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Elvis and The Dearly Departed (A Southern Cousins Mystery #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  1,039 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews
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 breeze.


ebook, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published August 30th 2008)
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Aug 21, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won't lie, I completely picked this book up ONLY because of the Basset Hound. I love the cozy mystery style as 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 fact that I had NO idea who committed the crime (I'll admit I usually don't, I'm really not much of a detective)and I did love the bit of mixed-up romance within the ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Sally906 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, e-book
I had such high hopes for this book, but felt the author was trying so hard to be funny that, for 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 from his point of view – while h ...more
Kat Chan
Feb 02, 2012 Kat Chan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was painfully bad. To begin with, it is a poor ripoff of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series-] A previously married female 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-esque Trenton, New Jersey, the setting is Tupelo, MI, the birthplace of Elvis. The author creates a sickeningly Southern "mafia- ...more
Oct 07, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Told from 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 friend Lovey find themselves in all sorts of pickles.
Sep 17, 2009 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Michele Lawrence
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This has a Basset Hound in the story and on the cover - need I say more!

Perfect little cozy mystery. Likeable characters and laugh out loud moments. I loved the chapters written 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.
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!!!
Oct 10, 2010 Nicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, kindle, read-in-2010
Elvis and the Dearly Departed is a wonderful 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 spot for Basset Hounds.

In this novel we meet the Valentine's who all have their own part to play in the running of Eternal Rest funeral home, and you come to realise that it just wouldn't work if one of them wasn't th
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Apr 24, 2015 Barb (Boxermommyreads) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Ok. Let me first explain my rating a tad. Overall, I probably would have given this book 3 stars based on plot and characters. However, it has a dog...a funny dog...a dog who thinks he is (and may be) Elvis reincarnated. And in between some chapters, Elvis has his own chapters in which he is funny, endearing and snarky. Therefore, Elvis earned this book an additional star.

This is basically like a lot of other cozy mysteries and while there is no paranormal aspect, like I usually enjoy, there are
Julee Johnson-Tate
Oct 03, 2011 Julee Johnson-Tate rated it liked it
It was fun and cute, with adventures in Mississippi of Callie, her cousin Lovie, the rest of the eccentric family and her dog Elvis, who is indeed the reincarnated King.

The whole thing involves not only a murder mystery, but a temporarily disappearing corpse from the funeral home Callie's uncle owns. I was reading it as an eBook and still don't have the hang of "paging" back and forth to re-read some confusing events. By that, I mean I sometimes end up hitting the "advance" button on the left s
Tamara Schwid
Sep 27, 2015 Tamara Schwid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a Southern gal at heart and this tugged at my heart bigtime! I have always been in love with Elvis, (any true southerner would be), but to have him reincarnated as a bassett hound is too much! I love that the dog thinks he is the king. His owner, both of them are still in love with each other but cannot come to terms. I love the fact that the plus size cousin is the hottest number in town. These books will definitely bring a smile to your face and keep you guessing all the way to the end! T ...more
The book had positive possibilities, but I got bored in certain sections, meaning I read a lot of unnecessary fluff, and had a pretty good idea of the outcome nearly a hundred pages before the story's end.

I was really bothered by the lead protagonist's absolute cluelessness. I didn't like that she's "separated" from her husband, but is lured into having sex with him each time there's a quiet moment. And I never caught on to why exactly they're separated. That relationship is really far-fetched.
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Wow, this book was a lot of fun to read!!! I enjoyed every turn of every page. Its full of mystery, humor, and memorable characters. I highly recommend it!! I got this book free from my local library.
Oct 11, 2016 Ree rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fun southern comedy. Callie and Lovie a sweet southern ladies leading a life of adventure.
Nov 08, 2010 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Elvis and the Dearly Departed BiographyPeggy Webb is the bestselling author of more than sixty novels. A former adjunct lecturer at Mississippi State University, she has won numerous writing awards, composes blues songs on her vintage baby grand and shares her home in Tupelo, Mississippi, with her chocolate Lab and a quirky muse who channels Elvis.Synopsis from the PublisherThey say you can't get to Heaven without passing through the Eternal Rest Funeral Home. And no one gets into Eternal Rest w ...more
I had no idea what to expect really, a Basset Hound who thinks he is Elvis Presley? I thought the book would be from his point of view, but I have to say that that is happily not the case. However, after each chapter you read a small chapterkind that has Elvis’ thoughts on the situation and that I do like.

I found the book a bit difficult to follow. Many loose ends or things that happened and I was thinking what just happened? Like the moment Callie and Lovie are in Vegas. The whole event was unr
Amy "the book-bat"
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I rate it a 3.5 and would have rated it higher if it would have been a bit more evenly written. The issue I have is that it changes point of view and stops the flow when it does so. I think it is the going from human to dog as narrator that makes it seem so stop-and-start and, therefore, uneven. The story itself was a lot of fun. Cousins Callie and Lovie end up taking a road trip to Las Vegas to find a missing corpse from the family funeral home and end up discov ...more
Oct 14, 2010 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wreck this book was! Okay, the stuff between Callie and Jack was fun, but Jack wasn't fleshed out nearly enough for me to really care much about him. The rest of this, though? I laughed at myself a lot because when I first started reading this, I kept reading it a la Olympia Dukakis is Steel Magnolias. No, really. I read the entire first chapter out loud in a tacky Southern accent. It cracked me up, but I'm not sure that was the author's intent. I generally enjoy the bumbling heroine (see ...more
Oct 04, 2010 Sandi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, e-books
Elvis and the Dearly Departed deserves more than two stars, but doesn't really qualify for three. It's an extremely fluffy "mystery" that is completely implausible. The author uses a dog's narration to tell the reader things the protagonist couldn't possibly know. It leave a bunch of loose ends, probably to sell sequels. However, it's short and has some funny moments. It's more of a sitcom mystery than a thriller.

