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Caught Dead in Philadelphia

by Gillian Roberts

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Series: Amanda Pepper (book 1)

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Second Read February 14-15, 2016.
First Read June 20-21, 2015. Book Review from First Read.

What fun to discover a novel with the setting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! AND it's the first title of a mystery series!! AND the main character, Amanda Pepper is an English teacher turned sleuth!!! Then what a delight to learn that the author was a former English teacher in Philly!!! It makes one wonder if she did any sleuthing for the Philadelphia Police Department(PPD) ;)


Two of my favorites in the descriptive category are:
(1) "During the great Coca-Cola switch-over, I tried to tell Beth (Amanda's older & married sister) to think of herself as the Classic form, to realize that she, like Coke, didn't have to reinvent herself. But she didn't see the connection."
(2) "I'd be cushioned by my lovely relatives, and I'd die of suffocation and boredom, instead."

And the author absolutely nailed the description of weather as shared by this example:
"I've never understood why they call this the temperate zone. It is anything but. With weather ranging from below zero to one hundred degrees, it should be called the schizoid belt.
But every so often, with totally intemperate zest, a day blooms with a nearly painful beauty. It's a day for believing your lover's promises, for rediscovering humanity and feeling kinship with it, for deciding not to join the Sun Belt defectors just yet.
Saturday was one of those. I looked out the guest room window at a sincerely blue sky dotted with cartoon fluffs of clouds. Such a spring day promises a mind-boggling, glorious summer, I'd lived long enough to know that this promise is a bald-faced lie. Still, days like this are so sweet prior knowledge becomes questionable. This is a brand new beginning, and anything's possible."

I enjoyed every aspect of the mystery and can't wait to read more titles in the series! ( )
  Corduroy7 | Jun 21, 2015 |
Amanda Pepper annoyed me by withholding information from the police for the first four chapters of the book. I like her boyfriend but what does he see in her? ( )
  R0BIN | Apr 27, 2013 |
High school English teacher Amanda Pepper lives an unexceptional existence with her cat, Macavity. When a part-time drama teacher, actress, and political fiancée shows up at her apartment one morning only for Amanda to find her murdered that afternoon, she is drawn into the case first as a suspect and then through her own curiosity, despite the warnings of an attractive Southern-accented detective. An easy read and entertaining read, if not a striking mental puzzle. Amanda is troubled by the murders without the book becoming gory. I'm not sure if I'll seek out the rest of the series, but I'll keep it in mind.
  jholcomb | Jan 25, 2010 |
This book was given to me by a friend that chooses mysteries by the title. I have to admit, I love a series, so I will continue to finish off this series (just because). It was quick and an easy read before bed (no bad dreams).

I love quirky characters and Amanda was different enough, not the beauty, not the brain, that I found her amusing. I enjoyed her Mom (a bald parrot?) & her sister's dogged determination to get her married off.

Amanda is a teacher at a private school specializing in teaching children of wealthy parents. A co-worker shows up at her doorstep in the morning, stays and when Amanda comes home from work, she finds her dead. At least she gets to meet an interesting, attractive detective (what a way to meet a guy). ( )
  ChrisMG | May 20, 2009 |
This was recommended to me (by a retired teacher) as a book that any teacher would enjoy. I didn't like it, but then again, I'm not a teacher. When I was in school, they were the enemy. I never really liked Amanda Pepper, but obviously, it is a matter of taste.

Amanda is a teacher at a private school specializing in the stupid children of wealthy parents. Perhaps it is her dislike of her pupils that put me off. She is also very down on the upper class generally, which readers may like or dislike, according to their nature.

I never lived in Philadelphia, but my grandmother did, and I found this book extremely evocative of the place. A friend of mine lived in a townhouse just like Amanda Pepper's. The sense of place almost made up for the main character. ( )
  juglicerr | Oct 13, 2007 |
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Greber, RobertAuthor photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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At 7:58 A.M. on a wet Monday morning, twenty-seven hours after giving up cigarettes and a green-eyed disc jockey, I was not in a mood to socialize.

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Amanda Pepper is a teacher at Philly Prep, an institution specializing in the stupid children of wealthy parents. A fellow teacher asks to take a nap, and later is found dead on Amanda's couch. As an obvious suspect, Amanda has a great interest in solving the murder, and has to unravel the complicated secret life of the victim.
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Anthony Award winner for Best First Mystery Novel -- the debut of the Philadelphia-set Amanda Pepper
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

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Amanda is suspected of murder when an acquaintance is found dead in front of her fireplace. She joins forces with Officer Mackenzie to solve the case.

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