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Coco Butternut

(Hap and Leonard #9.8)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Coco Butternut marks the always-welcome return of Joe R. Lansdale’s dysfunctional duo: Hap Collins and Leonard Pine. As usual, wherever Hap and Leonard go, trouble seems to already be there, awaiting their arrival. And in the case of this twisty, hilarious, and heartfelt new novella, Lansdale sends his heroes to Oak Rest mortuary and cemetery to grapple with the living and ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Subterranean Press (first published 2017)
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Dan Schwent
When someone steals his mother's mummified dog, the beloved Coco Butternut, Jimmy Farmer hires Hap and Leonard to deliver the ransom. Too bad the dog won't be the only thing buried before the day is done...

I got this from Netgalley.

Coco Butternut is a Hap and Leonard novella set sometime after the events of Honky Tonk Samurai and Briar Patch Boogie: A Hap and Leonard Novelette. The boys are working for Brett at the detective agency when they catch the bizarre case of Coco Butternut.

Why would som
3 1/2 Stars

Hap and Leonard (and their two accomplices) return for another zany caper. Forever short on funds, the two agree to another weird job. The deceased body of a beloved wiener dog has gone missing from the cemetery and the dognapper wants cash or else . . . Hap and Leonard step in to make the exchange.

Sure sounds easy enough to me. All they need to do is hand over the cash, grab the dead dog and collect their pay day. Nothing is ever that easy with these two. Unable to leave well enough
What I look for in an author that writes a series is that there is a constancy in writing so that one knows what to look forward to as the next installment appears . It brings on a certain amount of reading joy when the next installment is better than the last. It brings trepidation when the quality of the writing or the story line falls short of that expectation, epically if it’s an author that I have been enjoying for the last several years.

Admitting to being a big Hap and Leonard fan has brou
Coco Butternut is a fun Hap and Leonard novella in which they are working for a man trying to get back his dead, mummified dog. Yep, dead and mummified. Therein lies the Lansdale humor for which this series is known.

Hap and Leonard are now a family affair, what with Hap's partner Brett and Hap's daughter Chance. Together they try to solve the mysteries of dead dog blackmail. What a hoot!

I'm looking forward to season two of the show, as well as catching up on the Hap and Leonard books that cam
Wow. When did Hap and Leonard books become cozy mysteries? In this new novella, Hap, Leonard, and Brett, are hired to deliver a ransom to the kidnappers of the prized mummified remains of a dead weenie dog named Coco Butternut.

I was hoping that this might be a quick, humorous but engaging story with our heroes but it was pretty forgettable and disheartening. It's sad that the quality of the Hap and Leonard books haven't really held up in the later ones. I loved the earlier books but I think it
Anthony Vacca
Received this from Netgalley, so here's my honest review. Lansdale is a talented writer, and the Hap and Leonard series had a lot of moxie all the way up to the downbeat and flawed, but satisfying, Captains Outrageous. Since then all of the entries have been entertaining to a degree but feel more rushed, haphazard and cartoonish than the earlier entries. A lot of the offbeat grunginess that made the 90's entries so appealing has been replaced with endless banter and super teams of serial killers ...more
♥ Sandi ❣
Oak Rest Cemetery is the final resting place for not only humans, but also beloved pets. When a prized dachshund is exhumed and dog-napped the cemetery owner hires Hap Collins and Leonard Pine to make a money exchange for the mummified dog. PI intuition makes the team believe there is more to it than just a cash exchange for the dead dog. With a little bit of investigation it makes this new novella a short, fun read. Just another chapter in the long run of Landsdale's mystery detectives Hap and ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The saga of Hap and Leonard continues with this barely-a-novella, Coco Butternut. In case you are wondering, Coco Butternut is a dead dachshund. Its body has been dug up and held for ransom to be paid by the previous owner of the dog. To be more precise, the son of the previous owner who was his deceased mother. It seems like a simple task for the lads; pay the ransom and collect the coffin and the canine "pickled"corpse ("Embalmed and wrapped like a mummy..Not pickled" says the dog owner's son ...more
Kenneth McKinley
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-kindle
Coco Butternut is the name of a prize-winning dachshund that was mummified by it's eccentric owner after it died and the body was stolen and held for ransom. It is also the title of Lansdale's latest short Hap and Leonard novella. The mystery is something out of The Hardy Boys, i.e. Not very hard to figure out, but that's not why you read a Hap and Leonard tale. You read them for the banter back and forth between the two. I do have to admit this one is a very vanilla offering amongst the catalog ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hap-leonard, lansdale
COCO BUTTERNUT by Joe R. Lansdale finds Hap and Leonard once again dragged into a case that gets ugly right away, and how can it miss with the duo hired to locate a stolen deceased dachshund affectionately named "Coco Butternut"?

Solid novella written by Lansdale that does a fine job of including most of what has worked for the Hap and Leonard franchise (especially Leonard's variations on the name "Coco Butternut" along the way), and they once again go out of their way to piss off just about eve
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Death, extortion, mayhem, and general insanity are on the menu. Hap & Leonard get paid to recover the corpse of a champion show dog, Coco Butternut. But wow that seems like a lot of money...something is definitely up and things start to unravel (in a good way.) Entertaining. ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was traumatized by the end of Honky Tonk Samurai, and though rationally I was sure everything would be fine with our heroes there was enough doubt to make me angry at Joe Lansdale while eagerly awaiting (hopefully?) another Hap and Leonard book.

