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Hound Dog Blues: The Blue Suede Memphis Mystery Series (Volume 1) Paperback – February 22, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (February 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611940974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611940978
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,139,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 STARS
I laughed in Hound Dog Blues. In fact I was even thinking
reminds me of I love Lucy. "Then Harley rubbed her head and
envisioned them as Lucy and Ethel on speed."
This story is about a couple Diva & Yogi who are worried about thier dog
being kidnapped. A daughter Harley Jean Davidson worried that the police are going
to arrest her father for murder, So she wants to solve the crime
first. Police to solve a murder. Police to solve jewelry robbery
ring. Jewel thief to find the diamond necklace that Yogi had last
he saw of it.
Harley was named for a motorcycle. She gave up her stressful
job working for a bank and now is drives tourists around Memphis.
When her mom calls up about their dog King being kidnapped.
King has lots of enemys in their neighborhood. Harley is asking
her parents neighbors if they have seen him. When she see into
new good looking neighbor a bunch of jewels on his coffee table.
another neighbor house she goes into that hates King & Yogi.
she finds King their and the neighbor dead. Her father who not
supposed to be at that neighbors house was last seen their.
If you enjoy funny who dunnit stories this book is for you. I
would love to read more books by Virgina Brown.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.
03/01/2012 PUB Bell Bridge Books
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This is another great book by Virginia Brown. It has mystery, romance and humor.
I would recommend her books to anyone.
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Virginia Brown writes with a light amusing touch. Her Harley Davidson is whimsical and the plot of this book is engaging, if a little silly at times. There's sexual tension between Harley and two hunks, a la Stephanie Plum, and the comparison could go further if you really want to be critical. But I don't. I liked the book and enjoyed it. Just take it for what it is -- fluff. Brain candy. But nice. I may read another in this series some day. Who knows.
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Harley Jean Davidson is used to being the "grown-up" in her family. Her parents, Yogi and Diva, are a pair of aging hippies clinging to the 60's with both patchouli scented hands. Her brother is an affable stoner who falls a little short in the reliability department. So when Yogi's dog King is "dognapped", it's no surprise that Harley is the one they turn to for help.

The situation gets complicated when the "case of the missing dog" turns into a murder investigation which appears to implicate Yogi. Harley finds herself racing to keep one step ahead of the police as she tries to find the real killer(s) before Yogi is charged with murder.

Here's what I look for in a "cozy" mystery: (1) A strong sense of place/location. I want it to feel "real"; to feel like I'm there. (2) Relatable characters. I like an interesting, unique protagonist, someone I'd like to get to know in real life. (3) Serviceable mystery. By that I mean that I'm willing to give a cozy a lot of leeway - I'm not looking for realistic as much as plausible. This story met all my expectations, though it stumbled a bit on #3.

I think the author evoked the feel of Memphis quite well. The sticky humidity, some local landmarks and regional color...nicely done. I liked Harley Jean. She's single, thirty-ish and ba!!sy. She enjoys the company of men and doesn't feel the need to get all coy about it. There's a little history between Harley and the hunky detective investigating the case, as well as a little frisson of sexual attraction to the enigmatic (and improbably named) Bruno Jett. I liked it; it added a bit of spice to the story.

The mystery felt a little convoluted to me and in order to insert Harley into the investigation, the author gave her a few too-stupid-to-live moments.
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By Lori on September 12, 2012
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I downloaded this novel because I am a huge fan of Brown's Dixie Diva series. I was excited to meet this new character and see what antics Brown would put her through. I never became as intrigued with Harley as I am with Trinket and Bitty.

That being said I do not regret perchasing this novel. Harley does come into her own as the reluctant heroine and Jett sure is an enjoyable sexy hero. The story line is logical and full of the humor that I so enjoy in Brown's writings. The conclusion is well drafted and leaves you feeling satisfied.

I intend to try the next installment of the Blue Suede Memphis Series to see if I come to root for Harley the way root for the Dixie Divas. It could simply be that I became bogged down by all the character development and backstory construction inherrent is a Book one of a series.
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I was only able to read 30% of the book because both the characters and the plot were so unbelievably silly. Usually I love mysteries with southern characters but this book failed to impress me. Plot and characters are just too "out there."
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Harley Jean Davidson is a Memphis tour guide who spend most of her time driving conventioneers and tourists to Graceland and Beale Street. Her parents, Yogi and Diva, are old hippies who never quite gave up the flower child lifestyle. When their dog, King (named, of course, for Elvis) is dognapped, they call Harley for help. While searching for King, she finds their elderly neighbor murdered. When Yogi and Diva go missing, the police leap to the conclusion that Yogi must be guilty. Harley makes it her mission to find her parents before the police do.

Any novel that is set in Memphis, has a protagonist named after the iconic motorcycle, features the Peabody, Beale Street, and barbecue, has to be good. Add two characters named Yogi and Diva and you know it's going to be a fun read. Because I don't believe in "spoilers", I won't explain this next part, but by the time Harley started carrying a wooden phallus, I knew this was a series I would return to again and again. It has a good plot, entertaining dialogue, offbeat characters, and again, I have to say it, a wooden phallus.

If I could, I would give it more than 5 stars. Thank you, thank you very much....

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <[...]> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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