Elvis and the Memphis Mambo Murders (Southern Cousins Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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A lovable basset hound who's convinced he's the King reincarnated. A blonde bombshell mooning the lobby of the ritziest hotel in the South. And a murder witnessed by a parade of fame-hungry ducks? Something's afoul, alright, and it's definitely a case for the Southern Cousins...

Callie Valentine Jones and her cousin Lovie really have their work cut out for them this time. Callie's mama Ruby Nell has gone and entered herself—and her hunk-a-geriatric-love dance partner—in a ...

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Elvis and the Memphis Mambo Murders (Southern Cousins Series #3)

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Overview

A lovable basset hound who's convinced he's the King reincarnated. A blonde bombshell mooning the lobby of the ritziest hotel in the South. And a murder witnessed by a parade of fame-hungry ducks? Something's afoul, alright, and it's definitely a case for the Southern Cousins...

Callie Valentine Jones and her cousin Lovie really have their work cut out for them this time. Callie's mama Ruby Nell has gone and entered herself—and her hunk-a-geriatric-love dance partner—in a Memphis mambo contest, hoping to shake, rattle and roll her way to stardom. And if the past is any indication, she'll need at least two chaperones.

But someone at the competition is determined to step on a lot of blue suede shoes. First, a serial monogamist in a bright pink gown does a fatal swan dive from the top of the hotel. Then Callie finds an overdressed diva floating in a famous fountain. Now there can be no question: A murderer is loose in Memphis, and he's got a lot of killing to do.

With help from Jack, the mysteriously reappearing ex Callie just can't get over and her delusional dog Elvis, Callie and Lovie are going to have to track down some answers before mayhem strikes again. And with Ruby Nell in the killer's sights, they'll need a little less conversation and a lot more action if they want their family waltzing home in one piece...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Webb's wacky third Southern Cousins mystery (after 2009's Elvis and the Grateful Dead), beautician Callie Valentine Jones swings into sleuth mode with her sidekick, cousin Lovie, after a participant in a dance contest, Babs Mabry Mims, takes a fatal fall over a concrete parapet at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. Next, Callie discovers another contestant, Gloria Divine, drowned in the hotel's fountain, and shortly afterward someone attacks Ruby Nell in her room. Callie worries that her mother's dance partner, Thomas Whitenton, who's acting mighty suspiciously, could be the killer. Complicating matters is the resurfacing of Jack Jones, Callie's estranged husband. While Jack's protective instincts are helpful, Callie hates how his mysterious job as an "international consultant" interferes with their marriage. Elvis, the detecting basset hound, continues to be the saving grace of this sometimes cute, sometimes corny cozy series. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews

An anthropomorphic reincarnation of Elvis sidelines a murderer.

Reborn as a basset hound, Elvis accompanies his human companion Callie Valentine Jones, owner of the Hair.Net beauty salon, her exuberantly foul-mouthed cousin Lovie and her mama Ruby Nell to a dance competition at the swank Peabody Hotel in Memphis. The Peabody's red carpet cushions the steps of more than dancing humans and their hound dogs. Every day a duck master escorts a procession of webbed feet alongthe carpetto a dip in the lobby fountain. This spectacle displeases Elvis, who sets feathers and tempers flying as poor Gloria Divine lies dead in the water, making her the second murder victim among dance contestants following Babs Mabry Mims's splatter after falling 13 floors. Matters escalate when someone whispers, "Die, hoochie Mama," to Ruby Nell, a pronouncement so dire that it causes Callie and Lovie to don disguises, break and enter various hotel rooms and get into scrapes too slapstick for the Marx Brothers, all the while pining for their missing lovers. Not to worry, though. Ruby Nell wins the jitterbug contest, and Elvis gets plenty of Pup-Peroni snacks.

Every inch as gruelingly cute as Elvis and the Grateful Dead (2009). It's enough to make the most diehard Elvis fans switch to Barry Manilow.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758262981
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/30/2006
  • Series: Southern Cousins Series , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 854,409
  • File size: 501 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Must read. Delightfully funny

    I haven't finished this one yet but working on it. It is funny and can't wait to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    The third installment is as wonderful as the first two

    This is the greatest series. It made want to jump in the car and drive down to Memphis. Elvis, the rotund basset hound version/reincarnation of Elvis Presley is once again trying to solve the murders that seem to happen wherever his human mom, Callie seems to go. Callie and her cousin Lovie are along for the dance competition that Mama/ Aunt Ruby Nell has entered with a myserious man who is more than he seems. The cousins are trying to protect Mama/Aunt Ruby Nell, Elvis is trying to protect Callie from herself and still take in the sights of his past fame, including Graceland. If only the dance competition contestants would quit showing up all over the Peabody Hotel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

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    Love this series!!! Hilarious, serious and heartwarming! I still want her with Jack!!! Look forward to reading next in series!!!

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    Predictable at times but I enjoyed the read and would recomend it.

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