A beauty shop owner and a Basset Hound with an unusual pedigree take on criminals in Mexico.
As Webb’s fans all know, the National Enquirer was right about Elvis. He isn’t dead; he’s been reincarnated as a Basset Hound who lives, mostly peacefully, in a small Mississippi town where his human mom, Callie Jones, runs a successful beauty parlor. This time out, Callie’s flamboyant momma and her friend Fayrene, queen of malapropisms, are heading to Mexico for an undertaker’s convention. Callie’s cousin Lovie is already down there with her archeologist boyfriend, who’s working on a dig. Lovie asks Callie to join them in hopes that Callie’s advice can jump-start her stalled love life. She trusts Callie’s expert advice on matters of the heart because Callie herself is in the process of divorcing her drop-dead-gorgeous husband Jack Jones, whose job with the CIA keeps him away more than Callie can stand. Soon after the group, including Elvis, arrives, Lovie and Elvis are kidnapped. Callie, her momma and Fayrene all get involved in the search. The cooler heads of Callie’s Uncle Charlie, Elvis and Jack are sorely needed in a situation that features ancient religious rites and jealous undertakers.
The fourth in Webb’s wildly over-the-top series (Elvis and the Memphis Mambo Murders, 2010, etc.) will leave some Elvis fans tickled, others offended. Those outside the magic circle of the King’s admirers are likely to be mildly amused.