The Magazine for Crime & Mystery



Val McDermid Interview

Nevada Barr on writing HUNTING SEASON plus an excerpt

Paul Doherty's short story THE KYRIE MAN

Stark Contrasts Michael Carlson examines the pulp fiction of Richard Stark

Have you got what it takes to be a Writer? by Fiona Shoop

It Could Only Happen in Hollywood

The Hearse Case Scenario

Tim Cockey

Hyperion $23.95

Reviewed by Simon Fowler

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The undertaker who investigates the deaths of his clients - you'll be saying, why didn't I think of this. Well Tim Cockey beat you to it, and in the third book of the series featuring Baltimore's coolest mortician Hitchcock Sewell, he's in fine form. The plot such as it is mainly concerns the murders of seedy nightclub owner Shrimp Martin and his step -brother Arthur. Actually the plot is so convoluted and so many other people are murdered or turn up as suspects that your reviewer was soon totally confused. Not that it matters, because the book clips along at a fine pace, with some excellent writing and intriguing characters to enjoy, not least Hitch's savvy Aunt Billie with whom he runs the business.

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