Supernatural Born Killers
Berkley Prime Crime, Sep 4 2012, $7.99
Formerly a tour guide at Cleveland’s Garden View Cemetery (resting home of President James A. Garfield), Pepper Martin has been promoted to community relations manager. Even more than her previous job this position maximizes Pepper’s skills especially since she is a medium who communicates with spirits. Her boyfriend Quinn the homicide cop does not believe in that woo-woo mumbo jumbo and denies that he appeared in her apartment to tell Pepper something important when he died for two minutes after taking a bullet while on duty.
With a help from a few friendly spirits, Pepper plans the cemetery’s annual reception to increase sponsorship membership. At her apartment, she and Quinn see a growing puddle that she claims is a ghost, which he cannot see. The ghost has left puddles in her office too, but only when Pepper and Quinn are together. After playing charades they realize the spirit is Quinn’s deceased partner Jack Haggerty. Quinn is determined to recover the body and hunt down the killer while Pepper plans to help him even as she deals with her eccentric parents and a multi-millionaire attracted to her and Superman.
The latest Pepper Martin paranormal mystery (see Tomb With A View) is a suspense laden thriller filled with intrigue and humor yet insures readers believe in ghosts. The romance between the protagonists heats up, but it is the whodunit in which things are not quite what they seem (gestalt optical illusions or not at its finest) that makes for an enjoyable spirited investigation.