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A Hard Day's Fright (A Pepper Martin Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – April 5, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 7 of 9 in the Pepper Martin Series

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About the Author

Casey Daniels once applied for a job as a tour guide in a cemetery. She didn’t get the job, but she did get the idea for the Pepper Martin Mysteries. Casey learned to love mysteries early, thanks to her father, a Cleveland police detective who enjoyed Sherlock Holmes stories and spent his days off searching for stolen cars, with Casey along for the ride. Later, she read her way through every mystery on the library shelves. Casey has a degree in English and a background in journalism and teaching. She lives in northeast Ohio.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Pepper Martin Mystery (Book 7)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425240568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425240564
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 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 (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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?

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*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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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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Cemetery guide Pepper Martin sees dead people. And more than just the ones in her cemetery. While riding the train to her friend's home, Pepper meets Lucy, who died in 1966. Lucy was a teenager who disappeared one night after a Beatles concert, and was never seen or heard from again. Lucy needs Pepper to find her body so she can be at rest. But the missing-person's case ran cold 45 years ago. Pepper will have to use her skills of deduction and a lot of luck to figure out this old mystery.

Pepper Martin is a smart and savvy woman with keen fashion sense. Using her ability to see and speak to ghosts, Pepper investigates their stories to help them pass on. In this 7th installment in the Pepper Martin Mystery series, Pepper is helped by her friend's 15-year-old daughter with the research skills that Pepper lacks.

Even though this is the 7th in the series, the stories are self-contained and completely stand-alone. Though, having read and loved Pepper and this entertaining mystery, I will certainly be going back and picking up previous installments. This light-hearted mystery is full of humor, suspense, and drama. The mystery kept me guessing. And there were plenty of twists and surprises to keep me hooked along the way. Mystery and fantasy fans alike should enjoy this fast-paced, fun tale.
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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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