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Backstabber : A Hitchcock Sewell Mystery (Hitchcock Sewell Mysteries… (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Tim Cockey

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Member:justmelissa
Title:Backstabber : A Hitchcock Sewell Mystery (Hitchcock Sewell Mysteries (Paperback))
Authors:Tim Cockey
Info:Hyperion (2005), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback
Collections:Your library, 2004
Rating:***1/2
Tags:2004/10, humorous mystery, baltimore, undertaker, softboiled mystery

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Backstabber by Tim Cockey (2004)

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It had potential. I think I would have liked it much more if I hadn't gotten the abridged version.

Hitchcock is an undertaker and we first meet him when he's trying to figure out why he's been called to an obvious murder scene before the cops. Only to discover his friend wants him to make the body 'disappear'. The mystery was pretty well hidden, the story was pretty good and Hitchcock was pretty funny.

I'd be willing to try another one, though next time it will be an unabridged copy. ( )
  readafew | Oct 1, 2013 |
Publishers Weekly
What wisecracking mortician/amateur sleuth could resist the lure of a mysterious nighttime summons? Certainly not Hitchcock Sewell, whose youthful curiosity—exuberantly portrayed by reader Lawlor—leads him to aid his friend Jonathan "Sisco" Fontaine. Hitch arrives at the house of Sisco's girlfriend, Polly Weischeit, only to discover that Polly is actually a married woman, and her husband has been murdered. Polly and Sisco want Hitch to haul away the body in his hearse and "quietly tuck it into a grave," but he nixes that idea and convinces them to call the police, though not soon enough to avoid becoming a murder suspect himself. Lawlor assumes the same soft, subdued voice for virtually all of the book's female characters, lending them little personality or emotional depth. Fortunately, the story's constant stream of funeral home jokes and its fast-paced plot keep the entertainment level high. ( )
  jlcampbell05 | Sep 10, 2007 |
Latest of the "Hearse" mysteries. Cockey's work is always a good read. ( )
  twalkersr | Jan 9, 2007 |
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If anyone out there sees a speck of anything resembling real life in this book...shoot it. It's not supposed to be there.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786889985, Mass Market Paperback)

e'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 series. A 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.

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When a man is murdered in Hitch Sewell's kitchen, in such a way that it is apparent that the killer wants Hitch to cover up the crime, he finds himself embroiled in a mystery that is complicated by corruption at a local nursing home.

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