Elvis and the Dearly Departed is a wonderful first novel to a
series I am going to continue reading I enjoyed this one that I am going to continue reading I enjoyed this one that I have the second one waiting to be read now I love mysteries and crime novels and this one sounded to good to resist I have to admit I do have a soft spot for Basset HoundsIn this novel we meet the Valentine s who all have their own part to play in the running of Eternal Rest funeral home and ou come to realise that it just wouldn t work if one of them wasn t there each has
*an important role *important role the development of the story I loved the character of Callie she isn t perfect and she has her problems mostly her soon to be ex Jack Jones who she is drawn to like a magnet and her Basset Hound Elvis who does as he pleases whenever he wants including running off for a few days with a French Poodle and catching flees Callie is such a likeable character and I feel she is one who will appeal to a lot of people Lovie Callie s cousin and partner in crime lives up to her name with having a lot of love to share around Lovie is a good character and I enjoyed reading about her and I hope that we find out in the following two books in the seriesThe novel centers on Dr Leonard Laton s funeral and the disappearance of his body from the Eternal Rest funeral home I know how does a corpse manage to disappear Who would do such a thing and Crochet yes for the entire book I was guessing as to who could of done this After the controversy of Dr Laton s will who would steal his body There are many with motives With Callie and Lovie heading to Vegas to see if they can find the body at Bubbles Malone s house chaos ensues when trying to recover Dr Laton they find a different This is over the top silliness but I enjoyed it Callie and Lovie are cousins who have to find a missing corpse for their familyWhat I enjoyed I liked Callie Lovie and the family While they are different they are loyal The chapters from dog Elvis s POV were fun especially as he believes he is the reincarnation of ElvisWhat could be better Jack He needs to come clean and fix the marriage instead of just showing up for sex whenever They really didn t do much to catch the killer view spoilerShe pretty much just confessed during the funeral hide spoiler This has a Basset Hound in the story and on the cover need I say Perfect little cozy mystery Likeable characters and laugh out loud moments I loved the chapters written from Elvis perspective the Basset hound I am eager to read the next Elvis adveture I would recommend this to anyone who likes cozy mysteries Cute cute cute comfy mystery It is not going to be a literary Noble prize winner and I don t believe it is meant to be Completely entertaining Told from the point of view of Callie and her dog Elvis Elvis believes well he is Elvis reincarnated as a Basset Hound Callie is a mixed up southern belle trying to divorce her husband because he won t have children Meanwhile Callie and her friend Lovey find themselves in all sorts of pickles This book was painfully bad To begin with it is a poor ripoff of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series A previously married female protagonist striking it out on her own In the place of plus sized sidekick Lula is plus sized cousin Lovie The Stephanie sandwiches of Peanut Butter and Olives are replaced with Callie s Peanut Butter and Banana Instead of Mafia esue Trenton New Jersey the setting is Tupelo MI the birthplace of Elvis The author creates a sickeningly Southern mafia esue family that keeps remindingou how Southern is Literally The protagonist explains to the reader that That s just how things are done in the South in an As ou know Bob fashion Although the author clearly tries to emphasize the eccentric nature of all the characters and especially the Valentine family none of the characters are as lovable or interesting as their Evanovich counterpartsThe most painful part of the book is the female protagonist She is a hair dresser who is shoe crazy and finances her mother s gambling problem repeatedly justifying her bad habits and destructive behavior to herself Granted looks are important for a hair dresser but I do not believe it is necessary to repeatedly inform the reader in detail of the insignificant superficial descriptions of minor characters Further the protagonist continues to sleep with her ex husband the second he enters the room after spending paragraph after paragraph dawdling over how she needs to move on Where is her backbone Where is her self respect Where is her intelligence and what on earth makes her int. They say ou can't get to Heaven without passing through the Eternal Rest Funeral Home And no one gets into Eternal Rest without passing muster with Elvis the basset hound who's convinced he's the reincarnation of the King of Rock 'n' Roll Brewing up a big ol' pitcher of Mississippi mystery Peggy Webb's delightful new series is as intoxicating as the Delta breezeNormally Callie Valentine Jones spends her days fixing.
