Not Quite Dead

Not Quite Dead Summary

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.

Book Reviews

Intense5 star

Gracie, to be in your head is mind blowing. Relationships are so intertwined. Do yourself a favor and read this book!55


Interesting but a lot of filler.4 star

Very well written & it kept me intrigued. However, when I got to the last page I was very displeased. I understand this is a series but not a single answer was necessarily given. I want to know what happens next. I thought about purchasing the second book, however, the first chapter made it seem as if I’m my questions would remain unanswered.45


Not quite dead4 star

Loved it!45


So good!5 star

This was awesome! This book has you go through all the emotions wrapped together perfectly from beginning to end. I couldn’t wait to find out the over 200 year mystery. On to the next book in the series.55


Couldn’t put it down5 star

From start to finish, this book kept me entertained. I couldn’t stop reading it. I loved every page.55

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Not Quite Dead5 star

Great book. Hated for it to end, but I am glad there are more!55


Enjoyable read5 star

Enjoyed the story line. Loved the main characters humor. Having a ghost as a character in the book added interest to the story. Will definitely read book 2 in the series.55


Not Quite Dead5 star

Suspenseful and interesting. Unexpected turns keep it alive throughout, and keep me reading. Ms Payne can even successfully keep her sexual interest dangling in the air; she’s an incorrigible tease. The journals from the 1700s sound like she had written them herself. Thanks for bringing the language to the 21st century that modern readers can easily grasp. Voodoo is alive and thriving in many forms in the Americas. Ritualistic Cuban Santeria in Miami, Florida can still volley assaults when summoned by circumstances and persuasions. “Know what you are treading on” may not be a tired cliche.55


Questions3 star

This book was AMAZING but I got so mad when I made it to the end and still had several unanswered questions. The description of this book compared to the next make it seem like all your questions will be answered by the last page but that’s not the case35


Not Quite Dead5 star

Was a wonderful book. Read in three nights couldn’t put it down!!!55

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