- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1st Printing edition (September 25, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425218007
- ISBN-13: 978-0425218006
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,174,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Tisket, a Tasket, a Fancy Stolen Casket (Callie Parrish Mysteries, No. 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 25, 2007
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Callie is called to come in early to help make arrangements for the viewing and funeral of popular Bobby Saxon, a local car salesman, drinker, and womanizer. His most recent wife, brash and bouncy Betty, is coming in to make the arrangements. Bobby was the age of Callie's older brothers, in his mid 40s, but his most recent wife was a school friend of Callie's, fifteen years younger.
While applying makeup and styling Bobby's hair, Callie discovers a needle broken off in Bobby's neck. The idiot coroner decided he would accept drowning as cause of death because Bobby was found floating face down in a swimming pool and was known to be a heavy drinker. Now an autopsy must be done! Bobby's fancy, but empty, casket is stolen, and Callie is hit on the head outside the mortuary.
The dreamy emergency room doctor, Dr. Don Walters, has decided that Callie is dateable, and after she is released with few stitches, he manages to arrange a date. Jane, Callie's best friend, despite being blind, is her "Watson" in figuring out motives and trying to solve the crimes. Then local bar owner, June Bug Corley, is found shot in his parking lot. Callie becomes a target; she receives nasty threatening phone calls and someone tries to break into her house. Are the two deaths connected?
Will Callie figure out who is behind the deaths, before she is killed? Will her new dog Big Boy, a Great Dane puppy, ever let her finish a date with Dr. Don?
Armchair Interviews says: This is the first of three books, and they promise to be as much fun as this one.
But things get even weirder that night. Callie is just closing down the funeral home when someone hits her over the head. When she wakes up, Bobby's fancy casket is missing. Was the thief after Bobby's body? Or was there some over motive for stealing the casket?
This is a book of mixed reactions. I mostly liked Callie and her "kindergarten swearing." But her constant discussions about her new inflatable bras made me uncomfortable. I didn't much care for her morally challenged best friend, either. It's not that I expect perfection from the characters, but at least a sense of morals from the heroes really helps.
The plot was entertaining, and the narration mostly charming. I did find Callie's stretching out of excuse or believe me and please got old in a hurry. The plot had several twists. I pegged the killer early on, but kept being distracted and forgetting about him or her. The book was surprisingly light for a novel set in a funeral home, but it never once made light of anyone's grief.
In the end, this isn't a bad debut, but I didn't love it either. I'm sure others will love the characters more then I did, which was the major stumbling block for me.
This book had me laughing out loud, reading passages out loud and just generally following each twist and turn as they came. I found I was not guessing the 'who done it,' as I was enjoying the ride in the Mustang too much.
The characters were amusing and well put together. I have lived near Beaufort, SC during my days in the USMC, and I had met persons that some of these characters reminded me of.
The murders were solid and well plotted. Believable and I liked the law enforcers too.
I am anxious to read the next book in the series.
Callie's best friend is a young blind woman, and one you don't feel sorry for, since she has some really bad character flaws!!
The story moves quickly, and I did not guess the identity of the murderer until it was revealed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the whole series! Definitely not a "must read" author - she could've used better editing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Judith Predmore
I could not warm up to protagonist Calamine Parrish in this, the first of the series. Too many of her mannerisms grated on me, and finally, everything I disliked about her was... Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Lisa Small
If you are looking for a new BFF or a mate with a twisted sense of humor and can take a punch, then maybe Callie Parrish is your gal. Read morePublished on January 8, 2012 by Cindy Kerschner
Just when you thought all the good jobs for amateur sleuths had been taken, a plucky and funny heroine rises above the endless cooks, writers, tour guides, and antique shop owners... Read morePublished on December 6, 2008 by Kate Emburg
The storyline about a funeral cosmetologist could be and should have been attention-grabbing and out of the ordinary but the overall mystery Ms. Read morePublished on August 5, 2008 by Samantha Augustus
An undertaker's employee as amateur sleuth is a good idea: lots of opportunity to run across deaths that need looking into. Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by MLG
As another reviewer said, I did want to like this book. There are all kinds of "genre crime" type books these days, everything from bookstore murders to cooking crimes. Read morePublished on June 10, 2008 by Griff
Callie Parrish works at Middleton's as a mortuary cosmetologist in South Carolina. Otis and Odel Middleton are real characters, but she enjoys her job. Read morePublished on April 9, 2008 by Dawn Dowdle