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Jane Delaney does things her paying customers can’t do, don’t want to do, don’t want to be seen doing, can’t bring themselves to do, and/or don’t want it to be known they’d paid someone to do. To dead people.Life gets complicated for Jane and her Death Diva business when she’s hired to liberate a gaudy mermaid brooch from the corpse during a wake—on behalf of the rightfulJane Delaney does things her paying customers can’t do, don’t want to do, don’t want to be seen doing, can’t bring themselves to do, and/or don’t want it to be known they’d paid someone to do. To dead people.Life gets complicated for Jane and her Death Diva business when she’s hired to liberate a gaudy mermaid brooch from the corpse during a wake—on behalf of the rightful owner, supposedly. Well, a girl’s got to make a living, and this assignment pays better than scattering ashes, placing flowers on graves, or bawling her eyes out as a hired mourner. Unfortunately for Jane, someone else is just as eager to get his hands on that brooch, and he’s even sneakier than she is, not to mention dangerously sexy.Just when she thinks her biggest problem is grand theft mermaid, things take a murderous turn. But hey, when you’ve teamed up with a neurotic seven-pound poodle named Sexy Beast, how can you go wrong?...

Title : Undertaking Irene: A Jane Delaney Mystery, book 1
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ISBN : 34838125
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Number of Pages : 291 Pages
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Undertaking Irene: A Jane Delaney Mystery, book 1 Reviews

  • Gail Koger
    2018-12-26 20:04

    I really enjoyed this book. Great characters and a nice mystery

  • Dee
    2018-12-24 21:04

    This is such a fun read. Ms. Burford's choice of words and easy way of bringing her quirky characters to life had me snickering from the get-go. Yet, even with the light breezy tone of this story, it's packed with emotion and intrigue that keeps you turning the pages. I don't know what Ms. Burford has planned for her other Jane Delaney Mysteries, but I am eager to find out.

    2018-12-19 21:52

    Jane Delaney does things her paying customers can’t do, don’t want to do, don’t want to be seen doing, can’t bring themselves to do, and/or don’t want it to be known they’d paid someone to do. To dead people.Life gets complicated for Jane and her Death Diva business when she’s hired to liberate a gaudy mermaid brooch from the corpse during a wake. Well, a girl’s got to make a living, and this assignment pays better than scattering ashes, placing flowers on graves, or bawling her eyes out as a hired mourner.Unfortunately for Jane, someone else is just as eager to get his hands on that brooch, and he’s even sneakier than she is. Just when she thinks her biggest problem is grand theft mermaid, things take a murderous turn.But hey, when you’ve teamed up with a neurotic seven-pound poodle named Sexy Beast, how can you go wrong?Dollycas’s ThoughtsThere are so many things I liked about this book. Quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and snappy dialogue all drew me in to this story.Jane Delaney is quite a character and she has a very interesting job. She is a Death Diva. I had heard of hiring mourners to cry at funerals but never a Death Diva. She has quite a vast array of services that she offers, like stealing a brooch off of a dead lady during the wake. She has one client that keeps her quite busy or has in the past. If you think these are unusual characters there are more, a “priest” who is very easy on the eyes, a concierge doctor named Jonah, Patrick O’Rourke, son of the deceased who happens to have a huge secret, his daughter, his wife and let’s not forget Sexy Beast, a tiny apricot poodle who needs a trip to a groomer and soon.The mystery starts when Jane finds a dead body that is ruled as a death from natural causes, but Jane just can’t accept that and decides if the police are not going to investigate she will. The plot is full of twists and diversions. At times I wasn’t sure if it was really a murder or not, but Jane kept digging and then the chase was on to figure out just which suspect was guilty.This was a quick read, told from Jane’s point of view, and I enjoyed very much! The author has laid a firm foundation for the series to unfold. I look forward to the next job Jane undertakes!

