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The Chick and the Dead

(Pepper Martin #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,963 ratings  ·  120 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
Paperback, 323 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Avon
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
The Chick and the Dead is the second installment in a cute, light paranormal mystery series. Sure it’s not fully realistic, but it’s fun. Piper inherited the ability to see the dead in the first book, and the second continues off with that talent when Gus is sending her work from beyond. While Didi Bowman isn’t as likable at first as Gus (she’s almost annoying), she grew on my eventually. At first she doesn’t want her murder solved, but instead also needs Piper to prove that her big-time author ...more
Paige  Bookdragon
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016, ghosts

" 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.
Jessica Robbins
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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 rated it did not like it
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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, ghosts
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Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked it
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 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 rated it it was amazing
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 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 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Linda Rawlins
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery
The Chick and the Dead is the second book in the Pepper Martin Mystery series. Written by Casey Daniels, the series is about a Cleveland cemetery tour guide who is able to see dead people ever since she banged her head on a headstone. What’s worse is they want her to solve their murders. In The Chick and the Dead, Didi Bowman wants Pepper to prove that the novel which made her sister famous was actually written by Didi before she died by jumping off a bridge or was she pushed?? Nice light cozy m ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Pepper Martin can see ghosts, especially ghosts of folk who have been murdered. She encounters the ghost of Didi Bowman. Didi claims that a famous historical novel was written by her but was considered to be penned by her sister, Merilee. Didi wants Pepper to prove that she is the true author. Pepper, of course, determines Didi wrote the missive and was murdered by Merilee.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Chick and the Dead is the second book in the Pepper Martin series. I thought it was nice easy read and very entertaining. I think Dan is a mysterious character where you're left wondering who he really is and what he's really doing. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
review to come
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Didn’t really get on with this one.
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
actually a 3.5 (would love it if we had a 10-pt system on GoodReads!). A fun read. Pepper has a new spirit who needs her help....
Katie Sunderlin
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pepper-martin
The 2nd book in this series is another solid read. It is light and fun mystery with the vapid Pepper Martin, former rich girl turned pauper and having a hard time adjusting. Looking forward to #3
Tracy Quick
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Can’t wait to read the next one
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun story, but Pepper needs to shut up about her boobs. No woman spends that much time thinking about her cup size.
Gina Peters
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Pepper Martin

I started this series and can't read fast enough. I love the star "Pepper". She's funny and sassy, a great combination. This was a 5 Star read *****
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 rated it liked it
(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 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 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
(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
May 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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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.


Other books in the series

Pepper Martin (10 books)
  • Don of the Dead (Pepper Martin, #1)
  • Tombs of Endearment (Pepper Martin, #3)
  • Night of the Loving Dead (Pepper Martin, #4)
  • Dead Man Talking (Pepper Martin, #5)
  • Tomb with a View (Pepper Martin, #6)
  • A Hard Day's Fright (Pepper Martin, #7)
  • Wild Wild Death (Pepper Martin, #8)
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