Unfinished Business by Tim Baker
When you die, your to do list gets cancelled.
That is, unless your corpse is prepared for burial by Meg Hargrave.
For thirteen unremarkable years, Meg has embalmed and prepared corpses at the Peaceful Slumber Funeral Parlor, until she prepares the corpse of an 82-year-old World War II veteran and something extraordinary happens. Suddenly, she becomes acutely aware of an unfinished task that had been weighing heavily on the man’s mind and she is compelled to finish it.
Her next client is a woman who died in a tragic car crash while driving to see her suicidal brother. Meg soon finds herself visiting the brother, determined to give him the will to live.
Now each new corpse means a new mission and she is powerless to stop it. To Meg, it’s a bizarre, nightmarish curse until she realizes that she is the last hope for these souls to rest in peace. But when she embalms the corpse of a convicted murderer bent on revenge, it becomes a deadly threat to her own life.
Detective Dave Steere is investigating night club owner Mike McMahon for racketeering. When McMahon is murdered and the evidence points to Meg, Steere’s gut tells him that something isn’t right. McMahon had plenty of enemies, but Steere can’t find any connection to Meg.
Now he has to figure out if he’s tracked down a murderer, a victim… or something that he can’t explain.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rhode Island native Tim Baker released his first novel, Living the Dream, in August, 2009 and has followed up with five others since then. Tim writes fast-paced, off-beat crime stories full of colorful characters and loaded with unexpected and often humorous twists and turns, set in Flagler Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. You can learn more about Tim’s work and how to contact him on his website at www.blindoggbooks.com.
REVIEW BY MILLIE MOM: You can’t pigeonhole Tim Baker’s work into a genre. Really inventive writers are like that. He’s an extraordinary storyteller, and if you are a voracious reader like I am and you’re searching for your next page-turner, that’s all you really need to know. Opening one of his novels for the first time is like opening your gifts on Christmas morning.
You’re excited at the prospect, you have no idea what you’re getting, but you know it’s going to be good. Unfinished Business is a novel that makes you think in a most entertaining way. It’s steeped in the paranormal and it runs the gamut of emotion. The characters are rich and powerful and believable. It’s a mystery.
It’s a drama. It’s a paranormal adventure into that world of emotional light and shadow that haunts many of us mortals and causes us to ponder how we feel about that world beyond the veil. And I loved it. I’ve got a stash of Tim Baker novels in my book basket to help me get through the winter.