The Haunted Housewives of Allister, Alabama
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Who knew one gaudy Velvet Elvis could lead to such a heap of haunted trouble?
When Cleo Tidwell said, “I do,” for the third time, she had no idea her marriage vows would be tested by a tacky piece of art. But Cleo's not the kind of woman to let a velvet-offense-against-good-taste just hang—oh no, she's on a mission to oust the King. Trouble is, Elvis won't leave the building. And he's attractin' all manner of kooks, fanatics, and looky-loos to Cleo's doorstep, including the entire congregation of the Church of the Blue Suede Shoes.
Everyone wants a piece of the painting, but Cleo's starting to suspect that whatever's haunting the Velvet Elvis wants a piece of her husband. Why else would her hubby trade in his car for a '56 pink Caddy, moonlight as an Elvis impersonator, and develop a sudden hankering for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches? Certainly it can't be anything as simple as a mid-life crisis, because Cleo is not getting divorced again—her mother would never let her hear the end of it.
Cleo's life is all shook up by crazies with death threats, psychic warnings “from beyond,” kidnapping attempts, invitations to join the Blue Shoe Loonies, and even murder! Cleo Tidwell is in a fight for her life, her marriage, and the perseverance of good taste everywhere.
"Sullivan is the new mistress of humor in horror and in the paranormal... This is cultural satire with three-dimensional characters... It builds gradually and then unleashes in a most disturbing climax and a satisfying ending. There are many important lessons in the story: Beware of white hearses bearing devout Elvis fans. Being tied up is bad. Be on the lookout for classic Cadillacs. There is no such thing as dead sexy. Dead is not sexy. Going into battle with your mother-in-law by your side is a harrowing experience. This is good advice for readers and for life."
— Jay Wilburn, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing
“A compulsively readable romp. The Burg gave us Stephanie Plum, Las Vegas gave us Lucky O’Toole, and now, Allister, Alabama, presents us with Cleo Tidwell.”
— Lane Robins, critically acclaimed author of Maledicte, Kings and Assassins, and the Shadows Inquiries series (as Lyn Benedict)
“Part mystery, part ghost story, this humorous whodunnit will have you humming Elvis tunes and watching for the King himself to come gyrating through your door.”
— Jason Jack Miller, award-winning author of Hellbender and The Devil and Preston Black
“Mystery, murder, mayhem, and…Elvis? Cozy in for a laugh-filled evening as Susan Abel Sullivan spins a ghost tale with Southern attitude and good style that you won’t be able to put down.”
— Heidi Ruby Miller, author of Greenshift and Ambasadora
“You’ll love this heroine and her quirky family and be clamoring for more!”
— Rebecca Roland, author of Shards of History
“A unique, must-have addition to your to-be-read stack!”
— Kelly L. Stone, author of Grave Secret and Time to Write: No Excuses, No Distractions, No More Blank Pages
“Fans of Stephanie Plum and the paranormal will love The Haunted Housewives of Allister, Alabama!“
— Sherry Peters, author of Silencing Your Inner Saboteur
- World Weaver Press, October 2012
World Weaver Press
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