Less zany than the first one in the series. Hitch is still a smart aleck and defender of the helpless. He gets roped into a tangled web of family deceptions and despair when a body is dropped on the steps of his funeral home when inside a family gathers around a doctor who died of a heart attack. Coincidence, act of defiance, remorse, warning? Nothing and all of the above perhaps. A better structured plot, a lot less secondary or just passing through zany characters make this second novel in Cockey's undertaker/detective series much more interesting than the first one.