The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones (2014)

He wasn’t able to meet her eyes — he’d been gazing at her waistband when he’s inadvertently proposed in a shame-faced way. It wasn’t that he had intended to get down on one knee — he hadn’t intended anything at all. What he had meant, if only he could have said it, was, ‘How do you get out of your dress?‘ (p 16)

The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior FuneralsWilfred Price and the Welsh town of Narberth are deceptively innocent looking. It’s 1924 and Wilfred’s funeral business is finally established and gaining capital. On the advice of his trade’s teacher, Wilfred contemplates taking a wife. Befuddled by Grace’s loveliness in a yellow dress, he blurts out a proposal. Grace accepts and, before Wilfred can retract his offer, the whole town knows they are engaged. Add to the scenario a young lady with whom Wilfred is truly falling in love with and the young man is in quite a pickle.

But lurking under this innocent dilemma is a horrific betrayal and violent crime. In disarming prose, the story unfolds.

I recommend this to historical fiction fans and those who enjoy Downton Abby.

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