3.5 stars. Not as enjoyable as the previous books, partly because Geof had such a small part. Geof was out of town leaving Ailey to run the investigation so there was none of the usual interplay between Jenny & he. Ailey wasn't very impressed with Jenny's help, & who could blame him, really. Instead, Jenny hooks up with a sleazy journalist, Lewis Riss, who's amusing but not really a great idea on Jenny's part. The storyline was quite good but it didn't seem to flow as well. The case of the empty graves was incidental to the murders, the one having nothing to do with the other.read more
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Like Pickard's Generous Death and Say No to Murder, the third story featuring Jenny Cain is fast-moving, sparked by humor and an unusual plot. Jenny, still serving as the head of the Port Frederick Civic Foundation, relates events that stun the population in her New England town when a mud slide reveals the disappearance of 133 bodies, supposedly interred during the 19th century in the old cemetery. At the same time, the corpse of Sylvia Davis is found in the casket with John Rudolph just before he's due to be buried in the new cemetery. The next day, Rudolph's widow is murdered, and Jenny sets out to gather evidence on possible killers. Her prime suspect is a young gravedigger and drug addict who dominates the center stage in macabre scenes before Jenny solves the puzzle of the town's vanished ancestors and identifies the present-day evildoer. Paperback rights to Pocket Books. (October 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved