it dull. I did not care about any of the characters, not even Pepper. I found no emotion value, none of the humor in her past books. It was just a filler. I will try with one more book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 9, 2012
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I was extremely pleased with how refreshing Ms. Daniels writing is as with each story there is something new and exciting. I would definitely recommend the entire series!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lynn Mcguire on January 29, 2012
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This may be chick lit but I still like it. And I see a few other reviews by guys so I know that I am not the only one. Am I the only who thinks that this series is getting better?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 4fabfelines VINE VOICE on September 10, 2011
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Pepper is asked by a teen-aged ghost to help solve her death.. Lucy was walking home from the train on the night of the Beetles Concert and disappeared. Her friends never saw her again.. nobody knew what happened.. even Lucy. When Lucy was alive, her friend was Ella, Peppers boss at the cemetary.. so naturally pepper wants to help.
Ella gets into the investigating mode also and has a fine time at a biker bar...
In the end they find out a teen prank that has gone horribly wrong, leads to several of the friends deaths and addictions over they years.. feeling haunted over what happened.
A wonderful installment to the series.. and maybe Quinn is coming around.?? We'll see.
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