Eliot has become an accomplished writer. His short fiction has appeared in Speck Literary Journal, Apex Books, Crack the Spine Literary Journal, and others. His first novel, The Prospect was published in 2010. His second novel, the sports murder-mystery Breakdown at Clear River was published in 2012 and was a finalist for the Weatherford Award in Outstanding Fiction in 2012 by the Appalachian Studies Association.
The death of Colin Madsen’s beloved father brings Colin home to the small town of Concord, Massachusetts, facing a decision to keep or sell the family funeral home. Colin himself has no interest in the business, but he wants to make sure his father’s legacy is continued. As Colin struggles with the decision, he reconnects with Ava, his childhood neighbor and friend. Colin and Ava seem like an ideal match, but when Ava becomes unemployed and takes a corporate job in funeral home acquisitions, the seemingly innocent move sets off a chain reaction of problems that threaten their relationship and the existence of the funeral home Colin wants to protect.