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Wild Wild Death

(Pepper Martin #8)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  819 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Her job has been cut, she's low on cash, and her detective sometime-boyfriend refuses to even talk about her ability to see the dead and solve their murders. So Pepper is most certainly down for a vacation to get her spirits up. But when her cute scientist friend Dan is kidnapped, Pepper soon stumbles upon another deadly mystery that brings her to New Mexico. And she's ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 287 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Berkley
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
For the second time Pepper leaves town, but this book turned out better than I figured. Last time she had to venture into a large urban city, but now the fashion-obsessed and egotistical Pepper has to stay in a small western town with old-fashioned attitude and plenty of dusty roads. As with the first time she had to leave town, Dan is the reason this time as well.

I don’t dig love triangles, and one is firmly buried here (finally), but we then get a third option – yes, really. I was dreading
Gabriella Hewitt
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been with Casey Daniel's Pepper Martin mystery series from book one. Pepper is a character that has grown on me quite a lot. She seemed a bit lightweight when I first discovered her, but she has over time demonstrated depths that make her a favorite sleuth of mine. For those who have never read any of Pepper's stories, she does publicity for a cemetery and due to an accident that left her with the ability to see and speak with the dead, she has become a detective for the spirits. It isn't a ...more
Pepper and Quinn are at a Cleveland Indians baseball game. The team is doing poorly and topics turn to curse that Chester Goodshot Gomez put on the city if his bones were not returned to his Pueblo for burial. Pepper is given a problem as the bones are an interred at the Garden View Cemetery. At home Pepper finds a picture of her friend, Dan, who tied up saying he will die if Chester's bones are. not brought back to New Mexico. As Pepper is no longer working at the cemetery she steals the keys ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
For me, the Pepper Dennis series has been one of the reliably best series out there. The stories never get stale, the characters are great and the writing’s kept me interested. So I was shocked by what a huge disappointment this book was.

Someone’s kidnapped Dan, Pepper’s former friend/boyfriend/scientific accomplice in figuring out her gift and to ransom him back they want the bones of Chester Goodshot Gomes the sharpshooter star who put a curse on the city of Cleveland’s sports teams. Of
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Debbie Heaton
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Daniel's paranormal mystery, Pepper Martin is still unemployed, and her potential cop boyfriend refuses to believe in or talk about her Gift. And then her geeky friend, Dan, is kidnapped and the ransom calls for Pepper to steal the bones of Chester Goodshot Gomez from Garden View Cemetery. The rowdy ghost of Goodshot is only too happy to accompany Pepper on her journey to New Mexico where she expects to exchange the bones for Dan. But all hell breaks loose; the bones are stolen; bodies are ...more
Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
Great addition to the series!

Why I Picked It Up: I love the Pepper Martin series! I picked up the first book when a fellow mystery lover recommended it.

What I Lurved: So many things! There was a new setting in Wild Wild Death, Dan Callahan makes a reappearance, a new stud vies for Pepper’s affections, and there were some pretty awesome twist in the story line. I had the baddie pegged before the reveal but not the motive.

What I Could Have Lived Without: Quinn! That just gets on my nerves. I wish
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I absolutely love Pepper and her zany adventures. I loved this one because it took her out of boring Cleveland and to New Mexico where she meets Jesse, who I hope is brought back in the next book. Obviously Quinn and Pepper are not meant to be because he can't accept her for who she is, Jesse on the other hand does and loves everything about her. Dan is the main focal point in this one which was nice because he's been absent for a few books. Dan is kidnapped and Pepper must steal an Indian's ...more
Pepper gets sent on a wlid west chase as she attempts to return the bones of the long dead wild west star Chester Goodshot Gomez to his native New Mexico and save the life of her friend, Dan Callahan. (Long Story). Anyway, she gets to New Mexico and the adventure begins. In typical Pepper fashion, nothing goes right except meeting the hunky police officer, Jesse. Other than that, the bodies are piling up and just when she needs them most, Pepper can no longer talk to her ghosts.

This series is so
Wild Wild Death was an interesting book with some funny moments. I think Pepper has changed somewhat for better in these last eight books but she still has some things that piss me off! I like this series though - it has offered me some good moments. I want to read the last book to discover what will be Pepper's destiny but I'll be sorry to say goodbye to all the funny adventures.
Sherry Salfai
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gift

Well Pepper is in a pickle this time. Way out of her element and involved in a rescue mission, she heads to the Southwest and finds out just what her Gift with the dead really means to her. Oh and the sexy new lawman in her life ain't bad either...great addition to the series.
I really like this series and the last 2 made wonder if it was going to keep being as good as it started out. I think Daniels is trying to keep up with this series a little better in this new book and the ending gives her more to work with in the future. I hope that if she decides to end the series,she will end it with a nice wrap up.
Linda Rawlins
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, cozy
Wild Wild Death by Casey Daniels brings Pepper to New Mexico. She has the time as she has been laid off from work. Her friend Dan was kidnapped and Pepper was instructed to get the bones of Chester Goodshot Gomez to New Mexico in order to save Dan. Chester was an Indian sharpshooter star who died in Cleveland while on tour in the early 1900’s and was buried at Garden View Cemetery. However, right before his death he begged to be buried in his homeland with his tribe. He had to perform a sacred ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another fun frolic by my favorite paranormal investigator. Local (laid-off) cemetery tour guide, Pepper Martin is tasked with lifting the curse over the Cleveland Browns team via retrieving the bones of a Taopi tribe member who died in Cleveland, cursing the city until his bones could be returned to his native lands to be reburied, and in doing so, release the secrets of a long hidden mystical silver bowl of immense spiritual power. But there's more at play behind this (relatively) simple task. ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What's not to like about a mystery involving western shoot-outs, mystical happenings, sacred ceremonies, tribal superstitions (In Cleveland of all places), kidnapping, stolen bones in Jimmy Choo bags, murders, and major misdirections including a bit of romance. Whew!

