Dead People

Rated 4.00/5 based on 4 reviews
When Cassie Taylor talks, ghosts listen. Brooding songwriter Luke Rivers wants to give his recently found daughter a normal home, but his new house is haunted by a ghost with an attitude. Cassie has an attitude too—even before someone tries to kill her. He wants conventional. She wants acceptance. No wonder she thinks men are hard and dead people are easy.

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About Edie Ramer

Edie is funnier on the page than in real life. A multiple award-winning writer, she writes books about cats, dragons, aliens, dead people and live people with attitude. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, her dog and one important cat.

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Review by: Sherry Jacobs on Dec. 19, 2011 : (no rating)
Read Dead People by Edie Ramer in record time -- I couldn't put it down. I could really see this story placed into a script for a TV movie. The visuals for this that we have today could be outstanding, especially with the actions of Isabel. Thank you for such an enjoyable story. Sherry in Milwaukee, WI
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Review by: mish on June 4, 2011 :
Rating = 3 (I Liked It) Dead People is a romance wrapped up in a ghostly mystery. There is more emphasis on the romance than the mystery. In fact, if you are looking for a classic whodunit that keeps you guessing until the end, then this isn't the book for you. Like Ramer's other book, Cattitude, the mystery is more of a howdunit and whydunit than a whodunit. The bad guy is made obvious by the author early in the book, but there are a few mild red herrings thrown in to make you wonder if it might possibly be someone else.

The attraction between Cassie and Luke starts off immediately but it's not in-your-face instant attraction. The reader isn't hit over the head with it from the get go. They are both dealing with personal baggage that makes them keep their distance and resist each other. Luke is suddenly a father to a daughter he didn't even know he had and whose mother is a junkie. Cassie is independent and spunky but also has self-image issues and has given up on finding love due to always being treated like a freak by boyfriends, classmates, and family because of her ghost whispering. She has learned not to expect anything from people and to keeps her distance. She prefers the companionship of Joe, her ghostly friend and sidekick. I really liked Joe's character and wished he had a bigger part in the book, but it looks like he will have a book of his own in the next installment of this series. I also liked the fact that Cassie wasn't the perfect heroine with the perfect body, though at times I think there was a little too much focus on it.

Overall, I liked the story but sometimes the dialogue didn't work for me and was a little confusing at times. In one case, I couldn't figure out what Cassie was even responding to. On the other hand, Cassie is a bit of a smart ass and there were several good verbal exchanges or snippets of narrative that gave me a chuckle. Unfortunately, there were a lot of typos in this book and it did start to distract me along with a few other nitpicky things.

Dead People was a good read and I feel it is well worth the time for a reader who likes a romance with a light mystery and some ghosties, a sassy but lonely ghost whisperer, a conflicted but sexy songwriter, a little girl with emotional baggage, and a not-so-scary haunted house with a temperamental ghost. Cassie and Luke's story seems pretty wrapped up at the end so no major cliffhangers but the story does leave the door open for the next book involving Joe the Ghost. I'll definitely be looking for it!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Review by: Heather Brewer on March 23, 2011 :
Dead People by Edie Ramer
* I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Dead People is about so much more than the title suggests. It takes you on an emotional journey with the main characters as they start to care about each other. As the romance blooms, there is also a mystery afoot and don’t forget attempted murder.

The story is centered around Cassie, who is a ghost therapist and has been ridiculed of all her life. Her father and his family will tell you she is crazy, if you ask them. She has been alone for so long and used to taking care of herself, she didn’t realize how much she wanted a family until she met Luke and Erin.

Luke has had enough of the limelight and just wants his daughter Erin to have a normal life. He and Erin have a rocky relationship at best. She is upset because the judge took her away from her mother she blames him. The only person she seems to warm up to is Cassie.

Cassie is hired to get rid of the ghost haunting the house Luke and Erin live in. Isabel was the former mistress of the house and she wants everyone to leave her home. She has scared Erin and Luke with her actions and they just want their house back. The longer Isabel sticks around, the more she comes to care for them and when they are in danger she intervenes.

Cassie and Luke have great chemistry. They are both attracted to each other but don’t want to act on that attraction for different reasons. Cassie wants love and acceptance and Luke just wants no strings attached. The sexual tension between them is so thick you could cut it with a knife.

Little by little Erin works her way into Cassie’s heart. She sees so much of herself in Erin and can relate to the little girl. She didn’t have her mother growing up and didn’t get any support from her stepmother.

The cast of secondary characters in this book are colorful and entertaining. You have Joe the Ghost that is Cassie’s companion. He was a cop in his former life. He watches out for Cassie and makes sure she is ok. Cassie would rather spend her time talking to Joe than to a human male – go figure. There is also Tricia, the current housekeeper who grew up in the house, her mother and Vanessa, Erin’s mother. They all add something to the story.

I also loved the story about the house itself. I’ve always been fascinated with old houses and their history. The author does a good job of describing both the inside and outside of the house. The references to Nancy Drew were great because I grew up reading stories such as The Hidden Staircase.

Overall I really enjoyed Dead People. It kept me entertained from the beginning and I didn’t want to put it down. I give it 4 Flaming Hearts.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Cecile on Dec. 29, 2010 :
Ms. Edie did it again with a book that took me by surprise and made me smile! And for those of you that have read the blurb and seen that it is not an erotic book - yes, I finished it all the way and loved it. Surprised, I know! But Ms. Edie really did a great job with Catittude that I had to see if she could give me more, lol. And she did. This is a very intriguing book to say the least. I mean you have a whole slue of things going on... Not in a bad way either. They all work for the greater of the book.

