Monday, May 11, 2015

Music Monday - "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers (2012)

I have an ongoing discussion with my best friend about new music.  I love retro music - especially 1960's to 1970's.  Occasionally I will try to come up with new bands, artists, or songs I really like, just to show that I'm still "with it."  I typically fail at this exercise!   

The Lumineers is one of the newer bands I like.  They are a folk band, their music is straightforward, and I especially like their song "Ho Hey."  Lennon and Maisy Stella did a lovely cover of this song on Nashville too - their Grand Ole Opry performance link here.

Daily Vintage - Baby Animals A-Change-A-Picture Book

Baby Animals is a change a picture book for children from 1979.  It's really cute.  You pull a ribbon on each page, and the picture changes before your eyes.  I included a couple of pictures, below, so you can see the book "in action."  This book is from Birdhouse Books - Baby Animals.

Book Review and Giveaway - Oh Say Can You Fudge by Nancy Coco

Oh Say Can You Fudge
(A Candy-coated Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series Publisher: Kensington (April 28, 2015) Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages ISBN-13: 978-0758287144 E-Book ASIN: B00ONTR4U8 goodreads-badge-add-plus


Allie McMurphy is busy making yummy fudge for the summer holiday–until murder gives her something else to chew on. . .

Red, White, And Boom

It’s not Fourth of July on Mackinac Island without fireworks and fudge. The Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop is supplying the treats–and Allie has hired Rodney Rivers, the biggest name in aerial displays, to create an unforgettable spectacle. Unfortunately, Allie finds him dead, covered with screaming chicken fireworks, just before the entire warehouse of pyrotechnics goes up in smoke. Is it arson or is it murder? Allie and her bichonpoo, Mal, must sift through the suspects until the killer is caught and the island can enjoy a star-spangled celebration. 

My Review 

Any mystery involving picturesque Mackinac Island, homemade fudge, and a cute little dog is sure to be fun ... and Oh Say Can You Fudge exceeded my expectations.

I have not read the other books in this series, but this mystery worked fine as a standalone.  It is a fun read, with a likeable protagonist and a charming setting.  The book is well written, with an interesting plot and surprises and twists in the mystery.   I will add that I loved the details of candy making in the book ... it made me crave fudge!

I love cozy mysteries, and really enjoyed this read.  I would highly recommend Oh Say Can You Fudge to other fans of the cozy genre.  It would be a great summer beach read!

About This Author

Best known for writing plucky heroines Nancy Coco AKA Nancy J. Parra has 15 books published-
Most recently Nancy has three cozy mystery book series going.

Gluten for Punishment and Murder Gone A-Rye are both part of the Gluten Free Baker’s Treat Mystery series. (Berkley Prime Crime)

 All Fudge Up and To Fudge or Not To Fudge are part of the Candy Coated Mystery series (Kensington) -which Nancy writes as Nancy Coco

 Then there is Engaged in Murder- the first in the Perfect Proposal series from Berkley Prime Crime.
All Fudged Up was Nancy’s first National Best seller. 

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