Cremains of the Day

Cremains of the Day

by Misty Simon

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There's no reverse on the hearse . . .
For Tallulah Graver, marrying wealthy Waldo Phillips seemed like the best way out of the family business, the Graver Funeral Home. But when her marriage falls apart and Tallie is left with next to nothing, she turns to cleaning houses to make ends meet. As humbling as it is to tidy the mansions of the snobby socialites she used to call friends, at least she doesn't have to be around dead bodies. Until . . .
She discovers one of her employers lying in a closet with a knife sticking out of her chest. This unpleasant shock seems to be part of a web of weird experiences: Tallie's friend Gina's shop is broken into, her ex is stun-gunned where it hurts the most, and now she's receiving flowers from the dead woman. Granted the deliveryman is handsome, but seriously, that's enough to cast a pall over anyone’s day. Now Tallie needs to dig deep to clean up this mess—before she finds herself in a grave situation.
“You’ll be cheering as the clues pileup in this creative cozy mystery.”
New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496712219
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Series: A Tallie Graver Mystery Series , #1
Sales rank: 190,886
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Misty Simon loves a good story and decided one day that she would try her hand at it. Eventually she got it right. There’s nothing better in the world than making someone laugh, and she hopes everyone at least snickers in the right places when reading her books. She lives with her husband, daughter and three insane dogs in Central Pennsylvania where she is hard at work on her next novel or three. She loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at

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Cremains of the Day 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Tallulah Graver, Tallie is willing to do anything to get out of the family business, Graver Funeral Homes. Tallie marries Waldo Phillips and lives in the upper crust of society. But after a while she can’t stand him and gets divorced. Tallie lives in the apartment over the funeral home and although she helps out there she starts a cleaning business and cleans the houses of those that she used to spend her time with. Things are going well until Talli finds her ex tasered in the jewels and her friend Gina tied up in her coffee shop. If that wasn’t enough she finds a dead body in the house she cleans the next day. Of course she is the person of interest in both events. Talli takes it upon herself to figure out what is happening in her little town and to find out who this flower delivery guy is that is following her around. This is a great cozy mystery. I quickly got into it and found it easy to relate to Talli. I understand her wanting to get away from the family business and really liked how she started cleaning houses after losing her social status. The mystery had me guessing with some good twists and turns. The only thing that got to me was I was under the impression that there would be more about the family business. This is a great start to the series and I can’t wait to see what trouble Talli gets into next. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Tallie is a strong character in the debut of this series. Divorced, she picks up house cleaning jobs to begin her life anew. After she finds a client deceased, she and her fellow characters begin to look into things. I am glad I waited a bit to read this, I won't have as long to wait for the next in the series. I do hope there is more growth for the characters and the secondary characters I hope to see again return.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts The Graver family business is funerals, how appropriate, but Tallulah Graver wanted out so she married Waldo Phillips III. While staying married to him kept her in a nice lifestyle and away from dead people she could stand Waldo one more minute and left him with almost everything and moved into the apartment over her family’s funeral home. To survive on her own she works there part time and now cleans houses like the one she used to live in. That is until she finds one of her clients stabbed to death. Add to that she finds her ex tasered behind her friend Gina’s shop and there is a flower delivery man following her everywhere. Tallie has not had a good week. The bumbling police have her at the top of their suspect list for both Waldo’s attack and the murder. The only way to prove them wrong is sweep the clues together herself and hand them to the police on a silver platter or in an open casket, whichever works best. Misty Simon has given readers a great mystery to start off this series. Tallulah Graver (Tallie) is a strong protagonist. She does her best to shake off her old life and get on with her new one. How she ever stayed with that jerk of a husband as long as she did is beyond me. He deserved to be tasered or worse. His actions put Tallie in a very precarious situation. A first class jackass! Yes, there is a bit of course language in the book and considering where Waldo was tasered an adult theme. It didn’t bother me a bit because the language fits the situations and the other added some timeless humor. The primary and secondary characters were well written and there is plenty of room for growth in the main characters. The dialogue was realistic and engaging. The flower delivery man was such a clever twist to the story and I will not say more because I do not want to ruin the story for you. I really liked it. The book sets a nice pace and the mystery unfolds very nicely with some exciting twists. There were several suspects and some very interesting discoveries. I was very entertained by the way it all played out. For the first book in the series I was very impressed. I could easily picture the funeral home and Tallie’s apartment as well as the mansion where the murder took place. I hope to see more development in the setting, getting to know the town and more of its residents better in future installments. The ending left me very happy and looking forward to the next book in the series. Grounds of Remorse is “coming soon” according to the final page of my e-copy.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Cremains of the Day by Misty Simon is the first installment in A Tallie Graver Mystery series. Tallulah “Tallie” Graver has fallen hard after the dissolution of her marriage to Walden Phillips III. She is now cleaning homes and working part-time at Graver Funeral Home, the family business. Tallie left her vacuum at Darla Hackersham’s home and returns to retrieve it. She discovers feet sticking out of a closet and finds Darla with a knife sticking out of her chest. This is just the beginning of strange events plaguing Tallie. Max Bennett, an old friend of Tallie’s brother, has returned to town and seems to be following Tallie. He is handsome, but it unnerving. She finds Katie tied up in Gina’s shop and her ex-husband down in the alley. What is going on? Tallie needs to unearth the truth before she ends up the next customer at her family’s business. Cremains of the Day is not what I expected. I was hoping for a mystery series that centers around the Graver Funeral Home (it would have been unique). Tallie dislikes the family business and is eager to avoid it (I was eager to avoid her). I thought the characters lacked development. The details readers are given on Tallie are mostly about her marriage and what has happened since it dissolved (along with the fact that she really dislikes the family business). I found her very cliché (another clumsy, down-on-her luck divorcee who does not get along with the local chief of police). She is newly divorced from a disdainful man whom she let take advantage of her in the divorce settlement (of course). There is little information given on the town and local businesses. The mystery is medium level with some nice misdirection. There is mild foul language in Cremains of the Day along with some crude references to Tallie’s ex-husbands privates (they get zapped with a stun gun). The next book in A Tallie Graver Mystery series is Grounds for Remorse (I will not be reading it).
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Cremains of the Day by Misty Simon is the first book in a new cozy series and I thought it was a great start. The protagnoist is Tallie Graver a divorced woman in her late 20's who married a rich man who turned out to be a creep. Tallie is strong, smart and determined to make it on her own. She got very little from her divorce but she has turned herself around after acting like a snobby witch while married. Ms. Simon did an admirable job of introducing this small town and the characters in great detail without bogging down the pacing of the story. There were plenty of twists and turns as Tallie tried to figure out who "did it" as she searched for clues, ducked the Sheriff who had put her at the top of the suspect list, and weeded through gossip. Max Bennet was a character of note as he was at first suspicious but then revealed as an IRS agent on the trail of her ex-husband's tax fraud. All of this kept me turning the pages so that I finished this book in an afternoon. I definitely want to read the next one in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Great I won this book from Goodreads Giveaways. I was not required to give a favorable review. This is the first book I have read from Misty. She is a wonderful writer. This book had me guessing who the real bad person in the story was. From having her ex-husband zapped with a stun gun in the not so mentionable place to have a woman she despises killed. And then to have a friend of her brothers come back into her life and maybe for more than trying to help her. The murder and mayhem keeps you from wanting to put the book down and find out who was actually the bad guy. I look forward to more reading of Misty's books