I had plenty to do over the weekend, but I got sucked into Tupelo and the Southern Cousins Mystery Series by Peggy Webb. There are four books out now, with #5 due out later this year. I’m going to review the whole series, and try to avoid spoilers.
Clearly, the reason I was drawn to this series is because of Elvis. He’s a basset Sissy could love, and he
thinks he is the reincarnation of none other than the King of Rock ‘n Roll himself.
I confess… as with most cozies, I didn’t really consider the books until a friend read them first and assured me I’d enjoy them. Frankly, the blurb on Amazon had me thinking it was going to be way too silly for my liking, and maybe if Elvis wasn’t a basset after Sissy’s own heart, it would have been.
… or maybe not. I can REALLY relate to the two main characters, Callie (Carolina Valentine Jones) and her best friend cousin Lovie Valentine. Callie owns a hair salon and Lovie is a caterer. Callie is a very refined Southern belle with spunk, and Lovie is vivacious and sassy. Think Julia and Suzanne Sugarbaker of Designing Women fame. Callie isn’t uptight like Julia and Lovie isn’t at all self-absorbed (well… only when it comes to her sex life), but you get the point. It talks about sex a lot more than most cozies, but even yours truly who doesn’t care for hot and heavy romance in her reading wasn’t put off.
I adore the Elvis’s point of view chapters. Generally, Callie is the narrator, but Elvis has a very different spin on things. It’s also refreshing to know I’m not the only one who is sure her dogs have deep thoughts of their own!
It’s definitely SOUTHERN reading. If you’ve ever wondered what life in a small southern town is like, you’ll get a very real feel from these books. Everyone knows everyone else’s business.
However, if I had to pick a favorite not-main character, it might be Fayrene. This blogger has a fun notion about which actors might play which charcters… I tend to disagree a bit, but anyhoo… Fayrene is the queen of malapropisms, and particularly in book #4, she had me literally laughing out loud. Haven’t we all had a malaprop master in our lives?
What should I read next?