ELVIS AND THE DEARLY DEPARTED
Get ready for a zany adventure featuring the Valentine family from Tupelo, Miss., in this first in a new series. This sassy Southern family is led by the feisty and fashionable Callie and includes her gambling-addicted mother; a free-loving, plus-size cousin; a dangerously sexy ex and a reflective basset hound named Elvis. The clan's wackiness creates a fast-paced, funny mystery, but you may wish for more backstory on the characters.
Callie's family runs the Eternal Rest Funeral Home, where their current corpse in residence, the late Dr. Laton, surprises his family by leaving his fortune to flamboyant ex-showgirl Bubbles Malone. As the family throws a hissy fit, Dr. Laton's body goes missing. When Callie and cousin Lovie try to retrieve the missing corpse, they instead discover the dead body of Bubbles. Who killed the her? Will Callie, Elvis and the rest of
the Valentine clan catch the killer and restore the funeral home's stellar reputation? (KENSINGTON, Oct., 240 pp., $22.00)