Hound dog Blues Who but a hippy, bike lovin' Elvis fan would name his girl child Harley Jean Davidson? Well, that would be daddy, Yogi, now Yo..Show More »gi also has a dog, King, he loves this dog and feels a great spiritual attachment to him. The dog doesn't care much about all that stuff, as time after time he gets loose and causes chaos in the neighbourhood.
Harley, now a tour guide, gets the call. Find King. A simple enough request you may think, but wait! There's more ....... King hasn't simply gone missing, he has been dog napped! There's even a ransom note, very odd, thinks Harley, as everyone know Yogi and Diva barely make a living selling hippy stuff. Harley immediately has a suspect in mind, Mrs. Trimble. King had taken to visiting her in the past, and they had developed a very unfortunate relationship. Mrs. Trimble also had no love for Yogi either, and so begins Harleys' outrageous adventure! There is a body, there are missing jewels, and there is a missing Yogi and Diva who have now become prime suspects in a dreadful crime. It's all left to Harley to put right.
Meanwhile she gets her fashion advice from her coworker Tootsie, who also works part time as a drag artist, he knows everything a girl would want to know about hair and make up. She annoys the heck out of certain officers of the law, takes advantage of friends' homes ... and eats a lot of bean burritos. This story takes the reader on a rollicking adventure with Harley, naturally, she solves the mysteries providing us with plenty of fun along the way. I enjoyed the characters and I'm hoping to get to know them better. I also enjoyed my visit to Memphis.
I must admit, I was a bit concerned, as this book has both a male and female narrators, Karen Commins and Drew Commins. Following a few less than satisfactory experiences I wouldn't normally choose to listen to a book with more than one narrator, I knew Karen would be good, she's always good, but what about this Drew fella? Well, actually he too is very good, excellent distinct characterisation, no overacting, good timing, pleasant listening. However, there is a big difference in the listening experience when there is more than one narrator, and I'm still not sure I care for it. There always the feeling that one of them is speaking from another room, or as if we are listening to them on speakerphone, and, for some reason, it's always the male voice. I've noticed this on all my audiobooks that have more than one narrator. I think it's just a matter of preference though, I do know other listeners love to hear both male and female readers, so, maybe I should just get over it!
My Review Those who have read Book 1, Hound dog Blues, will know that Harley hails from a somewhat unconventional family, Her hippy parents, Diva ..Show More »and Yogi, are ageing not so gracefully. For the last few years though they have lived in a real house with proper toilets and everything! They don't give in to conventionality that easily though, as Diva continues to dispense her cleansing herbal teas and enigmatic predictions, and Yogi continues to grow his, er, "herbs" amongst the tomato plants. Oh, and he is also an Elvis impersonator who adores his crazy dog named King. Harley truly appreciated the move to a more conventional life, but as time goes by, Harley herself becomes a little more unconventional, giving up her steady but boring job in a bank, she gets herself a job as a tour guide. She is a part time biker and recently, albeit inadvertently, has found herself working as a part time amateur sleuth. Her first foray into sleuthing was actually pretty successful and must have lit a fire in her belly, as no sooner was her first adventure over than her Aunt Darcy sought her help. Once again Harley just can't say no! The offer of money helped her decide, and so starts her second adventure. Harley begins her investigation with her usual single mindedness, heedlessly ignoring all advice from her friends and her very new boyfriend, undercover cop Mike Morgan. Harley (yes, again) finds herself in many a parlours circumstance! Mike and Harley must be very much in lust with each other as despite all his efforts to forbid her meddling, and all her hard headed stubbornness, (and the cat) they somehow keep the lust levels high.
This story is peppered with comic yet dangerous scenarios, most of which Harley brings upon herself because, well, she is always right! Yet with the luck that accompanies many a "cozy" heroine, our Harley wins through, albeit body and dignity battered and bruised, and usually with the loss of a mobile phone. She also makes a new trusty friend, a rescued Siamese cat, they are an ill matched pair as Harley hates cats and the cat hates people, yet begrudgingly, they quite like each other. The cat moves in. The author gives us a peek into the world of Memphis, we get to discover famous "Elvis" landmarks, the Elvis anniversaries, and of how the death of the King eventuates in a huge tourism business. This is Harleys' world and I'm looking forward to her next adventure. I highly recommend reading the books in order.
Narrator This is a dual narration by Karen Commins and her husband Drew Commins. I do still have issues with dual narration, nothing to do with talent or ability, but to do with the listening experience. There is a definite feel of the male voice being slotted in as it were. The transition between the two somehow needs to be smoother, I guess there must be reasons for recording them separately and then editing. Maybe the recording booth isn't big enough? Apart from my little prejudice, I've always loved Karens' narrating, she just brings everything to life, both Drew and Karen have the wonderful sense of comic timing necessary for narrating the humourous cozy.
I was gifted this audiobook, without condition, by Karen Commins, this review is my honest opinion