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Dead Man Talking

(Pepper Martin #5)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,161 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Move over American Idol. Reality TV has come to Cleveland and Pepper Martin is a part of it!

When Pepper arrives at a down-on-its-luck cemetery to help with a restoration project she learns, to her dismay, that there’s going to be a contest to restore the cemetery grounds. Even worse—it’s going to be the basis of a local reality TV show, Cemetery Survivor. One team will be
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by Berkley (first published September 3rd 2009)
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Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, e-books, own
Pepper Martin is a spoil rich girl who has lost all her family's money
when her Dad was convicted of Medicare Fraud. He went to a federal prison and the government took all the family's money. Pepper has no marketable skills and the only job she could find was a tour guide at the cemetery. On a tour, she hits her head on a tomb. Upon awakening, she is able to see ghosts. The ghosts all want her to do something for them. The books all cold cases reflecting a mystery. Pepper does have romance in e
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Very fun book - I ended up attaching to the group of convicts on her team. I hope they stick around as future support, although the author hasn't been doing that with any other characters besides potential love interests :( There was a surprising death that was depressing too. Lamar was one of my least favorite ghosts - he was dull in comparison to the others besides the vicious Madeline. Full review to come.
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Pepper's back, and I wish I could say better than ever, but this outing in the Pepper Martin Mystery series just didn't do it for me.

For those of you who follow the series, we left Pepper in Florida, recovering from the psychological aftermath of having her body hi-jacked by a love-lorn spirit and the physical effects of being shot. When Dead Man Talking opens, Pepper is back to work in Cleveland, but not at Garden View Cemetery. This outing finds her at the less glorious Monroe Street Cemetery
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Oy! This is a tough review to write, because I love the solid writing, the well-done mystery, and the characters and subplots kept me interested. But, and it's a big but, I really disliked the main character, Pepper Martin, because she's a real bitch. And not the ball-busting, kick ass, take no prisoners kind, but the vain, self-absorbed, conceited version. So let's start from the beginning. This is #5 in the series, but the first book I've read. Pepper is a reluctant ghost whisperer. Her "Gift" ...more
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Pepper is just recovering from her last adventure when she is assigned to work on a restoration at the Monroe Street Cemetery. This is really not so bad until she finds out that the restoration is being turned into a reality show, Cemetery Survivor, by the local PBS channel. So now she is the captain one of the teams, which just happens to be made up of a group of folks who are all on probation. Oh, well, it could be worse. Enter the ghost of Jefferson Lamar, pleading with her to clear him of th ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this book better than the previous few. They are a light read. This wouldn't be a good choice if you're looking for a meaty read.
Katie Sunderlin
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Linda Rawlins
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Dead Man Talking (Pepper Martin #5) by Casey Daniels is the fifth book in this series. I really enjoyed this book and feel it was one of the best in the series. Pepper gets involved working on a reality show cleaning up a cemetary with a group of volunteers who are ex-cons. The ghost who approaches her wants his name cleared of murder and the area they need to remodel includes his grave. As usual, Pepper is at odds with her hot boyfriend, Quinn, when she continues to investigate with the help of ...more
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.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent!!! I think I liked this as best one yet... I lover her team. Loved what she told Quinn and his reaction. This keeps getting better. Pepper is awesome!
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ghosts, crime, adult, mysteries
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Julie H.
Aug 07, 2010 rated it liked it
When Pepper's well-intentioned (but essentially clueless) boss, Ella, signs her up as a cast member of a TV show called Cemetery Survivor it is with the intention of bringing some much-needed restoration TLC and funding for Cleveland's down-on-its-heels Monroe St. Cemetery. Reassigned from her home as a guide at Cleveland's tony Garden View Cemetery, Pepper is assigned to Team Two. In contrast to the wealthy Ladies Who Lunch (accompanied by fashion model Bianca, for whom Pepper would dearly love ...more
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Lady Ozma
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
The fifth book in the Pepper Martin series is probably my new favourite. It has everything you could ever want in a supernatural cozy novel: mystery, suspense, hijinks, ghosts, and a reality show set in a graveyard.

Yes, I said a reality show set in a graveyard. I mean how do you get more awesome than that?

Pepper probably thought life couldn’t get much worse than having to work in a graveyard. Then she found out, “Yay, I can talk to ghosts.” Because that’s fun and doesn’t make you look crazy in t
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
5th in series

I found this book to be a bit more enjoyable than the previous others. pepper has finally accepted her gift of talking to the dead, and refined her methods of sleuthing. She finally quit using the excuse she was writing a book in order to gather information.

In this episode we learn from Peppers boss, Ella, that she will be the leader of a team of workers (criminals on probation) and star on a reality show "Cemetary Survivor" On the show they work together to restore the Monroe Stre
Diane ~Firefly~
Feb 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghost, paranormal, mystery
It has been a long time since I read the previous book and I was not liking Pepper at all. She was behaving like a spoiled brat. However, by the end, I liked the cast from the show enough to bring it up to 3 stars.

