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Bubbles meets Six Feet Under in the new Calamine Parrish mystery series. Mortuary cosmetologist Calamine Parrish stares death in the face every day. But when she finds a hypodermic needle in the neck of an "accidental" drowning victim, and the victim's fancy casket is stolen, Callie finds herself in over her head-and in the way of a killer. Bubbles meets Six Feet Under in the new Calamine Parrish mystery series. Mortuary cosmetologist Calamine Parrish stares death in the face every day. But when she finds a hypodermic needle in the neck of an "accidental" drowning victim, and the victim's fancy casket is stolen, Callie finds herself in over her head-and in the way of a killer.


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Bubbles meets Six Feet Under in the new Calamine Parrish mystery series. Mortuary cosmetologist Calamine Parrish stares death in the face every day. But when she finds a hypodermic needle in the neck of an "accidental" drowning victim, and the victim's fancy casket is stolen, Callie finds herself in over her head-and in the way of a killer. Bubbles meets Six Feet Under in the new Calamine Parrish mystery series. Mortuary cosmetologist Calamine Parrish stares death in the face every day. But when she finds a hypodermic needle in the neck of an "accidental" drowning victim, and the victim's fancy casket is stolen, Callie finds herself in over her head-and in the way of a killer.

30 review for A Tisket, A Tasket, A Fancy Stolen Casket

  1. 5 out of 5

    Olga Godim

    This nice and slightly funny mystery didn’t make a lasting impression on me but it was a nice, diverting read. The protagonist Callie works in a morgue as a beautician: she applies cosmetics to corpses to make them look pretty. The humor and originality inherent in such a profession (does it really exist?) permeate the story and make the banal murder investigation more interesting than it would’ve been otherwise. Callie doesn’t actually investigate. She just stumbles onto clues and always appear This nice and slightly funny mystery didn’t make a lasting impression on me but it was a nice, diverting read. The protagonist Callie works in a morgue as a beautician: she applies cosmetics to corpses to make them look pretty. The humor and originality inherent in such a profession (does it really exist?) permeate the story and make the banal murder investigation more interesting than it would’ve been otherwise. Callie doesn’t actually investigate. She just stumbles onto clues and always appears in the wrong place at the wrong time. She also makes some dumb decisions concerning her private life, which inevitably lead to crazy escapades and dangerous situations. And why not? It’s a southern spoof of a cozy mystery, isn’t it? A collection of whacky secondary characters revolves around Callie, contributing to the zany feel of the novel. Nothing is serious there. Even the villain seems to be a kook. Anyone would see through his stupidity, but for some reason, Callie doesn’t. I enjoyed reading this ‘yes-nonsense’ book except for one spelling idiosyncrasy. The story is told from Callie’s point of view, and whenever she uses the words ‘please’, ‘believe me’, or ‘excuse me’ in her thoughts (not in speech), they are always spelled phonetically, like “buh-leeve me” or “ex-cuuze me.” After the second or third occasion, it started to irritate. And I wondered about the book's title. What is a Tisket? And what is a Tasket? I know what a Casket is though.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Di

    More like a 3.5 Read as part of #Book1CoziesClub I really enjoyed the look into Callie's job. It was the fact that she was a Mortuary Cosmetologist that made me buy this book in the first place. This did not disappoint and those scenes were some of the most interesting in this book for me. I also enjoyed her relationship with her family, and her relationship with her blind friend Jane. I thought their friendship was very realistic, especially in the aftermath of an argument or disagreement. I als More like a 3.5 Read as part of #Book1CoziesClub I really enjoyed the look into Callie's job. It was the fact that she was a Mortuary Cosmetologist that made me buy this book in the first place. This did not disappoint and those scenes were some of the most interesting in this book for me. I also enjoyed her relationship with her family, and her relationship with her blind friend Jane. I thought their friendship was very realistic, especially in the aftermath of an argument or disagreement. I also enjoyed the fact that Callie loves mystery books! A couple things I didn't enjoy were the nicknames several of the characters had. It seemed so immature and unnecessary. I also wish Callie was less obsessed with the size of her chest. She mentions something to that regard quite a bit throughout the book and her comments irritated me after a while. I also question her taste in men a bit. The pieces to the mystery kind of fell into Callie's lap, without her even doing anything. Not something I expected, as I thought she'd definitely be more inquisitive and take action. It was a nice change from other cozies I've read. I had no clue who the culprit was until the reveal, which is always a plus. I do have the next book in the series, so I will be continuing. All in all, this was an enjoyable read, and I'm glad I finally got to it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leeankh

