Friday, February 5, 2021

Dear Abby - Videos Abby Likes: Tico the Singing Parrot

Dear Friends,

I hope you have had a good week.  I am fine, although we had some repair work done here this past week and it was LOUD.  I do not like loud.  A couple of mornings I decided the best place in the house was safely in my bed and under blankets and a quilt.  Burrowing is one of my specialties.

To distract myself online, I have discovered the Youtube channel of Tico, the singing parrot.  Tico is a beautiful, happy bird.  He loves to sing classic rock and 1980's pop while his person plays the guitar.  His music makes me so happy that I have to share three of his songs with you today.

"Here Comes the Sun" is one of my Momma's favorite songs. (She loves The Beatles, so I guess I do too.)  Tico really does a great job singing this one!

"White Wedding" is another fun video. Tico seems very animated here. He sits on the guitar near the tuning pegs and bounces along.

"Gimme Shelter" is sung with Tico in his open aviary.  He sure is a talented bird!

I hope you enjoyed this little visit with Tico!  I am glad to have found his music.

Have a good day!


Abby xoxoxo


Book Review and Giveaway - Death by Intermission (An Abby McCree Mystery) by Alexis Morgan

My Review

Death By Intermission is a cozy mystery set in Snowberry Creek, Washington.  Abby McCree organizes a Movies in the Park event, but discovers a body at the end of one of the screenings. The suspect in the murder turns out to be her mother's boyfriend, so Abby sets out to solve the mystery.

I wanted to read this book because I love cozy mysteries and was intrigued by the Movies in the Park storyline. This is my first book in the Abby McCree Mystery series.  I picked up on the characters and setting right way, and it worked fine as a standalone.

This was a fun, fast paced cozy mystery. I liked the small town setting, the characters (especially Abby and her boyfriend/tenant, Tripp), and her lovable, protective Mastiff dog, Zeke.  The tension between Abby and her mother was a major part of this novel, and it was well done and realistic.

The mystery aspects of the novel were well done. It kept me guessing right up to the denouement. 

I recommend Death By Intermission for fans of cozy mysteries, and especially for anyone who enjoys amateur sleuths and small town settings.

Book Synopsis

Abby McCree spends a summer showing family films under the stars—only to end the season with an unexpected slasher flick . . .

Ushered once again onto another committee by the mayor of Snowberry Creek, Washington, Abby is tasked with keeping the box office receipts of the town’s Movies in the Park nights. Cut to the director’s chair from where she’s suddenly organizing the summer’s last feature. From the opening scene through the final credits, Abby feels she’s earned nominations for best volunteer, best movie date with her tenant Tripp Blackston—and best daughter for ignoring her mother Phoebe’s own movie date with Owen Quinn.

Unfortunately, Abby and the others are treated to a post-credits scene: the body of local insurance agent Mitchell Anders. This discovery is followed by a plot twist revealing that the murder weapon comes from Owen’s food truck. With her mother’s boyfriend suspected of murder, Abby starts her own investigation determined to shine a spotlight on the real killer . . .

Author Bio

Alexis Morgan is the USA Today bestselling author of over forty-five novels, novellas, and short stories that span a variety of genres: American West historicals (as Pat Pritchard); paranormal and fantasy romances; contemporary romances; and cozy mysteries. A RITA® Award-finalist, Alexis Morgan is a member of RWA and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Washington State and can be found online at

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Book Spotlight and Giveaway - Egg Shooters (A Cackleberry Club Mystery) by Laura Childs

Book Synopsis

A murder in the local hospital is raising everyone’s temperature in the latest book in the New York Times bestselling Cackleberry Club series.  

Suzanne Dietz co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Café is visiting her fiancée, Dr. Sam Hazelet when a masked gunman bursts into the emergency room. He shoots two people and would probably have done more damage had Suzanne not brained him with a thermos full of chili. Still, the gunman manages to escape.  

Now the ladies of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he finds them.

Author Bio

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs. 

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston. The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

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