Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Elvis and the Grateful Dead - 2nd in the Southern Cousins Mystery series
Author: Peggy Webb
Release Date: October 2009
Year/Setting: Present day, Tupelo/Mooreville MS
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None, but lots of implication and innuendo
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Peggy's Website: www.peggywebb.com
One Elvis impersonator’s death is ruled natural causes. Two dead Elvis impersonators? Homicide.
Somehow Callie’s cousin/best friend Lovie is being grilled as a suspect. Just because she’s the caterer for the Elvis Festival and Callie’s wine and cheese party? Ridiculous! It’s really not acceptable.
Callie and Lovie did practically solve another case so they’re fairly expert at undercover work. So it seems only natural to clear Lovie’s name, find out why someone would want these two impersonators dead. Perhaps the answer to that will reveal the killer. With Uncle Charlie, Mama, and even Fayrene (the local Gossip) being of some help Callie and Lovie should find uncover the identity of the perp. Easy. KIDDING!!
Not easy at all! Not when another impersonator, their prime person of interest, falls dead at their feet. Not when Lovie is trying to jump start her love life despite the unfortunate timing. Not when her mama and Uncle Charlie are on the outs for reasons unknown to Callie. Maybe she should listen to Uncle Charlie and let the police handle things. Or perhaps she should listen to her dog Elvis (the real Elvis). He’s got several opinions and theories he’d love to share.
Nah, where would the fun be if she didn’t hop in her Dodge Ram and tail her newest suspect? First she has to figure out who that may be, and quick. If she doesn’t Lovie’s true love life might end before it begins. The electric chair does put an end to things like that, you know.
While some people may have a hard time getting past the first person present tense narrative it won’t be long before they’re drawn in by Callie’s off the wall commentary. Truthfully there’s plenty to entertain the reader in Elvis and the Grateful Dead. Things like eye-rolling antics, laugh-out-loud moments, clumsy stake-outs and break-ins and suspect-tailing. There’s also personal angst. But let’s not stop there; let’s add a bit of danger, too.
Can't wait for Callie and Lovie's next escapade.
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