    I really loved this book! I liked that the main character works in the funeral business because it's a bit quirkier than usual. I love that her best friend is blind, wonderfully flawed, and holds an unusual job as well. I enjoyed the mystery and most of the resolution. There were a lot of references to other books, or shout-outs if you will, and I liked that. There was very little that I didn't like about the book. It was a little bit quirky, a lot of fun, and even a little informative at times. I really loved this book! I liked that the main character works in the funeral business because it's a bit quirkier than usual. I love that her best friend is blind, wonderfully flawed, and holds an unusual job as well. I enjoyed the mystery and most of the resolution. There were a lot of references to other books, or shout-outs if you will, and I liked that. There was very little that I didn't like about the book. It was a little bit quirky, a lot of fun, and even a little informative at times. The main characters were fleshed out nicely and I can't wait to read more of this series. I feel like I'm totally gushing, but I really did enjoy it and it's nice to be so excited about a series again. :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Annoyingly overdone on the kindergarten swear words and the syrupy Southern pronounciations, but somehow readable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    3.5 stars. This was a good first entry in the series. I really enjoyed Callie and the rest of the characters. This book was very funny and the mystery was very good too, kept me guessing. I loved that Callie was a reader and there were books and authors mentioned in the book. Looking forward to reading more in this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The first in the Callie Parrish series, this was a great cozy mystery. It was fast-paced from the first page. Callie is a true southern gal, who loves to shop at Victoria's Secret and eat at Bojangles. She works as a mortuary cosmetologist and enjoys her job a lot. One of the bodies that comes into the funeral home causes a whole lot of trouble though, which leads to a stolen casket, two fighting wives, and Callie finds herself on the receiving end of threatening phone calls and even gets knocke The first in the Callie Parrish series, this was a great cozy mystery. It was fast-paced from the first page. Callie is a true southern gal, who loves to shop at Victoria's Secret and eat at Bojangles. She works as a mortuary cosmetologist and enjoys her job a lot. One of the bodies that comes into the funeral home causes a whole lot of trouble though, which leads to a stolen casket, two fighting wives, and Callie finds herself on the receiving end of threatening phone calls and even gets knocked out in the parking lot. Being a mystery lover herself, she can't help but try to figure out who's behind all the trouble, even if it makes her the next target. I look forward to the next book in this series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melinda Thomas

    Overall it was OK. Decent characters, OK mystery structure. Had a bit of trouble trying to idnetify with protagonists reaction/relationship to/with her bff. The protagonist's continuous "puh-leeeze" got old fast and kept distracting me from the story, causing me to roll my eyes and stifle my gag reflex. Other than that, it wasn't bad... Not great, but definitely not horrible either. Overall it was OK. Decent characters, OK mystery structure. Had a bit of trouble trying to idnetify with protagonists reaction/relationship to/with her bff. The protagonist's continuous "puh-leeeze" got old fast and kept distracting me from the story, causing me to roll my eyes and stifle my gag reflex. Other than that, it wasn't bad... Not great, but definitely not horrible either.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    It's annoying. I hate how the author writes out believe me like this buh-leeve me and excuse me like this ex-cuuze me. She does it over and over again. It's also annoying that every time she kindergarten cusses she has to remind us every single time that she does it. It's annoying. I hate how the author writes out believe me like this buh-leeve me and excuse me like this ex-cuuze me. She does it over and over again. It's also annoying that every time she kindergarten cusses she has to remind us every single time that she does it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jae

