BOOK REVIEW + GIVE AWAY - If I Had a Hammer by Teresa Trent
If I Had a Hammer
by Teresa Trent
May 1-26, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
A new job, a brutal murder, and Camelot has ended.
In 1963, Dot Morgan’s life was changed forever. She witnessed the assassination of John F Kennedy through the lens of her boxy Kodak Instamatic camera, bringing traumatic aftereffects of the brutality that happened as they stood on the parade route in Dallas.
She starts her first real secretarial job with a boss who has no sympathy for her trauma. When Dot’s only work friend has a mysterious accident at a demolition site, she digs around on her own only to find very little love between two brothers and no one hammering out justice to find a murderer.
The suspects are all around Dot and as she tries to sift through their motives, her cousin Ellie is going through PTSD on her own, losing interest in work, and her fiancé all the while quoting some of JFK’s finest speeches.
With so much change in her world, can Dot still tell the difference between good and evil?
I am fascinated by the Camelot era and assassination of JFK. Born in 1975, JFK has always been assassinated in my world. I have watched every documentary and read anything I could get my hands on. Having said all of that, I jumped at the chance to read this book!
The book is a quick read and set in 1963. Going into the book, I didn’t know it was the second in the series and it read well as a standalone. The author does an excellent job of taking the reader back in time by including aspects of the culture at the time using popular TV shows and music. Another fun fact, I love the music from the 60s, it was powerful.
The characters are well developed, and their dynamics kept me engaged. Having worked for a few terrible bosses in my day, I identified with Dot Morgan and her need to process her trauma while also focusing on her first job out of secretary school. When her only friend dies mysteriously, I also understood her need to investigate. Her amateur sleuthing kept me turning the pages late into the night.
Overall, this book had it all – mayhem, murder, and mystery – weaved together to create an intriguing story. I look forward to reading more from this author and will be reading book 1!
Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: March 2023
Number of Pages: 230
Series: The Swinging Sixties Mystery Series, Book 2 | Each is a stand alone
Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads
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Teresa Trent is the author of over 15 books. She started writing cozy mysteries with the Pecan Bayou and Piney Woods Mystery Series. She sets her stories in different geographical areas of Texas and The Swinging Sixties historical series is set just north of Dallas, starting in 1962. You might think with so many books set in the Lone Star state, she was born there, but no. She has lived all over the world, thanks to her father's career in the army. After living in Texas for twenty-five years, she's finally put down roots.
Teresa is a hybrid author, self-publishing early in her career, which led her to traditional publishing with Level Best Books and Camel Press. She is the author of several short stories that have appeared in a host of anthologies. Teresa publishes the blog and podcast, Books to the Ceiling at https://teresatrent.blog where she loves to read the book excerpts of other writers and share in the writing community.
Teresa is a member of Sisters in Crime and lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son.
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