Jake Fitzpatrick's life is a mess. He's middle-aged, divorced, friendless and working in a job he doesn't like. Even his own mother doesn't like him very much. It can't get any worse; or can it?
When his Uncle Henry passes away and leaves him a large piece of land, it's a total surprise to Jake. But the land comes with a catch; he has also inherited his late uncle's job as an undertaker, burying bodies on the land he just inherited.
Although the pay for his new job is substantial, Jake suddenly finds himself in a shadowy Kafkaesque world. He doesn't know who he's working for, where the bodies are coming from, or why these people are dying. Just as he's adjusting to his new-found wealth and the horrors of his new job, he discovers that one of the bodies isn't technically a body at all; the woman he's supposed to bury isn't dead. While he's agreed to take on the role of undertaker, Jake's not a murderer, and he finds himself on the run as he tries to stay one step ahead of the people he's been working for as well as trying to stay alive.
The Undertaker's Hill is an intriguing and fascinating debut novel from Michael R. McGuire. Don't be surprised to find Michael as part of the wait staff at a local Stonington Borough restaurant....he's the one who bears an uncanny resemblance to a young Stephen King. You can check on upcoming events for Michael R. McGuire on his Facebook page.