Night of the Loving Dead (Pepper Martin Series #4)

Night of the Loving Dead (Pepper Martin Series #4)

by Casey Daniels

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Overview

Introducing sleuth Pepper Martin...

And now, in her fourth hip, quirky mystery, she?s all ours.

Pepper Martin, heiress-turnedcemetery- tour-guide, often has her hands full with two hotties and the ghosts who won?t let her rest?or work, or shop?in peace.

Now the specter of a young woman in a lab coat wants Pepper?s help. Before the woman died, she worked with a sexy, mysterious doctor who coincidentally once saved Pepper?s life?and who the woman claims is now in danger. But Pepper doesn?t know that there?s more to the story, including a devious doctor?and an obsessive, crazy love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425225554
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Series: Pepper Martin Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 613,120
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 7.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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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Night of the Loving Dead (Pepper Martin Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pepper Martin can not escape ghosts, even while attending a cemetery conference in Chicago. No sooner has she stepped into the first stop on a tour than she is confronted by a ghost in need of hellp. But this time here friend Dan is also in danger. So Pepper is drawn into a case concerning the disappearance of homeless people and a doctor with questionable ethics.I love these stories. This one has all the chick lit touches you would expect from Pepper, but the story is tighter. There are more twists and turns. I can not wait for the next one.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although her ¿day job¿ is cemetery tour-guide in Cleveland, Penelope ¿Pepper¿ Martin has a sideline: private investigator for the dead. Pepper has a gift: she can see, hear and talk to ghosts. They seek her out when they have problems their non-corporeal selves are unable to solve. While at a cemetery conference in Chicago, Pepper is approached by the late Madeline Tremayne, who asks her to look into the affairs of Dr. Hilton Gerard, Madeline¿s former boss, who is a psychiatrist and benefactor to the homeless and mentally ill. Madeline believes Dr. Gerard is up to no good and that when his evil deeds are brought to light, brain researcher Dan Callahan is likely to be taken down with him. Dan is Pepper¿s friend, a potential beau and a true life-saver. Once she knows that, it¿s impossible for Pepper to turn down Madeline¿s plea for help. The investigation takes her into the winter streets of Chicago and down a path where unknown ¿ and unseen ¿ dangers lurk.I¿m not a big fan of paranormal mysteries, especially when the rules by which the ghosts, angels and vampires are governed are not spelled out for readers, or seem to change at the whim of the writer. Night of the Loving Dead is a case in point. Even though Pepper has her gift, she¿s not aware of all the nuances of her situation and the specifics of the afterlife her clients inhabit.I can get past that, however, if I enjoy the story and main characters, and find an element of fun. I didn¿t with Night of the Loving Dead. Although it¿s ostensibly ¿cozy,¿ I found the story incredibly sad, the 20-something heroine too shallow and superficial to be truly likable, and the plot a bit slow-going at times. Review based on publisher- or author-provided review copy.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I feel like I have waited forever for the next installment in Casey Daniel's Pepper Martin mystery series. In actuality I read the third installment only about five months ago. Since the third book "Tombs of Endearment" was published, the series has actually switched publishers. The first three came out from Avon and the new installment "Night of the Loving Dead" comes to us from Berkley Crime. Some other things seemed to have changed in the actual story as well. "Night of the Loving Dead" finds Pepper dating Quinn, the policeman. She hasn't seen Dan 'the brain man' in quite awhile. Pepper is sent to Chicago to a Cemetary convention. There she meets a ghost named Madeline who is obnoxious and hateful. Pepper is more than willing to walk away from Madeline unitl the ghost mentions Dan...Soon Pepper finds herself meeting up with Dan again as she investigates Dan's partner Dr. Gerard. Dr. Gerard also studies brains and it appears that some of the patients in his study just...disappear. One of the stregnths of the Pepper Martin stories has been the ghost/Pepper relationships. Pepper is a wonderfully sincere, lovable character who is a real softie when it comes to her ghosts. The dynamic between Pepper and the ghosts always make for the most interesting scenes. The ghost here is not likable in any way and therefore there seems to be a lack in the plot that I don't expect in the Pepper books. Also, while Pepper's character is the same lovable girl as always, the story wasn't as funny as the previous volumes. After three stories filled with laugh aloud moments, here I had just a couple quiet grins. I also didnt' care for the fact that Pepper seems to care for both Dan and Quinn but the one she cares for best ends up being whichever one she is with at that moment. I'm afraid that is going to make Pepper seem trashy and I so don't want that for her. The mystery here is pretty good. There are a couple of unexpected twists that I enjoyed a lot. Daniels didn't try to take the easy way out in solving this mystery and she should get kudos for that. This mystery is much more rooted in the present instead of the past which is also a change of sorts. Still the story left me satisfied and wanting more Pepper! These books are still a cut above any other 'I see ghost' mystery novels on the shelves right now. If you haven't read a Pepper Martin mystery, I suggest you start with the one that started it all "Don of the Dead" and continue to this one. Heres to hoping that Daniel's is a speedwriter and we get another visit with Pepper soon.
KitCatJMS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Casey Daniels has done it again! As always Pepper Martin is sassy, funny, spunky and sarcastic.... all the qualities I love in a heroine. True, she gets herself into a bit of trouble, but what fun would the novel be without that?The ability to communicate with the dead wasn't something that Pepper asked for, it just sort of happened to her. But, she's coping... Ghosts keep popping up and asking her for favors. In this latest Pepper Martin mystery, the ghost isn't as sweet as she may seem, she has a hidden agenda. But when that hidden agenda brings the light to Pepper's eyes when it comes to a certain hunky guy, maybe that isn't such a bad thing.Over all, this was one of the best Pepper Martin books to date! I can't wait to see what Ms. Daniels will come up with next!
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groovyduo More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book thinking it had the potential to be the same-old-same-old and was presently surprised. Pepper hits the road and runs into not more of the same, but an entirely different set of problems. For this time, she gets to walk in someone else's shoes...and doesn't like what she sees. FYI: Do yourself a favor and purchase Dead Man Talking too. Reality TV, convicts, the dead, and the upper crust...what's not to love?
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MommaB More than 1 year ago
Casey Daniels has developed a great series. Each book is as good if not better than the first book.