    A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket is the first in the "Callie Parrish" mystery series by Fran Rizer. The main character is mortuary cosmetologist Calamine "Callie" Parrish. Business has been slow at Middleton Mortuary, but when Callie finds a broken hypodermic needle in the neck of a drowning victim, her life suddenly becomes more exciting. Now the police are treating Bobby Saxon's death as a murder, two widows are vying for the insurance policy, a business rival of Bobby's thinks his dea A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket is the first in the "Callie Parrish" mystery series by Fran Rizer. The main character is mortuary cosmetologist Calamine "Callie" Parrish. Business has been slow at Middleton Mortuary, but when Callie finds a broken hypodermic needle in the neck of a drowning victim, her life suddenly becomes more exciting. Now the police are treating Bobby Saxon's death as a murder, two widows are vying for the insurance policy, a business rival of Bobby's thinks his death was staged and that he's still alive, and someone steals the casket without realizing that Bobby's body has been sent for an autopsy. Callie's non-existent love life suddenly perks up, too, as she's now dating a doctor and still lusting after an old highschool crush. However, someone thinks Callie knows too much, and she begins receiving threatening messages. If she can't figure out who killed Bobby, Callie may end up just as dead. Overall, this was cute and fun. Callie is an engaging character, if not always the quickest on the uptake. I didn't care for either the doctor or Nick as a love interest, and I really didn't care for Callie's BFF, Jane. In addition, the author needs to research how life insurance and marriage licenses work. Spoilers!! 1. No insurance company would ever EVER let someone list the beneficiary as "my legal wife". I would know; I worked for a life insurance company. Even something like "Mrs John Smith" would not be accepted. The beneficiary's name and relationship to the insured must be explicitly specified, as in "Betty Smith, spouse". 2. You cannot obtain a marriage license without providing the exact date your previous marriage(s) ended, whether that be by death or divorce. Some states/counties require actual proof. Therefore, Bobby would not have been able to marry Betty if his divorce to his first wife had not been finalized...unless he lied about being married before, but such was not the case in this book. These things are simple enough to research, if only authors would put in the effort. Egregious errors like that throw me out of the narrative. This probably deserves a 3 1/2, but I'll bump it up to 4.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    I love Callie Parrish. She is so funny. In this story, a casket is stolen when she finds a needle still embedded in the dead man's neck. Luckily he wasn't in it but now she is being stalked. She gets phone calls telling her to mind her business and then they poison her dog. Again, the mystery is pretty easy to figure out so if you like to be surprised this isn't for you but it is still a great series. I love Callie Parrish. She is so funny. In this story, a casket is stolen when she finds a needle still embedded in the dead man's neck. Luckily he wasn't in it but now she is being stalked. She gets phone calls telling her to mind her business and then they poison her dog. Again, the mystery is pretty easy to figure out so if you like to be surprised this isn't for you but it is still a great series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Pedergnana

    Adorable, and clean gumshoe mystery. Combines humor, the macabre, and a who-dunnit. Quick read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A fun, fast pace read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joni

    Unconventional cozy with a mortuary beautician as the protaganist. Quirky yet entertaining.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Cute

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (Take Joy)

