Book Review: Grave Mistake by Janice J. Richardson

Grave Mistake (Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery #3)Grave Mistake by Janice J. Richardson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I adore the ‘Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery’ series written by Janice J. Richardson. Today, I’m reviewing the third book, Grave Mistake, and planning to start the fourth one this weekend. The series focuses on Jennifer Spencer who inherits a funeral home from her uncle near Niagara Falls on the Canadian side. The books are part mystery and part overview of how a funeral home runs. While we get to know Jennifer and the various operations, we also track a mystery.

In this third one, Jennifer’s addressing staffing issues and a family who has a history of misbehaving at the funeral parlor. Throw in a tornado, design renovations, and a medical emergency, Jennifer has her hands full. First, a body disappears. Then, her key worker is sidelined. Once the senior partner overseeing the funeral home’s remodel turns up dead, things get uglier by the minute. While the mystery doesn’t begin until at least 50% in this book, I still very much enjoyed tracking Jennifer’s interactions with families who were mourning and her colleagues setting up the second funeral home. What’s most interesting about this cozy is that the mystery remains unsolved at the end… and I suspect it is because that will be addressed in the fourth one… hence why I have to start it tonight!

For me, the side stories are the special parts of these books. Although it’s deemed a cozy, and there are light mysteries, there is a lot more substance in the subplots. I love learning how the back office runs, as well as seeing the grieving families learn to trust and count on Jennifer and her staff. Sometimes there are mean people, other times there are beautiful moments. It seems to be quite a realistic series. I also enjoy the light and comfortable writing style. It’s so easy to read, I find myself relaxed and happy no matter what the subject matter is within the book. What a wonderful series… 4.5 stars to this edition.

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    • It’s definitely a strong subplot book, but the mysteries are light. It’s a good balance, and if you like the subject matter, it’s worth the read. They tend to be on the shorter side, so it’s a quick one too. 🙂


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