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Caught Dead in Philadelphia (Amanda Pepper Series #1)
     

Caught Dead in Philadelphia (Amanda Pepper Series #1)

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by Gillian Roberts
 

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Anthony Award winner for Best First Mystery Novel — the debut of the Philadelphia-set Amanda Pepper
series.
Amanda Pepper, English teacher at Philly Prep, does not hate her life. But when a fellow teacher who's engaged to a senate candidate, begs for rest on Amanda's couch, then dies, things could be better. Then the police suspect her of murder, she

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Anthony Award winner for Best First Mystery Novel — the debut of the Philadelphia-set Amanda Pepper
series.
Amanda Pepper, English teacher at Philly Prep, does not hate her life. But when a fellow teacher who's engaged to a senate candidate, begs for rest on Amanda's couch, then dies, things could be better. Then the police suspect her of murder, she begins her own investigation, and ends by teaching a certain blue-eyed cop a thing or two....
"Gillian Roberts is a mystery reader's dream come true."
Lia Matera

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Amanda Pepper is a wide-eyed and overzealous young Philadelphia schoolteacher who debuts in a not-very-mysterious mystery, the first in a series. Returning home from school, Amanda finds a friend has been murdered in her living room. Always in the right place at the right time (later, she happens upon a second body in much the same way), Amanda is up to the task, and ultimately solves the mystery with a few clever deductions. She also conveniently solves the problem of her personal life by falling in love with a charming detective with a Southern accent and a solid background in English Lit, who has been assigned to the case. Although there are a few glimmers of wit, this mystery is chock-full of predictable plot turns, and is peopled by stock characters who are not enigmatic, interesting or vivid enough to launch a long-lived series. Mystery Guild selection. (October)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Amanda Pepper comes home after a hard day teaching school to find an acquaintance dead on her hearth. All clues point to Amanda but she finds help in the guise of tall handsome police detective C.K. Mackenzie. Everything is in place for an excellent story. But the ending is a bit of a disappointment, the motive trite. However, Roberts (pseudonym of author Judith Greber The Silent Partner and Easy Answers ) has provided enough plot line and characterization to keep the reader's interest. JV

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684188096
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/16/1987
Series:
Amanda Pepper Series , #1
Pages:
224

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Caught Dead in Philadelphia (Amanda Pepper Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
JenZuna More than 1 year ago
This book was different from what I usually read as far as mysteries go. It was a tad slow and dry but the main character did have some endearing qualities. The story wasn't very fast paced but there were some laughs and some cute one liners. I wouldn't not recommend it but i'm not sure i'll be rushing to read the next book in the series.
tthornton More than 1 year ago
Gillian Roberts paints a great picture of Philadelphia and has created a character in Amanda Pepper that I hope will continue. The budding romance is another relationship I'd love to follow. If you like Gemma Halliday, Joanne Fluke and Janet Evanovich, you will love this new series. I can't wait for the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amanda Pepper is a thirty-year-old unmarried English teacher at elitist Philadelphia Prep and an amateur detective. She is a very likeable heroine and the book is consistently funny throughout. It is easy to understand why the author received an Anthony Award for best first mystery for this novel.