Not Quite Dead by Lyla Payne

Not Quite Dead

By Lyla Payne

  • Release Date: 2014-03-27
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4
From 51 Ratings
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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.


  • Simple, but entertaining

    By DaniTatie
    Get a new proofreader and editor. The story is cute and a good way to pass the time, but there were a fee inconsistencies and lots of spelling issues.
  • Not Quite Dead

    By Dizehere
    I have read hundreds of these ebooks and by far, this is the most well written book of them all. I did find that the quality of writing was impressively strong at the beginning but then became less impressive from about the middle until the end and was perhaps rushed as it was excitedly written through the action-filled passages. The story itself, brings you in to their world and keeps you interested all the way through however. Overall, a good read and an entertaining one at that!
  • Read it!

    By Wine please
    I'm not much of a "paranormal" reader but the events of this book are presented in a very feasible way. I have always felt that some people have a connection with life,feelings and situations beyond the here and now. This story really plays with all you emotions in an honest way. The main character is a flawed but has hope, kindness and loyalty. Read it!
  • Not quite dead

    By sanitaa
    Likeable characters, but juvenile writing. All girl power and life affirmations overlaid on the thinnest of plots.
  • Not Quite Dead

    By Banbamlaf
    Loved your story. It was well written and easy to read. I love that you didn't over focus on small details and back track a lot like many writers do. Great read.
  • Not Quite Dead

    By Pinky jay
    A good read. Would enjoy reading more about Gracie, Beau, and the ghosts. Fun!