"It all started because of some silly curse, and a baseball team that couldn't win. ... I owed it to both the living and the dead to find out the truth."
Raven Ghostly
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: casey-daniels
So worth the 5 stars. I loved this took place in the south west where I am from. I love every book she has written. All amazingly beautifully written. You easily fall in love with the characters. You laugh, you cry you even want to yell at times. An amazing mix of a cozy mystery with spookey, fun, loveable Ghosts.
Tracy Quick
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. I was excited to see where her new love interest was going to go and how she was going to solve this one. It was a nice change of pace and to finally know what happened to Dan was nice. Can’t wait to see where the next book takes me
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The latest in the Pepper Martin series. Pepper sees spirits. Ever since tripping and hitting her head on a tombstone in the first book, she has become the detective to the long departed who need her to find out who killed them or to clear their name. The latest spirit is Chester Goodshot Gomez, a Native American and legendary Wild West star who was the keeper of the location of a sacred silver bowl used by the Native shaman to perform rituals. But Goodshot died before he could tell someone where ...more
Harold Shaver
Like all of the other entries in this series that I have read (and I have read all of the preceding 7 books) it was an action fest from start to finish. These are just short of what I would call a page turner because I am able to put them down to do other required things, like eating, sleeping and mentoring my grandson through his online high school courses. There are some books which I do call true page turners that I have to actually force myself to put down even for those activities.

I really enjoy the Pepper Martin stories. They’re funny and the mystery is usually pretty good. Pepper isn’t completely inept which is nice. I really liked this book in the series because it got Pepper out of her comfort zone. She no longer works for the cemetery, her relationship with Quinn is rocky and practically non-existent and she really has nothing better to do than try to save her friend Dan. New Mexico is a really great setting. It’s totally opposite from Cleveland and there is a ton of ...more
Helen Robare
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read all but the last book in this series and I believe this is the best one of them all.

Pepper is a cemetery guide who can talk to and see the dead. That is the basis of all the books and a pretty good plot twist. While the author's formula stays the same in all the books of the series, in this book the characters come to life more so than in any of the other books...especially the ghost. (I know, I know, ghosts can't come alive but he seemed more real than some of the other
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Unemployed Cemetery Tour guide, Pepper Martin is wondering about her future, when she receives word that her friend, Dan is coming to visit. Pepper's life is rather dull and her romance with Quinn is on hold until he can come to grips with the fact that Pepper can see and speak with ghosts.

Quinn takes Pepper to a Cleveland Indians game where they meet up with very dedicated fans of the team. The team loses but the fans suddenly recognize Pepper and want her to do something with the myth that a
Dharia Scarab
I liked this book right up to end, and then the author blew it for me.

Not really looking forward to the last book in the series.

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
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
There were pluses and minuses about this book. My rating is really a 3.5.

Pluses first: I liked the Southwest setting. The ghost, Goodshot, was fun and a sympathetic character. The mystery was interesting, though I'm not sure I totally bought the killer - it was too convenient and not really plausible. And I enjoyed Jesse, our Native American cop.

Daniels set up this book to really tackle some of the more emotional issues in Pepper's life. Unfortunately, she went nowhere with it. I was really
Kevin Lanahan
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, supernatural
Faced with no job and no prospects, she goes on a road trip and sleeps with another guy and gets to make a choice about her "gift".

It was a pleasant read, and the southwest angle was interesting, but the character wasn't. Pepper isn't growing much, and you'd think she'd learn something by now about what she wants and who she is. The best thing about this story is getting out of Cleveland and off to New Mexico/Colorado.

The thing is, I really enjoy the character, but she's becoming a cartoon
Being on such a run of books that disappointed, I almost don't know if I want to read this one or not. I have enjoyed the previous Pepper Martin mysteries even when some of them strained my credulity to the breaking point. The Cleveland setting, unusual premise have always been enough to keep my interest. Not to mention I like Pepper and her disreputable friends. I really do want to enjoy it.

Obsessed baseball fans, old Indian curses, romance and murder - what more does a mystery reader need for
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Welcome to the Wild Wild West. In the 8th installment of the Pepper Martin series, this one takes Pepper straight across the country. Unemployed in Cleveland, a mysterious postcard is delivered to Pepper. Her friend Dan is kidnapped. And the ransom is Chester Goodshot Gomez's bones, an Indian who's cursed the Cleveland Indians, since he died in Cleveland. This takes Pepper to New Mexico and some parts in Colorado to find him. But things get difficult for her and interesting, when she runs into ...more
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fun book with funny character (she's always thinking about clothes) who talks to ghost. Great start to the story, in which main character is forced to steal a set of bones from a Cleveland cemetary and cart them to the Southwest to exchange as ransom for a kidnapped friend. The book got a little out of hand, the main character foolishly turned down several opportunities to turn to the police, and I found the plot as revealed at the end wildly improbable. But the characters were strong and funny, ...more
Franny (The Reader's Edge)
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Pepper is unemployed and short on cash. When a long time friend is in need if help, she plunders a mausoleum and heads west on a new adventure and mystery. With the help of a ghost and a hunky cop, will Pepper be able to help her friend before it is too late?

Wild Wild Death is fast moving and full of humor and adventure. The series still feels fresh and leaves you wanting more.

I'm anxious for the next installment.
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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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