With a new novel forthcoming I can breathe a sigh of relief, and as an appetizer we have this new novella. It takes place after Honky Tonk Samurai but doesn't address the events at the end of the book, so I assume it takes place after the new novel. Thi
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, kindle, netgalley
I received this arc from Netgalley.

I never thought I'd see the day when this series became uninteresting. The only thing that made it bearable to read was that it was short. I don't recommend this at all.

Ije the Devourer of Books
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
“He had all the personality of the Ebola virus. I hadn’t liked him on sight, and I wasn’t sure why.”

Yes! Hap and Leonard are back for another crazy adventure! In this novella we have short, sharp dose of Hap and Leonard along with Brett, Chance and police detective Marvin. As usual they solve the crime but get into a whole lot of trouble along the way.

Coco Butternut is a long deceased beloved prize-winning dog who is stolen from the graveyard and held for ransom. The owner of the grave yard want
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book #17 - Coco Butternut - The latest in Joe Lansdale's Hap and Leonard mystery series. As with most of his books it's fun, almost silly, banter and good plot twists. This one starts out with the two hired to pay the ransom to get a mummified corpse of a dog back. Only after paying and getting it back they realize that under the dog is a dead human, which makes things mighty complicated. 8 out of 10.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This time Hap and Leonard are hired to pay off a blackmailer and retrieve the mummified carcass of a funeral director. Mayhem ensues. Hilarious novella. Highly recommended.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Meeting people in a graveyard to swap money for a corpse. Murder. Arson. Bad language from my father and uncle, a stakeout."

Pretty much sums this one up! The corpse is a dog, named Coco Butternut (or Butterbutt, as Leonard calls her), and H&L are hired to exchange a bag of money for her body. Easy, huh? Well, nothing ever goes easy for these boys. And hence, this story.

Probably the best H&L short story I've read to date! Has everything I enjoy in their books, including Hap checking out the youn
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hap and Leonard are kind of an odd couple in the realm of Joe Lansdale’s swamp noir, Hap an aging white hippie with an aversion to guns and Leonard a gay black war vet with a fiery temper. But despite their differences they couldn’t be closer friends, and together they solve mysteries and do dirty jobs with Hap’s girlfriend Brett, his daughter Chance, and their rescued dog Buffy. Their current job is definitely shady, and a bit crazy, but nothing too far out of the ordinary: a man hires the duo ...more
Kevin Hogan
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the perfect length for a Hap & Leonard story. Space to let the personalities come out and wind themselves around the plot, and short enough for an easy "at one sitting" digestion.

(Not that I haven't been known to read the full-length novels at one sitting)
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Coco Butternut has been abducted and is being held for ransom. Coco Butternut is a dachshund. A show dog. A dead show dog to be precise. It's okay, the dog was already dead when it was abducted. The owner still wants to pay the ransom and get the dead dog back. Sound strange? Welcome to the world of Hap and Leonard.

The money is good and the job seems easy enough so Hap and Leonard take the case. All they have to do is meet someone in a graveyard, at night, pay a ransom, and retrieve a dead dog.
Wayne McCoy
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
'Coco Butternut' by Joe R. Lansdale is another kooky adventure with Hap and Leonard. They always manage to find their way into the strangest circumstances.

This time around, the strangeness revolves around the mummified corpse of a prized family pet that is being ransomed. Hal and Leonard are brought in to help with the transaction. In typical Hal and Leonard fashion, things don't go as expected, which leads to death, dead bodies, and a trip to the pet cemetary to dig up more corpses.

I've only r
John Bruni
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Hap and Leonard. Of course I enjoyed the hell out of it. This is one of their more bizarre mysteries. A mummified best-in-show dog gets stolen, and the boys are hired by the owner to pay off the dog-napper and get the corpse back. That's pretty weird on it's own. Naturally, since it *is* Hap and Leonard, things get a lot darker because nothing is as it seems. Plus it's good to see that Hap's daughter is fitting into things pretty nicely. I am so happy that this is the first of three H&L boo ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another romp with Hap and Leonard

Hap and Leonard are like good friends, even when they’re not at their best they’re fun to be around.
Here’s another funny situation that turns harrowing, exciting and then funny again.
It’s a quick read and made me laugh out loud in several places the way Lansdale’s writing does.
If you’re a fan of these two you’ll be getting what you expect. It’s not the most detailed case they’ve ever taken on but still a satisfying story.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I always enjoy Hap and Leonard. I thought I wa Ted a little less mayhem and more plot, but I was wrong. The detective agency , while it gives a rational explanation for their exploits, feels too “small” for Hap and Leonard. They are a force of nature. Some humor , as always, outlandish plot involving pet cemetery and battles involving backhoes
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a short Hap and Leonard tale of murder, blackmail, and the kidnapping of the mummified remains of a awarding winning dog named Coco Butternut. If you like the other Hap and Leonard tales, then you will enjoy this.
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Coco Butternut, the crime-solving (sort of) wiener dog.
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, novella, 2017
I didn't realize this would be a dark comedy. I'm gonna check out the Hap and Leonard show on Netflix (originally aired on Sundance) now.
Edmundo Munguia
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Short novella but worth the time. the interaction of both friends as half-baked P.I.'s getting involved in a dead dogs kidnapping is worth your time.
David Pollison
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novella is not as strong as the full length novels but its still a sweet Hap & Leonard/Joe Lansdale fix. ...more
Doug Murphy
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
A nice little graveyard mystery solved by Hap, Leonard, Brett and Chance
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Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-e ...more

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