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The Chick and the Dead (Pepper Martin #2)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,403 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Now it’s Didi Bowman, a poodle skirt-wearing relic from the Great Beyond, who’s bending Pepper’s ear, complaining that her famous author sister, Merilee, has done her wrong. Trouble is, if Pepper proves it, she’ll break the hearts of millions of Merilee’s fans. And if she doesn’t . . . well, Didi’s annoying ectoplasm may never go away.

Pepper needs peace and quiet (and afte...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published February 27th 2007)
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Pepper is once again playing Detective for the Dead in this - the second in the Pepper Martin Mystery series. This time Didi shows up in a poodle skirt complaining that her sister - the world renowned author of the book So Far the Dawn (think Gone with the Wind)- actually stole her book and put her name on it. Since Didi is a ghost she can't really do much about it - but with Pepper's help she is hoping to correct the wrong and get the proper credit for her book.

I knew "who done it" pretty much...more
The thing that I thought about before I'd begun to read THE CHICK AND THE DEAD was how the author was going to expand Pepper's ability to see any more ghosts. In the first book she only saw the ghost of Gus Scarpetti - the man whose headstone that she banged her head on and that's it. There was no suggestion that she is able to see other ghosts and as Gus has now gone how was the author going to progress things?

In this book she does see multiple ghosts and it's implied that she isn't being bomb...more
Tresa da BookNerdette
Parental Warning: Adult Language

This is the second book in the Pepper Martin Mystery’s. I traded for the book on

Genre: Fiction |Paranormal | Ghost | Mystery & Detective | Historical | Suspense |

I started this book yesterday (Sunday) and finished it today. The other girl in the office switched time slot with me. So she went in 8-12 and I worked 12-5. This gave me a chance this morning to finish my book.

In the beginning we had to go through the part from the first book AGAIN. Whe...more
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Didi Bowman wrote So Far the Dawn and after her death, her sister Merilee stole the manuscript and passed it off as her own. Now she has spent the past 50 years reaping the benefits and basking in the fame. Problem is, Pepper isn’t sure whether or not to believe Ditsy Didi, who was known for stretching the truth in her day. But, after all, Didi is wearing a Poodle skirt and being a fashionista herself, Pepper decides to take on Didi’s case. Nah, I’m lying; the promise of receiving a payment from...more
D. F. Krieger
I picked this book up from my local library along with the first book in the series, Don of the Dead. As soon as I finished book one, I started reading this book. I finished it within two days (which is saying something with my busy schedule.) Once again, the author was able to hook me into the story without giving a thing away. The more I'm reading about the main character, Pepper, the more I'm getting to know about her and I love it. I'm dying to read the third book. Let's just say, I'm defini...more
Mandy Swenson
This is an empty, washed-out book full of clothing descriptions and Deus ex Machina. It's amazing how Pepper never gets hurt. She only ruins expensive clothing and the author doesn't hold back when describing her strappy heels. Ooh, and the ghost's clothes, she decribes those, too. A lot. Some eyelash fluttering guy comes along and holds his hand out ... Nevermind. I'm so tired of the damsel in distress act. This twit gets herself into trouble and has to be saved. Quinn should have been late. Ju...more
(4.5 Stars)
I am really loving this series. "The Chick and the Dead" is a wonderful follow up to Pepper Martin book 1. The character of Pepper is really starting to grow into her own.

In this installment, Pepper is visited by Didi, the ghost. Apparently, former mob boss Gus Scarpetti told Didi to seek Pepper out for assistance. Didi wants Pepper to recover the original manuscript she wrote entitled, "So Far the Dawn." The problem is her sister Merilee has taken credit for writing the blockbuster...more
Pepper sees the ghost of Didi Bowman; she knows Didi wants something from her. As her job at the cemetery is on hold; she becomes the assistant to Merilee Bowman, author of the best selling book, SO FAR THE DAWN and Didi's sister. Pepper moves into the old Bowman home. The room given her is the one where Merilee former assistant was found dead. Didi claims she wrote the book and wants Pepper to prove it.
Pepper Martin is truly a fun character. This book is actually second in a series and unfortunately I missed that fact and haven't read #1 yet. Fortunately though, one doesn't need the first to thoroughly enjoy #2.
Pepper Martin thought Gus was the only ghost she could see because she hit her head on his mausoleum. Turns out, she has the "Gift" and the ghosts know it. Didi Bowman died in the 50s and tells Pepper she needs to prove that she was the author of a famous novel (think Gone With The Wind famous) instead of her sister, Merilee. Pepper resists as much as she can but is soon drawn into the mystery and into danger.

These are fun, quick reads and while I have figured out the "whodunit" part in the fir...more
When I finished the first book of the Pepper Martin series, I didn't entirely know if I'd like the next one or not. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, but it just sort of toed the line for me. It was intriguing enough that I picked up the next book, which I'd heard was better than the first one. It was.

The second book in the series finds Pepper facing a different sort of ghost- the ghost of a young woman named Didi. Didi wants Pepper to prove that she wrote a book. Not just any book, however- THE...more
(2.5 stars) 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, ac...more
Wayne Spiceland
I'm a sucker for clever titles: Kim Harrison's modified Eastwood movie titles, Jaye Maimann and Sandra Scoppettone's altered song titles, MacDonald's "colorful" Travis McGee titles. So, yeah, when The Chick and the Dead came up as an Amazon recommendation, it definitely caught my eye. Too bad...

Protag Pepper Martin is likeable at least some of the time; at others, though, she's whiny about the most insignificant things, much like Didi, the ghost who hires her, who's whiny and petulant most of th...more
Oh, this is light, tacky, braindead candy. I just was gifted with a Kindle, a thing which I swore I would never own due to my loyalty to and love for real books, but I have it now and it's opening all sorts of doors for me, I tell you what. One of them seems to be the candy-clored, braindead yahoo fare door.

