Hot Tamale Heaven's tamales are the best I've ever eaten, and I've tried a few on that list, as well as others in Mississippi. The owner of HTH is a really nice guy, and is great to talk to (if he isn't busy).
Comparing Greenville / Mississippi Delta Tamales to southwestern tamales is like comparing Chicago deep dish pizza to New York pizza. Two really great , but very different, products.
Odds are, you'll meet more characters
on the Mississippi Tamale Trail than you will on the hunt for southwestern tamales