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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review of Peggy Webb's Elivs and the Blue Christmas Corpse

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Someone's ringing slay bells and Callie, her bodacious Cousin Lovie, and the basset hound who believes he's the King reincarnated must go on the hunt for a killer who's anything but jolly. It may be Christmas in Tupelo, but there's precious little peace in the valley for the Valentine gang. Callie Valentine Jones' not-quite-ex Jack is trussed up like a holiday turkey, recovering from a shattered leg. Cousin Lovie's on the rebound, looking for love in all the wrong stockings. And Elvis the basset hound is out for revenge on the Lhasa Apso who's been singing "Merry Christmas, Baby" to his sweet French poodle behind his tail. Everyone finally gets into the spirit when Uncle Charlie is pressed into service as Santa at a weekend charity event in the mall. But Yuletide cheer turns to Yuletide fear after a killer tries to zap Charlie back to the North Pole marked "Return to Sender"--and sends Rudolph to the big reindeer pen in the sky. Determined to find out who's decking the mall with Christmas corpses, Elvis and the Valentines fill up their sleigh with suspects. Could it be the cookie lady who puts more than sugar into her Christmas goodies? The deranged vet who vows to barbecue Santa? Or the former beauty queen who's been stalking Charlie in her spare time? Can the Valentine gang unmask this devil in disguise in time to turn their "Blue Christmas" all Christmas-y and white?

My Review:

This was a great book.  It had a lot of humor in it.  This is the first book I've read in this series and I think I should have read the others first, but I still enjoyed it.  The Southern Cousins are a fomidable duo.  Callie and Lovie are hiliarious, especially Lovie.  Not to mention the rest of the Valentine clan, this is where I think is would have been good to have read the first book in this series.  I may have been able to figure out who was who better, but I think I got it pretty much figured out.  They are a close knit family, and group of friends, who all help out when they are needed.  Then there is Elvis, he is Callie's Basset Hound who thinks he is the real Elvis, but he knows who the Santa Killer is before anyone, if they would just let him prove it.  I like how he narrates some of the story, he has some great insights.  This may have been the first book I've read in this series, but it won't be the last.  I highly recommend this book, it is a charming, cozy mystery, with charming and hiliarious characters that I can't wait to visit again.   I got my review copy for Netgalley.

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