[Don of the Dead: A Pepper Martin Mystery]Don of the Dead: A Pepper Martin Mystery BY Daniels, Casey(Author)Paperback (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Mai 2006
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Don of the Dead This first title in a hilarious supernatural mystery series introduces Pepper Martin, a cemetery tour guide enlisted by the deceased denizens to help investigate their suspicious deaths. Original. Full description
I have already ordered the second part in the series and look forward to anymore books this author releases!
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Life is pretty dull as a tour guide of the dead until a bump on the head allows Pepper to see and talk to the ghost of mob boss, Augustino "Gus" Scarpetti. Gus wants his "unfinished business" handled so he can enter into the light. Pepper's problem is that no one knows who murdered Gus nor does anyone want to talk about it and Gus won't go away until she finds the murderer. Soon, she is being stalked by crazy mob hitman Albert Vigniolli while torn between her attraction to two men, cop Quinn Harrison and Dr. Dan Callahan who appears only interested in her head injury. Pepper is determined to identify Gus's killer- but will the current mob leadership stop her?
DON OF THE DEAD is a book with unrealized potential. The plotline is a unique twist on seeing ghosts but the characterization of Pepper is too superficial to add much depth. Pepper is overly focused on her past social standing and her 38C chest but doesn't have the quirkiness or sassiness of a MaryJanice Davidson heroine to truly make this work.
Pepper's dilemma between which man she wants in her life is also troublesome. Quinn appears overly wealthy for a man with his job and is constantly warning Pepper to stop her investigation and yet he simply fades away during the book. Dan Callahan, on the other hand, remains focused only on Pepper's brain until he suddenly morphs into some sort of Jet Li action hero. And why did all of his research folders initially hold only blank pages?
DON OF THE DEAD is both the author's first novel and the first in a series. With some minor tweaking to eliminate the gaps in the plot, this series could turn into a real winner. The plot does drag in several places but with some help from a good editor or critique group, Casey Daniels has most of the pieces needed to make a successful series. For now, however, DON OF THE DEAD is a nice but forgettable beach read.
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If you take a cross between Paris Hilton and Nancy Drew, Pepper Martin would be it. Pepper is the girl you love to hate and hate to love. Her flaming red hair, and penchant for stylish outerwear make her the poster child for heiress living, while the fact that she doesn't mind getting a little dirt under her nails to "dig out" the truth, make her a lovable girl detective with brains to match her new job. From beginning to end, Pepper's character keeps you captivated, while her adventures are riveting. From her ability to choose all the wrong guys - no matter how good looking - to her inability to keep her mouth shut, Pepper embodies the heart and soul of every girls best friend, making her the new "It" girl of the amateur sleuth world. Casey Daniels brings Pepper to life, even though she's surrounded by the dead; keeping her alive in the minds of everyone who has had the pleasure to encounter her witty, Abercrombie-wearing personality.
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