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I wasn t overly thrilled with the hero of this book My husband enjoys his books and passed this on to me I found it frustrating Why do you set up a guy like he s the smart guy but then give him lots of clues which he blows off At the end he s processing a death and pondering how money and jealousy played a part in the needless death blowing off the fact that he had been specifically asked for help and he blew the lady off Also when he does all the listening and people just tell him stuff wh I wasn t overly thrilled with the hero of this book My husband enjoys his books and passed this on to me I found it frustrating Why do you set up a guy like he s the smart guy but then give him lots of clues which he blows off At the end he s processing a death and pondering how money and jealousy played a part in the needless death blowing off the fact that he had been specifically asked for help and he blew the lady off Also when he does all the listening and people just tell him stuff which ultimately leads to resolution why then does the police yell at him Not entirely plausible to me Entertaining, as usual. @Epub ð Backstabber ⚶ He s suave, he s sexy, he s cool and he s an undertaker Hitchcock Sewell is back in one of the funniest and most fast paced novels yet, in Tim Cockey s celebrated award winning seriesA man has been murdered in his kitchen And the apparent killer wants Hitch to scoop up the body and take it away before the police have arrived Meanwhile, across town, Hitch smells a rat maybe two in the nursing home where an old friend of his has taken up residence With his matchless wit and uncommon ability to dig out the truth, Hitch is once again up to his old tricks and mystery readers couldn t be happier Just as much fun as all the other books in this series Sad that this was the last one. If one is looking for verisimilitude in its descriptions of mortuary and funeral home management, Tim Cockey s series that began with The Hearse You Came In On isn t an improvement over the television series, Six Feet Under and that show had its share of unethical moments in terms of funeral home management At one point in Backstabber, Aunt Billie tells protagonist Hitchcock Sewell that they are out of formaldehyde Now, formaldehyde may be used solo in science labs these days, but most embal If one is looking for verisimilitude in its descriptions of mortuary and funeral home management, Tim Cockey s series that began with The Hearse You Came In On isn t an improvement over the television series, Six Feet Under and that show had its share of unethical moments in terms of funeral home management At one point in Backstabber, Aunt Billie tells protagonist Hitchcock Sewell that they are out of formaldehyde Now, formaldehyde may be used solo in science labs these days, but most embalmers use a mixture of formaldehyde, methanol, and ethanol to do their work At another point in the story, a woman has been left out in the elements and rigor mortis has set in Apparently, the surviving family thinks it s cute and has her embalmed to sit in a chair at her own wake Admittedly, rigor can last up to circa 84 hours at times, but one cannot really imagine a mortician embalming a sitting woman Of course, there is that old story about people stealing the corpse of John Barry and sitting him in his favorite chair in Errol Flynn s living room But that, of course, was done without the approval of the mortuary.So, if you re looking for realism like a certain sibling of mine , Backstabber isn t for you If you like lots of humor, smart aleck dialogue that would have worked for Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade as well as working in this modern context , and an intriguing mystery with a bizarre cast of characters, you d probably enjoy it In spite of the occasional jarring aspects of the undertaker detective, I personally enjoy these silly little romps This particular mystery begins with an acquaintance of the undertaker trying to get Hitchcock to remove the body of a deceased husband before it is necessary to have a police investigation Then, even when our hero refuses to perpetrate such a felony, the undertaker amateur detective finds himself still under suspicion.The mystery itself is full of enough red herrings to have a fish fry for an entire police department The widow was apparently hot enough to have a host of lovers The in laws aren t exactly supportive of the widow s vulnerable position There are potentially disgruntled recipients of a large foundation s receipts and there is a mysterious counterpoint to the main crime in the activities of a local nursing home You can sift throughsuspects in this novel than mosquitoes on a hot summer night in Georgia.Without spoiling the mystery, I can honestly say that the murderer is logical and that the suspect does not come out of thin air as in vintage Agatha Christie However, the circumstances are not quite as straightforward as one might have expected The best part of this novel is that it shows the consequences of the crime upon the survivors in a realistic way anger, grief, patronizing relationships, resentment, and irrational actions For me, the series is still worth reading Definitely the weakest of the series. This is the final installment in Tim Cockey s 5 book Hearse series before our author turned his attention to some newer novels under the name Richard Hawke As with the other four one of which we have yet to read , mortician Hitchcock Sewell is the protagonist, freed by his aunt Billie, who primarily runs the funeral parlor, to be a man about town Balti, to be specific In his free time, Hitch mostly turns his attention to solving crimes that seem to appear unsolicited upon his doorst This is the final installment in Tim Cockey s 5 book Hearse series before our author turned his attention to some newer novels under the name Richard Hawke As with the other four one of which we have yet to read , mortician Hitchcock Sewell is the protagonist, freed by his aunt Billie, who primarily runs the funeral parlor, to be a man about town Balti, to be specific In his free time, Hitch mostly turns his attention to solving crimes that seem to appear unsolicited upon his doorstep, sometimes literally In this one, a high school buddy Sisco Fontaine calls Hitch in the wee hours, asking him to come remove the murdered body of his girlfriend s Polly Weisheit husband Hitch does go over, but after meeting the girlfriend and seeing her husband quite dead of a knife to the back, he exits, assuring them they must call the police Then, in turn, Sisco gets jailed for the deed, then Hitch is a suspect, then Polly, and then a guy that delivered the dead man s eulogy, who apparently was also courting the attractive widow Polly Meanwhile, Hitch gets involved with some skullduggery at a nursing home, and wonders if somehow the prevalence of dead bodies around town is all related In the end, of course, we all find out.These light hearted mysteries are full of puns and wisecracks, so obviously are not meant to be serious thrillers This plot was indeed a somewhatcomplicated tale than its predecessors, yet Hitch has time to keep a fine eye on the ladies, including new amour Angela, the widow, and even the widow s adult daughter As usual, while Cockey sets a pretty low bar on intrigue, there is plenty to entertain in this last entry of an amusing set Cockey brings back Balti undertaker Hitchcock Sewell for his fifth turn as an accidental private investigator His listening and observation skills honed in dealing with the recently dead and recently bereaved provide him with an ability and aptitude for curiosity that well suits him for his amateur pursuit Cockey does a good job using his place settings Maryland natives will instantly recognize the Balti checkpoints like the Inner Harbor and Fells Point, while those who are familiar w Cockey brings back Balti undertaker Hitchcock Sewell for his fifth turn as an accidental private investigator His listening and observation skills honed in dealing with the recently dead and recently bereaved provide him with an ability and aptitude for curiosity that well suits him for his amateur pursuit Cockey does a good job using his place settings Maryland natives will instantly recognize the Balti checkpoints like the Inner Harbor and Fells Point, while those who are familiar with the western part of the state will appreciate his references to Cumberland, Frostburg, and Sewell s Alma mater Frostburg University where my wife also graduated many years ago.While this story weaves together parallel threads involving a cheating wife, her husband s murder, problems in the extended family, and the death of a nursing home resident whom Sewell remembers from his college days, Cockey s stories are really about the characters And he doesn t disappoint this time out Sewell is his likable self, his hot ex wife Julia helps drive the story, and Aunt Billy the reliable brains of the operation keeps the funeral home operating while Sewell is investigating, and gently nudges him toward the truth with subtle hints and bscuits Another from the TBR pile, fair mystery, easily 100 pages too long, the author isn t as funny as he thinks he is Alright if you have some time to kill.Maybe it helps if you start at the beginning of the series. I have officially read the whole series The story line was very good The main character Hitchcock Sewell has a tendency to drift off topic and at times I want to say focus please But all in all the books have been very good and very insightful.