Don of the Dead by Casey Daniels

Pepper Martin, Book 1

Synopsis: She sees dead people
Beautiful, smart, and chic, Pepper Martin never had to work a day in her life — until her surgeon daddy was convicted of fraud, her wealthy fiancé took a powder, and the family fortune ran bone dry.

Suddenly desperate, the inexperienced ex-rich girl was forced to take the only job she could get: as a tour guide in a cemetery. But a grave situation took a turn for the worse when a head-on collision with a headstone left her with an unwanted ability to communicate with the disgruntled deceased . . . and now Pepper has a whacked Mafia don demanding that she hunt down his killers — and threatening to haunt her until she does.

Review: Don of the Dead is the first volume of the Pepper Martin series. The basic idea is not necessarily original, thus putting in scene a woman who suddenly has the gift to see the dead. You surely suspect that now they want her to help them pass into the afterlife. Her first client is none other than a former godfather of the Mafia, murdered many years ago.

I loved the idea of solving the murder of a Mafia godfather. As I said the basic story is quite common but this framework allows us to think outside the box. Indeed, our heroine will mingle with colorful characters and her questions will put her in serious danger. It must be said that this environment does not like someone who puts her nose in their affairs. Yet Pepper is determined to find out what happened to Gus.

In addition to this investigation for which I confess, it took me the last moments to understand who the culprit was, we also follow the love interest of our young heroine. It must be said that the two men she crosses the path with are really intriguing. First, there is Dan, this shy man who wants Pepper to enter his clinical trial but seems to hide certain things. Quinn is another character we are interested in (Team Quinn!). He is a policeman who will help Pepper several times and I hope to see him again very soon I have to say!

It was a very nice volume to read and I had a good time with the story!




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