Hearse of a Different Color: A Hitchcock Sewell Mystery
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Hearse of a Different Color: A Hitchcock Sewell Mystery (Hitchcock Sewell #2)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  330 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Hitchcock Sewell, Baltimore's hippest undertaker and civilian sleuth, is back in a second sly, original mystery.

One of the most charming and offbeat amateur detectives to come around in years, Hitchcock Sewell does for the undertaking profession what Marilyn Monroe did for the ukulele--gives it a touch of class. In this rollicking follow-up to Tim Cockey's "witty, punchy,...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2001)
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Lee
In the second installment of the further adventures of Hitch....our undertaker/amatuer detective. The hilarious, and still friendly friendship he has with his ex-wife, makes for some good reading. If you need some chuckles in yer life, and a pretty good who-dun-it, this is a fun/entertaing series.
Jerry
This is the second, and our second, in the five-book Hitchcock Sewell undertaker and amateur sleuth series. Hitch spends little time at his funeral parlor in this one – rather, he really does roam throughout Baltimore chasing one clue after another, and one suspicious party after another, in search for who bumped off a waitress and dumped her body on his mortuary doorstep!

As with the first story, there is plenty of humor to go along with the mystery. However, “Color” features a somewhat more com...more
Judi
"The wake was a bust. Everybody was crowded into the front hall, leaving the dead doctor to his own devices. One of his colleagues was kneeling in front of the couch, gingerly lifting the bloodstained front of the dress and peering inside. He meant well, but it was a perverse sight."


A dead waitress is dumped on the steps of Baltimore's Sewell and Sons funeral home in the middle of an unscheduled pre-Christmas blizzard and a wake for one of John Hopkins prestigious heart surgeons. On the surface,...more
Pat
More good stuff.
During a funeral, a body is dropped off at funeral home.
After a bit, Hitch solves it.
He is dating a weather reporter. That fades away.
Jenny
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Writerlibrarian
Less zany than the first one in the series. Hitch is still a smart aleck and defender of the helpless. He gets roped into a tangled web of family deceptions and despair when a body is dropped on the steps of his funeral home when inside a family gathers around a doctor who died of a heart attack. Coincidence, act of defiance, remorse, warning? Nothing and all of the above perhaps.

A better structured plot, a lot less secondary or just passing through zany characters make this second novel in Coc...more
Jean Cable
This book kept me interested and guessing till the end
Maurean
During the wake of a prominent Baltimore doctor, a murdered waitress (also, the daughter of a stripper, nude model, small time porn star, and mother to a 3yo son) is unceremoniously dropped off at the doors of Sewell & Son. So, Hitch and his new meteorologist girlfriend, Bonnie, set out to find Helen Waggoner's killer.

