Hearse of a Different Color (Hitchcock Sewell Mysteries (Paperback))

by Tim Cockey | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0786889632 Global Overview for this book
Registered by yllus on 8/11/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by yllus on Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Tim Cockey's debut novel, The Hearse You Came In On, introduced readers to Hitchcock Sewell, the undertaker-turned-reluctant-sleuth, whose mordant irony and blissfully skewed perspective on the humdrum brought a remarkable vigor to a profession not usually known for its liveliness. The good news for Hitch fans is that Cockey's follow-up effort dishes up another heaping helping of sardonic wit:
The planet was one big marble of wretchedness. And I wasn't exactly being lifted aloft by bluebirds either. I was wheeling down the Baltimore- Washington Parkway in my unexciting car on the fourth record-breaking freezing cold day in a row, tuning in to what seemed to be the preexisting fact that I was going to be tracking down a cold-blooded murderer.
Said murderer has deposited a corpse on Hitch's doorstep--in the middle of a wake, no less. The unscheduled body is one Helen Waggoner, a single mother with a double life as a waitress and porn star. Hitch's girlfriend sees the unceremonious delivery as a scoop in the making. Bonnie Nash is a less-than- accurate TV weather woman who's got a bad case of occupational shame ("I'm a pair of breasts that tells you what the weather is going to be tomorrow. Maybe."). She figures that solving a murder ought to earn her a network promotion. But it's not that easy. When Helen's sister also turns to Hitch for some moral and investigative support, the undertaker finds himself digging through the family closets and unearthing some distinctly unsavory skeletons. It turns out that a taste for the (ahem) silver screen is a Waggoner tradition, and that the sisters have a long--and not particularly affectionate--history. It's up to Hitch to put the pieces of the puzzle together before a hired killer with a peculiar signature takes him apart.
Cockey has a rare gift for sending up the hallowed conventions of mystery fiction with effortlessly wry turns of phrases: "I looked about to assess the scene. I'm six-three, so I have a decent vantage point for assessing." His plot skills have sharpened since his last outing, and the narrative moves along briskly to a conclusion both tidy and ironic. Appropriately enough, though, in this Hearse, the ride is even more fun than the destination

Journal Entry 2 by yllus on Monday, August 30, 2004
Another great book by Tim Cockey. I'm really looking forward to finishing the series. The characters are so much fun, and Hitch has the ultimate dry wit. A true fun mystery!

Journal Entry 3 by yllus on Monday, September 13, 2004
Reserved for Bookring

Journal Entry 4 by yllus on Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Ring is heading out the door. Books are marked "1" and "2". I will be sending them together since everyone signed up for both. Enjoy! Here is the final order:

needsun, Canada
octoberskye, MA
HallieK, TX
pjmom8025, MN
frybaby, GA
Lpree, MD
CheriePie, MA

home to me!

Journal Entry 5 by yllus at -- Controlled Release in Aurora, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 30, 2004

Released 15 yrs ago (9/30/2004 UTC) at -- Controlled Release in Aurora, Ontario Canada



Releasing out on book ring. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 6 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Friday, October 15, 2004
Currently reading this book. Soon to be passed on to Octoberskye.

Journal Entry 7 by NeedSun from Perth Road, Ontario Canada on Sunday, October 17, 2004
Hitch's sense of humor kept me laughing throughout the book. Now I have to read the next one to see how his love life shapes up. Good book, fun read.

I will be mailing it out to Octoberskye tomorrow.

Journal Entry 8 by octoberskye from Brighton, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Just received both "Hearse" books. I'm reading the first one now.

Journal Entry 9 by octoberskye from Brighton, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, December 18, 2004
Just finished and I love when this happens: the book takes place the week before Christmas, which it is in real-life time too. This was just as funny as the first one. I really enjoyed it! Monday both 'hearse' books are off to HallieK in Texas.

Journal Entry 10 by octoberskye at on Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Sent to HallieK in Texas. She is the next member of the book ring. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 11 by HallieK from Austin, Texas USA on Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Got this in the mail today from octoberskye. I can't wait to read these books! Especially since NeedSun liked them and I know that we have a similar taste in books! Thanks for starting this ring!

Journal Entry 12 by HallieK from Austin, Texas USA on Tuesday, January 18, 2005
This one wasn't quite as good as the first one, but still a good installment to the series. I really like Hitch and all the trouble he gets into. And the corpse jokes are pretty funny. All in all, not a bad series.

Mailing this out to pjmom8025

Journal Entry 13 by ID20080001 on Monday, February 07, 2005
I finally got this and The Hearse You Came in on in the mail. I have a couple of books ahead of it, but will read it soon and get it going on it's way.

Journal Entry 14 by ID20080001 on Thursday, February 10, 2005
I have absolutely been swamped with life and books. I tried #1 of this series and just wasn't in the mood to read it at this time. I am going to go ahead and send this off to the next participant tomorrow.

Journal Entry 15 by HallieK from Austin, Texas USA on Monday, February 28, 2005
Hmmm....it seems that this one accidentally came back to me when pjmom sent me the 3rd installment of this series. So, I'll get a hold of frybaby and make sure that this one gets back with #1 of the series.

Journal Entry 16 by frybaby from Savannah, Georgia USA on Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Got this yesterday. Number 1 has already been sent to Lpree. I'll read this this weekend then send along.

Life got in the way and I couldn't get into the book. Sending out 4/2.

Journal Entry 17 by Lpree from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Saturday, April 09, 2005
This arrived in yesterday's mail. I have a couple other bookrings ahead of it, but will read it as soon as I can. Please check my reading list on my bookshelf to see where I'm at in my reading. I enjoyed the first one, so I'm looking forward to reading this one as well!

Journal Entry 18 by Lpree from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Saturday, April 30, 2005
Okay, I finally finished this, sorry it took me so long. I enjoyed this story just as much as the first one and the ending really moved quickly. I love the character of Hitch and also am looking forward to reading the third one to see how his love life goes.

I will PM the next person in line and will mail it out sometime this week.

Thanks as usual to yllus who always seems to find these interesting series'.

5/10 - Sorry for the delay, but this book, along with book #1 were mailed out today to CheriePie.

Journal Entry 19 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Monday, May 16, 2005
Received this and The Hearse You Came In On in today's mail. I've just got one other ring book waiting for me here, and then I'll start on these ones. I've heard good things about 'em and can't wait to read 'em.

Journal Entry 20 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Another great book in the Hitchcock Sewell mystery series. I love this author's sense of humour; it's right up there with Christopher Moore. Hitch is an undertaker who finds himself investigating a murder that puts him in a bit of hot water with his girlfriend, the police, and who knows who else! I'm now hooked and must read the entire series! :) Lucky for us BookCrossers, yllus has been collecting the series and sharing them with us. Thank you for that!

This and The Hearse You Came In On will be on their way home to yllus later this week.

Journal Entry 21 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Friday, June 17, 2005
Mailed this and The Hearse You Came In On back to yllus on Saturday, June 18th. (Yeah, I know it's Friday now, but it's all packaged up and waiting in my mailbox for the mailperson to pick up tomorrow.)

Journal Entry 22 by yllus on Sunday, June 26, 2005
Home again home again jiggity jig!!!

I'll release this into the wild today!

Journal Entry 23 by yllus at Dulles Town Center Mall in Sterling, Virginia USA on Sunday, June 26, 2005

Released 15 yrs ago (6/26/2005 UTC) at Dulles Town Center Mall in Sterling, Virginia USA



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