Not as good as the last two novels featuring Hitchcock Sewell, amateur detective in his spare time and funeral parlor director the rest of the time. We find in this novel a friend of Hitch being accused of murder but Lucy is one unlucky girl and a bit of a simple girl too. There is plenty of people who wanted her boyfriend dead but she's the most convenient suspect since she shot him. An intricate plot that takes way to long to gel, too much of zany Julia, bad guys that are more cartoon than bad and a depressed private eye slow down the pace and my enjoyment of this novel. Won't stop me from reading the next one but this is an average title in the series.