Free read Elvis and The Dearly Departed
Eresting I m from the South I
am also an avid lover mystery lover and animal mystery lover I found this book insultingalso an avid dog lover mystery lover and mystery lover I found this book insulting and disappointing I love crime and mystery books This book is great because it adds humor which ou often do not see I was laughing so hard I cannot wait to ready the next one I had such high hopes for this book but felt the author was trying so hard to be funny that for me it wasn t I was just rolling my eyes The clueless main character is Callie a hairdresser with an ex husband she still has sex with a gambling addicted mother and an sidekick who is an generous sized woman who loves sex Oh and the dog who doesn t really play as big a role as the blurb would have ou expect He occasionally pops into the story and relates it from his point of view while having romantic liaison with a poodle It s all go in the south I am a lover of slapstick type humour but this just didn t make the grade for me as it seemed contrived I just didn t bond with any of the characters not even the dog Could it be because I am not an Elvis fan Well possibly but there wasn t a whole lot of of Elvisisms not sure if that is actually a word but I am making it one really Could it be because of the way the Southerners were portrayed Not at all in that area the characters seem to be fine The story just didn t grab me the characters didn t grab me I guessed how it was going to end about half way through and I just didn t find it funny I was really disappointed as was hoping for better I won t lie I completely picked this book up ONLY because of the Basset Hound I love the cozy mystery style as well but as the human Mommy of a Basset Hound that is what pulled me to this book Is this book as strong as some of the other cozy mysteries I ve read I would have to say no but it was a WHOLE LOT OF FUN I loved the fact that I had NO idea who committed the crime I ll admit I usually don t I m really not much of a detectiveand I did love the bit of mixed up romance within the story as well However I will say that I did not love how completely clueless Callie is and I hate that she seems to have sorta separated from her husband because of the fact he bought a motorcycle To me that just seems ridiculous but at the same time in a way the ridiculousness of the characters reminded me of the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich which I love and that helps to explain why I loved the story even if some of the traits of the characters annoyed me However as I expected my favorite character in the story is Elvis her basset hound Every three chapters or so is a short chapter usually 2 4 pages told from Elvis s point of view and that was just fun The only other thing I wish is that we had of a SOLID idea of what Jack s job is I mean I have of an idea than Callie does but maybe that is the pull to get us to read in
The Series And Trust Me I Planseries and trust me I plan Elvis ain t nothin but a hound dog literally Elvis is a purebred Basset Hound of Tupelo Mississippi He s a hunka hunka burnin love and the only dog in Tupelo Mississippi to be the reincarnation of Elvis Presley Elvis the hound dog is devoted to his human mom Callie Valentine Jones and her family They run the Eternal Rest Funeral Home where the dearly departed get a non stuffy informal fun send off and comfort from Elvis of course Callie is in charge of hair and makeup Mama Ruby Nell when not losing Callie s money at the casinos sings cousin Lovie bakes the bereaved comfort food liberally laced with whiskey and sherry sensible Uncle Charlie just tries to keep everyone out of trouble When a prominent local doctor Dr Leonard Laton dies and leaves most of his fortune to his mistress former Las Vegas showgirl Bubbles Malone the family is incensed With one daughter away on a hunting trip the funeral is delayed In the meantime Dr Laton s corpse vanishes from the funeral home Callie and Lovie are determined to find him and trace the trail to Las Vegas where Dr Laton turns up in the most unexpected place Elvis would love to ride shotgun but he has a date with a hot French Poodle in the back alley Besides he knows his human Dad Jack has Callie s back even if Callie doesn t know it This is a very light and fluffy mystery that doesn t reuire much thought In fact it s better if the reader doesn t try to think I thought it was easy to figure out who did it but I was wrong I wasn t sure but I did end up suspecting The investigation if ou can call it that is very inept More on that later The local color is fun but seems like a stereotype The saving grace of this Up the hairdos of the dead but when the corpse of local prominent physician Dr Leonard Laton goes missing it's bad for business So Callie and her cousin Lovie Eternal Rest's resident wake caterer have no choice but to go in hot pursuit of the recently embalmed last seen bound for Vegas by way of downtown Tupelo In Vegas Callie and Lovie hit the jackpot when they find the dearly departed inside a freezer owned by hi. Ovel is ElvisElvis is a hoot He is the perfect blend of dog