I liked this book. It was cute. Sort of a wacky, pseudo-paranormal mystery series thing. So this really hot, shallow chick has to go figure out how to make it on her own after growing up rich...more
Review originally posted on Bitten Books and given 3½ stars.

Pepper Martin is finally free of ghosts, or so she hopes. She managed to run the latest ghost off moments before finding out she'd be out of a job for the whole summer. A famous and beloved historical romance writer will be visiting for the opening of her book's museum and Pepper's tours won't be possible with so much attention focused on Merilee. Now Pepper needs to find Didi, the ghost, because solving her murder might just let Pepper...more
Julie H.
The story is enjoyable, just not as good as its predecessor in the series. Pepper is investigating the claims of another of Garden View's "residents" that the Gone with the Wind -style novel for which her sister, Merilee, has achieved cult-status fame was actually published by her younger sister, Didi. Dan and Quinn are back, Pepper is as clever and resourceful as ever, but Didi was really annoying so I had a hard time really caring too terribly much that she'd been "done wrong" by her conniving...more
Well this book was better than the first one but I still am not totally grabbed by Pepper. She is okay as a leading lady, but I think her inability to get with the guy is bugging me. I will read the third book because maybe each one will get better as they go on, and because I need to see if she finally decides to fess up to hunky cop Quinn. I mean, how long can she actually drag out the fact she talks to ghosts. And what is up with that Dan guy? He has to be part of the X-Files or Men In Black...more
Janice (Janicu)
Pepper Martin is a woman who fell and hit her head on the steps of a mausoleum and then started being able to talk to spirits. This is the second book in the series. In book two its Didi Bowman, who needs Pepper to prove that her sister Merilee stole Didi's manuscript "So Far the Dawn", a Gone with the Wind-like tale with a fervored fan following. There are some cozy mystery elements (Pepper is an amateur sleuth, the mystery was really light, and the really violent stuff happens off-screen: Pepp...more
I have been reading the Pepper Martin series for a couple of days now. I read the first one with no big pleasure. The premise is good, but the writing came across stale and the story seemed one dimensional. Read the second one- it had sporadic plot development and inconsistent shallow characters. Read the third- I didn't love it either. SO why would I keep reading? Why even give the fourth one a try you my ask? Well, there is a twofold answer. 1) I have a serious problem starting a series and no...more
2nd in series. I gave this book only 3 stars because the writer repeats too many "flashback" references to Gus (ghost she helped in the first book) Plus all the doting over "So Far the Dawn" idly shrunk down to: SFTD (almost like a Gone with the Wind type story) I constant found myself rolling my eyes and forcing myself to finish this one. There were too many sub-plots, although everything fit together at the end. The only thing we didnt find out in this book is any more information about Dr. Da...more
Pepper Martin is a tour guide in the local cemetery. She also can see and talk to ghosts. DiDi is the spirit of a young woman who committed suicide in the 1950's. She asks Pepper to help her because her sister has stolen the manuscript of a book she wrote before she died and has taken the credit for herself. The problem is that the book and the movie she claims as her own is written by a woman beloved by millions of fans. If Pepper discredits her the millions of fans will be sorely upset. The au...more
Stephanie Bolen
Quick read, a detective Pepper isn't. Like that she's basically given in at this point. The weirdness that is Dan can take a powder, I like Quinn though. It was different from the first one and I like that ghosts are just people, they can lie and have things they don't want to talk about.
Dharia Scarab
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta...more
I really enjoy fluffy mystery novels like these. Ones where the protagonist is light, fun and interesting, she isn’t perfect, but she’s also not TSTL. I especially enjoy them when the mystery isn’t too easy to figure out. The books in the Pepper Martin series are fun, perfect summer reading with just the right amount of love interest, intrigue and mystery. As much as I love books like this, I don’t think I would ever own them unless given to me as a prize in a contest or as a present. But I defi...more
Enjoyable reading although the mystery wasn't all that surprising- rather obvious in fact. But Dan is really turning out to be a curious character and I can't wait to discover more about him. These books may become my new addiction.
ughh, I really am trying to like this series and this character, but I just can't. I know a lot of people have complained that she is a spoiled brat. I really don't see that part, she mentions wanting things she can't afford then shrugs. Don't we all do that? What I am annoyed with is that the books spend the first half with her whining and trying to ignore the ghost and being stubborn about not helping, and let be real, the whole idea is that she is going to help, so why drag out half the book?...more
Series protagonist and ghost-seeing detective Pepper Martin will appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, Sarah Strohmeyer's Bubbles, and Meg Cabot's Heather Wells. Pepper's flirty and feisty with killer fashion sense... and a murder to solve. The mystery in this sequel to Don of the Dead will hardly challenge avid mystery readers though, and while the references to a Gone with the Wind type of fan hysteria makes for a few laughs, many fall flatter than Scarlett's first 300 advances o...more
This is the second book in the Pepper Martin series....and a HUGE improvement from the last. While the last installment was enjoyable to a degree, I still had to force myself through the book. With this book it was not the case. I enjoyed the mystery a lot more this time around, and I feel like Pepper's character is starting to develop beyond the self-centered, "woe is me", snobby little used-to-be rich girl. She actually had a few hints of depth here and there, which leaves me hope for the futu...more
I liked this one better than the first. Not sure if it was good enough to continue the series.
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A pseudonym used by Connie Laux, A.K.A Miranda Bliss and Kylie Logan.

A couple years ago I applied for a part-time job as a tour guide at a historic cemetery not far from where I live. Why? Well, aside from the fact that the job would force me to step away from my computer and remind me that there was a life beyond writing (even in a place where just about everybody was dead), I love cemeteries.

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