Friday, February 11, 2022

Review: The Twist and Shout Murder: A Swinging Sixties Mystery by Teresa Trent (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)


The Twist and Shout Murder: A Swinging Sixties Mystery by Teresa Trent

About Twist and Shout Murder


The Twist and Shout Murder: A Swinging Sixties Mystery 

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 

Historia (January 4, 2022) 

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 212 pages 

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1685120709 

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1685120702 

Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09NQWZTGR

In 1962, Dot Morgan was told the best thing she could do besides being a nurse or teacher was to learn to type. While attending secretarial school, she decides to rub elbows with an elite ladies' club to help her father with a struggling campaign for city council. Instead of getting the help she sought, Dot is thrown into a world of adultery, deceit, and murder when one of the town's sons is found dead.

Time to put that 45 on the record player and bring out your best dance moves in The Twist and Shout Murder.

My Review

It’s 1962 and Dot Morgan is going to secretarial school.  Everyone tells her that’s the best thing for a woman to do unless she wants to be a nurse or teacher.  Dot is determined to do well in secretarial school and maybe even own her own business someday.

When a position on the local city council opens up, Dot convinces her father to run for office.  With no one else opposing him, her father should have an easy go of it.  However, nothing is that easy.  The wealthy district attorney puts his brother up for the position too.  It’s an ugly political battle which ends up with a dead body.  Dot’s father is the main suspect and she’s not going to sit quietly by while her father is railroaded for a crime he didn’t commit.  Along with a few of her friends, she investigates the murder and is shocked at the secrets she uncovers.

What a unique cozy mystery.  The author draws you right into the time era.  For a couple of days, I felt as if I was actually in 1962.  She adds 1962 facts throughout the book including the “new” fast food restaurants.  It’s a time when women weren’t taken seriously and took a backseat to men.

The mystery is well written and intriguing.  I enjoyed trying to untangle this investigation with Dot.  She’s a wonderful, strong character.  She’s surrounded by a fun, likeable supporting cast.

It’s a fast-paced story that left me wanting more.  I hope there is a sequel and soon!

For reading challenges:

Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2022 (Historical)
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2022
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2022 (Texas)
NetGalley & Edelweiss  Reading Challenge 2022

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.


About Teresa Trent

Teresa Trent writes historical mysteries, cozy mysteries, romance, and short stories. She lives in South Texas with her husband and son with Down syndrome and splits her time between writing and caretaking.

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  1. i had shared this one too. brought back memories. lol
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. Thank you for the review. Sounds like a good book.

  3. Thank you for such a well written review and for being a part of my tour. I also like the kitties😊

  4. Thanks for the review and good luck to the author!

  5. That sounds like a fin step back in the past.

  6. I love the sound of the setting in this one! This is definitely a book I need to try. Thanks for sharing!


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