Friday, October 5, 2018

Happy (?) Halloween

By Pepper Martin from the Casey Daniels Pepper Martin Mysteries

October is all about spooky, right?  Black cats, howling winds, whispers in the dark.  Halloween is almost here and according to recent statistics, more than 179 million Americans are planning to celebrate.  That’s up from 171 million last year.  And all those people?  Those brainy researchers who look into things like this say that in 2017, we spent somewhere around $9.1 billion (yes, you read that right) on the holiday.

I don’t know about you, but to me, these figures are staggering.  Especially since in my life, every day is Halloween.

I work at Cleveland’s historic Garden View Cemetery and thanks to a gift I can’t return, I investigate mysteries for the ghosts there.

All ghosts, all the time.

Not exactly how this girl planned to spend her life.

The bad news is the ghosts keep on coming.  I’ve spent time with a dead Mafia don, a long-gone novel writer, a conked out rock star . . .

You get the picture.  No sooner do I put one very cold case to bed when another one pops up.

In my latest adventure, “Graveyard Shift,” I worked with none other than Eliot Ness.  Yeah, the guy from Untouchables fame.  You know, after he left Chicago, he came to Cleveland and worked as the city’s safety director.  And after he died, his ashes were . . . er . . . misplaced for a while.  Once they were re-discovered in somebody’s garage (I kid you not), they were brought to Cleveland and sprinkled at my historic cemetery.

At least that was the plan.  Ness’s ghost believes otherwise and it’s my job to prove it.

Of course things are never that easy.  Especially when the ghost of Al Capon arrives in town and jumps in and out of the bodies of the people I love.  It’s one thing when the love of your life suddenly starts playing the banjo--just like Capon used to do.  It’s another when your mother–your very own mother–tries to kill you.

See what I mean?  Halloween crazy.  Every day.

So, to all those 171 million people out there who will be carving pumpkins, sipping cider, and telling spooky stores, Happy Halloween!

Me?  I think I’ll just lay low on the holiday and wait for the next ghost to show.


  1. Well, I can see why you are not particularly fond of Halloween. I must read about all of your adventures soon. They sound far from mundane!

  2. They are pretty darned exciting, if I do say so myself!

  3. I cannot wait to read this!! I love you Pepper. Not in a stalker-y way. Just a 'wish I could have a friend as cool as you' way. I think I am going to add all of your stories to my Nook so I can read and re-read them. So glad Casey tells your tales. Off to do some uploading.....

    1. So glad you're enjoying Pepper's adventures! Thanks for the kind words.

  4. Can't say I'd want to live you life, BUT I sure would love to read about it. :) Yep, that sure would get spooky when your own Mom tries to do you in.
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