Monday, May 18, 2015

Music Monday - "I Hear Trumpets Blow" by The Tokens (1966)

This is one of those great oldies that you rarely hear on the radio.  It comes on SiriusXM, 60's on 6, occasionally and I always turn the radio up. 

The Tokens started making music together in Brooklyn as the Linc-Tones in 1955.  Neil Sedaka was in the earliest incarnation of the band, but left early on.  The Tokens' big 1961 hit was "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."  "I Hear Trumpets Blow" charted in 1966 and went to 148 on the U.S. charts.  They had a cute puppy dog record label, too - you'll see it on the video clip.  

Daily Vintage - The Art of Being a Girl 1965 Teen Popularity Book

The Art of Being a Girl is a 1965 teen popularity and etiquette book by Judith Unger Scott.  It's hard to find, and so much fun to look through!  It really gives a glimpse of teen life in the 1960's.   You'll find this book at Birdhouse Books: The Art of Being a Girl.

Book Review and Giveaway - Bite The Biscuit by Linda O. Johnston

Bite the Biscuit
(A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery)
Cozy Mystery New Series Publisher: Midnight Ink (May 8, 2015) Paperback: 312 pages ISBN-13: 978-0738745039 goodreads-badge-add-plus

Carrie Kennersly, a veterinary technician, has become known for offering healthy and popular dog treats at the clinic where she works. When the local bakery’s owner moves away, Carrie jumps at the chance to convert it into the Barkery, a shop to make and sell her canine delights.

But Myra Ethman, co-owner of another pet product store, hates the new competition. At the Barkery’s opening party, she badmouths Carrie’s homemade dog biscuits, insisting she’ll find a way to shut the place down. So when Myra is found dead with a Barkery biscuit beside her, Carrie must prove she didn’t do it before she’s collared for murder.

Book Review: 

I love cozy mysteries, and always enjoy mysteries that involve dogs or cats.  I enjoyed the details of pet related businesses in this book.

This is a fun first mystery in Linda O. Johnston's new series.  Carrie is a great protagonist, and the book is well written, with a good mix of description and dialogue to move the story along quickly.

I think other cozy lovers will also enjoy this book, especially if they like pet related mysteries. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!

About This Author:
Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year.   Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 38 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne.  She additionally writes the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink.

Her latest cozy mystery series, the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries also from Midnight Ink, kicks off in May with BITE THE BISCUIT.

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I received a copy of this book from Great Escapes Book Tours and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.