    In this book we are introduced to the Parrish family, including main character Callie. She is a mortuary cosmetologist as well as an avid mystery reader and as she discovers as the books moves along- a part time investigator. Before long she's thrown into the line of danger as a killer thinks she knows too much. She's going to have to get those detective training wheels off in a hurry and figure out who the killer is before she winds up a victim. The lead character Callie is not extremely likeabl In this book we are introduced to the Parrish family, including main character Callie. She is a mortuary cosmetologist as well as an avid mystery reader and as she discovers as the books moves along- a part time investigator. Before long she's thrown into the line of danger as a killer thinks she knows too much. She's going to have to get those detective training wheels off in a hurry and figure out who the killer is before she winds up a victim. The lead character Callie is not extremely likeable nor is her 'blind' best friend Jane who moonlights as a 'fantasy phone conversationalist'. Callie works for two identical twin brothers at the mortuary who are protective of Callie and will remind you of those understanding bosses you've always wanted to work for. She has a big family full of overprotective brothers and a dad who regardless of being 30+ years old don't think Callie should drink beer as she will always be the baby. The supporting characters are by far more enjoyable but instead we read a lot more of Callie/Jane and Callie's love life or lack thereof. Callie makes extremely dumb decisions that you know no matter how naive someone is, would never make in real life. At one point her love interest insults her supposed best friend, insults her, ignores her, and just acts like an overall jerk.. she proceeds to ignore all that because she's been 'waiting' to go out with him since high school. Uh... no. Women do not do this, at least not women that I want to read about or want to know. Callie gets a Great Dane in the book that is a saving grace, the scenes with the dog are touching and Callie as a first time dog owner is endearing. Being from the south, I had to look up the author, Fran Rizer. There are many things that aren't very authentic to the south. In fact at times with how Callie's family was depicted- I almost felt like the south was being made fun of. Seeing that the author was from the south surprised me and I can only think that perhaps she over exaggerated many things in order to make them more humorous. The book has a few scenes that made me smile, nothing that made me laugh out loud. If you're looking for a good mystery, steer clear. This isn't for you. It focuses a lot more on the train wreck that is Callie than it does the mystery. My thoughts on other books in the Callie Parrish series: 1. A Tisket, A Tasket, A Fancy Stolen Casket 2. Hey Diddle Diddle, the Corpse and the Fiddle 3. Casket Case 4. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, There's a Body in the Car

  16. 4 out of 5

    Myhotstylist

    *****5 star rating***** This was by far one of my favorite cozy mystery's to date. With a name like Calamine Lotion Parrish, (Callie, hey... her dad is just an older version of Larry the Cable Guy) Whats not to love about a southern bell who works as a cosmetologist in a mortuary with twin owners? Her best fiend Jane, (who is blind) is histerical on her "shopping sprees" and Callie keeps finding herself in trouble after finding a hyperdermic needle in her most current corpses' neck. After she is a *****5 star rating***** This was by far one of my favorite cozy mystery's to date. With a name like Calamine Lotion Parrish, (Callie, hey... her dad is just an older version of Larry the Cable Guy) Whats not to love about a southern bell who works as a cosmetologist in a mortuary with twin owners? Her best fiend Jane, (who is blind) is histerical on her "shopping sprees" and Callie keeps finding herself in trouble after finding a hyperdermic needle in her most current corpses' neck. After she is attacked and an empty Casket is stolen, Callie starts snooping around town, until the Town Drunk ends up shot. Shes determined to figure out who is behind the murders and threatning her as well. This was such a fun book with characters I could really identify with. Callie and I are so much alike, I feel like I was reading about myself, which really made it easy for me to get sucked into the story. Callie is obsessed with her newest blowup bra, loves shopping, practices "kindergarden cussing" and even organises her laundry the same way I do. I cant believe i allowed this gem of a book to sit so long before reading it, because it was fast, fun, and packed full of laughs and action. Callie is a great character, and i cant wait to read more of her adventures. I wasnt able to figure out the bad guy until the reveal, which is all part of the fun anyways. This is what cozy mysteries are all about.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rina

