“A Hard Day’s Fright” by Casey Daniels:
Pepper Martin works in a cemetery, so why not talk to ghosts and solve murders for them? It’s a perfect fit for her, even if she sometimes doesn’t want to do it.
In this witty, enjoyable novel, Pepper is visited by a ghost from the 60s. Forty five years after her death, Lucy Pasternak asks Pepper to find her body so she can rest. It turns out Lucy was none other than the best friend of Pepper’s coworker and good friend Ella. That’s helpful, but not enough because Ella wasn’t present when Lucy was killed. And Lucy’s body was never found, so many, including Ella, assumed Lucy just ran away.
Thrown into the mix is Ella’s wild teenager Ariel, who mimics her by dressing, acting and investigating like Pepper does. Ariel shadows her and even tries to look into things on her own and Pepper has to now look out for her as well.
Will Pepper actually be able to put this soul to rest after so many years? This amusing book will keep you turning the pages to find out if Pepper (and Ariel?) can do it.
Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of “Deadly Decisions,” published by Suspense Publishing, an imprint of Suspense Magazine