good story and well written, keeps you reading!
This was a fun and entertaining read, if rather fantastic. The part about Tak Wing and the funeral parlor was very funny. Good escapist reading.
Charles Mathes is a unique author. His mysteries, which are not series books, nevertheless carry a common theme, that of a woman who has no real past, who doesn't know her family or ancestors. But, through some curious turn of events, she has to dig and search and discover who she is and what the family secrets are. The books are wonderful, different, and even charming, though not consciously so. When I accidentally happened onto one of them, I had to have the others immediately. No one else writes anything quite like these stories. Get them and read them!
Motel reviewer Lucy gets laid off, then -- through improbable circumstances (but, hey, it's fiction) -- gets a job in a suburban funeral home. She is an orphan with only one clue about her background: a brooch. After constant searching, she finds her father. (And, as always in a mystery, we have to wonder... But is he really????) Multiple plot twists and a happy ending. Interesting minor background information about funeral homes.
I hoped this was the first in a series. Apparently it is a stand-alone. I read that this author's protagonists are young ladies who have to discover something about their pasts.
This is the 3rd book I've read by Charles Mathes and I enjoyed it immensely. After the first book, I had to read the rest. One of the things I enjoyed about this book is the relationship between Lucy and Wing. If you enjoy a light read, get this book. You will be hooked.
Lucy MacAlpin Trelaine has uncovered little about her past except her name--inscribed on a celtic brooch found with her at the scene of a car accident nearly thirty years ago. But now her luck is changing. She may have found her father!The happy reunion turns sour when "Dad" tries to kill her in the middle of a midtown luxury building, then falls to his death through the atrium onto a table of snacking tourists. With her energetic boss, Tak Wing, owner of the Neat 'n' Tidy funeral parlor--for those who care but can't be bothered--by her side, Lucy follows the trail to Scotland, to buried treasure...and a shocking legacy of murder.