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The Chick and the Dead (Pepper Martin #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,796 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Ever since the former rich girl-turned-Cleveland cemetery tour guide banged her head on a headstone, she sees dead people. Worse still, she hears them—and they won't shut up! Now it's Didi Bowman, a poodle-skirted 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, ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 27th 2007)
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Paige  Bookdragon

" I hate Pepper.She's so annoying." I said as I added the third book on my cart.

This book can only be described as annoyingly hilarious. Maybe it's just me who gets irritated with Pepper's talk of branded clothes, shoes, guys drooling over her and her casual tendency to be a spoiled brat. I'm still debating whether I should continue the series or just abandon ship.
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
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
Mandy Swenson
May 22, 2013 Mandy Swenson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2011 Jenia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ghosts
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Feb 14, 2010 BookNerdette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
May 16, 2016 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kaum hat der tote Mafia-Pate seine ewige Ruhe gefunden, taucht Trish, eine junge Frau bei Pepper auf - natürlich auch eine Tote. So sehr sich Pepper auch versucht, zu wehren, ihr bleibt gar nichts anderes übrig, als sich um sie zu kümmern. Trish behauptet, dass ihre Schwester Merilee, sich als Autorin, des von ihr geschriebenen Bestsellers ausgibt. Doch Trish ist vor fünfzig Jahren von einer Brücke in den Tod gesprungen, wie soll Pepper da für Gerechtigkeit sorgen?

Dies ist das zweite Buch der Pe
D. F. Krieger
May 23, 2013 D. F. Krieger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 01, 2008 Vikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-books-read
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.
Aug 02, 2011 Kaity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on Bitten Books and given 3 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
Mar 05, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Oct 28, 2010 Chibineko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 08, 2011 Jen3n rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jun 28, 2014 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
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
Aug 11, 2010 Stacey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-series
I can't say enough fabulous things about this series. Here, Pepper Martin, finds herself speaking with a ghost from the fifties who wrote a novel that became a mega success only to have her sister credited for being the 'talented' author. The ghost needs to be proven the author in order to provide financial resources from her orphaned granddaughter, who is in foster care. Pepper Martin, is a quirky, fun character, who wants to be shallow a little, but is sensitive, compassionate, determined, fun ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Jasbr rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Band 1 rund um Pepper Martin und ihre Gabe, Geister zu sehen, endet mit der Begegnung eines neuen Geistes: Und hier geht Band 2 nahtlos weiter. Dies hat mir einerseits ganz gut gefallen, da ich Band 2 gleich im Anschluss gelesen habe, andererseits fand ich es fast schon etwas übertrieben, dass - kaum ist ein Fall abgeschlossen - der zweite beginnt.
Leider hat mich der zweite Fall auch nicht wirklich begeistert: Die Handlung war sehr vorhersehbar bzw. gab es immer wieder Hinweise, die von Privatde
Keri ♠
Thought I had written a review, but seems I forgot. Here goes....

This is the second book in the Pepper Martin series, and this one did not disappoint me. I've seen some poorly rated reviews, but honestly, the character, Pepper, is still learning more about her gift of seeing ghosts. I was first drawn to this series because of it's setting in the Cleveland, Ohio, area (and I'm originally from Northeast Ohio), secondly, because it involves ghosts, and this book added one more of my top likes--the
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 connivin ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another excellent story in the Pepper Martin series of books. Pepper must now deal with Didi, who claims to have written the manuscript to a very successful book (like Gone with the Wind), and that her sister stole the credit for writing the manuscript and has become rich because of her lie.

She wants Pepper to find proof that is what happened, so Pepper ends up working for the very nasty sister. She gathers what evidence she can, but is nearly murdered while putting on a costume.

Quinn i
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
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
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
Jenn C
Pepper is temporarily jobless when a famous author comes to town - and to the cemetery. (Though I have an issue with the reason - why would she be temporarily downsized? Wouldn't they want to (for lack of a better word) promote it?) After the author's secretary/go-fer/slave is murdered, Pepper gets the job - and an opportunity to find out about her newest "client", the ghost of the author's sister.

While Pepper is slightly on the ditzy side, she more than makes up for it with guts and a huge hea
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
Dharia Scarab
Jan 04, 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
Jan 11, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably a 2.5 rating, it's definitely not a 3.

I don't think this was as good as the last book. Sure, it was entertaining and I still enjoyed it, but there's something missing from this series.

Firstly, Pepper is a moron. I gave her the benefit of the doubt in the first book, but it's more than obvious now that's she's just plain stupid. I mean, she didn't even suspect that a certain character was murdered? And if it wasn't for everyone plain telling her things, I doubt she would have figured o
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
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