REVIEW: I have to admit I took a day off my schedule and spent it reading Mortuary Confidential by Kenneth McKenzie and Todd Harra. I was a nice little foray out of the norm for me. I read another book a few years ago along the same lines. This one is a lot of short stories about mishaps a funeral home submitted by other funeral directors along with the two who wrote the book.
It was humorous but not what I call laugh out loud funny. I think it is hard to be hilarious when you are dealing with death. It is a rather somber occasion. It is a quick read and I would recommend this book if you are looking for something off the beaten path to entertain you for a day.
These guys have another book out called Over Our Dead Bodies. You might want to read that one too.
SYNOPSIS: From scary to heartwarming and hilarious, an assortment of behind-the-scenes, true stories about life as an undertaker.
From shoot-outs at funerals to dead men screaming and runaway corpses, undertakers have plenty of unusual stories to tell—and a special way of telling them.
In this macabre and moving compilation, funeral directors across the country share their most embarrassing, jaw-dropping, irreverent, and deeply poignant stories about life at death’s door. Discover what scares them and what moves them to tears. Learn about rookie mistakes and why death sometimes calls for duct tape.
Enjoy tales of the dearly departed spending eternity naked from the waist down and getting bottled and corked—in a wine bottle. And then meet their families—the weepers, the punchers, the stolidly dignified, and the ones who deliver their dead mother in a pickup truck.
If there’s one thing undertakers know, it’s that death drives people crazy. These are the best “bodies of work” from America’s darkest profession.