Literally Dead

A Pepper Brooks Cozy Mystery
Narrated by: Margo Chervony
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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To solve or not to solve? When a visiting professor is found dead, English major Pepper Brooks is caught in the middle of the investigation. Literally. While the detectives focus on crime scene forensics, Pepper can't ignore the Shakespearean clues left by the killer. With the help of a handsome library clerk, a dog named Hamburger, and The Bard himself, this unlikely sleuth might just close the book on this case.

©2017 Eryn Carpenter (P)2018 Eryn Carpenter
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Enjoyable Cozy Mystery

Although I have listened to several books written by Eryn Scott, this is a new series to me. I was a tad anxious as the heroine is in her early 20’s and a student, not a trope I usually enjoy, however there was no need to be worried.

The narrator Margo Chervony is new to me and I enjoyed her performance as she brought this cozy mystery to life for me. One of the unusual and most enjoyable things about this book was the literary references to Shakespeare which I found highly entertaining as Pepper sifted through the clues.

This was a a book filled with secrets, miss communication and clues to satisfy my detective spirit. The intrigue and suspense kept me on the edge of my seat as I listened to this story.

There are several twists, turns and surprises in Literally Dead as Pepper, Olivia and Alex follow the clues and I have to say that I was taken by surprise on a couple of occasions.

I cannot wait for more in this series.

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Cute cozy

Good cozy with a great continuation in stoneybrook. I didn’t guess the killer and has lots of literary references if you enjoy that. Can’t wait to read the next one

I received a free copy and left my honest review

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Fun Lighthearted Mystery

This was a fun lighthearted murder mystery that kept my attention. A sweet little escape that just brought a smile to my face!

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So much fun and a great storyline!

I loved everything about this book— the plot, the setting, the characters. :))))) I looked forward to listening to this on my morning walks. Had me guessing until the end. On to the second one in this series! The narrator did an awesome job and really had a feel for the characters. Fun, fun book!

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Literally dead, humor, literature, mystery

with all of the above mentioned how could this book, be anything less than perfect fun. Enjoy.

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GREAT READ

PEPPER, OLIVIA, ALEX , FERGIE - GREAT CHARACTERS! AN ENGLISH MAJOR AND A NOT-QUITE-A-POLICE OFFICER MAKE A SURPRISINGLY ENCHANTING PAIR. LOVE THE REFERENCES TO THE CLASSICS, NOT JUST THE BARD, BUT DICKENS AND EVEN EMILY DICKINSON. WHETHER OR NOT YOU LOVE THE CLASSICS, READ AND ENJOY! I AM ON THE HUNT FOR BOOK 2.

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Shakespeare and murder!

ya-only-means-no-gratuitous-erotica, cozy-mystery, murder-investigation, amateur-sleuth

Light cozy with a little romance. College student Pepper has had a rough year since her dad died of a heart attack, but one professor helped her muddle through but now is the chief suspect in the murder of a colleague. Pepper teams up with a young man close to graduation whose father is the lead detective on the case. Unfortunately, Pepper has a tendency to leap before she thinks and that causes lots of problems. A nice read and not overlong and complete with lots of Shakespeare quotes!
I have the audio and Margo Chervony does the perky teen very well!

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More of a preteen Mystery.

It needed more content. The mystery was just a little too simplistic. A young girl who has ambitions in college. Nothing really more to it.

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Great!

Another great cozy mystery! great narration! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Literature can be deadly...:)

Pepper Brooks is an English major and she loves Shakespeare - she's my kindred spirit so I was prone to like her from the start:) But that's not why I like the book a lot. Oh, and it's 4.5 stars for the story, not 4.0, really...

The idea of using literature as one of the tools in a murder case is not a new one, but it always catches my eye. And it's very well used in this particular book - quotes from Shakespeare as clues to revealing who the culprit is and the fact that you really have to know your Shakespeare to realize something is wrong with them is just perfect.

The plot develops fast and as we follow Pepper in her investigation we start to feel as confused as she is as to who, why and how... There are a lot of clues, a lot of motives, and a lot of grudges going on around... Unfortunately for her, Pepper is quite compulsive and jumps to conclusions a bit too quickly for her own safety - luckily, there's Alex to take care of her...

As characters go, Pepper is spontaneous, likeable and has that naive charm of a twenty something dreamer, Alex is at first confusing but very soon turns into a chivalrous safety net for her and the secondary characters (both good and bad ones) are colourful and memorable.

The interpretation by Ms Chervony is really good. The pace of her reading is quite fast but clear, and the personalities of the characters very well conveyed. I especially liked the voicing of Pepper; her emotions rang true and really helped us understand the workings of her mind...:)


DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 06-12-18

A great start to the series

A fun cosy mystery with a hint of romance and a decent mystery.
I loved the literary references and how they tied in with the murder. I thought Pepper was a fun character and I enjoyed following her investigations and the drama that came with it.
Some suspense is a must have for me when I'm reading a mystery and this book had quite an exciting ending. The identity of the murderer was not obvious for a good portion of the book and I was taken by surprise when the murderer was revealed.
The narration was very good and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more works performed by the narrator.

This was a good, entertaining listen and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided by the author/narrator at my own request.

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  • Helen
  • 05-04-20

Amazing book

Amazing
Loved this book from start to finish great storyline
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  • Julie
  • 03-22-20

Work of art

I enjoyed Erin's stoneybrook mystery series so much that I just had to give this new series a go to. Glad I did, it is just as much fun and a great start to a new series. I liked the characters and the spark between them, romance is in the air? It doesn't detract from the mystery and In some way enhances it because he it the police chiefs son and keeps letting information slip. The home life was fun, I especially liked the naming of the dog. Also growing up reading Nancy Drew I loved all the comments about what she would do, Shakespeare plays also plays a part in the story. The only down side is how quick the main character was to accusing the suspects without gathering all the fact first, it did mean there was plenty of suspects to accuse and kept you guessing. All in all a fun light hearted humorous mystery.
Pepper stumbles over the guest speakers dead body in her favourite professor office. The suicide not was a line from Macbeth but surely an English professor wouldn't write it down wrong would he? The police already suspect murder before Pepper points it out but In doing so, she points the finger at the professor. The two professors had a history and Pepper fears that if she doesn't step in and investigate the professor might be arrested for the murder. With help from an unlike source, the campus library in the form of the new staff member and the books, Pepper must piece together the clues left behind by the killer just like her childhood hero Nancy Drew.
I liked the narrator and thought she did a good job with the voices, even the ones needing accents.
I was give this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.