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Transplanted to Miami, FL, from Iowa City, IA. Trying to find a balance between reading, knitting, playing mom taxi, and enjoying the sun and sand in Miami.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Hard Day's Fright by Casey Daniels

A Hard Day's Fright by Casey Daniels

A Hard Day's Fright is the seventh book in the Pepper Martin mystery series by Casey Daniels. This series is fairly light-hearted, especially considering it usually deals with cold case murders. Pepper works as a tour guide at Garden View cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio, and she sees dead people. She doesn't just see them, she can also hear them. She's not working at a cemetery because she can see ghosts, it's more the other way around. As if it's not bad enough to see ghosts, they always want her help. It often involves tracking down a killer, or some other bit of unfinished business.

This book finds Pepper unhappily single, and an unwilling mentor to co-workers daughter. It also finds Pepper on the mass transit train, known as the Rapid; and that is exactly where Lucy's ghost finds Pepper too. Lucy disappeared on her way home from a Beatles concert in 1966, and since her seventeen year old self is talking to Pepper, she more than disappeared that night. That was the night she was murdered.


 This book has some fun Beatles references, Lucy tends to sparkle...like diamonds? Lucy was just seventeen...if you know what I mean. Anyway, it turns out Lucy was like a big sister to someone Pepper knows. After initially telling Lucy that she couldn't help find her killer, or at least her body, Pepper changes her mind when she sees it will help her friend.

Pepper starts digging into Lucy's group of friends that attended the concert that night. She also interrogates Lucy's old English teacher, a famous poet who happens to be back in town. Pepper has picked up some "helpers" for this investigation.

The biggest shock of the book comes from not the reveal of the killer, but something that hits Pepper closer to home. This book was a quick, fun, read. I really enjoy Pepper, and the mystery. There were some red herrings to add some twists. I definitely want to see what's next for Pepper!

I'm going to give A Hard Day's Fright by Casey Daniels, 1 bookmark.