BookBin2013: Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt


Ah, nothing like starting the new BookBin off with a happy read, no? I’ve had Mortuary Confidential, compiled by funeral directors Kenneth McKenzie and Todd Harra, since the summer (it was actually bought for me as “beach reading,” but I wasn’t able to finish my other books quickly enough to partake of such a delightfully macabre experience as reading a book like this surrounded by sea, sand, and sun).

The first thing I noticed when I flipped open my copy was a large advertisement, printed on the inside of the front cover, for Never Suck a Dead Man’s Hand: Curious Adventures of a CSI. I’ve read CSI Dana Kollmann’s book. It was one of my favorite finds for 2011. I took this as a good omen. Looking back, I realize that it was just a publication company advertising another of their books that they thought might “pair well” with the obvious death themes of Mortuary Confidential.

That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy this book. It was entertaining enough, full of anecdotes that were poignant, funny, informative, and odd. In our world of constant online connectivity, though, I feel like books like this would be better served as a blog to which people can constantly contribute stories. Something, perhaps, like The Darwin Awards (which also lost a great deal of its quirky charm, imho, when turned into a book series). Something interactive, constantly growing, constantly changing. I suppose what I’m ultimately saying is that this concept seems too…alive to be limited to staid book status.

Final Verdict: I enjoyed reading Mortuary Confidential, but I don’t think I would ever revisit it. Again, though, if this were an interactive site, with new stories added constantly, I believe I would definitely bookmark it for regular visits.