    Writing wise, this was an OK book. Interesting characters (not one-dimensional characters, either!), smart and witty dialogues, funny moments, lots of pop-culture mentions, a little bit of mystery to solve. However, I looked at the paperback's publisher which said PRIME CRIME - and I sort of had a certain expectation of how much mystery-slash-crime-solving I'd get to see in the book. So putting aside how quite predictable the whodunnit factor is, I have trouble with how little real 'investigation' Writing wise, this was an OK book. Interesting characters (not one-dimensional characters, either!), smart and witty dialogues, funny moments, lots of pop-culture mentions, a little bit of mystery to solve. However, I looked at the paperback's publisher which said PRIME CRIME - and I sort of had a certain expectation of how much mystery-slash-crime-solving I'd get to see in the book. So putting aside how quite predictable the whodunnit factor is, I have trouble with how little real 'investigation' or 'crime solving' Callie actually does. She mostly guesses the flow of the crime, without any real proof or any real investigating from her end (asking Potential Suspects directly whether they do/don't do things and believing the answer straight away doesn't really count as investigation), and just follows the story path while everything unfolds outside of her control. I think Callie suits more as a character that just 'happens' to be there, rather than the main heroine that takes us on a journey. Perhaps I have high expectations of a book branded as 'Crime' novel, after reading so many of them.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This was an engaging, fun cozy read. I really liked Callie Parrish and the twin funeral directors Odell and Otis. You have to love a funeral cosmetologist who loves to read mysteries and watches Six Feet Under! Daddy and The Boys were great supporting characters. I wasn't so keen on Callie's friend Jane, but maybe I'll warm up to her in later books. Nice plotting. I couldn't figure out who done it until later in the book, but there were clues throughout, that I only saw in retrospect. The "filler This was an engaging, fun cozy read. I really liked Callie Parrish and the twin funeral directors Odell and Otis. You have to love a funeral cosmetologist who loves to read mysteries and watches Six Feet Under! Daddy and The Boys were great supporting characters. I wasn't so keen on Callie's friend Jane, but maybe I'll warm up to her in later books. Nice plotting. I couldn't figure out who done it until later in the book, but there were clues throughout, that I only saw in retrospect. The "filler" between clues was entertaining and moved the story along nicely. I found it a tad irksome that the narrator always said, "buh-leve, puh-leeze, and ex-cuze me." This would have been funny on occasion but grew old quickly. This was only a minor irritation and wouldn't prevent me from continuing this series. The premise of the series and the colorful Southern characters will keep me looking forward to picking up the next installment.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    Ah, it had been a while since I read a mystery, so this was a nice change of pace. I actually picked up this book on accident, for some reason I thought it was the Garnet Lacey series by Tate Hallaway. Callie is a pretty likable lead, with the unusual job of mortuary cosmetologist. I was liking her best friend until the scene in clothes store which just put me off her for good. Callie's family situation is a little weird. Her favorite brother calls her "Little Sister" all the time, makes me thin Ah, it had been a while since I read a mystery, so this was a nice change of pace. I actually picked up this book on accident, for some reason I thought it was the Garnet Lacey series by Tate Hallaway. Callie is a pretty likable lead, with the unusual job of mortuary cosmetologist. I was liking her best friend until the scene in clothes store which just put me off her for good. Callie's family situation is a little weird. Her favorite brother calls her "Little Sister" all the time, makes me think of being in a cult for some reason. Other than that, he is a good character. Callie made it through most of the book being reasonable, but had to blow it at the end with TSTL decisions. I'll probably check out the next in series eventually and based on that decide whether to continue or not.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Georgiann Hennelly

    Calamine "Callie" Parrish is a Mortuary Cosmetologist . She usually relaxs after work with Moon pie and episodes of Six Feet Under she also loves her mystery novels. But whe the body of Bobby Saxon comes into Middleton's Mortuary with a Hypodermic needle broken off in his neck Callie gets suspicous. Than when Callie gets knocked unconcious and Bobby's Casket is stolen. Things get confusing than you have two wifes fighting over his Life insurance seems he never divorced the First Wife so none of Calamine "Callie" Parrish is a Mortuary Cosmetologist . She usually relaxs after work with Moon pie and episodes of Six Feet Under she also loves her mystery novels. But whe the body of Bobby Saxon comes into Middleton's Mortuary with a Hypodermic needle broken off in his neck Callie gets suspicous. Than when Callie gets knocked unconcious and Bobby's Casket is stolen. Things get confusing than you have two wifes fighting over his Life insurance seems he never divorced the First Wife so none of his other marriages were legal. Not to mention the death of June Bug a Bar owner. But when Callie begins getting weird Phone calls and her Dog is poisoned! She decides to ask some questions even though she has been warned to stay away! A fun cozy mystery read i look forward to reading more books by Fran Rizer

