THE HEARSE YOU CAME IN ON
Welcome to the world according to Hitch. In the book that launched Baltimore's favorite undertaker, Hitchcock Sewell chases after a mysterious brunette who disappears after discussing preparations for her own imminent funeral. A dead tennis pro, a crooked mayor, some amateur theater and an environmental disaster later, it's clear that Hitch knows not what he is doing. And that's only half the fun.
HEARSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR
Snow job is too large for our hero. When the body of a murdered waitress is dumped on the front steps of his funeral home in the midst of a major blizzard, Hitch sees it as more than simply a fortuitous business opportunity. He wants answers! But the high society types who know the scoop are none too thrilled by the local undertaker's interference. Baltimore gleams like a shiny bucket in this one.
THE HEARSE CASE SCENARIO
Although a childhood friend of Hitch's confesses to him that she shot her jazz club-owner boyfriend, she insists she did not kill him. But . . . now he's dead. Always a sucker for a childhood friend, Hitch takes up her cause. Professional basketball, grand opera and a child named 'Squeak" are all part of the mix, as well as the first woman in all of Hitch's escapades who is not really all that interested in sleeping with him. Which goes to show, there are just some mysteries that can never be solved.
MURDER IN THE HEARSE DEGREE
The only thing that's clear when a nanny is fished out of a river near the Naval Academy in Annapolis is that the young woman has pushed her last pram. Well, one other thing: she was pregnant. As it happens, the nanny worked for an old flame of Hitch's, and when it looks like her estranged husband might know a thing or two about the drowned woman, Hitch begins to dig. How does this ultimately lead him to the Georgetown home of a flim-flamming evangelist and a deadly encounter with a high-powered political operative? Some people just have all the luck.
The oldest rule in the book: when your lover's husband is found facedown in the kitchen floor with a knife planted in his back, do not be found there with him. Sadly, Hitch's old friend and local musician, Sisco Fontaine, breaks this rule. And when Sisco calls on Hitch to help extract him from the mess he's in, Hitch himself breaks the second oldest rule, which is to never say yes to a request such as this. Lunacy and intrigue collide. That's Hitch's way and he's sticking to it.