Flowers for Her Grave
A Grim Reaper Mystery
By Judy Clemens
(Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590589182, 250pp.)
Publication Date: August 2011
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Casey and Death are on the run…again. This time, Casey needs to make her disappearance permanent. After obtaining new identification and throwing herself off the grid, she travels to Florida to begin a new life as Daisy Gray, fitness instructor for a moneyed, enclosed community. But even while keeping her head down, it doesn’t take long for Casey to find herself in the middle of trouble. One of the residents is attacked, and Casey is the one to find her, bleeding on the tile floor of the locker room. Despite heroic attempts to save her, she dies, and the community is thrown into turmoil. The cops are at a loss, unable to find anyone who might want the woman dead. Casey, despite Death’s encouragement to “get the hell out of Dodge, or, er, Florida,” feels partially responsible, and won’t let the murderer get away with it. Besides, where else is she going to go? Is she going to abandon this life so soon, and try to forge another? Casey takes a careful look at the victim’s life. Who could possibly want such a nice, friendly woman dead? Could it be Del, the extremely muscular man from the weight room? Or Michelle, the victim’s best friend, and resident hottie? Or even Maria, the receptionist, whose key card was used to access the locker room so late at night? And what, if anything, do Casey’s predecessors in her new job have to do with it? Casey must find out. Even with Death on her back.
Judy Clemens is the author of the Anthony and Agatha-nominated Stella Crown mystery series, as well as FLOWERS FOR HER GRAVE, which is the third in the Grim Reaper mysteries. She is a former president of Sisters in Crime. www.judyclemens.com
"You have to hand it to Judy Clemens for providing her amateur sleuth with a genuinely offbeat gimmick: she travels with Death...With Casey installed as a fitness instructor in a gated Florida community where a murder takes place, we’re free to appreciate her companion’s wit and dress code: skintight Spandex for a Zumba class; a flowered bathing suit and shades for the pool; and an all-white ensemble with brass-¬handled walking stick to make a fashion statement (“I am the epitome of cool”). Not even Cosmo Topper, who was advised by two charming ghosts, can beat that one." —The New York Times
"Most readers will find themselves thoroughly entertained." —Booklist
"An interesting premise (shades, almost, of The Fugitive) and a vulnerable but strong protagonist are the highlights here, though the character of Death adds an unexpected dimension. Clemens, author of the Stella Crown series, could have another winner." —Booklist of Embrace the Grim Reaper
"Clemens, author of the well-received Stella Crown series, explores intriguing new territory in this series debut, and adventurous mystery buffs may want to hitch a ride." —Library Journal of Embrace the Grim Reaper
"Casey and Death make an oddly entertaining pair, and readers will hope to see their relationship fleshed out in future titles." —Publisher's Weekly of Embrace the Grim Reaper