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This was especially funny murder mystery to me, due to the fact of my having worked for a funeral parlor in my early twenties. I was in accounting but also had many funny and poignant tales to tell. This book had me laughing out loud, reading passages out loud and just generally following each twist and turn as they came. I found I was not guessing the 'who done it,' as I was enjoying the ride in the Mustang too much. The characters were amusing and well put together. I have lived near Beaufort, S This was especially funny murder mystery to me, due to the fact of my having worked for a funeral parlor in my early twenties. I was in accounting but also had many funny and poignant tales to tell. This book had me laughing out loud, reading passages out loud and just generally following each twist and turn as they came. I found I was not guessing the 'who done it,' as I was enjoying the ride in the Mustang too much. The characters were amusing and well put together. I have lived near Beaufort, SC during my days in the USMC, and I had met persons that some of these characters reminded me of. The murders were solid and well plotted. Believable and I liked the law enforcers too. I am anxious to read the next book in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lbaker

    I truly loved this book. The humour was great, the characters ones that I look forward to getting to know much better in future books. The descriptions were vivid and drew specific pictures and emotions from me. ie Callie's describes her apartment as: "I can describe my apartment in one sentence: It has avocado shag green carpet. A second sentence completes the picture: The kitchen appliances match the carpet." Jane is a character I hope to meet again and again. Employers Otis and Odell are intere I truly loved this book. The humour was great, the characters ones that I look forward to getting to know much better in future books. The descriptions were vivid and drew specific pictures and emotions from me. ie Callie's describes her apartment as: "I can describe my apartment in one sentence: It has avocado shag green carpet. A second sentence completes the picture: The kitchen appliances match the carpet." Jane is a character I hope to meet again and again. Employers Otis and Odell are interesting. I really recommend this book, it's quirky, fun and light and entertained me through a second reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Phyl

    So didn't realize but this was book 3 in series (haven't read books 1 and 2) and there is a 4th. Well, having read this one.... i will be going back to read the first two and then get book 4. A "light" mystery but really quite interesting and enjoyable read. Callie, the main character works in a funeral home which is unique from other books i have read and she is a fun spitfire i can relate to abit LOL. And there is even abit of romance mixed in with the requisite idiot dates too. Recommend - i wo So didn't realize but this was book 3 in series (haven't read books 1 and 2) and there is a 4th. Well, having read this one.... i will be going back to read the first two and then get book 4. A "light" mystery but really quite interesting and enjoyable read. Callie, the main character works in a funeral home which is unique from other books i have read and she is a fun spitfire i can relate to abit LOL. And there is even abit of romance mixed in with the requisite idiot dates too. Recommend - i would score this a 4.5 for within the genre of "cozy" mysteries and a 3.75 on my library shelf of all books. Pick it up - a good read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Kerschner

    If you are looking for a new BFF or a mate with a twisted sense of humor and can take a punch, then maybe Callie Parrish is your gal. She works in a mortuary as a cosmetologist and seems to have trouble follow her everywhere she goes. Murder and mayhem abound in this enjoyable tale involving a girl, her puppy and her bra. Rizer's plot twists are worth overlooking the slightly overdone southern euphemisms. I am curious to see how this series progresses and characters develop. All in all, this book If you are looking for a new BFF or a mate with a twisted sense of humor and can take a punch, then maybe Callie Parrish is your gal. She works in a mortuary as a cosmetologist and seems to have trouble follow her everywhere she goes. Murder and mayhem abound in this enjoyable tale involving a girl, her puppy and her bra. Rizer's plot twists are worth overlooking the slightly overdone southern euphemisms. I am curious to see how this series progresses and characters develop. All in all, this book is an enjoyable well thought out cozy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Athena

