Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Hard Day's Fright

By Pepper Martin from Casey Daniels' Pepper Martin Mysteries.

A blog? Really? You want me, Pepper Martin, star of Berkley Prime Crime’s Pepper Martin mystery series, to write a blog? Cute. Not to mention quaint. What, you people have never heard of social media? Blogs are so yesterday, and I am so a today kind of girl.

Which doesn’t mean I won’t cooperate. Sheesh, some days, cooperating and doing things my common sense tells me not to do is pretty much standard operating procedure. And just so nobody gets the idea that I am incredibly uncool, that cooperating usually has nothing to do with blogging.

Take for example, Quinn, the Cleveland Police homicide detective and on-again-off-again guy in my life. Cooperate? Well, I’m not sure you could call it that. Yes, he’s smokin’ hot, but with Quinn, I don’t as much cooperate as I do tolerate. Especially when it comes to him getting all bent out of shape because he thinks I stick my freckled nose in his cases where (he says), it doesn’t belong.

At least that’s what he used to say before he knew about the ghosts.

So I finally fessed up and told him I talk to those who are resting, but not at peace. Which he said proved I was a nutcase so he broke up with me. And that’s why he didn’t believe me just recently when I was investigating a case I like to call "A Hard Day’s Fright," and looking into the murder of a ghost who couldn’t get off a train, see, and–I guess I’m getting a little carried away.

Here’s the skinny: I’ve got this gig going, this whole Private Investigator for the dead thing. And it’s not like it’s something I’m thrilled about. It all started at the cemetery where I work as a tour guide, and at that cemetery, I tripped and hit my head on a mausoleum, and ever since then, I’ve got this Gift that’s non-returnable. The long and short of it–ghosts threaten to haunt me unless I take care of their unfinished business and help shoo them over to the Other Side.

So what do I do? I cooperate. And just to show what a good sport I am, I’ve got some tips for you. I mean, if you ever find yourself in the kind of spot I’m in, you can’t get too much information, right? So here goes, Pepper’s tips for dealing with the dead:

#1 Don’t. It’s better not to even get involved. Ghosts always want something and they never take "no" for an answer. No one can be as persistent--not to mention annoying--as the not-so-dearly departed.

#2 What they want usually involves being followed, getting shot at, and dealing with people who would definitely not get Mom’s seal of approval.

#3 The dead are incorporeal. They can’t do much for themselves. Except maybe make your life way too complicated. Remember the power of a bargaining chip. They want something? Make sure you get something in return.

#4 It helps to have back up. Like Quinn, for example, who even though he says he doesn’t believe I’ve got this mojo going, has saved my life a time or two. Then there’s Ella, my boss. Sweet woman. Honest. But even when she’s helping, she doesn’t have a clue what I’m up to.
As for the ghosts themselves . . . they like to think they’re backing me up and truth be told, even when they’re not exactly . . . er . . . helpful, I don’t tell them. Like I said, I cooperate.

It's better than being haunted.


  1. I'm hoping I'll never need ghost advice! Pepper, you hang in there with Quinn!

  2. Er... thanks for the tips? If I ever have trouble with a ghost, I'll know where to go.

  3. Another tip I gleaned from your post: never hit your head on a mausoleum. I'm going to carry that one in my wallet. Thanks, Pepper!

  4. Great list and thanks. With any luck at all it won't be necessary, but I do love reading about your adventures.

  5. Great to hear from you Pepper. I look forward to reading your story. It is up there on my TBR list.

  6. Very useful, Pepper. I hope I never need to know these things, but I'm glad you do! What a fun series (except for the close calls, of course)

  7. Your mojo really is working with those dead guys, Pepper. I'll send them all over to you, if the need arises. Thanks!

  8. Don't take this wrong, Pepper, but I get a real kick out of reading about your adventures! That woman doctor was a real trip, wasn't she? And I did actually feel sorry for the President. And oh my gosh, that rock star....real shame about that. Can't wait to see who you meet next!

  9. Wow, Pepper! It sounds as if you have your hands full with ghosts. Thank you for the tips on how to deal with/avoid them. If any come my way, I'm sending them straight to you. I can't wait to read about your adventures!

  10. Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you all about your kind comments. My creator, the one and only Casey Daniels, dragged me along on a trip to Lily Dale, New York. Ever heard of the place? It's the largest Spiritualist community in the world, which means a whole lot of people there talk to the dead. Really! Something tells me ol' Casey was hoping I'd learn a thing or two and I did...about what not to wear to a seance! But that's a topic for another day. Glad to hear so many readers are enjoying my adventures. Next one up is "Wild, Wild Death," coming in January.