Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Mystery)

Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Mystery)

by Lyla Payne

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149282371
Publisher: Author-Published
Publication date: 03/28/2014
Series: Lowcountry Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 4,365
File size: 591 KB

About the Author

Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us – past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. Lyla’s hard at work, ALWAYS, and hopes to bring you more Whitman University antics and at least one more Lowcountry ghost tale before the end of the year.

If you want to know more, please visit her at

If you’re a fan of Young Adult fiction—science fiction or otherwise—please check out her work that’s published under the name Trisha Leigh.

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Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Ghost Story) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs a little bettet proof reader but was good story
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 27 days ago
Entertaining and funny. Will read the other books in the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to read stories that have a bit of suspense, a bit of humor and a bit of romance combined with strong characters that aren’t afraid to show us a few flaws. This one had all of this and a ghost to add to the mix.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
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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 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.