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    Murder at the Funeral Parlour

    In the small town, Mayfield, Michigan, Lauren’s father tells her to call the police and tell them there is a dead body in the garage at his funeral home, Staub and Blood. Lauren grew up the family business but her father never allowed her to enter the embalming room. Her current job ‘is assisting in the office, helping grieving relatives and conducting services. The police arrive and cordon off the garage. Who is the murdered man? When his fiancé identifies him, no one can imagine who would kill that funny, kind man. She is already grief-stricken because her mother, suffering from Alzheimer’s, is in a home, but, although Lauren doesn’t have all the answers about the murder, she is determined to find out whatever the cost. A harmless ghost, called Henry who visits Lauren ‘through a slice of time from another dimension’ is another problem she must deal with. Her boyfriend, Chip, is self-centred and inconsiderate so Lauren appreciates Gary, a protective police man, she knew at grade school. When I began the novel, I thought the unusual setting, the funeral parlour, would be morbid. However, Ms. Rose, shows how much the bereaved need moral support from Lauren and her father. Deadly Undertaking is fast paced with realistic characters both good and bad. At the end, all the loose ends are skilfully tied up. The novel has so much to offer, murder, a small community where most people support each other, the paranormal, the tragedy of dementia and its effect on the family, and a love story. I am confident that this novel won’t disappoint you. I look forward to reading the author’s next book.
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    Exciting Mystery with a Thrilling Ending

    I just finished J.Q. Rose's Deadly Undertaking. What an exciting mystery with a thrilling ending! There is so much going on in this book: drugs, gambling, adultery, a mother with Alzheimer's, and a ghost... a mystery inside of a mystery. Lauren Staab, the sweet, pretty protagonist of the novel returns home to help care for her mother who has Alzheimer's and to be the bookkeeper for the family business, a funeral home. To me she comes across as naive, especially at the beginning, to have so much going on under her nose and not realize anything for the longest time. This mystery is action packed and kept my interest from start to finish. It was fast-paced and I could picture-everything. Great descriptions.
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    Sometimes the Present Needs The Past

    Read in one setting for the full effect of the fast-paced story. While a dead body in a funeral home isn't an unusual occurrence, when a murdered one appears at Staab & Blood (Yes, that is the firm's name) it sets in motion events that change what was known about some residents' pasts and rip apart preconceived notions of their current ones. This book has humor, pathos, suspense, love and hope. And mingled with the mystery, did I forget to add there is also a touch of the paranormal? This was the first book I read of J.Q.'s, but the writing and characters she brought to life will bring me back for more.
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    The Funeral Business Can be Murder!

    Finding bodies at a Funeral Home is to be expected. Unless of course it's a murdered dead body and someone employed by the funeral home's the murderer. The funeral business can be murder!
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    I'm an intrigued fan - ready for the next mystery

    Genre – Mystery, Paranormal, Romance First Line: “Lauren, quick, call 911, there’s a dead body out here in the garage!” Review: Lauren Staab, daughter of Jensen Staab - the owner and mortician of Staab and Blood Funeral Home, finds navigating through murder victims, drug cartels, the funeral business, her mother’s secrets, her personal love relationships, and a ghost that won’t leave her alone a bit taxing. I adore Ms. Rose’s characters, but most especially Lauren. Who knew life could lead a person into a parade of major and sometimes traumatic events that would forever change her life? This book instills a refreshing way to enjoy a darn good mystery, portrays a nice dollop of the paranormal, and acquaints romance with a realistic twist and kick. I’m an intrigued fan and look forward to reading her next mystery:)
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