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A day in the life with Miss Evangeline Barnum by Casey Daniels

late of Bethel, Connecticut, currently residing in the city of New York

I have been asked to report on the activities of a day in my life, but I must admit, that is not a simple thing to do. When you are the sister of that most famous man, Phineas T. Barnum, and you work as his assistant at the American Museum, no day is typical.

There are days I deal with those eager to sell items to my brother for display at the museum, and days I am in charge of making sure that what do have on exhibit (there are tens of thousands of items!) are neat and orderly. This, of course, includes our extensive collection of automatons, wax figures, Egyptian mummies, and the live animals that live here in our five-story building at the corner of Ann Street and Broadway, including a whale in an aquarium.

Then of course, we have our oddities. Do not judge my brother harshly for displaying the people so many call “freaks.” Yes, here at the museum, we regularly exhibit a Bearded Lady, the Lizard Man of Borneo, a Tattooed Man, the famous General Tom Thumb, and many other oddities. But unlike other showmen who treat these people abominably, my brother provides these people with luxurious housing and pays them more than a living wage. I am glad of this, for in the time I’ve worked here at the museum, I have come to consider them my friends. I look forward to the days I pay them their wages and visit with them, just as I look forward to having lunch with Bess, our bearded lady, every Monday.

The museum is teeming with all that is intriguing and provocative, so much so that more than 15,000 people pass through our doors each and every day! The American Museum has surely made my brother famous. It has also made him very, very rich.

Of course the most famous of all my brother’s attraction is the Feejee Mermaid, a specimen purported to have been discovered in the South Pacific many years ago. It was there in the gallery where the Mermaid resides where I recently and quite unexpectedly met an old friend from home, Andrew Emerson. Poor dear Andrew. He came from Connecticut most specifically to seek my help and I . . .

It is a very long story, and I cannot divulge the details at this date. I can say that Andrew’s visit propelled me into a most peculiar mystery and that if my brother knew the dangers I faced, he would most surely be displeased.

No, there is no day here at the American Museum that is like any other. But that is fine with me. Such a fabulous place keeps me busy and engaged and that helps keep my past–and my secrets–at bay.


You can read more about Evangeline in Smoke and Mirrors, the first book in the NEW “Miss Barnum” mystery series.

Introducing museum curator and amateur sleuth Miss Evie Barnum in the first of a deliciously quirky new historical mystery series.

Evie Barnum is in charge of her brother’s museum, a place teeming with scientific specimens and “human prodigies” including a bearded woman and the lizard man. In this weird and whacky workplace, Evie hopes she can bury her secrets.

But when an old friend shows up and begs for her help, she does all she can to stay away. The next time she sees him, he is dead in front of the exhibit of the Feejee Mermaid. Suspicion for the murder falls on Jeffrey, known as the Lizard Man, but Evie knows it isn’t possible.

When Jeffrey also goes missing, Evie becomes determined to solve the mystery of her friend’s murder, even if it brings her face to face with her past. . .

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About the author
Once upon a time, a very long time ago and under another name, Casey Daniels began her career writing historical romance. She has long since switched to mysteries because, she says, these days she would rather kill people than have them fall in love. She is the author of ten Pepper Martin mysteries and as Kylie Logan, the League of Literary Ladies and the Ethnic Eats mysteries.

With Smoke and Mirrors she returns to her historical roots. The book is set at Barnum’s American Museum in New York City in 1842 and features a (fictional) sister of PT Barnum, Evie, who works at the museum as his assistant. Casey is grateful for the chance to once again immerse herself in the past, though she admits she forgot how much research was involved! You can find her on Facebook (both as Casey and Kylie) and at www.kylielogan.com and www.caseydaniels.com.

All comments are welcomed.

A day in the life by Pepper Martin by Casey Daniels

graveyard-shiftA day in my life?

Work. Dead people.

Sad, huh? Because in the real world, that list should say something like, “Work, home, social life, shopping, lunch with friends, drinks with some good-looking guy, more shopping, visits to Mom and Dad, and deciding what to wear to all of the above.”

Only this is my life, and I’ll let you in on a secret—my life and the real world don’t exactly mesh.

You see, I’m the world’s only PI to the dead.

