Dark UndertakingsWest Country Mysteries (Volume 2)
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St. Martin's Press
On Sale: 05/20/2014
ISBN: 9781466871908304 Pages
Fifty-five-year-old Jim Lapsford makes an unusually healthy-looking corpse. A life-long devotee of vitamin pills and herbal remedies, it seems almost ironic that he has succumbed to a heart attack, but his doctor is convinced that this is the case.
Trainee undertaker Drew Slocombe isn't so sure. As an ex-nurse, Drew is convinced that there is enough conflicting medical evidence to merit a coroner's inquest at least. And then there's Jim's personal life: in addition to a long-suffering wife, two sons, and a grieving terrier, Jim appears to have left behind a series of scorned mistresses.
Everyone else seems happy to accept the doctor's verdict, and Drew knows he shouldn't rock the boat. But can he really turn his back on murder? With plenty of suspects, zero proof, and Jim's cremation just days away, Drew sure has his work cut out for him...
Smart, engrossing, and delightfully refreshing, Dark Undertakings is another great West Country mystery from Rebecca Tope.
Praise for Dark Undertakings
"Cozy fans who enjoyed A Dirty Death won't be disappointed." - Publishers Weekly
"A fine addition to any collection." - Library Journal
"Tope's debut, A Dirty Death, was one of our five best first mysteries of the year in 2000. Her second novel cements her position as a writer to keep watching and reading. ... Well-drawn characters and a well-constructed plot hold the reader's interest throughout this first-rate mystery." - Booklist
"Tope shows admirable zest and humor in relating everyone in the village to everyone else, à la Six Degrees of Separation, and demonstrates a winsome way with every last village soul." - Kirkus Reviews