Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke


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Friday, March 6, 2015

Never Better Than Barely Okay: Elvis and the Grateful Dead by Peggy Webb

The Southern Cousins Mysteries #2:  Elvis and the Grateful Dead by Peggy Webb

Cozy Mystery

This is not my usual type of book so I feel my review might be skewed.  Usually, I like mysteries that a bit more hard-hitting, ones that focus on actual crimes solved by detectives or police.  I also very much dislike books that try too hard to be "southern".  For those reasons, I am scoring this book pretty low.

Callie is a hairdresser living in Tupelo, Mississippi, during an Elvis festival.  As part of that festival, she is the hairdresser for the impersonators.  Her sidekick is a basset-hound named Elvis who has his own chapters where he explains he is actually the reincarnated "King".  During the festival, someone is killing off the impersonators and Callie takes it upon herself to solve the crime along with her "hot under the sequined collar" cousin.  Mixed in is a very mixed-up relationship with her ex-husband who is apparently some sort of mobster.  And, then there's her mother, the town kook.

There's a lot going on in this book, a bit too much for everything to get neatly solved by the end.  Everyone is such a unique character that everyone comes off as a bit fake.  There's never a sense this is more than a silly fiction story.  Really, though, I was lost when the dog started talking.  That's never a good thing.  Never.  And, don't even get me started with the fakey southern charm.  It's just okay and a series I most certainly won't be reading more of.

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