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Hound Dog Blues: The Blue Suede Memphis Mystery Series (Volume 1) Paperback – February 22, 2012
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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
I would recommend her books to anyone.
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.Read more ›
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.
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Virginia BROWN IS A GREAT STORY TELLER.. Her writing is clear and her characters are great fun. Finding King led Harley on a merry chase and I loved all the Elvis referencesPublished 12 months ago by laura
Liking this even better than the Divas. Yes, it is all light reading, but delightful light reading it is. And--I am loving these characters.Published 13 months ago by regmark
After reading the Dixie Divas series by Virginia Brown, which were hilarious, and I also highly recommend, I found this series by her and enjoyed it just as much. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Hastings Reader
Virginia Brown has done it again with a very entertaining read. I can't wait to read Harley Rushes In volume # 2.Published on April 28, 2014 by Judith McGlasson
This book did not keep my interest. Not sure why, maybe the plot, which moved very slowly and didn't make much sense at all. I was not able to finish the book.Published on February 16, 2014 by AW
This is a new series for me, but I enjoyed it. The characters were a scream. I really enjoy her Dixie Divas series too.Published on February 9, 2014 by LA Lady
I enjoyed this mystery with splashes of comedy and romance. It is easy to follow and has very colorful characters. Entertaining. Recommend.Published on January 18, 2013 by Sbedney
Easy to put down and pick back up. Not a page turner but satisfied with the book. I give it a b-Published on January 2, 2013 by Dfcu
This was a good story that made me laugh. It was well written with a good plot. I liked it.Published on December 14, 2012 by lulu