Friday, April 17, 2015

Blog Tour: Officer Elvis by Gary Gusick

Author: Gary Gusick
Publisher: Alibi
Date of publication:

After performing at a local old-folks home, off-duty police officer and part-time Elvis impersonator Tommy Reylander smoothes out his pompadour, climbs into his pink Caddy, and gets all shook up—fatally so, when a bomb explodes. Whether he was killed for his police work or bad singing is a mystery that detective Darla Cavannah is determined to solve.

Though it’s been several years since Darla (reluctantly) partnered up with Tommy, she convinces her boss to let her lead the murder investigation. As the new regional director of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Shelby Mitchell can think of better uses for his star detective’s time, but not even the most hardened good ole boy can resist Darla’s smart, savvy persuasions. She soon embarks on a roller coaster ride through the world of Elvis tribute artists while tracking down one of the most bizarre serial killers in the history of the Magnolia State. Aiding her pursuit of the killer is recently reprimanded officer Rita Gibbons, fresh from the trailer park and described by Shelby as “half a licorice stick short in the manners department.” But Rita’s plenty smart, even when this case takes their suspicious minds in an entirely unexpected direction.

Ever since I started reading the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, I have been on a quest to find good mysteries with colorful and amusing characters.  After finishing Officer Elvis, I think I have found just such a series.  This is the second book featuring Darla Cavannnah.  I haven't read the first one, but I will be seeking it out.

This time around, Darla is trying to solve the murder of her old partner, Tommy "Officer Elvis" Ryelander.  She ends up with a new partner and a case that ends up being more convoluted than she bargained for.  I really liked Darla.She is a smart no-nonsense cop and an all around likable character.  I also liked that she was tall.  Sometimes I get tired of reading about small, under 5 feet women.    I loved how she kept correcting people's English.  

The story is rounded out nicely with great peripheral characters for Darla to interact with. Even though this is supposed to be a stand alone, I do wish I had read the first one before this to get a better feel for the relationship between Darla and her boss as well as her husband.  This will definitely be on my recommend list!

About Gary M. Gusick

Gary Gusick is the author of The Last Clinic. A former advertising executive with more than thirty years experience as a copywriter and creative director, Gusick has won numerous national and international awards for creative excellence in advertising.

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Gary M. Gusick’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, April 14th: Mystery Playground – author Q&A
Wednesday, April 15th: Vic’s Media Room
Friday, April 17th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, April 20th: Brooke Blogs
Tuesday, April 21st: Omnimystery News – author guest post
Wednesday, April 22nd: Lilac Reviews
Thursday, April 23rd: Rhodes Review
Friday, April 24th: Reading Reality
Tuesday, April 28th: Open Book Society
Tuesday, April 28th: Bell, Book & Candle 
Wednesday, April 29th: Lovely Reads - spotlight
Thursday, April 30th: I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Monday, May 4th: FictionZeal
Tuesday, May 5th: Queen of All She Reads
Thursday, May 7th: Joyfully Retired
Monday, May 11th: It’s a Mad Mad World
Tuesday, May 12th: Mom in Love with Fiction

1 comment:

LisaMM said...

Awesome!! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. Thanks so much for being on the tour!