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Dark Undertakings (Drew Slocombe #1)

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  12 reviews
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 evi...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 23rd 2001 by Minotaur Books (first published 1999)
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I'm glad I picked this book up for free. I keep seeing packs of her books and wondering. At least I can wonder no more. I've now read a Rebecca Tope book, and I wouldn't touch another with a barge pole. This was just dreadful. It drivelled on and felt like it would never end. The style of the book wasn't engaging at all, felt a bit muddled, and as though a few of the characters and conversations had been lumped in as filler. It starts off by throwing stacks of characters at you and continues lik...more
A man is found dead at home, in bed. The doctor signs the death certificate as it being a heart attack without doing an autopsy. So an undertaker, who is new to the town, decides that it wasn't a heart attack and takes it upon himself to prove that it was murder and to find out who did it.

This book confused me because NO ONE - not the family, his coworkers, the doctor, etc, no one wanted to find out if it was murder, even though they suspected. And the police weren't brought in to the investigat...more
Thoroughly enjoyable! This only took me 2 days to read (by the hotel pool in the sunshine :P) I just couldn't put it down- in fact, I made my family wait in the hotel room for about 15 minutes before we went out for dinner so I could read the end!! Very interesting characters and lots of interesting twists and turns in the plot to keep you on your toes. It wasn't contrived in any way- the emotions of the characters were pure, genuine and correlated well to the situations they were in. Some peopl...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

i've got really behind with updating around these parts. i remember enjoying this book, which is the first in a series featuring drew slocombe, the new boy at a funeral directors. obviously he's going to end up poking into the deaths he comes across in the business. i wasn't really convinced there was a series in this after this book but i did spend half the book saying "no drew, leave it alone, you'll only get yourself sacked, stop sticking your nose into things!" which is probably a sign of go

I never like to give up on a book but this one pushed me to my limits :-(
I originally picked this up for my mystery club's "Weddings and Funerals" month. Just now getting around to reading it. Only 1 chapter in and I like it.

For the most part I liked this mystery. I liked Drew and the other guys at the funeral home. I especially liked Roxanne and hope she'll be in future books in the series. The mystery was satisfying and I'm sure I'll read more by this author. My only complaint is that the book seemed unnecessarily long - perhaps 20% could've been cut to keep this m...more
I was somehow surprised to enjoy this. It felt slow, yet In a very gentle and slow way I became very intrigued by the characters. Unusually I didn't worry about the story not moving on quickly, but felt immersed in the simple way the story developed as if I were there. Pleasantly surprised.
Angie Perkins
An enjoyable read and nice to see a crime novel written from an original viewpoint. Will definitely read some more of Rebecca Tope's books.
Felt like I whipped through this book. Very enjoyable read and decent resolution to the story.

Too slow. Halfway through we still hadn't decided if it was murder. Boring.
D Wedd
Not a gripping read, not a lot really happens.
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Rebecca Tope grew up on a farm and has held a wide variety of jobs, such as pre-natal instructor, marriage counselor, and funeral director, all of which have taught her a great deal about human nature. In 1992, she founded Praxis Books, a small British press.
More about Rebecca Tope...
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