When Chester Scholtz's bereaved widow, Lydia, rings the bell at the Hawley Funeral Home, she is not just seeking Bill Hawley's services as an undertaker. She wants him to investigate the embarrassing circumstances of her 70-year-old husband's death in a cheap motel, reported to the police by an exotic dancer.
This is the first of the Bill Hawley series, a funeral director who comforts mourners and catches murderers.
Bill Hawley joined the family business right out of college. He doesn't mind dealing with corpses, caskets and grieving relatives, but he's ready for something more exciting - like moonlighting as an amateur sleuth. Because sometimes the death certificate doesn't tell the whole story.