Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Swell Time for a Swing Dance Blog tour: Review of A Swell for a Swing Dance



Title:  Swell Time for a Swing Dance

Author: Cindy Vincent

Series: A Tracy Truworth, Apprentice P.I. 1940s Homefront Mystery book 2
 
Chapters:

Pages: 300

Genre: Historical Mystery

Rating: 4 stars

Swell Time for a Swing Dance by Cindy Vincent is actually the second book in the A Tracy Truworth, Apprentice P.I. 1940s Homefront Mystery but can be read as a standalone or as a series starter if you haven't read the first one.  Which at this point I haven't but I want to. We first meet socialite Tracy Truworth an Apprentice P.I to Sammy Falcone at a New Year’s Eve dance in which a murder happens and Tracy's boyfriend or fella Pete Stalwart becomes the prime suspect and the police detective doesn't really want to look at anyone else.   And then when her grandmother is accused  of a crime Tracy is determined to prove both Peter's and her grandmother's innocence even if she has to solve the crimes herself. 
Swell Time for a Swing Dance gave me slight Nancy Drew feels the original book series (not the   2007 movie that we don't talk about).  Even though Tracy is a 1940s young woman and the book is true to the time period Tracy isn't a damsel in distress.  She's quite able to take care of herself.  All of the 1940s language had  me feeling like I was in Texas on the Homefront during WWII which was nice.  
Even though the novel starts on New Year’s Eve  it doesn't really feel like a holiday mystery, it seems to me that its written to be able to be enjoyed at any time of the year. Tracy is my new favorite "girl" detective and I've added the first book in this series Bad Day for a Bombshell.  I am also looking forward to any new books in the series.  As well as anything else by Cindy Vincent, this is the first book that I have read by her, but it will not be my last. 
I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Book



December 31, 1941. Young Houston socialite Tracy Truworth, Apprentice P.I., can’t imagine a better way to send off the old year and ring in the new than by dancing through the night with her fella, Pete Stalwart. But a swell evening soon takes a terrible turn when a fellow dancer with moves like Fred Astaire ends up dead on the dance floor. And before the hands on the clock can point to midnight, a finger is pointed at Pete, accusing him of murdering the young man.

Then after Pete is hauled away in handcuffs, the night goes from bad to worse . . . and Tracy’s sweet grandmother is accused of stealing an ancient artifact from the museum. Now Tracy must team up with her boss and mentor, Sammy Falcone, in order to find the stolen statuette, unmask the real murderer, and restore the reputations of those she loves the most.

Yet as America becomes embroiled in another world war, the risks and sacrifices intensify—even on the homefront. And Tracy soon finds her own home invaded by a near parade of questionable characters, while unsavory suspects lurk in the shadows, and a ruthless reporter makes her life miserable. With time ticking against her, Tracy must be willing to swing past the setbacks and hop through the hazards if she hopes to solve a mystery that involves a lot of dancing . . . and a lot more danger.


Author Bio



CINDY VINCENT, M.A. Ed., was born in Calgary, Alberta, and has lived all around the US and Canada. She is the creator of the Mysteries by Vincent murder mystery party games and the Daisy Diamond Detective Series games for girls. She is also the award-winning author of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper novels and the Daisy Diamond Detective series. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and an assortment of fantastic felines.


Giveaway!


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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WWII Personal Post




Since I was a kid I’ve enjoyed learning about WWII, but unlike most people my focus wasn’t really on the Western theater of the war. It was the Pacific theater that kept my attention.  As the daughter of a Marine  and granddaughter of a Sailor growing up hearing the history of the US Navy and the Marine Corp it lead me to study the parts of WWII that the Navy and the Marines played the biggest role in.

Everyone pictures Iwo Jima as the picture of the flag raising but not everyone understands that the battle the Marines faced to get to that point was horrific.

