H Therefore I labeled the book clean but not Kisses only I love crime and mystery books This book is great because it adds humor which you often do not see I was laughing so hard I cannot wait to ready the next one 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 Judge (Breeding, 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 99 US today It has dogs and myriend Barb recommended the series How could I resist I had such high hopes Boating for Beginners for this book butelt the author was trying so hard to be Chinese Whispers funny thator 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 you expect He occasionally pops into the story and relates it Wheres Mummy Mouse? 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 gradeor 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 Get Over Your Damn Self 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 beine 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 Alpha Dog (Weredog Chronicles) find itunny I was really disappointed as was hoping Mr. Funny for better 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 Toldrom 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 Heres to the Ladies friend Loveyind themselves in all sorts of pickles Elvis and the Dearly Departed is a wonderful Saying Yes to the Millionaire first novel to a series I am going to continue reading I enjoyed this one that much 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 spotor Basset HoundsIn this novel we meet the Valentine s who all have their own part to play in the running of Eternal Rest uneral home and you come to realise that it just wouldn t work if one of them wasn t there each has an important role to 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 Jones who she is drawn to like a magnet and Basset Hound Elvis who does as he pleases whenever he wants including running off or a Sons of the Devil, Vol. 2 few days with a French Poodle and catchinglees Callie is such a likeable character and I Merry Christmas, Daddy 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 weind out in the Roped in following two books in the seriesThe novel centers on Dr Leonard Laton suneral and the disappearance of his body rom the Eternal Rest uneral home I know how does a corpse manage to disappear Who would do such a "thing and yes or the entire book I was guessing as to who could of done "and yes or the entire book I was guessing as to who could of done 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 Samanthas Gift find the body at Bubbles Malone s house chaos ensues when trying to recover Dr Laton theyind a different surprise With Callie and Lovie mixed up in a murder investigation they are going to have to Friscos Kid (Tall, Dark Dangerous find out who the real killer is before they getramedI enjoyed the breaks between some of the chapters with Elvis thoughts and comments that is Callie s basset hound Elvis I loved how I could learn about the other characters this way as the novel is written Courting Miss Adelaide (Noblesville, Indiana, from Callie s perspective and learning things we would notind out otherwiseI would recommend this book it was one that I wanted to read till the end and I am now in possession of book 2 which will be read next and I am sure will be closely A Convenient Wife followed by book 3 I can maybe obsess over book series sometimes I do understand that it won t be everybody s cup of tea being centred round auneral home and and dealing with a disappearing corpse but A Colton Target for people who love mysteries I m sure that will be a novel you will enjoyMy ratingor Elvis and the Dearly Departed is 4 out of. S showgirl mistress Bubble Malone But their luck runs out when Bubble decides to join her man in the afterlife With the poisonous Laton Love Isnt Enough family tree providing plenty of rotten suspects Callie along with some helprom her basset hound Elvis is determined to crack this case and have a killer singing Jailhouse Rock in time Prodigal Prince Charming for her next haircutting appointmentPure southern lunacy of the best possible kind Laurien Berens. S human Dad Jack has Callie s back even if Callie doesn t know it This is a very light andluffy mystery that doesn t reuire much thought In Task Force Bride fact it s better if the reader doesn t try to think I thought it was easy toigure out who did it but I was wrong I wasn t sure but I did end up suspecting The investigation if you can call it that is very inept More on that later The local color is A Soldiers Family (Wings of Refuge, fun but seems like a stereotype The saving grace of this novel is ElvisElvis is a hoot He is the perfect blend of dogollows his nose devoted to his human parents and arrogant celebrity He narrates every Desejo Indomado (To Tame A Playboy, 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 isunny and makes the story uniue I worry about his health with Lovie slipping him treats Dangerously Attractive (Harlequin Intrigue freuently Lovie s treats areull of carbs sugar and plenty of alcohol all things the human Elvis loved and apparently his reincarnated dog Mistress form enjoys them too The human characters are nowhere near asun and interesting as Elvis Callie is a horrible person I couldn t stand her She is reportedly estranged Cinderella Story Part 2 (36 Hours) from her husband Jack because she wanted aamily 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 A Ranchers Redemption 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 idioticoolish 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 leas 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 yet 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 "crazy Her personality is larger than life I can t help but think these characters 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 sex Repeatedly Off page When Elvis shares HIS secret knowledge of Jack 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 or Though Uncle Charlie reportedly had a checkered past he A Mother in the Making fell in love and settled down He is such a kind sweet man devoted to hisamily 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 orceful personality and enjoys hunting big game She scared me a little Brother Kevin seems kinder
AND A LITTLE LESS SELF ABSORBEDa little less self absorbed 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 or sure I His Pregnant Christmas Princess 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 sriend 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 you like the Stephanie Plum books One Through the Language Glass for the Money Twoor the Dough etc especially if you 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 ade to black it s not there It s mentioned a whole lot thoug. Up the hairdos of the dead but when the corpse of local prominent physician Dr Leonard Laton goes missing it's bad or 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 Private Arrangements (Forged of Steele, for Vegas by way of downtown Tupelo In Vegas Callie and Lovie hit the jackpot when theyind the dearly departed inside a reezer owned by hi. .
I won t lie I completely "picked this up ONLY because of the Basset Hound I love the cozy mystery style "this book up ONLY of the Basset Hound I love the cozy mystery style 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 act 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 "I will say that I not love how completely clueless Callie is and I hate that she seems to have sorta separated Sanctuary from her husband because of theact 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 Forever Faithful (Forever Faithful, favorite character in the story is Elvis her basset hound Every three chapters or so is a short chapter usually 2 4 pages toldrom Elvis s point of view and that was just Friendfluence 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 plan to This book was painfully bad To begin with it is a poor ripoff of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series A previously marriedemale 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 One Part Woman family that keeps reminding you how Southern is Literally The protagonist explains to the reader that That s just how things are done in the South in an As you know Bobashion Although the author clearly tries to emphasize the eccentric nature of all the characters and especially the Valentine Stranger family none of the characters are as lovable or interesting as their Evanovich counterpartsThe most painful part of the book is theemale protagonist She is a hair dresser who is shoe crazy and Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis finances her mother s gambling problem repeatedly justifying her bad habits and destructive behavior to herself Granted looks are importantor 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 interesting I m rom the South I am also an avid dog lover mystery lover and animal mystery lover I ound this book insulting The English Spy (Gabriel Allon, frustrating and disappointing This is over the top silliness but I enjoyed it Callie and Lovie are cousins who have toind a missing corpse To See Paris and Die for theiramilyWhat I enjoyed I liked Callie Lovie and the Out of China family While they are different they are loyal The chaptersrom dog Elvis s POV were Mary Tudor fun especially as he believes he is the reincarnation of ElvisWhat could be better Jack He needs to come clean andix the marriage instead of just showing up As Aventuras de Hornblower (Saga Hornblower for sex whenever They really didn t do much to catch the killer view spoilerShe pretty much just confessed during theuneral hide spoiler 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 The Accidental Tourist family They run the Eternal Rest Funeral Home where the dearly departed get a non stuffy informalun send off and comfort Barcelona 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 comfortood 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 Christmas Catastrophe fortune to his mistressormer Las Vegas showgirl Bubbles Malone the Collected Poems family is incensed With one daughter away on a hunting trip theuneral is delayed In the meantime Dr Laton s corpse vanishes rom the uneral home Callie and Lovie are determined to A Song for Issy Bradley 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 hi. 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 breezeNormally Callie Valentine Jones spends her daysixing. ,