Friday, January 15, 2021

Dear Abby - Videos That Abby Likes: Buddy Mercury, the Piano Playing, Singing Beagle

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a good week!   My week has been busy. I went to the vet for my three month ACTH test for Cushing's.  This is a test where I get bloodwork, have a shot, and then wait an hour before there is yet more bloodwork.  After the test is over I always go home, climb up in the bed, and sleep for the rest of the afternoon. This week was no different.

Today Momma got a call from the vet with the very good news that my test results show I am doing well and the medication I am taking for Cushing's Disease is working well.  Hooray!  This means I don't have to go back for my next test for six months, instead of the previous three. I am very happy about this and am doing a little bit of a happy dance today.  (This means I spin around and get a treat!)

Today I would like to introduce you to a dog I discovered on Youtube. His name is Buddy Mercury and he is a piano playing, singing beagle. He's very handsome and has a sweet face.  He stands up on his back paws and plays the piano with his front paws.  As he plays, he does some deep, soulful howling. I think he's very talented!  Buddy has a Youtube channel and also a Facebook page. Did I mention he is also a rescue dog?

Here is a short video of Buddy serenading viewers:

What do you think? We are beagle fans at my house, and I think Buddy is pretty great! 

Wishing you a good day! Thanks for stopping by to visit.


Abby xoxoxo

Book Review and Giveaway - Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork (A Haunted Craft Fair Mystery) by Rose Pressey

My Review

Celeste Cabot is an artist visiting the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina for an arts festival. When touring the house, Celeste stumbles onto a body. She becomes involved in a search for the killer and also creates a painting inspired by the events, which turns out to come with a friendly ghost.

I wanted to read Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork because I was intrigued by the mention of Celeste having a pink vintage Shasta camper and a Chihuahua named Van (short for Van Gogh). I love vintage campers and small dogs, and enjoyed both these aspects of the story, as expected. (Van is very lovable!)

This is my first time to read a book in the Haunted Craft Fair Mystery series and it worked fine as a standalone. The author did a good job with character introductions and I was able to jump right in and enjoy the novel from the start.

This is a light mystery that combines murder, a little romance (Celeste has two potential boyfriends), some family fun (with Celeste's eccentric family), and even a paranormal element, since Celeste's paintings often come with visiting ghosts.

The mystery aspect of the story was well done and the author gave just enough clues to help the reader solve the crime along with Celeste.

Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork was a fun, fast read. I would recommend it for fans of light paranormal cozy mysteries.

Book Synopsis

A Gilded Age ghost helps psychic painter Celeste Cabot catch a killer . . .  

Rising up against the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Biltmore Estate is a magnificent mansion in Asheville, North Carolina, built as a summer home for George Washington Vanderbilt II—yes, of those Vanderbilts—during the Gilded Age. Nowadays, it’s the site of an annual craft fair. Unfortunately, it’s also about to become a crime scene . . . 

Celeste is hard to miss as she pulls up with her pink and white Shasta trailer and adorable Chihuahua, Van Gogh—Van for short. But before she can show off her artwork at the fair, a tour guide is found strangled by a velvet rope barrier and a valuable painting goes missing. With a rogues’ gallery of sketchy suspects, Celeste welcomes the help of a pair of handsome detectives—and a ghost with a special interest in the case . . . 

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Author Bio

Rose Pressey is the USA Today bestselling author of the Haunted Craft Fair Mysteries and the Haunted Vintage Mystery Series. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires, and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties. Yeah, she loves Elvis. She can’t help myself. Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son, and three sassy Chihuahuas.

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Book Spotlight and Giveaway - Artistic License to Kill (A Fine Art Mystery) by Paula Darnell

Book Synopsis

Artist Amanda Trent, accompanied by her beloved golden retriever Laddie and her persnickety calico cat Mona Lisa, is determined to start a new life after her husband divorces her to marry a younger woman, but it isn’t easy.  

After a disastrous interview at the prestigious Roadrunner Gallery in Lonesome Valley, Arizona, far away from her previous home in Kansas City, Amanda’s afraid that she’ll fail at her new career. But her prospects begin to improve when she’s accepted as the newest member of the cooperative gallery. 

Then, on her very first day, she discovers Janice, the stern director, has been murdered right in the art gallery, and the Roadrunner’s members, including Amanda herself, become suspects. Which gallery member murdered the unpopular director? Or was the killer an outsider with an ax to grind?

Author Bio

Award-winning author Paula Darnell is a former college instructor who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in English and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in English with a Writing Emphasis. Artistic License to Kill is the first book in her Fine Art Mystery series. She’s also the author of the DIY Diva Mystery series and The Six-Week Solution, a historical mystery set in Nevada. She resides in Las Vegas with her husband Gary and their Pyrador Rocky.

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