I think the one thing that really got me into Pacific WWII history was visiting the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial park in Mobile Alabama. The battleship is set up like it would have been during WWII and you can tour the majority of the ship. The sailors worked daily on the ship while the Marines were pretty much squeezed in like Sardines as the were transported from their bases to the Islands of the South Pacific.





About the Book


December 31, 1941. Young Houston socialite Tracy Truworth, Apprentice P.I., can’t imagine a better way to send off the old year and ring in the new than by dancing through the night with her fella, Pete Stalwart. But a swell evening soon takes a terrible turn when a fellow dancer with moves like Fred Astaire ends up dead on the dance floor. And before the hands on the clock can point to midnight, a finger is pointed at Pete, accusing him of murdering the young man.

Then after Pete is hauled away in handcuffs, the night goes from bad to worse . . . and Tracy’s sweet grandmother is accused of stealing an ancient artifact from the museum. Now Tracy must team up with her boss and mentor, Sammy Falcone, in order to find the stolen statuette, unmask the real murderer, and restore the reputations of those she loves the most.

Yet as America becomes embroiled in another world war, the risks and sacrifices intensify—even on the homefront. And Tracy soon finds her own home invaded by a near parade of questionable characters, while unsavory suspects lurk in the shadows, and a ruthless reporter makes her life miserable. With time ticking against her, Tracy must be willing to swing past the setbacks and hop through the hazards if she hopes to solve a mystery that involves a lot of dancing . . . and a lot more danger.


Author Bio

CINDY VINCENT, M.A. Ed., was born in Calgary, Alberta, and has lived all around the US and Canada. She is the creator of the Mysteries by Vincent murder mystery party games and the Daisy Diamond Detective Series games for girls. She is also the award-winning author of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper novels and the Daisy Diamond Detective series. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and an assortment of fantastic felines.


Giveaway!

Time to get “in the mood” with a fun 1940s-themed giveaway! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter for a chance to win a pewter ornament from The National WWII Museum, a Glenn Miller CD, and paperback copies of the first two books in the Tracy Truworth series: Bad Day for a Bombshell and Swell Time for a Swing Dance. Due to shipping costs and varying international laws, this giveaway is open to US residents (age 18 or older) only. Good luck!

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Review of Goodbye Cruller World


Goodbye Cruller World (Deputy Donut Mystery #2)Title:  Goodbye Cruller World

Author: Ginger Bolton

Series: Deputy Donut mystery book 2
 
Chapters: 32

Pages: 295

Genre: cozy mystery

Rating: 4 stars

In Goodbye Cruller World by Ginger Bolton the second Deputy Donut  Emily Westhill is faced with another  murder and a state police detective with a grudge is determine to pin it on her and her donut shop. But then has her sight set the bride  Emily who's brand new husband was murder. 
Emily's friend local police detective Brent doesn't want her investigating because of what happened last time.  But Emily wants to clear her friend's name.  Brent doesn't want anything to happen to her.  But as always Emily doesn't listen. 
I enjoyed this second Deputy Donut novel.  With the 911 dispatcher and retired police chief turned donut owners. Emily owns it with her father-in-law along with a matchmaking cat named Dep.  I loved the donut recipes in the back of the book.  Like most cozy mysteries this was a quick and fun read. I look forward to future  Deputy Donut mysteries. 


I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Reading this week



Finished
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan
Swell Time for a Swing Dance by Cindy Vincent
Premediated Peppermint by Amanda Flower
9 From the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Bear by Ellen Miles
October Kiss by Kristen Ethridge

Reading
The Pint of No Return by Ellie Alexander
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand

Non-fiction reading

Classic

Audio on the Way to Work
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast  by Nancy Allen Campbell

Getting ready to read
The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
Escape Claws by Linda Reilly
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear
Rose in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan
All Made Up by Kara Isaac

Reviewing

A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson

Devotional reading
When God Calls the Heart by Brian Bird



Did not Finish


Reviews Posted this week

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Review of The Patriot Bride


The Patriot Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #4)Title:  The Patriot Bride

