Tombs of Endearment (Pepper Martin Mysteries)
by Casey Daniels
Review by Steve Sawicki
Avon Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 9780060821500
Date: 25 September 2007 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Pepper Martin works in a cemetery as a guide to the graves of the rich and famous. She also talks to the dead. Or, more accurately, the dead talk to her. About their problems and the things that they need done before they can rest at peace. This time the spirit is bad boy rock and roll song writer Damon Curtis. While he believes he died of an accidental drug overdose he does not know why he's still stuck on Earth. Luckily for everyone Curtis' old band (and old band mates) are coming to town for a concert. This gives Pepper the perfect opportunity to do a little investigating. Unfortunately that means she'll be banging heads with handsome police detective Quinn Harrison instead of holding hands like she'd dreamed. She's also being stalked by Dan Callahan and her ex-fiance. If this isn't enough someone's started to knock off band mambers, or is trying to. And usually when Pepper's around.
Casey Daniels brings us another entry in the cheeky, horror, thriller, snappy titled mystery series. Her heroine, Pepper Martin is a modern women who is essentially going it alone and doing so moderately successfully, if not all that happily. The writing is fast paced, as it has to be with this kind of subject matter, otherwise the book would collapse on itself simply from lack of gravitas. I should also mention that Pepper is a woman of fashion and Daniels often lets us know what's being worn and were it had been bought. A nice touch.
This is a pretty well written book with a moderately interesting character. The pacing is pretty quick, fast enough for you not to wonder why this one woman seems to always be around when things are happening even though most of them happen when she should be at work. It's a minor point as the plotting keeps her, and the reader, moving forward, ever forward, to an end that's designed to satisfy everyone. I liked the book and look forward to more in the series.