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The Mortician's Daughter by Elizabeth Bloom
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The Mortician's Daughter (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Elizabeth Bloom

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"A suspended New York City policewoman returns home to a small New England mill town to investigate the murder of her best friend's son"--Provided by publisher.
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Title:The Mortician's Daughter
Authors:Elizabeth Bloom
Info:Mysterious Press (2006), Hardcover, 320 pages
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despite its cliche elements it was enjoyable ( )
  katcoviello | Sep 21, 2016 |
A mediocre mystery novel that helps pass the time. The plot meanders a bit too much, the characters are all stereotypical for the small town setting, the heroine is just flawed enough ... you get the idea. There is nothing new here but it wasn't awful. ( )
  castironskillet | Aug 13, 2013 |
The Mortician's Daughter introduces Ginny Lavoie, the epoynmous heroine who is also a disgraced
New York city cop. Ginny returns to her small Massachusetts home town following the death of her best friend’s son. Daniel, the best friend’s 19-year old son, was brutally beaten and Sonya, Daniel’s mother, cannot imagine why anyone would have done something so horrible to her son. The local cops have accepted the confession of a local homeless vet and have closed the case. Sonya doesn’t believe this is the case and she asks Ginny to investigate. Ginny hasn’t been home in 10 years, since the death of her mother. Her return home finds her encountering long-lost friends, including Jimmy Griffin, her high school sweetheart. Jimmy now runs the family business, a wonderful bakery called “Molly’s”. The mystery plot is very compelling, and the characters are very well drawn.

Bloom does a great job creating the atmosphere of this once-booming mill town and its working class inhabitants, as in this description of the local churches: “Some towns had one Catholic church; Ginny’s had four. They all had proper saints’ names, but they were known by the ethnicity of the immigrants that founded them: Italian, Irish, English, French. But Danny’s funeral was held in the next town over, because that’s where the Polish church was.” ( )
  joannalongbourne | Feb 27, 2011 |
so far this book is a little ho-hum, but still hanging in there.I was left with the vague feeling that I had read this before, but maybe thats because it was a little predictable for me. Doesn't make it bad. It wasn't the great suspense read I was hoping for, and the characters were flat for me, but all in all the book was ok. ( )
  Kace | Jan 30, 2010 |
You can't go home again, as Ginny finds out. You can but it will have changed as will have you. Supporting a good friend is everything but digging up the past can be painful to all with dire consqeunces. I hope to see Ginny again.
  jschlei101 | Jul 26, 2009 |
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