Author: Kimberley Woodhouse

Series: Daughters of the Mayflower book 4

Ch: 24 plus Epilogue
 
Pages: 256

Genre: Christian Historical fiction with a hint of romance

Rating: 3 stars

The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse is book four in The Daughter of the Mayflower is a series that follows one family and its descendants from the Mayflower, and to me it seems like after the first book the books don't really have to be read in order.   In the Patriot Bride Faith Jackson is a young wealthy widow who happens to be friends with George and Martha Washington and a strong Patriot. 
 Matthew Weber is a patriot as well, friends with both Benjamin Franklin and his son William; Matthew is spy.  He's pretending to be a loyalist in order to pass on information to the patriot cause. Faith volunteers to be the person who will pass on the information to and from Matthew.  Once they get to know each Matthew and Faith wonder if  their feelings as well as their lives will have to be given up  for the sake of the country. 
I've always enjoyed historical fiction especially fiction about the American Revolution.  This is second book about spies during the Revolution that  I have read the first being Ring of Secrets by Roseanna M. White the first book The Culper Ring trilogy.  History has proven that spies were indeed use during the American Revelation George Washington even asked to have a spy ring started.  
While The Patriot Bride wasn't my favorite book in the series, what now that is  book The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep  I do plan to continue the series and look forward to the next one book 5  The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear. Book  1 is The Mayflower Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse and book 2 The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo. As of right now this series is set to have 8 books.  With The Liberty Bride by Marylu Tyndall of Christian pirate novel frame, The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo and The Golden Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse to finish off the series. 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


Monday, October 8, 2018

Review of Auschwitz Lullaby


Title: Auschwitz Lullaby
Auschwitz Lullaby 
Author: Mario Escobar translated by Gretchen Abernathy

Pages: 281

Genre: Historical fiction

Rating: 4 stars

Based on the title alone, you know as you start  to read Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar translated by Gretchen Abernathy that this book is going to have a slightly predictable ending.   Unlike other WWII and Holocaust novels I've read Auschwitz Lullaby focuses on a lesser known group of people sent to concentration  camps;   Romani none pretty much as gypsies outside of their people.  So to me that was a welcome  change. This novel focuses on one family  but though their eyes you see life in the gypsy camp of Auschwitz.  Helene the mother could have avoided being sent to the camp because she was German not Romani but she chose instead to go with her husband and children, because a mother doesn't leave her children. 

It's through this novel that you see that Doctor Mengele pulled a lot of twins from the gypsy camp and others. If you've studied history you know what horrible things he did, things I won't mention in this review.  Helene and a few other woman under Mengele orders create a kindergarten as well as nursery do in part to the fact that she is a nurse.  The women do their best to give the children a normal life as possible inside the camps. 
Reading Auschwitz Lullaby was bitter sweet.  It was the first and only Holocaust novel that I've read that focuses on Romani and not the Jewish population.  I'm not going to lie Auschwitz Lullaby was not an easy read, and books about the Holocaust should be easy reads they should be reads that challenge you and make you think. As well as teach you so that events like that never happen again.  I recommend that everyone 16 years and older read this book.   To me it is a must read.  Have tissues handy. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.


Friday, October 5, 2018

Reading this week



Finished
Flash by Ellen Miles
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (owned)
Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell



Reading
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
The Pin of No Return by Ellie Alexander

Non-fiction reading
This is the Day: Reclaim your Dream. Ignite your Passion. Live Your purpose by Tim Tebow

Classic

Audio on the Way to Work

Getting ready to read
The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
Escape Claws by Linda Reilly
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear
Rose in Three Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan
All Made Up by Kara Isaac

Reviewing

Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan
Swell Time for a Swing Dance by Cindy Vincent
A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson
Premediated Peppermint by Amanda Flower

Devotional reading
When God Calls the Heart by Brian Bird



Did not Finish


Reviews Posted this week