Monday, July 18, 2016

Music Monday - "Summer in the City" by The Lovin' Spoonful (1966)

If I ever get around to making my summer favorites playlist, "Summer in the City" will be in the mix.

"Summer in the City" is a 1960's oldies pop song by the Lovin' Spoonful.  It was written by John Sebastian, Steve Boone, and Mark Sebastian.  It really captures summer in the city -- starting with a VW Bug horn and ending with a jackhammer!   The lyrics include:

"Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirt and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city
All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head
But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it'll be alright
And babe, don't you know it's a pity
the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city."

I found a fun video of the song that sets the music to an old Harold Lloyd silent movie called Speedy.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

What is your favorite summer song?   I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Book Review and Giveaway - Read to Death by Terrie Farley Moran

Book Synopsis
The national bestselling author of Caught Read-Handed revisits Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where the proprietors of a local bookstore café occasionally take a stab at solving murder…

At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work…

With their book club season wrapping up with The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, Sassy and Bridgy decide to take their group on a day trip to the beautiful Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Hiring driver Oscar Frieland, who’s known for his colorful stories and love of the café’s Robert Frost fruit tartlets, the bibliophiles set off for a day of sunshine and history.

After a lovely excursion, the club returns to the café for lunch and a book discussion, but the group falls silent after Oscar is found dead in his van. The sheriff’s deputies have some questions of their own for the group, and if the ladies don’t find some answers soon, the next book they read might be from a prison library.

My Review
I was intrigued by Read to Death because of the Florida setting and the idea of a bookstore cafe.

This is an enjoyable cozy mystery.  It is the first I have read in the series, so it took me a few chapters to get to know all the characters.  (Now, of course, I want to go back and read the first two books in the series as well!)

I particularly liked Sassy and Bridgie, the bookstore cafe owners.  The other characters are all varied and interesting, and the author does a really good job at differentiating personalities through dialogue and description.

The south Florida setting was delightful, and a fun trip for this armchair traveler!  I loved the place descriptions, along with little Florida history tidbits, in Read to Death.

The mystery aspect of the story kept my interest and kept me guessing.

I also loved the inclusion of recipes!  What a fun surprise.

This would make a fun weekend read or a great read to take on vacation.  I recommend it to other cozy mystery fans.     

Author Bio
Short-listed twice for The Best American Mystery Stories, Terrie Farley Moran is delighted to introduce mystery fans to the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, which debuted with Well Read, Then Dead. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is playing games and reading stories with any or all of her grandchildren. 

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Purchase Links
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