  • Carol
    2018-12-23 17:51

    What a hoot!! This is the first cozy in Pamela Burford’s JaneDelaney Mystery Series.The main character is known as the Death Diva. Janeperforms service for the survivors of the dead such as taking flowers to the deceased grave sites on special occasions, dressing up to attend funerals actually anything she is paid to do that her customers do not want to do themselves. This time it is to steal a brooch off thedecease’s body during the viewing. Only problem is a priestapproaches to pay his respects so she settles back to waither chance.Wait…what just happened…the priest lifted the brooch from the corpse. Whoa…was that priest really a priest????Arriving back at her employer’s house, no one seems to behome except Sexy Beast, the seven year old, apricot-hairedpoodle who is extremely scraggly. Why would the dog be home alone?Intriguing cozy filled with a lot of twists and turns. There are plenty of suspects all adding to the flavor of the book.Great read, with vivid characters, plenty of mysteries,drama, suspense, thrills, chills, unexpected twists alongwith a touch of romance.Thank you to author for the eBook. My opinion is my own.

  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    2019-01-05 22:14

    quite a humorous book! yes it is still a mystery but there are quite a few bits of humor throughout. The book is told in first person so if that bothers you (and I know a few people that it does) you may not enjoy the book. But if you can get past that, then this mystery will keep you guessing. There is a dog - a poor poodle that hasn't seen a groomer since birth, named Sexy Beast. A "priest" named Martin who really isn't a priest, thank goodness because apparently he is quite the hunk.I didn't figure out the killer until they were revealed and then it was an interesting twist as to the "why".

  • Amy
    2018-12-28 21:14

    Jane Delaney has an unusual job, Death Diva. What is a Death Diva? Well for Jane that means taking flowers to graves, catering funerals and in this case stealing a brooch off a dead lady during her wake.When Jane goes to let Irene know she failed, she finds her dead. Was she murdered or did she die of a heart attack!?This book will keep you guessing, with a cast of quirky characters and a sense of humor.

  • Kathy
    2018-12-19 17:51

    I was gifted with this book from the author for an honest review. I have to say I loved it! It was very funny and the characters are a riot! If you don't like puns, death jokes etc. then skip this series. I love them and loved the way the main character talks to the reader. Will definitely be reading more of this author and this series. Keep it up Ms. Burford!

  • Tara
    2019-01-07 16:07

    This was such a fun read, and exactly what I needed. It's the perfect cozy mystery and the characters were so wonderful and their flaws realistic. Definitely will continue this series, I mean how could I not when it has a toy poodle names Sexy Beast?

  • Rhonda
    2018-12-19 19:12

    4 STARS Jane Delaney has a very interesting job. She does things for or too people that have died. Right now her job is to steal a pin the deceased plans to be buried with. But someone beat her to it. It has some funny moments in this book, and some very serious moments too. Jane finds her friend dead. She does not believe it was a natural death so she convinces someone to look into it. She ends up being a suspect. Their are a few suspects that have motive. It keeps you guessing till it reveals who. cute dogs in this story. Interesting characters, Interesting romances, Looks like it could be a good series to follow and also a clean read. My attention was kept in the story. I hated to put it down. Jane still likes her ex-husband that he is getting ready for his 4th wedding. She also likes a mystery priest. Jane does not have much money compared to those around her do. She really likes her employers dog sexy beast. Jane cares about those around her. Jonah is a man of mystery that I really want to know more about him and where he got his skills. Sexy Beast is a poodle with a real matted hair. I think my daughter's dog needs his hair cut too. Sexy beast is seven pounds. He is spoiled dog. I will be looking to read other books by Pamela Burford in the future. I was given this ebook to read and agreed to give honest review of it and be part of Undertaking Irene's blog tour.

  • Gwen Johnston-petrarch
    2019-01-18 19:06

    Burford has done it again with Undertaking Irene! What happens when you mix a cantankerous, eccentric old lady who's weekly Poker Posse invited a host of small town suspicious characters who are anything but the 'usual suspects' and mix it with a allegedly worthless, as in priceless brooch, a motorcycling mystery man masquerading as pilfering priest and a scraggly apricot-haired poodle named Sexy Beast..? Uh, uh, uh, not gonna tell ya!But I will tell you that Burford never fails to deliver a wicked read full of quirky characters and a great story with a 'cozy mystery' feel, all done with a blistering sense of humor. I found myself laughing so hard my stomach hurt! This is a Petrarch Must Read.

