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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,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, snappy, well-written, and dang funny debut" (Harlan Coben, author of The Final Detail), a surprise blizzard dumps more than snow on the steps of Sewell & Sons funeral home--it leaves behind the corpse of a murdered waitress as well. Hitch's television meteorologist girlfriend sees the crime as an opportunity to move into hard news. Her unctuous mentor wants to beat Hitch to the punch. Hitch's snooping takes him from low-life strip joints to high-tone mansions, proving yet again that undertakers and their clue-happy cohorts can be a pretty lively bunch....

Title : Hearse of a Different Color
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ISBN : 9780786865710
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Hearse of a Different Color Reviews

  • Lee
    2018-12-01 23:29

    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 B
    2018-11-13 00:30

    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 complex plot; and even manages to mount some ongoing suspense, as an overload of potential villains takes till near the final pages to sort themselves out. Hitch turns out to be quite a ladies man as well, spending much of the book prone, but not on his undertaker’s slab! By now, we get a pretty good sense of what these stories will be like, and will no doubt pick one up when we’re in the mood for a light-hearted mystery that is as amusing as it is puzzling!

  • Writerlibrarian
    2018-12-09 22:15

    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 Cockey's undertaker/detective series much more interesting than the first one.

  • Mathieu
    2018-12-10 22:37

    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.

  • Cynthia
    2018-11-25 00:14

    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.

  • Jen
    2018-12-08 22:31

    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.

  • Patrick
    2018-11-17 22:30

    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.

  • Ed
    2018-11-20 00:25

    #2 in the Hitchcock Sewell series.Baltimore mortician Hitchcock Sewell series - When the murdered corpse of Helen Waggoner is dumped on the front steps of Baltimore's Sewell & Sons Family Funeral Home, which Hitch runs with his Aunt Billie, it's especially perturbing because a wake is in progress. Hitch's new girlfriend, Bonnie Nash, an inept television weathergirl, convinces Hitch to help her make a career move to investigative reporter by finding out who killed Helen. Naturally, complications arise. Helen's young son, Bo, goes to live with her estranged sister, Vicki, who is being harassed by the boy's jailbird father. The search into Helen's background leads Hitch and Bonnie into the Baltimore netherworld of strip joints, prostitution and pornography. When an up-and-coming lawyer and the owner of a strip joint are murdered in a similar style, the investigation expands. The lawyer represented Dr. Richard Kingman, whose wake Helen's body interrupted, and Hitch discovers a connection between Helen and the Kingman family.

  • Judi
    2018-12-06 04:12

    "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, it isn't so odd for dead bodies to be delivered to funeral homes, but they don't normally arrive unannounced nor do they have fresh bullet wounds. So who is she and why this funeral home?Read my review here: http://mostlyfiction.com/sleuths/cock...

  • Jenny
    2018-11-23 05:33

    I enjoyed the first person narrative - Hitch is both humorous and likeable. How funny that he's an undertaker and it actually made sense how he got entangled in the mystery of Helen. I didn't like how he had Helen and Haden and then Bonnie and Billie - of all the names, you have to have two sets that start and end with the same letters? Toss that in with Helen being Vickie (or not) and it got a little muddled at times for me. Overall, the mystery's resolution was a little underwhelming but I liked how Hitch ended up with the better woman. I would definitely read more in this series!

  • Maurean
    2018-11-19 22:15

    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.

  • Chandra
    2018-12-08 03:18

    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!

  • Nancy H
    2018-12-05 06:24

    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.

  • Todd Stockslager
    2018-11-24 00:13

    OK, maybe I wasn't as alert this time, but he hit me with a huge plot twist in the last 15 pages that I was not at all expecting. This is the second of his three mysteries so far, and having read the last first I can see the clear progression of his talent.No pretensions for classic literature, just good fun.

  • Clare
    2018-12-11 01:37

    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
    2018-11-28 00:23

    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.

  • Jen
    2018-11-11 00:15

    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.

  • Peter
    2018-11-22 02:13

    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!

  • Marty
    2018-11-22 02:16

    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.

  • Shay Lange
    2018-12-02 06:15

    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.

  • Sue
    2018-11-28 03:39

    Really enjoyed it - didn't expect to. Undertaker turns sleuth when dead waitress is dropped on doorstep during someone else's wake. Guy was very witty. Story was good, dialogue between characters was excellent.

  • Connie
    2018-11-26 02:21

    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.

  • Mary Newcomb
    2018-12-04 23:38

    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.

  • Mary Sevinsky
    2018-11-17 06:30

    What an easy, fun readAnother fun read... Light hearted mysteries based in Baltimore. I'm keeping one of his books on my iPad at all times! Perfect for filling unexpected down time.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-28 22:24

    A fun book with a deathly twist. A body left on a Funeral Home step in the snow while another wake is in progress. Twists and turns will keep you engaged. I liked this book much better than the first.

  • Ruth
    2018-11-21 00:23

    waitress murdered by greedy, rich woman who mistook her for half sister. She didn't want to share wealth after death of daddy.

  • Cindy
    2018-11-24 03:16

    Just plain fun, as all of Tim Cockey's "Hearse" (plus Backstabber) books have been. Quirky, witty, fun plots. Quite enjoy these books.

  • Barbara M
    2018-12-05 04:39

    A humorous mystery with a funereal side.

  • Clare
    2018-12-11 22:15

    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

  • Keller Yeats
    2018-11-14 06:25

    Excellently entertaining read. wonderful use of language and interesting characters.