Her niece incidentally
> has just retired as a Lieutenant in Miami City police force. Before I knew
> occcupation, she mentioned in passing in an email that she was 'in the
> of death', so I enquired whether she meant that she worked at a funeral
> undertakers !
Have you ever asked her what she _did_ mean by "business of death." For a
possible gloss on the phrase see the novels of Walter Moseley. But probably
that wasn't what she meant.