    It wasn't one of the most intesting cozies I've read but it wasn't to bad. I felt the guilty one was kinda obvious. I didn't come away feeling like I had a handle on the mc's personality since certain aspects of it went against others. It had its moments that were a little humorous and others where the mcs reactions were extreme esp when it came to Jane. I honestly don't see how they can be bestfriends, since it looked like calamine never likes anything jane does except cook, so yeah pretty lame It wasn't one of the most intesting cozies I've read but it wasn't to bad. I felt the guilty one was kinda obvious. I didn't come away feeling like I had a handle on the mc's personality since certain aspects of it went against others. It had its moments that were a little humorous and others where the mcs reactions were extreme esp when it came to Jane. I honestly don't see how they can be bestfriends, since it looked like calamine never likes anything jane does except cook, so yeah pretty lame friendship dynamic.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Mortuary cosmetologist Callie Parrish is preparing the body of car salesman Bobby Saxon when she finds a needle stuck in his neck. Since his death was ruled an accident, that sure doesn't seem to belong. What's really going on? The mystery was decent, although I did guess the killer early. But I really didn't care for the amoral characters, especially Callie's best friend. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers. Mortuary cosmetologist Callie Parrish is preparing the body of car salesman Bobby Saxon when she finds a needle stuck in his neck. Since his death was ruled an accident, that sure doesn't seem to belong. What's really going on? The mystery was decent, although I did guess the killer early. But I really didn't care for the amoral characters, especially Callie's best friend. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Porter

    When traveling, I always enjoy looking at the 'Regional' books. Fran Rizer is from South Carolina and I discovered this book on a recent trip. The title caught my eye. LOL. A fun, fast read to relax with on a snowy Northern winter day. Imaginative, colorful characters that keep the reader engaged. There are elements that are rather corny, but they just contribute to the charm of this series. When traveling, I always enjoy looking at the 'Regional' books. Fran Rizer is from South Carolina and I discovered this book on a recent trip. The title caught my eye. LOL. A fun, fast read to relax with on a snowy Northern winter day. Imaginative, colorful characters that keep the reader engaged. There are elements that are rather corny, but they just contribute to the charm of this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    VJ

    This was quite an interesting read. I sort of guessed who the perp was but I had no idea why. The only reason I suspected this person was because of the odd insertion into the story. It somewhat made sense, but not really. At first, I thought it was just for drama's sake. In any case, this was a decent first book of another cozy series. I will be on the lookout for further installments, but I wouldn't make a special trip to the library to find them. This was quite an interesting read. I sort of guessed who the perp was but I had no idea why. The only reason I suspected this person was because of the odd insertion into the story. It somewhat made sense, but not really. At first, I thought it was just for drama's sake. In any case, this was a decent first book of another cozy series. I will be on the lookout for further installments, but I wouldn't make a special trip to the library to find them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Ellis

    My friend's timing was perfect for her to have left this for me to read. Recovering from a miserable head cold, I needed something fun and light to read, and this fit the bill perfectly, plus it was quite entertaining. Well written, full of quirky characters, with lots of interesting detail about the funeral business (something which has always fascinated me), it didn't take me long at all to zip through this and make me look forward to reading the next book in the series! My friend's timing was perfect for her to have left this for me to read. Recovering from a miserable head cold, I needed something fun and light to read, and this fit the bill perfectly, plus it was quite entertaining. Well written, full of quirky characters, with lots of interesting detail about the funeral business (something which has always fascinated me), it didn't take me long at all to zip through this and make me look forward to reading the next book in the series!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    If you want stereotypes & cliches, this is the book for you. A main character named Calamine Lotion who's such a ninny she allows her father & brothers to dictate personal choices, the spelling out of BUH-LEEVE me on every page & twin funeral directors do nothing to salvage this book from being abysmal. If you want stereotypes & cliches, this is the book for you. A main character named Calamine Lotion who's such a ninny she allows her father & brothers to dictate personal choices, the spelling out of BUH-LEEVE me on every page & twin funeral directors do nothing to salvage this book from being abysmal.

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