Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Professional Grievers by Mickey J Corrigan

Blurb: Until he gets hired to attend funerals for Florida's most unpopular dead people, Seymour Allen has no life. When he meets a mobster's gorgeous girlfriend, things begin to heat up.
They say opposites attract. Professional Grievers mates noir with romance, a beautiful young woman with a depressed older man, and humor with pathos to create a surprising, funny, sexy little love story.

Seymour Allen's life had ground down to a dull bore. Lonely, self-medicating, and wallowing in self-pity, he's in dire need of a stiletto kick in the butt. Then the weirdly generous Raymond C. Dasher hires Seymour to attend the death ceremonies of the not-so-dearly departed.

As Raymond explains to Seymour, some people have so few friends they are willing to hire an audience for their own funeral. Working as a professional griever, Seymour's life picks up. Fascinated and often moved to tears, he frequents local chapels and cemeteries, posing as a bereaved friend of the departed.

At an Irish wake, he meets a hot redhead named Yvonne, the former mistress of the deceased; a man with the most dangerous kind of family. Sexy Yvonne needs to grieve her loss and Seymour offers a padded shoulder to cry on. Soon enough their friendship steams up. A lakeside distribution of ashes brings them closer together. Only in South Florida.
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This is my first read by Mickey J Corrigan so I wasn't sure what to expect from this novella. After reading the synopsis I was very intrigued and I was not disappointed. Although it did start out kind of slow I was drawn in from the very beginning, I laughed at the predicaments Seymour found himself in. Poor Seymour has suffered a great loss and found it near impossible to recover and carry on with normal life, until he meets Raymond (I love Raymond, by the way. He has kind of a dry sense of humor). Raymond offers Seymour a job, an unusual job (and I'm sure there are people out there that really do this for a living), get paid to attend a stranger's funeral and grieve for them. For some reason I find this hysterical, maybe I'm weird, but this is funny!  Anywho, Seymour takes the job and it seems to be going well, until he gets mixed up with the wrong crowd and meets a woman at the center of this crowd. I really, really enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to reading more from Mickey.

More from Mickey J Corrigan:
Dream Job
Serviced, Vol. 1

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