  • OTMM
    2018-12-27 21:56

    I can't usually read mysteries because I have a limited memory and never enough time to read straight-through to recall who-done-what...but this story was a great read!! I was pleasantly entertained to the very last unexpected page. The quick witty dialogue made me laugh out loud in public : D The interesting plot twists had me changing my mind and pointing the guilty finger at a few different members of the memorable cast of hilarious characters...and I was so (happily) wrong! Fabulously funny! When is the next Jane Delaney book coming out? /ARCreview_Undertaking_Irene_Pamela_Burford/Pamela Burford

  • Christine Woinich
    2018-12-24 20:54

    I really enjoyed the humor throughout the book as well as the many twists of the mystery. Jane Delaney is an interesting person and it was fun jumping from conclusion to conclusion with her. She put aside her perceptions when faced with the evidence. Underneath all the mystery solving and dog care, she grew up as she realized that her past love life should not hinder living her life in the present. This is the first in the Jane Delaney Mysteries, and I look forward to reading more.I was given a chance to read this story for an honest review.

  • Jill
    2018-12-26 16:56

    Irene, the “Death Diva” will (for a fee) pretend to be a mourner at a funeral or an exgirl friend, take flowers to gravesites, crush an enemy’s ashes into a dirty rug, or anything else one may need done to/for the dearly departed (I think authors must stay awake at night trying to come up with regular jobs for their amateur sleuths) Unfortunately, Irene’s’ best client is killed and she and a fake priest must try to find the culprit.

  • Geoff Symon
    2019-01-19 13:51

    Thrilling, suspenseful but most of all fun! How can you not be intrigued about a story with the Death Diva? I love a good mystery, but normally find myself with the dark and morbid kind. This one starts with an upbeat and entertaining premise and keeps you going page after page. Highly recommended!

  • Lillian Marek
    2019-01-19 18:17

    A tart-tongued heroine with an unusual occupation as a Death Diva, a dust mop of a poodle called Sexy Beast, a dead woman who may or may not have been murdered, half a dozen suspects, and a bit of romance with both a bad boy (who isn't really a priest) and a straight arrow ex-husband—it all adds up to a delightful mystery. I hope it's the start of a long series.

  • Emilia
    2018-12-30 20:03

    Book #1 in Jane Delaney series :) Humoristic, fast paced, surprising at times :D really fun to read :) And even the fact that my first suspect turned out to be the killer at the end - did not spoil anything (Especially that as I was reading on the suspects were just coming and going ;) ).Great read!!!

  • Shelley Giusti
    2018-12-27 17:12

    Witty characters, humorous story line and a plot so fun you won't want to stop reading this book! Jane Delaney's job is anything but normal. She gets hired to retrieve things off dead people. I loved this book it's laugh out loud funny and will make people wonder what you are reading!!

  • Meara Platt
    2019-01-11 20:57

    A funny, quirky mystery with a loveable sleuth and a hilarious, personality-laden dog that had me smiling as I turned the pages. Throw in an excellent mix of suspects and two interesting and believable love interests and she has the makings of a great mystery series.

  • Susan
    2019-01-07 19:55

    Great start to a new series! A unique storyline with some fun characters. Got to love Sexy Beast! I'm off to read the next one. Hope to see lots of Jane & Martin!

