AnUnconventional Mr Peadlebody

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“Campy, fun, for some reason the writing and characterization remind me of The Confederacy of the Dunces…This is a fun, imaginative book. It’s well written and well told. ” – review from Ingram Spark


Rockford Peadlebody dies in a train wreck while traveling with his family, (a rather dysfunctional lot of half-blood vampires) after a flood in Mississippi washes their home away. Once his brother Gerald, his wife Ginger, and son Raymond reach grandpa's estate in Ohio, they are surprised by the news that grandaddy Benjamin Peadlebody has also died. They are now heirs to the infamous Peadlebody manor and all its peculiarities, including the butler, a reserved, tattooed, muscle-man named Richard Cottlebone,

It seems fishy to Gerald that two untimely deaths in the family happened within a week. Yes, Rockford's demise was of his own doing, but Benjamin's? Perhaps the butler, knows more than he's letting on?

To prove himself worthy, since he failed to live up to old Benjamin's standards when he was alive, Gerald goes about to unravel the thread of Papa's death. No help comes from Ginger. She's too busy trying to un-vampire herself. And Raymond is in love, but not with his relatives. Gerald soon discovers solving a murder mystery meets with a stone cold reception.

Dianne Gardner’s unusual and hilarious story kept me in stitches as Gerald Peadlebody, half vampire, half elf, uses unconventional methods to solve the mystery of his father’s death, a father who was a full-blooded vampire. Adding to the hilarity, Gerald’s wife, a half-breed vampire, spends her time looking in all the wrong places for strategies to change her vampire blood. It’s a change Ginger’s half-breed son, Raymond, is also interested in but for different reasons. He battles his vampire half as he lusts for the love of a fully human woman instead of lusting for her blood. The endeavor proves quite tricky. Through danger and intrigue Gerald eventually discovers who killed his father. The method used by the murderer is as quirky as every other event in this story.   -P. Stricklin