Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Girl and Her Ghosts

By Pepper Martin from “Graveyard Shift” by Casey Daniels

Once upon a time there was a woman named Pepper Martin (that’s me!).  She had a good life, and she had it all in line, too.  She was an only child, raised by her dad (a cosmetic surgeon) and her mom, Barb, with plenty of love and everything she could ever ask for, to boot.  She was engaged to Joel, a successful stockbroker, and she figured she’d spend her life working on two things: her tennis swing and her tan.

But life is full of surprises, isn’t it?  And hers came when her dad went to prison for Medicare fraud, her mom ran off to Florida because she was too embarrassed to face her friends, and that stockbroker?  He dumped Pepper like the social liability she’d suddenly become.

To say she was desperate is putting it mildly.  So desperate, Pepper was forced to take a job as a tour guide in Cleveland’s historic Garden View Cemetery.

And that was just the beginning of her troubles.

See, once she was at the cemetery, she found out she can see and talk to the dead.  And worse, they can talk to her!  And boy, do they talk.

They talk about their lives.  They talk about all the things they wished they would have done before they zipped over to the Other Side.  And they talk about how they were wronged.  Some of them were accused of crimes they swear they didn’t commit.  Others were murdered.

And they all want Pepper's help to straighten things out so they can finally rest in peace.

It all kind of sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  Well, that’s because you’re not the one being kidnapped, shot at, followed, jumped, and haunted.

All this started a while ago and so far, Pepper has had nine adventures with the dead-but-not-gone. (You can check out all the titles at her website:  She actually thought she’d get a break (if you can count dealing with her mother who is convinced her boyfriend, Quinn, and Pepper should get married and is busy planning the event) when who shows up, none other than Cleveland’s most famous lawman, Eliot Ness.

Ness died back in the 50s, and forty years after that, his ashes were scattered over the pond at Garden View.  Or at least that’s what everyone thought.  His ghost is telling Pepper another story and asking for help.  And what does our heroineget in return?

A mysterious package that causes plenty of trouble.

Her boss, her mom, and Quinn, the love of her life, acting strange.

And a dead body.  Don’t forget the dead body.

What’s a girl to do?  Pepper's got a mystery to solve, a new and very aggravating man in her life, and a whole host of people she loves whose lives–and souls–are in danger from an enemy more dangerous than any she's ever gone up against.

"Graveyard Shift” is available now from Severn House Publishers.


  1. YEAH!! Great news!! Pepper's back!! It's been too long but I can't wait to read this adventure. A huge thanks to Pepper's creator, Casey, as well as her publisher for bringing Pepper back to life.

  2. Thank you, Mary Louise, for your enthusiasm! This is a new publisher, and I'm so glad they let me tell another Pepper adventure!

  3. I love this series and can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the book. I'm glad that Severn House saw fit to pick up this great series so the author could continue Pepper's story and entertaining her fans.

  4. New to me series, and it sounds like so much fun.

  5. Poor Pepper! I"m excited because I've never read your series and my book club has picked your book for a 2017 read! YAY! Sounds sooooo good!

  6. I hope your book club enjoys it, Tonya!

    1. I will let you know!! Very excited.I'm sure we'll LOVE them!

  7. What a great series, most of which I own in paperback. Pepper is a likeable, relatable character, and the stories are fun.