Book Reviews – Death Actually

Death Actually
by Rosy Fenwicke

Maggie inherits the family funeral parlour after her parents die in a helicopter crash. She returns home with baby Nick, toddler Kate, and no husband in sight.  With the support of her best friend, Elka, and her mentor, Betty, she accepts becoming a funeral director to make a life for her and her children.

Death Actually is set in Queenstown 20 years after her return and it’s the middle of winter. Betty has just died and Elka needs surgery. Kate, a talented young chef, is back from London and won’t get out of bed. Nick is delivering fast food to a bitter ex-champion skier.

There is a movie star in town who will not listen to advice. Meanwhile, Maggie can’t seem to put a foot right with the new doctor in town.

This is the perfect book for a rainy afternoon, where you can curl up by the fire with cup of tea and read all day. It is a fun read with all the dysfunctional family situations that you can cope with. It also has good humour and great characters. If you are a fan of Danielle Hawkins or Nicky Pellegrino, then this is your next book.

Matakana Books