Thursday 25 October 2018

If the Coffin Fits (A Funeral Parlor Mystery #2) by Lillian Bell

If the Coffin Fits (A Funeral Parlor Mystery #2)
Perfect for fans of Carolyn Haines and Donna Andrews, Lillian Bell makes the return with her second Funeral Parlor mystery featuring funeral director Desiree Turner.

When an unnatural cause of death finds one of her clients, Desiree must get to the bottom of the murder before she’s fitted for a coffin, herself.

Funeral director Desiree Turner deals with death by natural causes all the time. Death by unnatural causes? Not so much. Yet, she and her boyfriend Nate have heard some not-so-dear things about the recently departed. A suspicious remark by the late Frank Fiore’s daughters sparks some concern. And when Violet Daugherty faints behind the wheel of her car, Desiree suspects she’s got a front seat to murder. 

Desiree can’t help but look into Violet’s untimely end, but soon after, rumors begin to spread that she’s accusing her clients of murder, which quickly spurs a mass cancellation and Desiree is on the verge of going out of business. What began as an effort to do due diligence for her client turns into a wild goose chase for Violet’s murderer. Desiree must find her proof before everything she works for is lost. But that’s easier said than done, because while everyone else in town is looking to take their business elsewhere, the killer sets sights directly upon Desiree. 

Now it’s up to Desiree to find the murderer before she becomes the next body her funeral parlor serves in If the Coffin Fits, Lillian Bell’s second charming Funeral Parlor mystery.   (Summary via Goodreads)

WOW !!!  If you thought the first book in A Funeral Parlor Mystery, A Grave Issue, by Lillan Bell was a great read......Hang on to your hats !!!  

Lillian Bell captured the reader in A Grave Issue and left the reader with the best cliffhanger she could.  This cliffhanger made it so you could not wait until the next installment in this series.  I know I was hooked and looking forward to the next book.

And she did not disappoint with If the Coffin Fits.  She actually did it again !!!  Another great story with another awesome cliffhanger !!  Bell makes it so you almost want to skip ahead to the end of the story.....but you won't because then you will miss out on so much more !!!

You cannot help but fall in love with Desiree, her family and friends, and even the story !!  Of course you expect there to be death when you read a book centered around a funeral parlor and, of course, because the book is considered a cozy mystery and these books do not disappoint !!  All Desiree has to do is her job...but when things don't feel right, she wouldn't be her if she didn't look into matter what everybody tells her to do.

One of the reasons that I enjoy this series is the setting.  When I was young we use to visit my father's family at their funeral home.  To some it may be scary or depressing but to me it was anything but.  My great-aunt and uncle made sure to educate my brother and I on the in's and out's of the funeral parlor scene.  Reading this series with this setting takes me back....and even if funeral parlors aren't your cup tea, you will still love this series and the ending will have you counting down the days until the next book in this series.  (Hurry up Lillian.....I got to know what happens next !!!!)

Review by Missi S.

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