The Undertakers by Nicole Glover @nicoleglower @HMHCo

Posted November 9, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 14 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


The Undertakers by Nicole Glover @nicoleglower @HMHCoThe Undertakers by Nicole Glover
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on November 9, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Nothing bothers Hetty and Benjy Rhodes more than a case where the answers, motives, and the murder itself feel a bit too neat. Raimond Duval, a victim of one of the many fires that have erupted recently in Philadelphia, is officially declared dead after the accident, but Hetty and Benjy’s investigation points to a powerful Fire Company known to let homes in the Black community burn to the ground. Before long, another death breathes new life into the Duval investigation: Raimond’s son, Valentine, is also found dead.

Finding themselves with the dubious honor of taking on Valentine Duval as their first major funeral, it becomes clear that his passing was intentional. Valentine and his father’s deaths are connected, and the recent fires plaguing the city might be more linked to recent community events than Hetty and Benji originally thought.

I really enjoyed The Conductors.  I have always loved stories about the Civil War and the Underground Railroad.   I would read these books in order as The Undertakers continues the story.

The main character and point of view is Hetty (Henrietta).  She and her husband, Benjy,  are magic users.  They are settled in Philadelphia.  She used to be a dressmaker and he,  a blacksmith.  Now they have opened a funeral home with their friend, Oliver, assisting.  But really what they want to do is solve mysteries and murders.

There are plenty of murders happening. I felt a little disjointed both by so many characters, and the flashes of scenes from the past.  Eventually, it does all tie together; the murders are related to a family they saved.

The Murder and Magic series has much to offer with its unique point in history, right after the Civil War, and the complex magic systems.  I love the relationship of Benjy and Hetty.  The two of them love their adventures and solving mysteries and setting things right for others.

About Nicole Glover

According to astrology, I’m a Gemini Sun with a Capricorn Moon, which explains lots of things, but nearly enough. As a lover of obscure trivia, fun facts, and miscellaneous knowledge, I find researching a new book just as fun as writing it. My psychology degree prepared me both for a writing career and work as a UX Researcher. I am forever disappointed that NASA doesn’t think psychology is a hard science.

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Posted November 9, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 14 Comments


14 responses to “The Undertakers by Nicole Glover

  1. Jen

    This sounds like such a great idea for a series and I’m glad to read that you enjoyed the second book, as well. This is one that I do want to read… someday…

    • Well I don’t know your rules or criteria. It is a fantasized version of the time during and after the Civil War from a black perspective. There is violence but not sex. I mean most of the books are murder mystery so there are murders. I think it could be read by high school age as it’s less violent than things on tv. The key might be that they understand it is fiction but some of the historical elements are accurate. The magic makes it pretty clear it is fiction.

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