Follows His Nose Devotedhis nose devoted his human parents and arrogant celebrity He narrates every few chapters with his personal thoughts on what is happening around him He is privy to secrets that characters don t tell each other which I didn t really like I was hoping Callie would learn these secrets by the end of the book but she never does Elvis s voice is funny and makes the story uniue I worry about his health with Lovie slipping him treats freuently Lovie s treats are full of carbs sugar and plenty of alcohol all things the human Elvis loved and apparently his reincarnated dog form enjoys them The
HUMAN ARE NOWHERE NEAR AScharacters are nowhere near as and interesting as Elvis Callie is a horrible person I couldn t stand her She is reportedly estranged from her husband Jack because she wanted a family and he wanted a Harley She is constantly worried about her eggs drying up but she doesn t make an effort to get over Jack or meet anyone new Everytime Jack enters her life they have sex and then she gets angry and kicks him to the curb again Callie has a designer shoe obsession without the bank account to support her habit Sometimes she gives her shoes to her customers after having worn them only once Then when her beloved Elvis goes missing instead of looking for him she calls Jack has sex runs off to Las Vegas to investigate and doesn t seem overly concerned about her dog I think he may be better off with Jack but Elvis wants his human mom and human dad to be together Callie s detecting skills are nil She is inept bumbling idiotic foolish and too stupid to live Lovie isn t a whole lot better but I liked her than Callie Lovie is aptly named having had lovers than dog Elvis has had fleas but Lovie is a grown woman in charge of her own sexuality She s plus size and not ashamed of it Men love her anyway Lovie is also caring and a bit softer than Callie Like Callie she is extremely stupid in her investigation et unlike Callie Lovie comes up with clever ways to get information Callie s mama Ruby Nell isn t a great role model Though she is devoted to her late husband s memory he sounds like he was a wastrel She has a gambling addiction and constantly spends Callie s money Ruby Nell is a moocher and she s crazy Her personality is larger than life I can t help but think these characters are all stereotypes though the author claims to live in the town where the book is setJack is a most mysterious man I didn t like him because Callie has no idea who he is he doesn t confide in her or talk to her at all All they do is have sex Repeatedly Off page When Elvis shares HIS secret knowledge of Jack it made me see Jack in a different light and I liked him a tiny bit but that isn t saying much Uncle Charlie is the type of man Callie should be looking for Though Uncle Charlie reportedly had a checkered past he fell in love and settled down He is such a kind sweet man devoted to his family The Laton children are all horrid and spoiled Janice with her designer luggage is the worst Mellie seems too timid to stand up to her sister Bevvie also has a forceful personality and enjoys hunting big game She scared me a little Brother Kevin seems kinder and a little less self absorbed Perhaps because he was adopted Bubbles seems nice enough and I am sure her life wasn t easy It sounds like she really loved Dr Laton but it s hard to know for sure I found myself liking her because I hated the Latons so much The locals are a colorful bunch The women gossip at the beauty parlor and play at the casino There aren t too many locals introduced in this book Just Fayrene who seems to be Mama s friend partner in crime and gossip source I m sure others will be introduced in the next book but I have no intention of reading itCallie and Lovie reminded me so much of Stephanie Plum and Lula Read this if Dannys Dragon (Tao of Love, you like the Stephanie Plum books One for the Money Two for the Dough etc especially ifou can t stand Stephanie s indecision over the two men in her life Callie at least only has one to deal withContentThis book is certainly very odd The characters use bad language but it s never printed She used a word she didn t learn in Sunday school and other euphemisms appear to clue the reader in Callie and Lovie have a LOT of sex A lot None of it is ever described on the page It s not even fade to black it s not there It s mentioned a whole lot though Therefore I labeled the book clean but not Kisses only 99 US today It has dogs and my friend Barb recommended the series How could I resist. S showgirl mistress Bubble Malone But their luck runs out when Bubble decides to join her man in the afterlife With the poisonous Laton family tree providing plenty of rotten suspects Callie along with some help from her basset hound Elvis is determined to crack this case and have a killer singing Jailhouse Rock in time for her next haircutting appointmentPure southern lunacy of the best possible kind Laurien Berens.