Confessions of a Reluctant Embalmer – Amita Murray

20140223-050656 pm.jpgFormat: E-book (Kindle)
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: 27th January 2014
Pages: 189 Pages

The Blurb
Anna Patel styles dead people. (And they probably know that they’re dead.)

Trapped between her histrionic family, and her own troublesome desires, she tells people the truth on a strictly need-to-know basis. Now all she needs to do to get away from it all is marry her persistent boyfriend – and keep it all together till the wedding. It should be dead easy.

But then, during a memorial service held at her parents’ (Ruth Worthing and Govind Patel) funeral home, a dead cat appears in a casket. There’s a Pet Slasher on the loose, the Patel family’s livelihood is hanging by a thread, and on top of it all, their chief embalmer keeps telling her she’s his soul-mate.

Her heart and happiness at stake, Anna must confront who she is, and ask herself if trying to be normal and dependable is all it is cracked up to be.
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Rating: 5/5

The Review
I was contacted by the author Amita Murray for a copy in an exchange for a honest review.

Firstly, for anyone that doesn’t know, Embalming is ‘…the art and science of preserving human remains by treating them (in its modern form with chemicals) to forestall decomposition’. Yes, a little gory, but don’t be fooled by the title, there is nothing gory about the book.

Confessions of a Reluctant Embalmer focuses around the lives of the Patel family and their funeral services. During a normally quiet funeral something dramatic happens which results in a representative from the council, Mr Tweaks, entering the premises. He watches their every move and tries to figure out if the family should be offering this type of service.

Now when I first read the title I was thinking ‘oh no, what have I got myself into’ because let’s face it embalming doesn’t sound the best. However, once I read a few chapters I knew I was expecting great things – the book is fantastic.

The Patel family are feisty, flirty and fun; they’re definitely a family you’d love to be apart of. They are even a family full of secrets! Each one has their own problems to overcome and deal with. Sometimes it makes you feel happier knowing your family is normal and makes you realise nobody is perfect.

What I liked most was how nothing was predictable because sometimes it’s just obvious it’s going to happen. I felt myself gasping aloud and wanting to read long into the night – some things will make you feel shocked and in a good way.

You can purchase Confessions of a Reluctant Embalmer on Amazon UK.

Find out more about Amita at and on Twitter at @AmitaMurray.

Published by Clare

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