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Night of the Loving Dead (Pepper Martin #4)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,189 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
Pepper Martin, heiress-turned-cemetery-tour-guide, has her hands full with work, two hotties, and the ghosts who won't let her rest --- or work, or shop --- in peace ...

The last thing Pepper wants during her Chicago business trip is more ghosts seeking her help, as they've been doing ever since she hit her head on a tombstone. Then again, being bored stiff during a seminar
Paperback, 291 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Berkley (first published December 17th 2008)
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E.J. Stevens
Looking for a fashion-conscious detective to the dead? Pepper Martin is a fun, spunky character with a penchant for getting in way over her curly red tresses. Night of the Loving Dead is the fourth book in the Pepper Martin series, a book I grabbed from the bargain bin, and it was such a fun read that I'll be going back to check out the other books in this series. Pepper can speak with the dead and uses her gift to solve mysteries for the ghosts she encounters. Since she's not dead herself, she ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
(2.5 Stars)
After reading through four books in the Pepper Martin Series and wading through all of the sexual tension between Pepper, Dan and Quinn, I was totally let down. Why? Well, after all of the wait, we don't get a hot love scene. All we get is "Good morning." Really? Even Young Adult novel gives the reader more. I not suggesting erotica but after all of the trading Ms. Daniels should have provided us with a little kissie face!

So, here we go again. Pepper goes to a conference for her boss
Erin L
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it
While I still love Pepper, Dan, Quinn and the rest, I found this book a little irritating. First off, the character of Madelyn was irritatingly one dimensional. I found it interesting that in stereotyping Pepper, she became a pretty giant stereotype herself.

I never did figure out why Pepper agreed to investigate, I mean Madelyn was a complete jerk and several times I would've just told her where to go, even if she could haunt me for the rest of my life. I didn't think the danger Dan was in was
Yvonne Boag
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: supernatural
I have to say I was very underwhelmed by this novel. The first half of it was as boring as hell and repetitive as well. The characters were very two dimensional and the dialogue was quite bad in places. I found the main character whiny and self absorbed. Oh well, can't win them all.
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
This one felt rushed and disjointed. I like the series so I'm going to keep going and I'll just hope the next one is better.
Feb 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, ghosts
Not my favorite of the bunch. Frustrating and felt like we were getting nowhere for the first 2/3. Picked up the last 1/3 and was a faced-paced and a lot of fun. Interesting ghostly interaction!
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
Finally, Pepper is growing up and helping out. And getting somewhere with the men in her life.
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
I see what people mean on Madeline being unlikable - egads, what a tool. Didn't see it coming at least. This one wasn't as good since it was outside Piper's usual small town and some of the relationship stuff frustrated me. I wish she'd make up her mind on which guy to officially choose. Onward to the next book soon. Full review eventually
Raven Ghostly
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: casey-daniels
So worth the 5 stars. 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.
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Aug 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I feel like I have waited forever for the next installment in Casey Daniel's Pepper Martin mystery series. In actuality I read the third installment only about five months ago. Since the third book "Tombs of Endearment" was published, the series has actually switched publishers. The first three came out from Avon and the new installment "Night of the Loving Dead" comes to us from Berkley Crime. Some other things seemed to have changed in the actual story as well. "Night of the Loving Dead" finds ...more
Lady Ozma
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Night of the Loving Dead is the fourth installment of the Pepper Martin series that I began reading about a month ago. To summarize, Pepper is a down on her luck debutante type. After her fiance dumps her following Pepper’s father’s incarceration for medicare fraud, she begins working as a tour guide in a Cleveland cemetery. Following an unfortunate accident involving a head injury against a tombstone, Pepper discovers she can see dead people.

And she’s none-too-thrilled.

For the record, I think P
Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
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Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Pepper Martin is one of my favorite characters in a book. I can read the books in any order and laugh and empathize with Pepper as she goes through her travails as newly not-rich and with her ability to talk with the dead.

Casey had me at DON OF THE DEAD, the first in the series. Excellent titles and a superb premise.

Pepper has her hands full in this one. She gets to go on a business trip to Chicago for Garden View, the cemetery she works in. She even gets to give a speech, "Reactions to the Re
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
As always Pepper gets herself into quite a mess; she and Quin finally make the move towards being more than just flirty friends, she is becoming more comfortable with her gift, and her boss Ella not only adores and cares for her, she is trusting Pepper with more responsibilities than ever before.

Pepper's heart may still belong to Damon Curtis but that does not mean that she cannot move on with her life, and that is exactly what she is doing.

