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Casey Daniels

Casey Daniels Casey Daniels is a penname used by Connie Laux, who writes thrillers for children. She has a degree in English, experience as a journalist and writing teacher, and lots of ideas for more Pepper Martin mysteries. When she’s not writing, she’s usually with her family and two dogs, Ernie, an adorable Airedale pup, and Oscar, a rescued Jack Russell who spends far too much time watching TV. Daniels enjoys knitting, gardening and of course, stomping through cemeteries in search of history, stories and inspiration. Learn more at Casey Daniel’s website.

Don of the Dead: Fun, fluffy, forgettable

Don of the Dead by Casey Daniels

Former rich girl Pepper Martin, reduced to dire financial straits, takes a job as a cemetery tour guide. When she falls and hits her head on late mobster Gus Scarpetti's mausoleum, she gains the (rather inconvenient) ability to see Gus's ghost. Gus enlists Pepper to solve the decades-old mystery of his murder. While trying to get to the bottom of the case, Pepper learns that a ghostly "boss" can be hazardous to a girl's love life and job prospects, and maybe even her life itself.

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I was often annoyed by Pepper. She's ditzy, she's obsessed with her own bust size, and she needs a lot of rescuing. However, Gus is more obnoxious still. Their bickering is sometimes funny and sometimes irritating. Some of my favorite moments were when Pepper read Gus the riot act.

It's not hard to solve the crime a few steps ahead of Pepper, but I ha... Read More

The Chick and the Dead: Chick lit with a paranormal twist

The Chick and the Dead by Casey Daniels

Pepper Martin thought her newly acquired ability to see ghosts was a one-shot deal. That once Gus Scarpetti moved on to the great hereafter, she could go back to her normal life where only the living talked to her. She was wrong. It seems Gus has been talking her up in the afterlife, and sends Didi Bowman her way.

Didi died in the 1950s and was the sister of Merilee Bowman, Cleveland native and bestselling author of the Civil War novel So Far the Dawn. Didi claims she, not Merilee, actually wrote the book, and wants Pepper to prove it so that Didi's disadvantaged teenage granddaughter can collect the royalties. After some hesitation, Pepper agrees. She soon learns that Didi may have been the victim of murder as well as plagiarism. Did Merilee do it, or was Didi's married lover a little too eager to cover up their affair, or is Didi lying about everything? And can Pepper figure it al... Read More