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...more
Pages - 510
Publisher - Allison & Busby
Source - Bought
Blurb from Goodreads
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. His GP is convinced that this is the case but trainee undertaker Drew Slocombe isn't so sure and he is convinced that there is enough conflicting medical evidence to merit a coroner's inquest at ...more
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 ...more
The book's plot is awful. It is supposed to be a whodunnit but I was so tired of drudging through the chapters that I couldn't care less whether it was accidental death or pre-meditated murder.
Recommended to no one as it was one of my worst reads of this year.
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 ...more
drew has just started a new job as an undertaker after problems with his nursing career
jim, at 55 years old, is found dead in bed and the doctor says heart attack
h/e drew is not convinced. but nobody else agrees and he has to investigate on his own
the village is a very tight knit community with many secrets of it's own. not least jim's affairs, a dodgy doctor and drug dealings
a light read as usual with excellent characters
h/e there were a few loose end