After celebrating her birthday with Quin, Pepper goes o
Sep 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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
Dharia Scarab
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This is the first book I've read in the series and i liked it. it was different. It falls into the Supernatural catagory, which isnt something i usually, but for once its about ghosts and not vampires or werewolves.
Pepper can see dead people, and they want her help solving mysteries for them. This one has to do with a mad scientist who wants to be able to connect to the other world and does experiments on a bunch of homeless people. It was kind of sad actually as once hes done testing them, he k
Dec 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: serial-cozy, 5-09, 2010
In the fourth installment of the Pepper Martin series, Night of the Loving Dead takes her to Chicago, when she deals with a manipulative ghost named Madeleine Tremayne, who's also a bitch, who has an agenda up her sleeve, since she found the perfect suspect in Pepper to pull some strings and trip her up, after her death, three years ago. Pepper also gets involved with her ongoing love triangle between Quinn and Dan, as she uncovers a deadly secret that deals with experiments and the ghostly kind ...more
Julie H.
Jan 19, 2009 rated it liked it
I was delighted to have finally caught up with this one as I'd read the sequence slightly out of order. In this installation, Pepper is away at a cemetery conference in Chicago, so we get some well-earned time away from the usual suspects back at Garden View Cemetery (Cleveland, OH, her home base). In addition, the whole business with Dan is exacerbated and more-or-less resolved. It's fun stuff, I just wish Daniels didn't have to always tell us how supposedly stupid Pepper is. Clearly, she's not ...more
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This 4th installment of the series was by far the best yet! Pepper is off to Chicago for a conference where she meets the ghost the Madelyn Tremayne. Turns out Madelyn has some dirty tricks up her sleeve and cons Pepper into thinking Dr. Dan is in trouble. I enjoyed this book much better than the other 3 and was gald to finally learn more about Dr. Dan. The plot was well written and took some scarey turns. I reccomend for one to read this series from the begining, and preferably in order. Lookin ...more
Feb 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010, ghost
I liked the book BUT it was a very difficult read for me because I so hated the main ghost in the book. It took me awhile to figure out why I was having such a time getting into this book, then I realized that Madeline was a *itch. I so disliked her character that when ever she was in the book I had no desire to pick the book back up. Strange that I should still give the book 4 stars? Casey Daniels must have done a good job in creating her character to invoke such a strong dislike in a reader. G ...more
Pepper Martin can not escape ghosts, even while attending a cemetery conference in Chicago. No sooner has she stepped into the first stop on a tour than she is confronted by a ghost in need of hellp. But this time here friend Dan is also in danger. So Pepper is drawn into a case concerning the disappearance of homeless people and a doctor with questionable ethics.

I love these stories. This one has all the chick lit touches you would expect from Pepper, but the story is tighter. There are more tw
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Sep 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was the book in the series that really began to get its voice that spoke to me. Pepper Martin, the sleuth, really begins to understand her 'gift' more and it shows in the writing.

Pepper is sent into the underside (homeless world,) of Chicago while attending a convention. A man she saw as a possible lover is more dimensional than ever. The mysteries become confused as Peppers life is endangered.

The conclusion is satisfying and gently leads us to her next adventure.

This book caught and held
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was just about ready to give up on this series. I really don't like Pepper and her relationships are ridiculous. Something about the books just seem so fake. But then, about one third of the way through the book, things started getting interesting.

I actually enjoyed this book. The mystery was interesting, maybe because it was about Pepper and her Gift. But I found myself actually finding excuses to keep reading. Hopefully the next book continues this trend and I can continue on with this seri
Pepper is a fun character with her red hair, perfect shape and fashion sense that keeps her shopping so she can dress accordingly, and she loves herself! She works as a cemetery tour guide in Cleveland, OH and can see/talk to ghosts. She not only investigates the ghosts murders but also gets herself in trouble investigating present day murders. This time Pepper gets to go to a convention in Chicago where she's once again involved with ghosts and murder.
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghost, 2012-reads, mystery
I have not been reading this series in order.....but that seems to be ok. The mystery presented in this novel was agood one and kept me guessing but I am having a hard time with the characters. I don't have to like characters to read about them but they do need a lot of substance if they are going to be of the abbrasive variety. There is just not enough character development happening to offset the negatives.
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Best in the series so far. Pepper is in Chicago for a cemetary conference(that's enough to creep you out right there!)when she meets the ghost of Madeline Tremayne. Madeline wants Pepper to save Dan from the clinic where he is doing research. The clinic's director, Dr. Gerard, is not what he seems. Misappropriated money, missing homeless people and stange research makes for an interesting read. I did not see the twist near the end coming. 4 stars
May 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Wow! I think this is my new favorite book in the series. I will admit that it was just a touch slow in the beginning and that I was worried that it wasn't going to live up to my expectations. Thankfully, I was very wrong! It quickly picked up and I soon found it difficult to put the book down. We finally get to learn a lot about Dan, which I really appreciated. I've been waiting for more of his story for way too long. :) Now I'm really looking forward to more in this 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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Other Books in the Series

Pepper Martin (10 books)
  • Don of the Dead (Pepper Martin, #1)
  • The Chick and the Dead (Pepper Martin, #2)
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