At the annual Elvis Festival in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis impersonators are dropping dead, apparently from poison. Funeral home hair stylist, Callie Valentine Jones, and her basset hound, named Elvis, are determined to find out who is behind the murders of the copycat Kings in Peggy Webb’s mystery novel “Elvis and the Grateful Dead.”
Meanwhile, in Vegas, a cat named Midnight Louie is investigating the death of another Elvis impersonator – or is it really the King himself? – at the newly built Kingdome. Midnight Louie receives assistance from his human companion, Temple Barr, in Carole Nelson Douglas’ book, “Cat in a Jeweled Jumpsuit.”
Even more Elvises (or Elvii?) fall victim to foul play in “Mesopotamia” by Arthur Nersesian. Tabloid reporter Cassandra Bloomgarten stumbles into the middle of this mystery when she visits the Blue Suede Shoes Tavern in Mesopotamia, Tennessee, right near Memphis.
Who knew there was a sub-genre of Elvis impersonator mysteries? Elvis Presley died 35 years ago, on August 16, 1977. Yet his legend remains such a large part of the American consciousness that people can make a living imitating him, and writing novels about people imitating him. His music CDs are still popular among library patrons. And there are Elvis Presley fan clubs around the world. If you, like so many others, can’t get too much of the King in your life, check out our catalog list of Elvis-related materials.