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Tomb With a View by Casey Daniels

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Cover art: Tomb With a View Reviewer: Jillean Key
Title: Tomb With a View - 6th in the Pepper Martin Mystery series
Author: Casey Daniels
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-23551-5
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy/Paranormal Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Cleveland OH
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Casey's Website/Blog: www.caseydaniels.com


President James A. Garfield’s 179th birthday is being celebrated at Cleveland’s own Garden View Cemetery. It also happens to be the final resting place of the late president. This makes cemetery worker Penelope "Pepper" Martin’s job twice as hard. Pepper has been volunteered by her boss to help oversee the commemoration. She is also able to talk to ghosts and finds herself face to face with President Garfield’s ghost while preparing for the event. The icing on the cake comes when Pepper is told that she will be planning the event with Marjorie Klinker. Marjorie is a Garfield fanatic and believes she is a direct descendant of Garfield and therefore "knows" everything there is to know about the President. Pepper thinks she may be headed for an early grave if she has to work with Marjorie.

After an urgent call from Marjorie, Pepper finds Marjorie on the floor in the memorial. It seems as if someone had pushed Marjorie over the upper balcony to her death. Pepper starts to unravel the mystery surrounding Marjorie’s death and finds a trail of stolen credit cards and a house full of memorabilia. Pepper also comes face to face with her detective ex-boyfriend who tries to convince (unsuccessfully) Pepper to let the cops handle the investigation. Now Pepper must not only secretly figure out the clues to the case, but must also keep herself from being one of Garden View’s newest residents.

Mysteries are such a fun genre to read. I love trying to figure out the clues before the end. The authors always seem to throw a monkey wrench in my sleuthing abilities though and I am happily surprised at the end. Pepper is such a fun leading lady. She is a smart, intuitive and very stylish sleuth and always seems to find herself in the thick of things. The animosity between Pepper and her ex-boyfriend only adds to the suspense as they both try to solve the case before the other while keeping their feelings bottled up. I can’t wait to read all the other mysteries in this series. They are sure to keep me guessing to the very end.

Jillean

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