  • Carlin
    2018-12-29 20:11

    This was a delightful and quirky mystery, the first in the Jane Delaney series. I was intrigued from the first page. Jane has happily donned the moniker of Death Diva as she does things for recently bereaved people that they don't want to do themselves. She's been working off and on for Irene since she was 16 (she is now in her late 30s). Irene is a crotchety older woman who has had a running feud with another elderly woman and when the latter dies, Irene asks Jane to "appropriate" a mermaid brooch Irene lost to the deceased in a poker game. She is beaten to the punch by a (faux) priest who takes the brooch right off of the corpse at the viewing. Things take a "murderous turn" (it is a murder mystery after all!) And Jane finds herself in the middle, while dealing with a cast of memorable characters such as her ex-husband Dom now divorced from two additional wives, possibly engaged to another but still carrying a torch for Jane for the past 18 years. The mystery is great, Jane a wonderful protagonist (she reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum), and hints of possible romance for Jane with Dom and the faux priest Martin who is the illegitimate son of Irene's dearly departed husband. All this takes place in the town of Crystal Harbor on Long Island where the gossip machine works overtime. I enjoyed this book so much that I bought the next 3 in the series and read them all in a row!

  • Lisa
    2019-01-13 22:05

    Death Diva Jane Delaney takes on tasks some people wouldn't even touch with a 10-foot pole. Her latest gig is reclaiming a brooch belonging to her client, Irene, who is like a mom to Jane and sends quite a bit of Death Diva business her way. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, the person wearing it is dead and in a casket, and Jane has to surreptitiously snatch it at the calling hours. A bit more complicated but still doable for Jane. When a priest shows up to pay his condolences, naturally, she allows him to jump the line, not wanting to be seen in action. The story really kicks off when he steals it first and she chases him out of the funeral home. Head hanging, she heads off to tell Irene she failed, with a bit of sadness over potentially losing the $300 fee. SPOILER ALERT: Irene is dead when Jane gets to her house! Jane calls Irene's house-calling doc who pronounces and calls the funeral home to get the body taken care of. But Jane is well she should be. The majority of the story is Jane trying to unravel the complexities of Irene's life, her Poker Posse, Jane's thrice-remarried ex, and the mysterious priest-who-isn't, and a host of other characters.Lots going on here (multiple murders!), but Jane is terribly entertaining, especially with her 7-pound poodle, Sexy Beast, in tow, and her outlook on life in general.

  • Katharyn Baker
    2019-01-15 19:10

    Jane Delaney is the Death Diva. Don’t worry, it’s not as icky as it sounds. For a price, she will help you with all those annoying little details surrounding your funeral: hiring caterers, enthusiastically wailing in the front row, and even disposing of ashes in unique ways. When one of her most loyal clients asks her to retrieve a mermaid broach from the casket of an old friend, she agrees without much quibbling. After all, it’s like the corpse really needs it? Unfortunately, before Jane can complete her assignment someone swipes the broach right out from underneath her. Bodies soon start piling up as Jane struggles to not only save her reputation, but also her business. What’s a diva to do?This isn’t your momma’s cozy, and has a more wicked feel to it than other books in the same genre. That said, it’s also delightfully sinful. Call me snarky, but I love a heroine with a little sass to back her up, and Jane definitely delivers. She’s backed up by a quirky supporting cast of faux priests, Smoothy Kings, and even a nappy poodle named Sexy Beast. Although the text felt a little awkward at times, the story progressed at a nice pace and leaves the reader second guessing who the bad guys actually are. I will certainly be teaming up with the Diva again when she aims to Uproot Ernie.

  • Wendy
    2018-12-20 18:12

    Jane has an interesting job - and not always legal - performing tasks involving the deceased that her customers can't or won't do: crying at funerals, acting as the bereft mistress of the deceased, putting the ashes of a anti-hunter in shotgun shells & firing in the forest -- you get the picture. Her most frequent client and dear friend Irene hires Jane to steal a broach off the body of a rival, but a "priest" beats her to it. When she goes to tell Irene about it, she finds Irene dead of an apparent heart attack. Or is it? Turns out Irene left her big house to Jane, but left her millions to an enemy's son. Jane gets the lawyer to have a private autopsy performed and yes, it was murder. Jane is convinced it's the enemy's son, but the police think she has a motive, too. And the "priest," Martin, is a hunky hooligan who has gone thru Irene's files AND Jane's computer & files, and keeps being in the picture.A lot of quirky characters who interact in the oddest ways. But I was surprised that so many people said they didn't know the killer until the end - I pegged the right person for the wrong reason early on. It was fun.

