Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Hard Day's Fright Review

A Hard Day's Fright by Casey Daniels

What happened to a teenager named Lucy one night in 1966 after a Beatles concert? She rushed the stage, kissed Paul, started home with her friends, and was never seen again-until cemetery guide and unintentional PI to the dead Pepper Martin sees her as a ghost. Lucy's spirit can't rest in peace until her body is found and buried. But how will Pepper track down a missing corpse after forty-five years?

3.5 out of 5 stars

A Hard Day's Fright is book 7 in the Pepper Martin series

Pepper Martin meets the ghost of Lucy, a teenager that was killed in 1966. No one ever found her body and she can't move on until someone does. While Pepper doesn't initially want to take the case, she finds out that Lucy was like a sister to her boss, Ella. Now she has to locate a body with almost no clues.

I haven't read any of the other books in this series, but it didn't really matter. There were mentions of some back story but it was easy enough to follow without having read the other books. In fact, some of the little mentions of previous events sounded better than what was going on in this book.

The problem with this book is that it never felt like anything was going on other than Pepper asking questions. I don't have much experience with mysteries, but the ones I've read before tend to have someone actively trying to stop the main character from figuring the mystery out. The most opposition Pepper got in this book was someone being less than forthcoming with information. The one part where it seemed someone targeted Pepper was glossed over. I figured out the murderer fairly easily.

Pepper herself was a sassy girl, most likely in her early 30s, who likes to critique other people's clothes. While there is nothing wrong with the character, I am just so tired of the sassy girl. I'm also tired of the clothes snob characters. What made Pepper different was the fact that she could talk to ghosts... however it was not used for anything other than giving Pepper information she could not get elsewhere.

I may give another Pepper Martin book a shot because it is possible that this one just happened to be a weak one in the series. I liked it okay, but it wasn't the most interesting mystery I've read.

*Picture and description from Goodreads

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