This ebook was free through Barnes & Noble. It's nothing I would have paid mon
Sep 01, 2012 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This was a cute little book! I really loved all the characters and the storyline was pretty funny. Who does not like a dog who is Elvis reincarnated (or maybe he is just a delusional dog).
We meet Callie and she is trying to get divorced, but is still in love with her ex... she also does hair for people in town (both alive and dead). You see her uncle owns a mortuary and the good Dr Laton's funeral turns out to be full of surprises.
Callie now has his daughter and her family living with her, a m
Mar 14, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only good thing I have to say about this one is that I'm glad it's over. If I had to read one more time about how Callie had been so strong and saved herself from a horrible marriage, only to turn the page and read about her jumping Jack's bones yet again, I think I might have puked. And a dog who thinks he's Elvis reincarnated? That's crazy enough, but somehow, Callie KNOWS that he feels that way. WTF? It's not like the dog can talk to her. Just because he howls during Elvis songs? Not to m ...more
May 22, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just not my thing. In this series, a colorful family that does fancy funerals is dealing with the out of town relations of a wealthy resident when the body of the departed goes missing. Meantime, the title Basset hound, Elvis, who really is supposed to be Elvis reincarnated, also also wanders off. Elvis' owner, Callie, goes looking for both and tries to avoid Jack, her ex-to-be...or perhaps she won't divorce him as they seem to be having quite the affair. Readability is high, believability low. ...more
May 23, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written from the perspective of Callie and her hound dog who believes he is Elvis reincarnated. The chapter titles alone were hysterical, not to mention those written from the perspective of Elvis the hound dog.

I found it to be an enjoyable light fluffy read, not ground breaking by any means. In the end you are left wondering about a lot of things, which leads me to believe the author intends many more follow ups.

Would I read them? Sure.

Would I by them? No - check them out from the library -- gu
Nov 11, 2010 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is soooooo much fun. I loved it!! I love the characters in the book, from the lead characters Callie, her dog Elvis and Lovie her cousin and partner in crime. Or crime solving I should say.

Ms Webb's turn of her words is hilarious. I had to bite my lip to keep from waking my husband while laying in bed reading it. My best way of explaining Callie and Lovie is that they are southern Lucy and Ethel. And Elvis is the consummate star.

Will I read more? Heck yes!! You should you read these b
Jimmy Mcphink
Sep 04, 2013 Jimmy Mcphink rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To date this is the 2nd worse book I have ever read. It was not funny. I got tired of the Elvis song references by page 6 and just totally unbelievable. Were it not for all the sluty behavior by the two women in the book then I would have thought it was written for 1st graders. That is the only group who would believe real people would act as these two did if a body was stolen from your funeral home. I guess reporting crimes to the Police was just not their THANG. Lovie would have had sex with t ...more
Charlene Fuller-gossett
I don't think I've ever read a book as much fun to read as this one. Being a native of Alabama, I fell in love with the writing style of the author and the southern way of life in a small town. The characters were were true to their roots and I had no problem following the storyline. The character count was quite full but I had no problem following their antics. Their place was clear in my mind and I loved the fact that there was no swearing. It's a rarity that a to see that in books today. My h ...more
May 18, 2015 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could talk about the chapters written by a dog who thinks he's Elvis reincarnated, the character inconsistencies, the outright nonsensical - if not stupid- plot points, but I won't. Instead all I have to say about this book is that 60-70% through my mantra was "Just get through it. Just finish the book. Just finish the book." Which I did, so that you don't have to.

If you're looking for a ridiculous and fun mystery read Stephanie Plum. If you are looking for a ridiculous and fun southern myster
Mar 19, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I really liked this book, its the first in a series and picked up the first 2 at the library the other day. Read the book in a day and half. So very fast read, its light hearted and funny. Set in Tupelo Mississippi, Elvis's birthplace, and its full of crazy characters who all return in the 2nd book as well. Its along the same lines as Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum series, but not as long and involved. If you are looking for a light read, perhaps for a beach vacation this is your book!
Welcome another eccentric southern family in the Valentines. Narrator Callie is a beautician with a lot of lust for designer shoes and her soon-to-be ex-husband, the handsome, mysterious Jack, who has no intention of letting her go. Her Mama sells headstones and has a gambling problem. Her beloved cousin Lovie is a caterer with a man--no, make that men--problem. And courtly Uncle Charlie runs the funeral home and the family. When a body disappears from the viewing room, Callie and Lovie try to t ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set in Tupelo, Mississippi, a cozy mystery that is a hoot! Lots of lovable and hilarious characters that are set on the "who done it" part, and find theirselves in crazy spots while doing so.
Then there is Elvis, a lovable hound dog who thinks he is Elvis and narrates several pages as you read. This is the first book, and I enjoyed it alot. I want to read Ms. Webb's next book, Elvis and The Grateful Dead probably after the holidays.

The books are The Southern Cousins Mysteries serie
Jan 05, 2013 Kendra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books-read
This is just a cute little light mystery. Elvis is a Basset Hound who believes that he is the actual King reincarnated in a dog suit. His human family is involved in the funeral home business in Tupelo, Mississippi. One corpse disappears before the funeral, and while searching for that corpse in Las Vegas, another appears in a chest freezer. The mystery is who snatched the first corpse, and who murdered the second. The dialogue is snappy, the characters are likeable, and Elvis's observations are ...more
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