Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Elvis and the Blue Christmas Corpse-Peggy Webb

Elvis and the Blue Christmas Corpse

Peggy Webb

Kensington, Sep 25 2012, $23.00

ISBN: 9780758241436

In Moorville, Mississippi beauty parlor owner Callie Valentine Jones still remains married though separated from Jack except he is staying at her house while he recovers from leg surgery caused by a jaguar trap (see Elvis and the Tropical Double Trouble). Callie wants children while Jack, like her Uncle Charlie, works for the Company so she fears being a widow single mom.

When Santa cannot perform at the mall’s Christmas Open House weekend charity event, Charlie volunteers. At the gala, Santa’s sled lights up, but the man playing Rudolph dies and Charlie is injured from electrocution. Cousins Callie and Lovie accompanied by Elvis the reincarnated basset hound turned Santa Paws investigate but find several viable suspects

The latest Southern Cousins Mysteries (see Elvis and the Grateful Dead, and Elvis and the Memphis Mambo Murders) is an engaging amateur sleuth as the intrepid trio trip over bodies while searching for the culprit. The trademark zany whodunit is amusing as Peggy Webb exaggerates Southern stereotypes as the cousins and the reincarnated canine seek a Blue Christmas killer.

Harriet Klausner

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