Pepper considers herself a PI for the dead and this time is asked to prove the innocence of a man convicted of murder 25 years ago, while being a team captain on a reality show about restoring a grave yard (forced to by work). The show is very unbalanced as one team is all socialites a
May 08, 2014 rated it liked it
In the 5th installment of the Pepper Martin series, Casey Daniels brought on a new challenge to her female lead character. Her newest client is a former prison warden who gave her a new kind of case--finding out who framed him, instead of who killed him. Pepper's ready to bring it on, while she also dealt with a local reality show for a cemetery restoration project for her cemetery. People would do anything to win, if it's against the law and bribery. Instead of working with the Historical Socie ...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 really 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
I think that Pepper is such a fun character, I wish that I had her confidence and her incredible gift.

I really missed Dan in this novel, I really hope that he reappears I think Pepper needs him in her life. I wish that Quinn was not so cocky and full of himself, he needs to open his eyes and his mind if he wants to survive in Pepper's world.

I am so glad that Pepper solved the case and gave Jefferson Lamar some justice and gave his wife some closure. He may not have been the greatest guy to have
4fabfelines Cox
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Pepper gets into another wild adventure with a reality based show coming to Garden View cemetary called Cemetary Survivor. The Monroe Street cemetary is being restored and Pepper is put over being a team captain.
Her team is former prisoners on parole and they have to help her.
Of course there are quirky personalities and problems, and to top it off a persistant ghost demanding of Peppers' time.
This ghost claimed he was framed and put in prision unjustly and wants Pepper to clear his name. As Pepp
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Casey Daniels' Pepper Martin series is a hoot. Pepper is a tour guide at a cemetery. In the first book she fell and hit her head on a tombstone. Since then she sees the dead, mainly those who have a problem with either the way they died or how they were innocent of a crime. They hire her to get to the truth. In this latest installment, Dead Man Talking, Pepper is taking part in a reality show that showcases the renovation of two cemeteries. The deceased who needs her help is a former prison ward ...more
Dec 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Pepper Martin sees ghosts. Then she has to solve their problems so they will leave her alone. Kind of like "The Ghost Whisperer", only not so sweet. In this book, Pepper acquires a team of people who are doing mandatory community service to help her clean up an old cemetery. Made me wonder if my friend, Sylvia, had these kind of problems when she had those on probation helping her clean Ellis County cemeteries.

Even though this is the 5th in the series, it was the first one that I read. I didn't
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pepper is tasked with leading a team to fix up a cemetery and it's all being broadcast as a reality TV show competition. She's also in pursuit of the true killer of a girl murdered in the 80s. Pepper's current ghost case was wrongfully convicted of the girl's. Nice intro to a few new characters that I hope stick around.

I'm still liking these but they're becoming a little too House like for me (patient (ghost) repeatedly leaves out pertinent information that would lead to a speedier resolution).
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Now this book was fast paced and interesting as Pepper is thrown into the Reality TV world. Her 'team' becomes her aides and off they go to prove the innocence of a dead warden.

Pepper's romantic life is a mess. However, she does face her Father and is left knowing, along with us that there is a stalker in her life...Where is Quinn? Why you must read to find out. The knight has feet of clay.

This book flowed for me. I definitely feel Ms. Daniels has developed her character and we, as readers, can
Nov 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
How much fun is this series? They don't last long on Mt Git'r'Read when it gets there. I would love to be friends with Pepper Martin and my respect for her character grows with each book.
She's busy in this one with the restoration of a cemetary and finds out that there is going to be a reality show pitting two teams against each other showing their talents. One team is from Pepper's old life of privilege and Peppers' team And there's a accused of murder and he wants P
Sep 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Pepper Martin is still dealing with her ability to talk to ghosts when she gets roped into helping renovate another cemetery in the area and gets filmed for a reality show. The problem is that her team is comprised of misfits who are on probation and want to be present even less than she does. Her romance with sexy Detective Quinn heats up but one of the burial sites belongs to a former warden who claims he was unfairly convicted. The question is whether Pepper can survive long enough to clear t ...more
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Another installment in the Pepper Martin mysteries, this story finds our intrepid cemetery tour guide leading a restoration project at Cleveland’s Monroe Street graveyard. Stuck with a motley crew of felons as her assistants, she gamely takes on the job along with a murder case. Because as she strolled around the graveyard, a ghost popped up and claimed he’d been wrongly convicted of murder. It’s a kick to follow Pepper’s newfound friends as they develop and grow and help her solve the crime. An ...more
Latisha Bramlett
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This one was much better than the last one. It didn't have that annoying jump into a storyline with no lead up that was all over the fourth book. The ghost was likable and the story was enjoyable.

I like that is branching out a bit more. Yes, she is still has rich girl tendencies, but that was how she was raised. When her world was turned upside down, she didn't let it get her down. She is trying to make her own way in life. She didn't want this gift, but she is using it to help others. She is m
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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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Pepper Martin (10 books)
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