Author Casey Daniels and Wild Wild Death

Emilie: A big welcome to Casey Daniels on her return visit to Southern Exposure.  As part of the interview Casey has volunteered to give away a copy of  A Hard Day’s Fright (the book which precedes Wild Wild Death) to one lucky commenter here.  U.S. addresses only, please, to keep Casey out of long post-Christmas post office lines.  Share your thoughts  and will choose a winner next Tuesday night.

Casey, it’s always a pleasure to see you here, so take it away, and tell us a little about the book. 

Casey: I can’t think of a better way to kick off a new year than with a new book, so I’m happy to announce that Wild Wild Death, book #8 in the Pepper Martin mystery series, is now available.

I’m always excited about sharing one of Pepper’s adventures with readers. After all, she’s the world’s only private investigator for the dead. That means there’s always something interesting (and possibly dangerous) happening in Pepper’s life, and always a ghost tagging along for the fun.

This time, it’s a trip to the great Southwest. You see, Pepper’s been downsized from her job as a tour guide in a historic Cleveland cemetery, and she’s got some time on her hands and is looking for a little excitement. It’s a perfect example of Be Careful What You Wish For, when an odd package arrives in the mail. It’s a ransom note along with a watch that belongs to her friend, cute and scruffy paranormal investigator, Dan Callaghan. If Pepper doesn’t bring the bones of a long-dead Indian who is buried in Cleveland to New Mexico–and fast–the kidnappers say Dan is going to be killed.

Wild Wild Death takes Pepper to New Mexico and southern Colorado, a part of the country where I’ve spent some time. Like me, she’s bowled over by the beauty of the place, and intimidated by its wildness. If that was all she had to think about, it wouldn’t be a bad little get-away, but once she arrives, the bones get stolen, and bodies start dropping like the desert temperature once the sun goes down.

Pepper has to deal with kidnappers disguised as aliens, a too-hot-to-handle Pueblo police chief and one clever murderer–one whose idea of Boot Hill has nothing to do with Jimmy Choo.

Emilie:  Tell us about the Pepper Martin series.  How is Pepper different from the rest of us?
Casey:  Well, Pepper sure is different from me in that she’s always fashion forward (I prefer to work in fuzzy slippers and sweats).  She’s different from most people, too, because she can see, hear, and talk to dead people.  In fact, she’s the world’s only private investigator for the dead.  Not that she’s thrilled about it, but ghosts are pretty persistent, and the ones she meets usually threaten to haunt her forever if she doesn’t help tie up the loose ends of the business holding them here so that they can cross over.
Emilie: Over the course of the series, how has Pepper changed?
Casey:  Wild Wild Death is book #8 and there have been plenty of changes since Don of the Dead, book #1.  For one thing, though she’s still not all that crazy about it, Pepper’s finally making peace with the fact that she can communicate with the dead.  She’s also growing up.  She was pretty shallow back in the day, but then, nobody can blame her.  Before her cosmetic-surgeon dad went to prison for Medicare fraud, Pepper had quite the spoiled life!  She’s self-sufficient now, and she can handle whatever the Universe throws at her, whether it’s the undead or an on again/off again boyfriend who refuses to talk about the fact that she can see dead people.
Emilie: Do you foresee more books in the series?  I hope so, because I look forward to every one.
Casey:  Thanks!  Book #9 will be out in September.  It’s called Supernatural Born Killers, and after Pepper’s trip to the Southwest, she’ll be back in Cleveland solving a very Cleveland crime!  You see, Superman was created in Cleveland, and Pepper is up against some comic book fans who are a little more than obsessive. 
Emilie: I grew up watching Superman on TV and reading the comic books, so will look forward to that.  Meantime, tell us about your wonderful graveyard trolley tours in Cleveland.  Any chance readers of this blog will be able to take one in the near future?
Casey:  I’ve had so much fun with these tours!  I work in conjunction with local libraries and we do a Pepper Martin Tour of Cleveland.  We visit a whole bunch of the sites mentioned in the book, along with a host of historic cemeteries, some that have been featured in the books and some that are just too delicious not to tour!  This fall, Bouchercon, the World Mystery Conference, is coming to Cleveland, and I’ll be leading a tour as part of the conference.  So far, I’ve got six cemetery stops planned including Lake View Cemetery (grand and glorious) and Monroe Street Cemetery, scene of Pepper’s fifth adventure, Dead Man Talking.  For more information about Bouchercon, check out
Emilie:  Finally, what else are you working on, and when can we buy it? 
Casey:  In addition to writing the Pepper Martin mysteries as Casey Daniels, I write the Button Box mysteries as Kylie Logan.  They’re about a woman who owns an antique button store in Chicago.  Book #1 was Button Holed, out last September.  Book #2, Hot Button, will be released in June.  In addition, I’ll be starting a new series next year.  I’ll save the details for another interview, but I can tell you that the books are going to be set on the Lake Erie islands, and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun!
 Emilie: Thanks for sharing more about Pepper and the gang.  I’m looking forward to this one a lot.   Readers, if you don’t have a wonderful little indie in your neighborhood, you can buy Casey’s book online at Amazon, B&N, or Books-A-Million.  And all U.S. residents, don’t forget to comment for a chance to win Casey’s A Hard Day’s Fright


  1. Connie Williamson on January 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I’d love to read this book. It sounds really good, and I’m needing a good book after the last two I’ve read. (Neither were yours!)

  2. Audrey Bonnell on January 4, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Thanks Casey and Emilie for a very interesting interview. Looks like I will be adding a new writer to my list of favorites. Happy New Year to you both and may it be filled with excited readers.

  3. Donna Maine on January 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Would love to win this book! Love a good mystery!

  4. Donna Sheffer on January 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I will definitely look for Casey Daniels books the next time I go to the book trade. Thanks for introducing me to a new author.

  5. Casey on January 4, 2012 at 11:30 am

    It’s always nice to be here visiting with Emilie and all her readers. Nice to know we’re getting the word out to readers who aren’t familiar with my work, either. I’ll be checking in later today.

  6. Lynn Ross - Toledo on January 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I would love to win the book, but I think I need to search for and read all of them. Casey, I think the titles scared me off. I thought they would be too “dark” for me. Thanks to you and Emilie for putting me straight. I can’t wait to read your books. Great interview!

  7. Casey on January 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    No worries, Lynn, these books are anything but dark. In fact, I’d say that they’re downright silly at times!

  8. Robbie hollis on January 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I am a big fan of a new tv show “The Gifted Man” about a surgeon who sees and talks with his dead ex-wife, so I think I would really like your books. I would love to win one! Thanks!

    • Emilie Richards on January 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      I haven’t heard of this, Robbie. Thanks for the recommendation.

  9. Terri Carlton on January 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    This is so exciting – I am fairly new to checking out blogs, so still learning to navigate. I love mysteries and Casey, Pepper sounds like a very interesting character and it will be fun to get to know her.Good luck with your future books. Emilie, thanks for sharing with us; catch you on facebook. PS: looking forward to reading Button Box mysteries also, since I’m from Chicago!

    • Emilie Richards on January 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      You did everything just right, Terri, and now you’re entered in the giveaway.

  10. Shirley in Canada on January 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    oh this sounds like my kind of book!! Thank you!!

  11. Pat Pollock on January 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    After reading your blog, I downloaded my first book by this author. It was very good, and I will certainly be ordering more. Thanks for sharing.

    • Emilie Richards on January 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks for telling me, Pat. Casey’s a talent, no question. I always have fun with her books.

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