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Murder in the Hearse Degree:
A Novel

By Tim Cockey

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ISBN 10: 0786889977
352 pages

Libby, a former flame of Hitchcock Sewell, has returned to town with her two children, but minus one husband and one nanny. Libby’s husband has been accounted for — she left him back in Annapolis. However, the nanny, Sophie, is truly missing.

As soon as Hitch starts to nose around, Sophie turns up — literally — in the Severn River. She’s quite dead, and just a little bit pregnant. The police suspect suicide, but Sophie’s mom is adamant it’s murder. Hitch’s sense? He sides with the mother. Racing around town, Hitch finds more questions than answers.

Murder in the Hearse Degree is another pitch-perfect mystery in a series that never disappoints, always surprises, and keeps the laughs — and corpses — rolling right along.


“The fourth installment in the popular hearse mystery series featuring Hitch, the lovable undertaker-detective you’ll really dig.” —People

“What really makes the book a treasure is Cockey’s writing.” —San Jose Mercury News

“Cockey has created a genuinely funny sleuth in Hitchcock Sewell, Baltimore’s premier undertaker.” —Dallas Morning News

“Brimming with humor.” —Library Journal

“Check out Cockey for a walk of the mild side of murder.” —Denver Rocky Mountain News

“Cockey has added another worthwhile detective to the shelf.” —Book Street USA

“As usual, the writing is smooth and amusing.” —Publishers Weekly

“No cheap gimmicks, nothing ostentatious, just class all the way.” —New York Times

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Murder in the Hearse Degree:
A Novel