By Kate Collins
In New Chapel, Indiana, flower store proprietor Abby Knight concerns approximately her enterprise failing. She wishes new consumers and is familiar with that plant life and funerals pass jointly like bacon and eggs. therefore she comes to a decision to open up a "tasteful" floral sales space on the Funeral Director Society's annual convention.On the down part, Abby will care for a few creepy souls who enjoy the DEARLY DEPOTTED as nobody else can dig them. for example, the Colonel who's president of the FDS is the self-anointed grasp Mortician who insists he is aware every little thing there's in changing a corpse right into a dwelling tribute and is keen to inform an individual who's now not afraid to invite him for a session. Then there's the environmental ground-hugger Eli "Green Guy" Cotton who believes Kermit is correct that grieving kin should still ship their household off in green.The full of life gala turns morbid whilst cosmetician to the lifeless Sybil "the Diva of loss of life Masks" Blount is killed. not able to withstand, Abby investigates who used to be drumming up company.
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