Yeah, you heard right. I see dead people. I talk to them, too. And what’s worse? They talk to back.

And boy, do they talk!

The dead always want something, and since I’m the only one who can communicate with them, the something they want is always something they want from me. Right wrongs. Clear names. Find murderers. Blah, blah, blah.

These days, the gone-but-not-really ghost spooking me is none other than Eliot Ness. I know you know who he is from The Untouchables, but did you know . . . after he left Chicago, he came to here to Cleveland and was Safety Director. He died somewhere in Pennsylvania and back in 1997, his ashes were brought here to the North Coast and sprinkled on the pond in the cemetery where I work.

Or at least that’s what everyone thought.

Ness says otherwise and let’s face, he’s the guy who should know. So, he shows up and tells me he wants me to do a little breaking and entering to retrieve those ashes and that sounds simple enough. Yeah, right. It would have been if the ashes were where they were supposed to be.

And if I didn’t find a dead body instead.

If all that wasn’t crazy enough, this mysterious package was delivered to me by some guy in a big, old-fashioned car, and since then, everyone in my life is acting crazy. I mean, crazier than usual.

Ella, my boss, tried to run me down with her car at the Ness memorial in the cemetery.

Quinn, my cop boyfriend, is suddenly playing the banjo.

And my mother . . . ah, my mother. She’s been so busy planning my wedding (even though I’m not officially engaged yet), she hasn’t had much time to think about anything else. That is, until she tried to kill me.

A day in my life?

That sound you hear is me sighing.

Dull? That’s one thing a day in my life never is.


GRAVEYARD SHIFT is the 10th book in the Pepper Martin paranormal mystery series published by Severn House Publishers, January 2017.

elliotnessPepper Martin returns in a new ghostly mystery when she is contacted by the ghosts of Eliot Ness and Al Capone . . .

Pepper Martin, now Community Relations Director of Garden View Cemetery, is contacted by the ghost of Eliot Ness, one of Cleveland’s most famous dearly departed. According to Ness, the ashes scattered at the ceremony twenty years earlier weren’t his. His were stolen prior to the ceremony by a Ness groupie, and he cannot rest until those ashes are found. Luckily, Pepper has an idea where they may be.

Knowing she’ll have no peace until she does what the ghost wants, Pepper travels across town to retrieve the ashes. When she gets there, though, she finds more – and less – than she bargained for. There is a dead body in the house . . . and Eliot Ness’s ashes have vanished.

Pepper sets out to solve the murder of the man in the house where the ashes were supposed to be. But when a mysterious package arrives for Pepper, containing the spirit of Al Capone, and her boyfriend Quinn begins acting strange, things go from bad to worse . . .

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About the author
Casey Daniels is the bestselling author of 10 Pepper Martin mysteries. Her newest is Graveyard Shift, set to hit store shelves on January 1. Pepper works at a historic cemetery in Cleveland solves mysteries for the ghosts there. While she doesn’t claim to have contacted any ghosts, Casey loves to explore cemeteries, the older, the better. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing as her alter-ego, nationally bestselling author Kylie Logan, whose next book in the League of Literary Ladies series is Gone With the Twins, due out in March. Casey will exploring more history this coming May when her first historical mystery, Miss Barnum and the Feejee Mermaid Murders is published. You can find her at www.caseydaniels.com and www.kylielogan.com.

All comments are welcomed.

My Musing ~ Graveyard Shift by Casey Daniels

Graveyard Shift by Casey Daniels is the 10th book in the “Pepper Martin” paranormal mystery. Publisher: Severn House Publishers, January 1, 2017

graveyard-shiftPepper Martin returns in a new ghostly mystery when she is contacted by the ghosts of Eliot Ness and Al Capone . . .

Pepper Martin, now Community Relations Director of Garden View Cemetery, is contacted by the ghost of Eliot Ness, one of Cleveland’s most famous dearly departed. According to Ness, the ashes scattered at the ceremony twenty years earlier weren’t his. His were stolen prior to the ceremony by a Ness groupie, and he cannot rest until those ashes are found. Luckily, Pepper has an idea where they may be.

