Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: Undertaking Irene: a Jane Delaney Mystery by Pamela Burford

Jane Delaney does things her paying customers can’t do, don’t want to do, don’t want to be seen doing, can’t bring themselves to do, and/or don’t want it to be known they’d paid someone to do. To dead people.

Life gets complicated for Jane and her Death Diva business when she’s hired to liberate a gaudy mermaid brooch from the corpse during a wake—on behalf of the rightful owner, supposedly. Well, a girl’s got to make a living, and this assignment pays better than scattering ashes, placing flowers on graves, or bawling her eyes out as a hired mourner. Unfortunately for Jane, someone else is just as eager to get his hands on that brooch, and he’s even sneakier than she is, not to mention dangerously sexy.

Just when she thinks her biggest problem is grand theft mermaid, things take a murderous turn. But hey, when you’ve teamed up with a neurotic seven-pound poodle named Sexy Beast, how can you go wrong?

My Thoughts:
OMG this book was hilarious!!  Just the right combination of mystery & comedy.  Jane is a funny and intriguing character who's affinity for un-groomed poodles and expensive tequila made this story a great read.  Jane can't seem to quite get over her ex-husband, who is still her best friend, Dom.   When she finds her employer/surrogate grandmother dead, she's immediately suspicious of the circumstances and decides to follow her gut.  Throw in a pilfering priest impersonator and you have the formula for good time!  I can't wait to read the other books in this series.  
Recommended for readers 16 & up.  Mild to moderate adult situations.  

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