Another good installment to the series; not as good as the first, but it kept me interested anyway.
Jen
I am not sure why I chose this neon book off the library shelves, but I am glad I did. The slutty, good-looking hero is wise-cracking, dog-loving sleuth surrounded by murders and a few made-for-tv plot twists.
Nancy
This lighter murder mystery takes Hitchcock Sewell, a charming undertaker/sluthe, through the Fells Point section of Baltimore and surrounding areas as he tries to determine why someone has deposited the body of a young woman on the steps of his funeral home during a snow storm. Wonderful characters, colorfully depicted - a fun jaunt through Baltimore.
Chandra
Jul 08, 2008 Chandra rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes crime drama and smart aleck narrators
Shelves: mysteries
so i really like these books! the narrator/main character is such a smart aleck that it keeps you laughing. of course i love crime dramas so the plot keeps up your interest throughout. bonus is that it's set in baltimore and i am relating with each location/bit of information in his descriptions. perfect fast beach/airplane read!
Clare
I liked that the main character in this book was a guy in his early thirties who just happens to be an undertaker with a sense of humor and an adventurous soul. I also liked that although he is overall a nice guy (and very generous to others) he also has lots of flaws. I would definitely read another book by this author.
Nancy H
The thing I really liked about this book was the ending, because I love a mystery that surprises you, and this one did that for me. However, I didn't rate the book higher because I thought it was a somewhat slow read. I still consider this a very good series, though, and will definitely read the next one.
Connie
This is the 2nd book in the Hitchcock Sewell series. A woman is dropped off on the funeral's home steps during a wake for a prominent doctor and Hitch tries to find out who would have done such a thing. It was funny and really went around in circles about who it could be doing the bad deed.
Peter
A nice, light read with an interesting story and quirky characters. The writing is well paced and peppered with enough humor, sarcasm and pop culture references to make it both compelling and funny. It moves along nicely and brings you right along for the ride - in Hitcock Sewell's hearse!
Shay Lange
My first impression was positive. But after about 50 pages, I decided that I didn't like his writing style. I'm sure he intended the main character to sound witty. But I found the style cliche and affected. Plus, the story line didn't make me want to turn the next page.
Mary Newcomb
Hitch Sewell is a most inquisitive undertaker. He also seems to have a roving eye. These two characteristics help him to untangle an array of murders and mysterious deaths. There are more in the series, I'm still thinking about whether I want to read them.
Cynthia
Like reading a Carl Hiaasen novel, except it's about an undertaker in Baltimore instead of a reporter (or whatever) in Florida. Very funny, a lite and entertaining plot, very interesting but still believable characters, quick and fun to read, lots of good wisecracks.
Marty
Light and interesting read - nicely balances some of the more serious books i am reading. Mystery is my favorite recreational reading genre and i had not ready any of this author before. Not a page-turner, but the story moves along at a decent pace.
Mathieu
Deuxième aventure du croque-mort. Si la lecture est agréable, le héros m'est insupportable : Arrogant, sûr de lui. Même ses vices sont en fait là pour le rendre plus sympathique. Encore une fois : A héros parfait, Mathieu insatisfait.
Jen
Fantastic book. If you love to laugh and a good mystery too--this is a great series to read. Excellent story and so funny it will make you laugh out loud. Hitchcock Sewell is a funny undertaker with too much free time.
Clare
Another great Tim Cockey book - I thoroughly enjoy reading about Hitchcock Sewell's adventures. I love the humour and the stories have really good twists and turns. Great stuff
Patrick
This installment of the Hitckcock Sewell series dragged like a mamma-tamma. Super-convoluted plot with an over-reliance on snowstorms to move the story along. Skip it.
Dianne
A good mystery with laugh-out-loud humor as part of the main character's personality. Loved it and all of the other Hitchcock Sewell books by Tim Cockey!
Cindy
Just plain fun, as all of Tim Cockey's "Hearse" (plus Backstabber) books have been. Quirky, witty, fun plots. Quite enjoy these books.
Ruth
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Book Concierge
This is a fun mystery series starring Baltimore undertaker Hitch Sewell. Light, entertaining reading.
Cédric Jover
Je m'attendais à mieux, je reste déçu. L'intrigue commence plutôt bien pourtant...
Lois
Hitch is a good character to hang with. Fun to recognize the Baltimore stuff.
Donna
This was a re-read. I enjoy re-reading the Hitchcock Sewell series every year.
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Tim Cockey is the author of the award-winning “Hitch” series: The Hearse You Came In On, Hearse of a Different Color, Hearse Case Scenario, and Murder in the Hearse Degree. He has been a story analyst for many major film and television companies, including American Playhouse, ABC, and Hallmark Entertainment. He grew up in Baltimore and now lives in New York City.
More about Tim Cockey...
The Hearse You Came in On (Hitchcock Sewell Mysteries, #1) Murder in the Hearse Degree (Hitchcock Sewell Mysteries, #4) The Hearse Case Scenario (Hitchcock Sewell Mysteries, #3) Backstabber (Hitchcock Sewell Mysteries, #5) Murder in the Hearse Degree: A Novel

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