Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series
"I have always had an insatiable curiosity for anything that smacks of the tawdry. I supposed the 'goings on' around funeral parlors must fall into this category because I could not put this book down. Fascinating."
Leslie Jordan, Emmy Award-winning actor
"Curious, wildly honest stories that need to be told, but just not around the dinner table."
Dana Kollmann, author of Never Suck a Dead Man's Hand
"As unpredictable and lively as a bunch of drunks at a New Orleans funeral."
Joe R. Lansdale
"Sick, funny, and brilliant! I love this book."
Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of They Bite
Engaged in a business “that is all customer relations and rapport,” morticians deal with the vulnerable, emotionally unpredictable, and sometimes distraught, and if the dead can’t complain, their families sure can, as these gleanings from mortuary professionals across the nation attest. Whether a survivor insists on putting false teeth in after the deceased’s mouth has been “frozen” shut by embalming or demands a false eye be placed in its rightful socket, it’s all in a day’s work, along with staring down a hostile, 275-pound biker with “toilet seat-size hands.” The chapter “Wives and Girlfriends” demonstrates that “the lies and secrets we maintain in life cannot be perpetuated in death,” for bank accounts will be inspected, and titillating pictures found. The most common postmortem revelation is the illicit sexual relationship, with its potential for funerary fireworks when spouse and children sit on one side of the front row, the paramour on the other. McKenzie and Harra keep us reading because these true mortuary tales are poignant—and suddenly, gaspingly, in-your-face funny.
Whitney Scott, Caren Johnson Literary Agency