In the 5th Pepper Martin Mystery, Dead Man Talking,Pepper has been asked to head the restoration of the Monroe Street Cemetery. But her first day on the job, she finds out she won’t be doing it alone. In fact, she’ll not only have help, but there will be a televised competition between two teams, called Cemetery Survivor. When Pepper first meets all the members of Team One, she’s initially excited at the prospect of working with Cleveland’s elite movers and shakers. Then she finds out she’s in charge of Team Two, composed of convicts on probation, none of whom are initially thrilled to be there.
If this weren’t enough to ruin Pepper’s summer, she’s also being haunted by the ghost of Jefferson Lamar, a former prison warden who claims he was framed for the murder of his secretary, Vera Blaine. Lamar was convicted of the crime and suffered a heart attack his first night in prison. Now he wants Pepper to prove he’s innocent, which means she’ll need to find the real killer. As usual, that will put her in the line of fire, a situation she finds herself in too often lately, to the dismay of her sexy boyfriend, Detective Quinn Harrison. And this time, Quinn may have finally had enough.
Pepper also needs to face up to her biggest fear in this book. Visiting her father in prison. You’d think after spending her time dealing with the dead, that would be a piece of cake. I look forward to the next book, Tomb with a View.