  • Barbara Hackel
    2019-01-04 18:48

    Death Diva. Who knew a person could make a living doing things for other people that revolve around death? Like when Irene asks Janey, the Death Diva, to steal a brooch off of the corpse of a former friend, her explanation sounds reasonable. Well that and the $300 payout promised for the return of the brooch. However a lot goes wrong when a priest comes behind her just as she was about to steal the pin, and she allows him to go ahead of her. You can probably guess what happened next! But nothing made me prepared for Irene's sudden death and the mystery involved! Janey is a true friend to Irene and is shocked when the will is read and she has inherited the dog (Sexy Beast) and the house. Now more than ever she is determined to prove that Irene was murdered, and did not die of a simple heart attack! But the road to the final conclusion is filled with surprises, misdirection, and a lot of danger. This is an exciting book that never seems to drag, and the lead characters are likeable and intelligent. Fun to read.

  • Dora
    2019-01-15 16:54

    Undertaking IreneJane Delaney has been dubbed the Death Diva because of her job of performing tasks for the grieving or soon to be dead that they either do not want to do or won't be around to do themselves. Irene McAucliffe hires Jane to retrieve a brooch from a dead friend at her visitation. Irene tells Jane that the brooch has only sentimental value but in fact is worth $100,000. Before Jane can retrieve the pin, someone else nabs it. There are several mysteries in this book. I could scarcely put the book down because it was so engaging. I enjoyed the humor in the book. If you like your mysteries served up with a side of humor, then I think that you would like this book. This is book one of a series.

  • Cissa
    2018-12-30 14:58

    This mystery was a delight!The plot is very twisty indeed! and that's just how I like them.While it was a bit challenging to keep the various family trees straight- and that's important!- it was manageable.All the characters are complex and come across as real people, even fairly minor ones. The dog is a dog, and acts like a dog- both messing things up and helping the humans, according to his own canine logic.Add in some good dialog, and a convincing sense of place, and it all makes for a very entertaining mystery that is full of surprises!Recommended for mystery fans! It is at the writing available for free in Kindle form on Amazon.I look forward to the next in this series!

  • Jeannette
    2019-01-04 20:52

    OMG this book was hilarious!! Just the right combination of mystery & comedy. Jane is a funny and intriguing character who's affinity for un-groomed poodles and expensive tequila made this story a great read. Jane can't seem to quite get over her ex-husband, who is still her best friend, Dom. When she finds her employer/surrogate grandmother dead, she's immediately suspicious of the circumstances and decides to follow her gut. Throw in a pilfering priest impersonator and you have the formula for good time! I can't wait to read the other books in this series. Recommended for readers 16 & up. Mild to moderate adult situations.

  • Sue Cullins
    2019-01-09 20:58

    An exciting mysteryI loved this book. It is a very good murder mystery. It is also very funny. It holds your interest from the very beginning. It is laugh out loud funny in some places. It has a very likeable little dog in it. The characters are also very likeable and very real. It also has just enough romance in it to make it interesting. I loved it and l think you will, too. I highly recommend it.

  • Terri
    2019-01-14 14:13

    Our heroine is "A death diva" . She takes care of things like dressing up and pretending to be the corpse's sexy mistress at his funeral as his final payback to his cheating widow. She will sprinkle your ashes in forbidden places. Or she will swipe a sentimental keepsake off a corpse, before burial. Or she will try too..,This time a priest steals the keepsake (a brooch) before the heroine can!!It's fluff, but it is fun. First in a series

  • Ale
    2019-01-01 14:56

    Very very unremarkable.It was a amazon freebie, so I wasn't expecting much. Still it did nothing to convince me otherwise.The main problem is: it doesn't happen anything anywhere in the book. Oh wait, two old women died, but we never knew them, so they don't count. and then.. well, it's a watery thriller. No anxiety about our protagounist, some half-hearthed relationship between the charachters (meh), nothing.:(