If the Coffin Fits (Hardcover)

A Funeral Parlor Mystery

By Lillian Bell

Crooked Lane Books, 9781683317111, 304pp.

Publication Date: September 11, 2018

List Price: 26.99*
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Description

Perfect for fans of Carolyn Haines and Donna Andrews, Lillian Bell makes the return with her second Funeral Parlor mystery featuring funeral director Desiree Turner.

When an unnatural cause of death finds one of her clients, Desiree must get to the bottom of the murder before she’s fitted for a coffin, herself.


Funeral director Desiree Turner deals with death by natural causes all the time. Death by unnatural causes? Not so much. Yet, she and her boyfriend Nate have heard some not-so-dear things about the recently departed. A suspicious remark by the late Frank Fiore’s daughters sparks some concern. And when Violet Daugherty faints behind the wheel of her car, Desiree suspects she’s got a front seat to murder.

Desiree can’t help but look into Violet’s untimely end, but soon after, rumors begin to spread that she’s accusing her clients of murder, which quickly spurs a mass cancellation and Desiree is on the verge of going out of business. What began as an effort to do due diligence for her client turns into a wild goose chase for Violet’s murderer. Desiree must find her proof before everything she works for is lost. But that’s easier said than done, because while everyone else in town is looking to take their business elsewhere, the killer sets sights directly upon Desiree.

Now it’s up to Desiree to find the murderer before she becomes the next body her funeral parlor serves in If the Coffin Fits, Lillian Bell’s second charming Funeral Parlor mystery.


About the Author

Lillian Bell was born in Dayton, Ohio. She moved when she was four and only remembers that she was born across the street from Baskin-Robbins. Lillian remembers anything that has to do with ice cream. Or chocolate. Or champagne. She recently graduated from the Creative Writing MFA program at Antioch University in Los Angeles. This is her second Funeral Parlor mystery.


Praise For If the Coffin Fits: A Funeral Parlor Mystery

Praise for If the Coffin Fits:
“The second in Bell’s series is as lively as her first, with a quick-moving plot, a nicely crafted puzzle, and a heroine worth spending time with.”
Kirkus Reviews

Praise for A Grave Issue:
“Bell’s debut is a worthy addition to the ‘home again’ corner of the cozy world, with enough wit and moxie to warrant a return appearance.”
Kirkus Reviews

A Grave Issue opens with emus, dead bodies, and a compelling first person voice. Throw in the secrets revealed in a small-town funeral parlor and the antics of local citizens, and you have Andy of Mayberry meets Six Feet Under. Lillian Bell’s funeral parlor mystery is flat-out fun from the opening line to the last word. The mystery is perfectly executed, but the characters will steal your heart.”
—Carolyn Haines, USA Today bestselling author of the Sarah Booth Delaney, Pluto’s Snitch, and Familiar Legacy mystery series

"A Grave Issue by Lillian Bell delivers everything I love about cozies—quirky characters, a clever plot, and occasional mayhem. A fun read with engaging humor and enough clues and red herrings to keep the pages turning, this first in a series is highly recommended!"
—Dawn Eastman, national bestselling author of the Family Fortune mysteries

A Grave Issue by Lillian Bell is marvelous multi-layered mystery must-read! The engaging cast of characters captured me immediately, and the story has all the twists and turns a reader could want...A book to remember! Treat yourself to this one—and to Ms. Bell’s next in the series as well!”
—Nancy Haddock, national bestselling author of the Silver Six Crafting mysteries

“Peopled with quirky, distinctive characters, drop-dead humor, and a mystery as solid as any monument, A Grave Issue is a hilarious and entertaining read.”
—Annelise Ryan, bestselling author of the Mattie Winston mysteries

Lillian Bell makes funeral parlors feel cozy, while catching the business dead to rights. Wishing this delightful new series a long life.”
—Elaine Viets, author of Fire and Ashes