Ned possesses the unique talent of being able to bring the dead to life merely by touching them. However, the person may remain alive only for one minute, or else someone else dies for them. A second touch will render the person dead again, unable to be revived. Through his connections with PI Emerson Cod, Ned revives his childhood sweetheart, Chuck. The trio, aided occasionally by Olive Snook, helps solve the mysteries of various murders, whose murderer is often surprising. Written by
Did You Know?
The name of Ned's childhood hometown, Coeur d'Coeurs, means "Heart of Hearts" in French. See more
Throughout the series, the way Ned's gift works contradicts itself. Most notably, his entire business is based around touching dead fruit to make it ripe again for use in his pies. When he touches the fruit, it is restored to its pristine physical shape. However when he touches a sentient creature that has died, the broken/harmed/rotted body remains that way. See more
You can't die of evilness.
Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles
Happens all the time; you do something mean or hurtful to someone like tell a secret... Bang! You're dead.
Or bang! You're not really dead, you're just pretending to be dead while other people who think you're dead are heartbroken.
Or bang! You talk too much and you both go wait in the car.