Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Mystery)

Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Mystery)

by Lyla Payne

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Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Mystery) by Lyla Payne

A broken engagement sends Graciela Harper crawling back to Heron Creek with her tail between her legs, but finds the sleepy little town too changed to set her life right. Not even her budding drinking problem can obscure her Gramps's failing health, or erase the mental picture of her first love happily married to her childhood best friend. To top it all off, she's having a heck of time convincing the town's dashing young mayor of her unfit-for-dating status.

When the ghost of 18th century lady pirate Anne Bonny starts insisting on a near daily audience, Graciela has to confront something else she never expected-being certifiably nuts at twenty-five years old.

Her brand new "I don't give a crap" attitude makes it easy to dismiss the mysterious threats that seem to be tied to her search for more information on the long dead pirate, but when her family becomes a target, Gracie knows she needs to find out why the ghost insists on being a constant, reeking companion.

If Graciela can put aside her prejudice against people without a pulse, she may discover that Anne Bonny's problems are intricately linked with her own. The past harbors answers could help the cantankerous spirit find closure, but she is, after all, already dead. If Graciela doesn't move fast, she might find herself doing the haunting, instead of the other way around.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497319936
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/30/2014
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

I've long had a love of stories. A few years ago decided to put them down on the page, and even though I have a degree in film and television, novels were the creative outlet where I found a home. I've published Young Adult under a different name, but when I got the idea for Broken at Love (my first New Adult title), I couldn't wait to try something new - and I'm hooked. In my spare time I watch a ton of tennis (no surprise, there), play a ton of tennis, and dedicate a good portion of brain power to dreaming up the next fictitious bad boy we'd all love to meet in real life.

