Morgan's Diary, Tales of a Mortician's Artist (Mortician's Artist Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Morgan Paris is a Mortician’s Artist starting her first job at the Maxwell J. Delaware Funeral Home in New Orleans. Run by Jason Delaware and his wife Mercedes the funeral home is being used for something other than funerals. In addition to some dark and shady shenanigans going on after hours, Jason is obsessed with his new employee and Morgan feels the same about him, but his wife is a major problem. In addition, their hearse driver and all-around jack-of-all trades, Jared Walker is acting very creepy and not at all appropriate. While trying to fight their attraction to each other and keep it from Mercedes, Morgan is also trying to figure out what is going on when corpses start to go missing and then turn up again. Who in the funeral home is disrespecting the dead? And will her snooping get Morgan killed?
I can honestly say I’ve never read a story about a Mortician’s Artist. I never gave much thought to what goes on behind the scenes at a funeral home, but it’s pretty fascinating finding out all the details. The mystery surrounding the disappearing and reappearing bodies is a good one and very creepy. Mercedes is a witch of the first order (and a whackadoodle) and Jared is a nut bunny. Morgan is interesting and her character is very in-depth. Jason is ok, but I didn’t like his cat and mouse game with Morgan. Especially since he was married. The way he treated Morgan just rubbed me the wrong way. If I had fur it would be standing on end in displeasure. Overall though this is an appealing read with a slightly unconventional romance and a disturbing mystery to solve.
Well, I was hooked right off the bat. There's a lot here. For openers, the setting was appealing to me because I grew up in a home that revolved around the funeral business. It was how my father supported our family, the current news from the cemetery often dinner table conversation. No matter how aboveboard things are, there was always a little intrigue under the surface; a family member borrowed the bulldozer used to dig graves one night and had a joy ride through the grounds. Another time, a loved one spent the night lying over a grave, crying. So the offerings from the graveyard vacillated between the outlandish to the heartbreaking. I grew up during Vietnam War time and I still remember the few military funerals, which my father facilitated, and they were devastating to watch. Or the time a local policeman was murdered in the line of duty and hundreds of police cars lined the street around the cemetery. Sorry for the detour down memory lane. I digress.
Also, now this is just my perspective. There's something about the scenes between Jason and Morgan that remind me of Wuthering Heights. Something about the tone of the dialogue. And I found that very appealing. Even though their relationship quickly de-escalates into depravity, there's that superficial respect Jason has for her when he's clothed. Well done, Lori Meckley.
The author manages to write sex scenes that aren't all cliché. I really appreciated her use of proper word usage, not cluttering the action with a lot of slang and street language. I'm no expert on this genre, but I think it succeeded in fulfilling several goals; it caught my interest, I wanted to keep reading, and I was looking for my husband when I was finished.