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Elvis and the Dearly Departed (Southern Cousins Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

TCB Baby! Great Read

Great story. Great characters. Lots of laughs. It definately leaves you ready for the next installment of the Southern Cousins Mystery Series. Elvis has a unique view of life and he's not afraid to share it. Between his capers with his newest conquest and his human ...
Great story. Great characters. Lots of laughs. It definately leaves you ready for the next installment of the Southern Cousins Mystery Series. Elvis has a unique view of life and he's not afraid to share it. Between his capers with his newest conquest and his human parents' escapades, the mystery of the missing Dr. Laton takes center stage. What Fun! Loved it.

posted by Anonymous on October 7, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Elvis!!!

Elvis and the Dearly Departed

Biography

Peggy Webb is the bestselling author of more than sixty novels. A former adjunct lecturer at Mississippi State University, she has won numerous writing awards, composes blues songs on her vintage baby grand and shares her ho...
Elvis and the Dearly Departed

Biography

Peggy Webb is the bestselling author of more than sixty novels. A former adjunct lecturer at Mississippi State University, she has won numerous writing awards, composes blues songs on her vintage baby grand and shares her home in Tupelo, Mississippi, with her chocolate Lab and a quirky muse who channels Elvis.

Synopsis from the Publisher

They say you 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 breeze.

Normally, Callie Valentine Jones spends her days fixing 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 oversexed 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.

Now Elvis may be nothin' but a hound dog, but he knows a mystery when he smells one. But keeping his human mom from wandering off the trail isn't easy when she's back in the arms of her on-again, off-again ex, Jack. Not to mention the angry mourners squabbling over the estate of the late doctor inside the not-so-restful halls of Eternal Rest. Or the French poodle sniffing around for a hunk of Elvis' burning love.

In Vegas, Callie and Lovie hit the jackpot when they find the dearly departed inside a freezer owned by his showgirl mistress, Bubble Malone. But they're 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's determined to crack this case-with a little help from that irresistible piece of man she used to call her husband-and have a killer singing "Jailhouse Rock" in time for her next haircutting appointment.

My Review:

I wanted to take a little time off from my regular intense "Criminal Minds" murder/mystery type books and read something a little lighter. I chose Elvis and the Dearly Departed by Peggy Webb. This was a fun, light cozy mystery "Murder she Wrote" type of book with characters [family] you could relate to and follow. I especially enjoyed "Elvis" the dog's silly antics throughout the book. It definitely had some harebrained ideas, but that's what made it so entertaining. I will definitely read more books by Peggy Webb. What a great new series!! I gave this book a rating of "Great."

posted by lilk on January 15, 2011

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    Elvis!!!

    Elvis and the Dearly Departed

    Biography

    Peggy Webb is the bestselling author of more than sixty novels. A former adjunct lecturer at Mississippi State University, she has won numerous writing awards, composes blues songs on her vintage baby grand and shares her home in Tupelo, Mississippi, with her chocolate Lab and a quirky muse who channels Elvis.

    Synopsis from the Publisher

    They say you 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 breeze.

    Normally, Callie Valentine Jones spends her days fixing 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 oversexed 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.

    Now Elvis may be nothin' but a hound dog, but he knows a mystery when he smells one. But keeping his human mom from wandering off the trail isn't easy when she's back in the arms of her on-again, off-again ex, Jack. Not to mention the angry mourners squabbling over the estate of the late doctor inside the not-so-restful halls of Eternal Rest. Or the French poodle sniffing around for a hunk of Elvis' burning love.

    In Vegas, Callie and Lovie hit the jackpot when they find the dearly departed inside a freezer owned by his showgirl mistress, Bubble Malone. But they're 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's determined to crack this case-with a little help from that irresistible piece of man she used to call her husband-and have a killer singing "Jailhouse Rock" in time for her next haircutting appointment.

    My Review:

    I wanted to take a little time off from my regular intense "Criminal Minds" murder/mystery type books and read something a little lighter. I chose Elvis and the Dearly Departed by Peggy Webb. This was a fun, light cozy mystery "Murder she Wrote" type of book with characters [family] you could relate to and follow. I especially enjoyed "Elvis" the dog's silly antics throughout the book. It definitely had some harebrained ideas, but that's what made it so entertaining. I will definitely read more books by Peggy Webb. What a great new series!! I gave this book a rating of "Great."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

    Light reading for a rainy day

    Silly but enjoyable fast read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    This page counter found it a cozy read

    In the true southern funny mishmash of characters you are glad arent related to you. If you dont like grits what csn one say. A genre combo with a talking dog is a turn off to many. I gets harder each year to come up with combos. Lincoln's doctor's dog . Another page counter fibds this one a short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Quite funny.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    If you like funny, wacky and seriously crazy mysteries, this is for you. I enjoyed this read a lot. I look forward to more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    JUST STARTED READING THE BOOK

    I cannot write an honest review as I have just started reading the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    Fun quick read.

    A pleasant read - light and fluffy. The chapters with the dog "Elvis's" thoughts and insights were very clever and amusing.

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