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Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Ghost Story) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs a little bettet proof reader but was good story
Anonymous 6 months ago
Lyla Payne’s book is a quick read because it draws you in and you become involved with the characters. You wonder why the ghost is visiting Grace, will old friends reunite, who is responsible for the vandalism? You can’t stop reading until you find the answers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to relax with a good book, and this one is awesome! You can really get into the characters and stick with it beginning to end becoming more interested with each chapter. I enjoyed this very much and now moving on to not quite cold!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it, but wish there was more character development of the Mayor, Leo and more info on the voodoo witch and the curse. Maybe Gracie needs a therapist & AA before she tries her shot at love. Ghost Whisperer re-do
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the whole series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Half dead people who stink are not my thing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth reading and paying for
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting enough to check out more of these books, but something sorta about bugs me about the mayor is a he really falling for Gracie or is it a set up to get more from Gracie or is he really on the good side
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of first person present writing, but I make an exception for this book. I really like the protagonist Graciela as she is not the perfect character. She realizes she's not perfect which gives a nice twist. Graciela returns home to lick her wounds after a messy breakup, and to help her sick grandfather. She begins to see a ghost who obviously wants something from her, but not only does the ghost not speak, she stinks and enjoys scaring the bejeebus out of Graciela. The story follows Graciela trying to figure out the mystery, help her Grandfather, and a budding romance with the mayor of the town. Toss in a nasty antagonist trying to kill her and you have a sweet page turner.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read, was a little slow but picked up toward the end. Humor, romance and ghosts. I would say 3.5. I felt the author could have wrapped up some things better. *** spoiler such as why her aunt didn't notice that her own daughter was being beaten, and 2nd with Gracie being so paranoid of people why didn't she meet with Leo to talk about the Mayor ? Overall a good quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read with a great storyline!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isn't going to win a Pulitzer, but for a light read, it is not terrible. The main character is a jilted southern gal who likes her booze a bit too much. She also sees ghosts. There is some non-pornographic sex, and a LOT of yearning looks, a little bit of action, and some domestic abuse. Like I said, not a prize winner, but it kept me reading. Grade? B-.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is very unorganized in thought patterns and plot. I won't be seeking out this author again. Very tedious reading in places.
AshleeT More than 1 year ago
This was the first in a series and recommended by a friend...it didn't disappoint. It travels through from being heartbreaking to funny with a little romance in between. It is a journey of self discovery, acceptance, letting go of the past....and learning how to deal with ghosts.
CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
I don’t read a lot of books that are described as “ghost” stories. It’s just not something that usually interests me. But, I have decided to diversify my reading a bit and when I saw this book, I thought I’d give it a shot. I was glad I did, because what I got was so much more than a ghost story. Graciela is having a bit of a quarter century crisis. At 25 she has moved back to the small down where she spent summers as child in order to care for her grandfather and leave behind a broken engagement. Yeah, life isn’t exactly peachy for ol’ Graciela. Not to mention the townsfolk have seemed to already made up their minds about her and her habits. The only one who hasn’t shunned her is the town’s handsome mayor, who keeps popping up in strange circumstances. When a pirate ghost is added to the mix, Graciela is sure she’s lost it. This ghost is trying to communicate something to her, and when she figures it out, it’s something that just might get her killed. This really wasn’t a typical paranormal story for me at all. It was written in such a way that it all seemed like it could actually happen. The way the author grounded the story in a place and with the people really made it a story that captured your attention and didn’t go too far off the ghost story deep end. I really liked that. I also really liked how the way the author presented the setting almost made it like another character in the story. I think that is key to really investing you in a story that has a paranormal lean to it. I felt like the town had its own secrets to be revealed. Great job there. Overall, I just really enjoyed this book. It’s not your everyday read and for .99, I don’t think you can go wrong in buying and enjoying it. It’s a book that I know I’ll keep in my library and probably end up reading again. 4.5 stars. Reviewed by Sara Squared for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy Provided for review*
Andrettas More than 1 year ago
So while this has Ghost in the title, it is not specifically a ghost story, yes there is a ghost in it, but the real story is about how Gracie who is heartbroken by an ex comes back to her roots to start over and get her bearings. I mean who doesn’t want to go back to a small home town when you feel you have nothing left. It is also a love story between Gracie and a leading man in her home town. Yeah I know I don’t give spoilers so if you want to know who the leading man is you are going to have to read it. Things I don’t like. I don’t like the whoa is me attitude at the beginning, I get that her heart is broken but COME ON, be strong woman. But once she does get strong and stands up on her own two feet I really start to enjoy Gracie the character. That is not to say that Lyla didn’t do a really good job creating Gracie and the other characters, because she does. Things I really like. Lyla makes you feel all of the emotions that the characters feel and you really start to feel like you are there with them as they live though the book. I am really interested in where she is planing on going with this series and if it will be a continuation of Gracie or completely different story lines.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Who doesn’t love a ghostly little tale? Normal people having their normal lives messed up by supernatural events and figures who should be resting in peace but aren’t? Come on. Doesn’t that sound awesome to read about? I had the sneaky feeling Graciela would’ve preferred to read about ghosts than encounter one. No one told Anne Bonny’s ghost that though. Now Graciela is a reluctant “friend” to the briny apparition and trying to find out how their lives are connected. This isn’t your typical ghostly romance. There isn’t falling in love with someone who’s been long dead. There isn’t anyone wishing they could be together forever. This is about a woman struggling to turn her world right-side up again; a woman who gets interrupted by a specter looking for and needing closure; a woman dealing with loss, heartache, uncertainty, and death. But along the way, she renews friendships, discovers hope, and begins a new relationship with an incredible man. If you love ghost stories, if you’re looking for a different kind of paranormal romance, this is the book for you. Graciela’s a terrific protagonist with strengths and weaknesses readers can relate to. I laughed, snorted, contemplated, and worried my way through this tale. And the ending? *grins* I can’t wait to see where that leads. ***Received from Xpresso Book Tours for an honest review***
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
Not Quite Dead surprised me in many ways, all of them good. I connected with Graciela, Gracie, right away - she's snarky, spirited, and a loving, devoted granddaughter. She's come back to Heron Creek to take care of her grandpa, who isn't doing well health wise, and while she's nursing a broken heart with alcohol every night, I really didn't think she was over indulgent in her self pity. She handled her fiance cheating on her better than I would have handled it.  Thinking she will get a reprieve from heartbreak and totally awkward situations for a while, Gracie couldn't be more wrong. Barely back for twenty-four hours, she comes face to face with her first love who married her childhood best friend. Yikes! I was relieved, actually, that this wasn't going to be a story where a girl runs from her cheating fiance and finds the perfect place to let her broken heal perfectly. Not Quite Dead is realistic, which I appreciated - Gracie has a lot of history in Heron Creek, and because of that, there are unpleasant situations she must deal with here, too. The close relationship Gracie has with her grandpa warmed my heart and also brought tears with all of the little signs letting her know just how bad off he really is. I forgot several times that she only spent her summers in Heron Creek - with the love in her voice coming through loud and clear while reminiscing about spending time with her grandparents and going swimming with friends, I could tell how close her ties are to the town.  The young and handsome mayor had me laughing out loud with his banter with Gracie. He added humor which was a nice balance with the more serious topics addressed in this story, topics like cheating, depression, alcohol use, and domestic violence. There's a touch of romance, too, and I appreciated it wasn't the focus of the story but was happy it was there.  The mystery of whether Gracie is really seeing a ghost or if someone is trying to scare her away kept me glued to my Kindle. This book seemed so real it felt like everything in it could really happen. The voices of the characters, the way Payne paints scenes in her story, and the ease with which she draws you into the world she's created all lend the feeling of realness to Not Quite Dead. This was a great story to get lost in, and I'm looking forward to seeing where things go from here.     I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I really liked Ms. Payne's writing style. There were quite a few lines that made me smile or even laugh out loud, and several that I read out loud to those around me. She even had me darn close to tears at one point, and a couple of other scenes had me literally on the edge of my seat. Gracie--once she gets past her initial "poor me" phase--is a likable heroine with a lot of snark. The secondary characters are nicely fleshed out, and we get just enough of everyone's past to make us become invested in their future. The ghost is deliciously creepy--I was almost hesitant to shut off the last light before going to bed last night after staying up late reading. I did shut it off of course, but the cottage we're renting does have some interesting shadows, not to mention strange noises... Anyway. I really enjoyed reading Not Quite Dead. The main parts of the story were wrapped up at the end--one bit was resolved a *touch* too neatly, but it wasn't glaringly so and it was satisfactorily handled, so I didn't mind it too much. There are a few threads left hanging that will presumably be addressed in a future book, giving the reader something to look forward to. There's nothing remotely cliffhanger-ish about the ending, but there is something that happens on the very last page that pretty much guarantees I'll be first in line for book two of the series. All in all, an entertaining read! Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I completely fell in love with Gracie! She's smart, independent, and someone I would love to be friends with. Her relationship with her grandfather reminds me of my relationship with mine. Whether he knows it or not, he always helps whatever situation I've gotten myself into. Going home was just what the doctor ordered. Ghosts have always been a fascination and having that aspect intertwined into the story, plus the fact she's a woman pirate....WIN!! To say I loved the book is an understatement. I was enraptured the moment I began reading and am excited for the next book!