Knowing she’ll have no peace until she does what the ghost wants, Pepper travels across town to retrieve the ashes. When she gets there, though, she finds more – and less – than she bargained for. There is a dead body in the house . . . and Eliot Ness’s ashes have vanished.

Pepper sets out to solve the murder of the man in the house where the ashes were supposed to be. But when a mysterious package arrives for Pepper, containing the spirit of Al Capone, and her boyfriend Quinn begins acting strange, things go from bad to worse . . .

I enjoyed the latest adventures featuring Pepper Martin. Elliot Ness and Al Capone make an appearance and I liked how the author showcased their portrayal as the story moved towards a climatic conclusion. This drama was fast-paced quickly becoming a page-turner as I had to know what happened next. Pepper, her mom Barb and Quinn played pivotal roles in how the narrative was told keeping me involved in all the action and that surprising twist at the end, that I did not see coming. A great read and I’m eager to see what exciting new adventures await Pepper and her friends.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

Supernatural Born Killers by Casey Daniels

Supernatural Born Killers by Casey Daniels is the 9th book in the “Pepper Martin” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, September 2012

Former cemetery tour guide and reluctant medium Pepper Martin is thrilled when she gets her job back—with a promotion. But her new position is turning out to be more than she can handle, especially with the dead clamoring for her attention.

As Garden View Cemetery’s new community relations manager, Pepper is feeling overwhelmed with planning the annual party to attract new sponsors. Luckily, some of the cemetery’s permanent residents have volunteered to give Pepper a ghostly hand, and she’s not about to turn away the help. But when a murdered ghost starts leaving puddles everywhere, Pepper quickly finds her newly acquired free time occupied.

The dead man is her ex-boyfriend Quinn’s former partner Jack Haggarty—and he isn’t going away until Pepper figures out the real reason behind his murder. And while Quinn recently had a brush with the afterlife, he still isn’t ready to accept Pepper’s abilities—or offer his skills as a detective. Now, Pepper has to convince Quinn she’s the real deal and investigate Jack’s death—before someone else meets their end in a watery grave.

What a fun book. Casey has delivered a great story that I could not put down. This fast-pace and action-fill drama had me quickly turning the pages as I had to know what happens next. Pepper was at the top of her game, especially when she was building a staff that was out of this world. Teaming up with Quinn for both their respective cases was a fun ride that I enjoyed especially their witty repartee. It was great having her parents play a role in this story while adding some comedic outtakes. The mystery was good especially the big reveal over the person who should be dead, that, I didn’t see coming. Boasting a great cast of characters, a perfect setting with some history thrown in, this is the best book ever in this fabulously wonderful series and I look forward to the next exciting adventures with Pepper and her friends.

Wild Wild Death by Casey Daniels

Wild Wild Death by Casey Daniels is the 8th book in the “Pepper Martin” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), January 2012

Ex-cemetery tour guide and reluctant medium Pepper Martin is dying for a break from communicating with the no-longer-living. But returning a legendary Wild West s tar’s ghost to his hometown is proving one killer of a road trip.

Her job has been cut, she’s low on cash, and her detective sometime- boyfriend refuses to even talk about her ability to see the dead and solve their murders. So Pepper is most certainly down for a vacation to get her spirits up.

That is, until her scruffy yet cute scientist friend Dan is kidnapped—and those responsible demand that Pepper steal the remains of Chester Goodshot Gomez, a sharpshootin’ star performer buried at Garden View Cemetery. Goodshot’s ghost has plenty of supernatural reasons to accompany Pepper to New Mexico…and raise rowdy hell once there. But when his bones disappear and bodies start dropping, Pepper has one clever murderer to track—one who idea of boot hill has nothing to do with Jimmy Choo.

I like Pepper. With no job to call her own and some questions about her personal life, Pepper heads to New Mexico when her friend Dan is kidnapped and the ransom is the bones of a dead sharpshooter whose ghost travels with Pepper. This was a good mystery that kept me guessing throughout most of the story. The setting was so picturesque, I felt like I was there with Pepper. I like the tone of the story and the secondary characters complemented Pepper and her actions as she tries to solve the puzzle and find her friend. I can’t believe I’ve never read any of the books in this series and now I’m especially looking forward to the next book in this entertaining series.