Like Cassie for instance... she can talk to ghost. Which on the rating of a trait you want your girlfriend to have is not the highest on the list. So, Cassie has been dateless for around four years. In the mean time, Joe... a hot cop - a dead hot cop has become her best friend.

What I really liked about this book was that Ms. Edie jumped right in there with the story. We find Cassie talking to Joe in the first chapter. And it went from there. We see the interaction between the two and it really made me think... Can ghost love? Cassie won me over because she just wanted someone who wanted her for her whole self. Not what she could do for them, not for half of herself and not to sell herself out. She believed in herself (with Joe's pushing, lol), she accepted what she is a long time ago... Now it is time to see if anyone else wanted to accept her. But putting her heart out there was not something Cassie wanted to do. At least that is what she thought until she met Luke Rivers...

Who.. yeah, Luke Rivers... you know the guitar player of that hot band a while back. Cassie did not know him or care to know him. She was at his house, by his request to take care of a ghost that would not leave him or his daughter alone. Luke is not your typical hero of a story. He had me whispering to myself "dumb ass," then he would have me thinking... you are an ass... Then he would have me in a little puddle over what he wanted to achieve for his daughters sake. Erin....

Now normally I do not do books with children in them, but I have to say that Ms. Edie did this very tastefully. So much so that I truly wanted to take Erin home with me and love her to death. She is not a brat, she is not a princess. She is a child who had a junkie mother, lead singer of the same band her dad came from. A child who was lied to - from her mother. Then when Erin almost witnessed the death of an overdose... she called 911 and it changed Erin's life forever... not just hers... Luke's as well.

Then we have Ms. Shay, the ghost that is haunting the house. She is quite a pain till Cassie figures out how to handle Ms. Shay. Now I will tease you a bit, Ms. Edie had me giggling at a part in the book when Ms. Shay and Cassie discuss Cassie's sex life.... or lack of one! That is all I can tell you! LMBO! Ms. Shay does not want to leave her house - end of story. Luke wants her out - period. Cassie is hired to gt rid of her - new story just waiting to happen, lol. How does this end.. humm... I am not sure. Okay, I am sure, I just can't tell you. But I will give you this. This is an amazing fun loving book. Ohhhh and yes, in case you are wondering, I did get my smutty sex fix! Ms. Edie does that very well. She held the sexual tension just right for a "family" story and then BAM gave it to me, lmbo!!!

This book left me laughing my butt off at some parts, feeling the need to smack Luke upside the head a couple of times, wishing that Joe was a real man, giggling over Hunk, wanting to cradle Erin to my heart and love her, and it left me really wanting to kick Tracy's ass. Ms. Edie pulled a lot of emotion from the reader of this book. She gave me everything and then some. Luke and Erin's story will leave you wondering is it really easier dealing with ghost or... men?!

Ms Edie, your writing is quite refreshing and I am loving it up!! Oh and also... I am looking forward (batting eyelashes) for more to come!!!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: laurie garrison on Dec. 27, 2010 :
Cover- I really love the cover, to bad its not in paperback...

Dead People is a delightful and romantic read that will stir your emotions. I had a good time reading this one and found myself laughing out loud at times. There is a mystery, danger, adventure and even some humor. I have to give Edie Ramer credit she adds a lot of sexual tension and the sex made me proud (even as a spicy romance reader), it was very well written. I am very impressed and can’t wait to read more by Ramer.

Cassie is a ghost whisper, her parents no longer wants to be in her life, her love life is by a dildo named Hunk, and her best friend is a ghost named Joe, so you know she’s in need of a pick me up. She takes a job from a song writer to get rid of his ghost problem. Cassie never expected to find herself in danger and falling in love at this same time. The thing is Cassie wants a man that will take her whole package, freaky ghost hunter side and all. I liked reading Cassie, she is very strong, but yet hesitant to take a chance.

Luke may take a bit to warm up to. You see he is not your typical hero that you like to read about, he doesn’t just pop in to save the day. He’s more of your everyday man that has been through a lot from his ex-wife and now he has a 10 year old girl that hates him. He has a hard time dealing with owning a haunted house, being a new dad then you throw a curvy ghost whisper that sparks his every need, so you know he is on overload. I did end up liking Luke and found I really felt for him at times.

Erin is Luke’s 10 year old daughter. She use to live with her mom and had a rough life. At times Erin got on my nerves while reading, but it did smooth out. At the end of the book I felt she added a lot to the story.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: Liz Lipperman on Nov. 25, 2010 : (no rating)
What could be more fun than Luke and his ten year old daughter discovering his new house is haunted by Isobel, the wife of the previous owner? How about when the skeptical songwriter hires Cassie, who claims to help unhappy spirits leave earth? But Isobel has no intentions of leaving, at least not until she tells her story.

Dead People had me on the edge of my seat as the author takes us on a journey that began in pre-Civil War times and has Luke and Cassie running for their lives from someone out there who will stop at nothing to keep Isobel’s story secret.

Ramer has weaved a suspenseful tale with just the right amount of romance in a story that will haunt me forever.

Liz Lipperman
Liver Let Die coming from Berkley October 2011
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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