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Tombs of Endearment (Pepper Martin #3)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  1,722 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Cemetery tour guide Pepper Martin never imagined she'd get to meet rock legend Damon Curtis, the bad boy poet who made millions of teenage girls scream. After all, he kicked the bucket years before she was born. But thanks to her newfound ability to chat up the dead, Pepper's got a front row seat perfect for swooning over the still sexy Damon's latest lyrics. He's convince ...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 25th 2007)
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Feb 07, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Oh, Pepper Martin, how glad I am I don’t know you in real life. Sure, by book #3 you’ve developed (somewhat) as a character. But, you see, I don’t really like you much. I understand it was important to establish your back story in the first couple of books: an ex rich girl who now is slumming it working in a cemetery. But now that I’m being battered over the head with your wardrobe of glittery shoes I am really sick of your snobby attitude. I can’t figure out what Quinn or Dan would see in you. ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pepper first notices Damon at the end of The Chick And The Dead, which took place in early summer. It's now just before Halloween and she has been attempting to ignore him for all that time, despite him managing to pull a few tricks that neither of the previous ghosts she has reluctantly helped has been able to do. When she finally does speak to him, it's to tell him to leave her alone. If she'd just run from one case straight into the next one I'd probably get frustrated with her, and [although ...more
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This was a bit of a disappointment, thought it still was an enjoyable read. The lead character, Pepper Martin, starts out okay, but quickly seems to devolve into a scattered, impulsive, directionless young woman. I truly admire her trying to put her life back together after her fiancé dumps her, and in a job many would think a step down or at least a “settling” for what you can get – tour guide in a cemetery.

I guess part of the dissatisfaction is arises from the question why did she chose this
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've really enjoyed the previous two books in the series, but I'd be lying if I said that I was starting to get a little antsy. Not only has Pepper still not made any real moves towards either of her two hotties (ok, so one is unpredictable) but she also hasn't learned anything about her powers or the warnings that Dan keeps harping about. Hopefully this book's promise of changes to the series will be fulfilled in the next book.

The book picks up right on the heels of the second book, with Pepper
Jun 29, 2014 Marsha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, here's the thing. I've really been enjoying the Pepper Martin series and here I am finishing book three and hardly any progress has been made towards moving the plot forward and I am coming to realize that even though Pepper is twenty four she can't seem to help herself from being attracted to any male in her age range. I want to scream, "Get a grip!"

At the ending of book two Pepper got a glimpse of the dead rock star, Damon Curtis. She knew he would be contacting her for help and she trie
Sep 01, 2015 Jasbr rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Nachdem ich vom zweiten Fall rund um Pepper Martin doch etwas enttäuscht war, war ich mir erst nicht sicher, ob ich mit der Serie überhaupt fortfahren sollte. Letztendlich habe ich es doch getan und wurde versöhnt, denn für mich stellt der dritte Teil wieder eine Steigerung zu seinem Vorgänger dar.
Kritisiert habe ich im zweiten Band, dass ein Fall sofort an den anderen angeschlossen hat. Dies ist hier nicht der Fall. Zwar scheint Pepper schon einen neuen Fall zu wittern, doch dieser lässt auf si
Lynda Tatad
May 15, 2012 Lynda Tatad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tombs of Endearment is the 3rd book by Casey Daniels featuring Pepper Martin, cemetery tour guide, and part time private investigator for the dead. It seems after falling and hitting her head on a tombstone at the cemetery, she can see ghosts, and the ghosts she sees have some unfinished business they want her help in dealing with the unfinished business. Unfortunately, her life has been in danger the last couple times she helped these ghosts. All of this has taken place in Cleveland.

Now, she ha
This is the third installment in the Pepper Martin Mystery series and once again an enjoyable read.

In this book our feisty cemetery tour guide has to help rock legend Damon Curtis. Now - the back of the book claims that Damon is convinced that his band mate murdered him and that Pepper's mission is to prove that - but they have that kind of wrong. I hate it when backs of books misdirect the reader! And I am happy I didn't read the back of the book before I started or I would have been waiting f
Pepper Martin: seer of the dead, daughter of a convict, guider of cemetery tours...this is probably the most charming character in paranormal mysteries currently. She is just so darn likable! In the third installment Pepper finds herself tracing the murder of a sixties rock star. Unfortunately she also finds herself oddly attracted to the long dead crooner. There actually ended up being a couple of mystery plot lines which developed nicely into a cohesive and interesting conclusion. One thing I ...more
graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
Another fun Pepper Martin mystery that's as good as the first and better than the second in the series. Again, the ghost is the best character, this time a 60s rocker who possibly died of an overdose forty years ago. I couldn't help but think he was a Jim Morrison prototype, especially with some of the lyrics.

