Backstabber (Hitchcock Sewell Series #5)

Backstabber (Hitchcock Sewell Series #5)

by Tim Cockey


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The fourth installment in the popular hearse mystery series featuring Hitch, the lovable "undertaker-detective you'll really dig." (People)

Libby, a former flame of Hitchcock Sewell, has returned to town with her two children, but minus one husband and one nanny. Libby's husband has been accounted for — she left him back in Annapolis. However, the nanny, Sophie, is truly missing.

As soon as Hitch starts to nose around, Sophie turns up — literally — in the Severn River. She's quite dead, and just a little bit pregnant. The police suspect suicide, but Sophie's mom is adamant it's murder. Hitch's sense? He sides with the mother. Racing around town, Hitch finds more questions than answers.

Murder in the Hearse Degree is another pitch-perfect mystery in a series that never disappoints, always surprises, and keeps the laughs — and corpses — rolling right along.

Tim Cockey is the author of four Hitchcock Sewell mysteries. He has been a story analyst for many major film and television companies, including American Playhouse, ABC, and Hallmark Entertainment. He grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786867134
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 07/07/2004
Series: Hitchcock Sewell Series , #5
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Tim Cockey is the award-winning author of the Hitchcock Sewell novels, including The Hearse You Came In On, Hearse of a Different Color, The Hearse Case Scenario, Murder in the Hearse Degree, and Backstabber. He has been a story analyst for many major film and television companies, including American Playhouse, ABC, and Hallmark Entertainment. He grew up in Baltimore and now lives in New York City.

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Backstabber (Hitchcock Sewell Series #5) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
twalkersr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Latest of the "Hearse" mysteries. Cockey's work is always a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love ALL the books by this author. All his books are great. They have good characters that show up in most of his books. Very much like Stephanie Plum and her characters. After reading all his books, I can not seem to find another author that grabs me from the fist page. Please hurry up and write more!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the first four pages, I was HOOKED. I thought if the rest of the book was as intriguing as those few pages, I would not be able to put the book down until I discovered ¿Who Done It¿. And, I was right. I also thought the plot was going to be a simple one where the reader discovers who killed the victim. Boy! Was I wrong! The plot was a spider¿s web of intrigue. There was more than one murder to learn about and plenty of characters to keep you guessing on who killed who. The first victim was found with a knife in his back. Between his wife, daughter, son and mother, the less than normal family was discovered. The man¿s love letters were found in his library and they were not written to his wife. Ah ha, another possible killer. The story had dead people who are frozen into a sitting position, bright orange burial caskets, a nursing home where the patient are starting to complain about their care, seagulls, a pet dog and a few broken ribs, not to mention an ex-wife who our lead character was still on friendly terms. The wisecracking which ran throughout the book, reminded me of the 1940¿s stereotypical private eye. It was wonderfully refreshing and gave the reader a laugh at every turn. The lead character¿s job was also not one normally associated with someone who ¿snoops¿. He was a funeral director in partnership with his Aunt. Right up until the very last pages, I had no idea who created all the mayhem. Oh, I had chosen early on who I thought was responsible but then I changed my mind as I read on and continued changing my mind the farther I read. I noted that Tim Cockey as written four other books based on the lead character. I was sorry I hadn¿t read them but they will be on my list of books to read. Grab a copy of Backstabber and you will be in for a wonderful adventure of Who Done It.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Baltimore area, Sisco Fontaine has a slight problem. Lying on the kitchen floor is the murdered corpse of Jake Weisheit with a knife protruding from his back. Sisco has been sleeping with Jake¿s spouse Polly and recently in a public display of ire he threatened to kill Jake. Obviously the cops can back up with evidence that Sisco had motive, means, and apparently opportunity making him the prime suspect in what appears to be a murder of passion.---- A bit upset, Sisco knows only one person who works with the dead, former classmate mortician Hitchcock Sewell. He calls Hitch, but all he wants from his newly rediscovered buddy is to dispose of the body as he knows what will happen to him if the police investigate the murder. Hitch refuses, but puts aside the other bodies, a horde of females wanting to share a coffin, and the formaldehyde high to determine whether Sisco is a BACKSTABBER.---- The fifth Hitchcock amateur sleuth investigation is a solid entry in a series a bit off the norm, but always fun to read. As usual, once the audience accepts Hitch as an expert crime investigator, which takes a bit of acceptance, fans will have the usual good time. Hitch is the center of the tale as he keeps it glued together whether he prepares a corpse for a funeral service or making inquiries that lead to the local police wanting to bury him for his interference. Tim Cockey provides an amusing look at the art of dying from the two perspective approaches that one of Baltimore¿s finest protagonists brings to those who dearly departed.---- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this 5th outing of the Hitchcock Sewell series. It is an interesting and amusing book that can be read anywhere from the home to the beach. I am recommending this book to all.