Pepper was thankfully brighter in this book and figured things out at a good pace. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to figure out whodunnit early on in this series, for lack of suspects, b
Like this installment in the Pepper Martin series, but I wish the overall plot had moved forward even just a little bit. Everything was status quo with 95% of the characters. Pepper is still seeing ghosts and flirting with Quinn and he alternates with flirting and rolling his eyes. Dan is still a huge mysterious black hole who occasionally hangs out with ghost hunters. Ella is still a chipper, over-protective boss. We did get to meet Pepper's arse of an ex-fiance. He lived up to his reputation. ...more
Bonnie McHenry
Definatley not one of the best Pepper stories! Ok, the things I did like~1. The addition of the ghosthunters at the cemetary. I hope they become more involved in other stories. 2. The Quinn and Dan characters always make for an interesting romantic triangle. 3. Meeting and finalizing her relationship with her ex-fiance, Joel. 4. Flashbacks to the past ghosts she helped. Now, to the things I didn't like about the book~1. How Pepper fell in love with Damon so darn quickly, a little on the corny si ...more
Sep 16, 2011 Betty-Braden rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
If you love cozies with a twist, you'll love the third installment in the Pepper Martin paranormal cozy series, Tombs of Endearment. Right after Pepper solved her second ghost's murder, she's due for a rest, that winter in Cleveland. But she ended up with unrest, when dreamy Damon Curtis's ghosts approaches her. He was the lead singer of a band in the 60s, who was murdered. So it's up to Pepper to find out who wanted him dead, including his agent and former band members, and a crazy groupie name ...more
Julie H.
At first blush, this one appeared to involve a welcome variation on the "I see dead people and help solve how they were killed" theme. Pepper's new client is the ghost of a Jim Morrisonesque rock star who od'd in 1971. In a new twist, he is being exploited by a band member who channels him and is exploiting the ghost's musical gifts. Of course it ended up being both more and a good deal less complicated than that. The character development is fabulous, you learn what Pepper's real name is, and s ...more
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Jan 02, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 16, 2013 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book, it was very interesting and different from other dead-seeing people books. I was hooked ftom the beginning abd I am definitely going to keep reading about Pepper. However, since I do like a little romance in the book, and I feel like the previous two does not have it, I am going to continue reading and not read the previous two.
I love Damon's character and the fact that his story ended on a happy note. I love that Pepper and Damon fell in love and he helped her to feel
Out of the three novels in this series this one has to be my favorite. I really loved the dynamic between Pepper and her ghost of the month (so to speak.) And then the added twist that she is attracted to Damon is a fun little side plot. The downside to all these books is the fact that I pretty much figure out who is the culprit in the urder mystery pretty quickly, but it is still fun to see how Pepper gets there. And to have the added dynamic of the return of both (real) men in her life, Quinn ...more
You might expect a bit more character development by book #3 in a series, but this one comes pretty close on the heels of book #2 (she first sees the dead rock star at the end of that one) and you'd be disappointed if you expected Pepper to make any leaps forward at this point.

That said, these books have been entertaining and fluffy and sometimes that's exactly what you need.

The mysteries also aren't just all cut and dry, so it holds my interest that way too. (Not just with Pepper stumbling aro
Nov 04, 2009 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pepper is a go-getter. She's talking to dead people, leading tours of the cemetery, talking to dead people, helping the dead rock star....
I do enjoy this series. The titles are so 'punny' which I always love and Pepper is so cool. I wish I had her taste in clothes and ability to accessorize. But I definitely wish I had her go-get-'em 'tude. She really has to make a go of it after the rug gets pulled out from under here (see DON OF THE DEAD for the reason why) and she takes ghost bull by the horn
Holly Booms Walsh
I do not know why I keep reading these Pepper Martin books - they are far more in the chick lit vein than serious paranormal fiction, which I normally am annoyed with. I think I like these in spite of Pepper herself. This third book in the series has a great ghost - a Jim Morrison-type rock god that needs some cleanup of issues with his past associates. The characters are funny and kept this light mystery rollicking along. The most annoying part is that the fourth book seems to mean that Elvis i ...more
Feb 14, 2010 BookNerdette rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 28, 2011 Amelia-Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pepper works in a cementary and due to a blow to the head, now visits with ghosts - not all ghosts - usually ghosts of folks that have been murdered. Damon Curtis was killed in the 70's, but now he needs Pepper's help to get one of his former band members to stop channeling him for the music that he still "writes". In the process, they find a person who has just been murdered - seconds before he dies. Will they find the true killer, or will he get away with another murder??
This time Pepper is working for the ghost of Damon,a sexy rock star who OD'd in the 60's. He is being held on earth by one of his old band mates, Vinnie, who is channeling him for songs. If Pepper can make Vinnie stop with the black magic, Damon can move on. Afterall, it isn't as if he was murdered, or was he???

I really enjoy these mysteries. They are chick lit but they are more. There is action and character development along with plenty of shoes.
Feb 18, 2012 Windy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one I didn't like quite as much as the first two in the series. I wasn't gellin with the whole burnt out rock star theme or Pepper "instantly" (no build up here) falling for a dead rocker from the 60's no matter how superficial she is. Despite the flaws I found in this one I will be checking out the next in the series. I am very interested to see what the next mystery will bring and how Pepper plans to juggle Quinn and Dan.
Feb 09, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse.
I've enjoyed all three of the Pepper Martin books I've read, but I must say, this is my favorite. I found myself pulled in by Pepper's new and different point of view towards the unfortunate Vince, her ghostly victim in this book. At the same time, Pepper's penchant for Jimmy Choo shoes and her smart mouth make her quite the entertaining, albeit sometimes unwilling, heroine.
Jan 24, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's an improvement over the last book, thankfully.

The mystery was kind of entertaining and I loved the side characters.

However, I still don't like Pepper. On the plus side, she isn't a total moron in this book. But she is still stuck-up and rude. I don't know what all of these guys see in her.

Overall, it was a bit better than expected, but nothing special.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Pepper Martin (10 books)
  • Don of the Dead (Pepper Martin, #1)
  • The Chick and the Dead (Pepper Martin, #2)
  • Night of the Loving Dead (Pepper Martin, #4)
  • Dead Man Talking (Pepper Martin, #5)
  • Tomb with a View (Pepper Martin #6)
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