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Trick or Treason By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

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by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Trick or Treason, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Zoe Donovan-Zimmerman always promised that when pregnancy came it would not effect her behavior; she could handle it. But if crazy dreams, emotional overload, frustration with her mother-in-law over ‘pink,’ and tears coming at the drop of the hat were any indication, she hasn’t been successful. BFF Ellie understands completely, wasn’t it her in tears last Halloween who Zoe helped over costume problems! While relaxing over a lite dinner, the two put some things into a better perspective easing Zoe’s mind and helping her look forward to a quiet Halloween. But…wouldn’t you know it, they spoke too soon. Zoe decides to forego the line at the bathroom and heads off to the store next door…tripping over a body wrapped in a blanket dead from blunt force trauma…Willa Walton!

bookZoe had known Willa Walton for years. She had been the town clerk forever, and chaired the events committee on which they were all members. She is considered by several small business owners to be strict, maybe even rigid…ok, in some cases a bully, but to those who looked beyond that she was a warm and loving person. Now she’s dead, and the investigation is having its challenges: finding the main crime scene, plotting the victim’s last movements, and weeding through motives that just don’t seem to rise to the level warranting murder. Halloween just can’t catch a break in Ashton Falls…murder always seems to find a way to say, ‘Trick or Treat!’

The Zoe Donovan Mystery series is the one that first introduced me to Kathi Daley making me a big fan. Over the twenty-six stories I have been extremely entertained by the clever mysteries, occasional change of setting and crossover episodes, and the evolving relationships between Zoe and Zak and their group of friends and family. Kathi Daley’s books define the ‘cozy mystery’ genre with its light treatment of murder and mayhem and its focus on character development, realistic interactions, and clever mixture of intrigue and mystery often with an action-packed ending that puts Zoe in harm’s way to catch the killer.

“Trick or Treason” didn’t disappoint. Along with a very clever mystery that challenged my inner “Sherlock” all the way to the end when the last clue was revealed and an “Oh, no!” surprise, the pregnancy quirks added a layer of frustration to Zoe’s typical hands-on investigative style. You can’t just go willy-nilly running after suspects in the third trimester! And again playing out in the background and adding entertaining elements of realism are the issues with being surrogate parents to thirteen-year-old and prepping for the town’s Halloween festivities. And let’s not forget Kathi Daley’s signature fan-submitted recipes: Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy, Mexican Pork, Cheese Potato Chowder, and Chuck Wagon Casserole. Everything makes for an excellent book to enjoy while the kids are off trick or treating.

Trick or Treason earns 5/5 Masked Murderers!

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To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Trick or Treason, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “treason,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 21, 2017. U.S. residents only for the print copy. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address. PLEASE STATE IN ENTRY WHETHER YOU WANT PRINT OR KINDLE.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

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1 Dianne BNo Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 10:06am

Love the Zoe Donovan series. I really enjoy Halloween themed mysteries.

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2 Christina BurrusNo Gravatar
Twitter: @ChristinaBurrus
October 14, 2017 at 11:02am

I would love a copy of this book!!! Thank you for the chance!!!

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3 Marlene EzellNo Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 11:07am

I love holiday themed books and Kathi Daley’s never fail to please.
ezellmarlene(at)gmail(dot)com

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4 Joanie HintonNo Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 11:07am

Love this series would like to have it in Kindle please if I win
joanie13b@outlook.com

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5 Robin Leslie CoxonNo Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 11:15am

I thoroughly enjoy Kathi Daley’s seasonal books. I am sure this one will definitely hit the mark once again. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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6 Laura MilburnNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Laurab21409
October 14, 2017 at 11:16am

Thank you for the chance to win. Love Kathi Daley and her books. I would like a print copy, please.

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7 Alisha CollinsNo Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 11:30am

Sounds like a great book!!!
tiggercat24alisha@yahoo.com

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8 sallyNo Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 11:47am

Thanks for the chance to win. I haven’t read this one yet but look forward to it. I would love a print copy if poss.
nerdsrgood AT msn DOT com

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9 Dianne MossorNo Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 12:02pm

Love her books! Haven’t read this one, would be thrilled to win. ?

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10 DonamaeNo Gravatar
Twitter: @donamaekutska
October 14, 2017 at 12:19pm

This is a awesome book!

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11 KaraNo Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 12:55pm

Sounds great–I’d love to read it!

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12 KaraNo Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 12:56pm

Forgot to add email–it’s legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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13 Kim TempletonNo Gravatar
Twitter: @musiqmom
October 14, 2017 at 12:58pm

Love to have a kindle copy. I love this series, thanks for a chance to win. musiqmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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14 Suellen BonineNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Suellen Bonine
October 14, 2017 at 1:21pm

I can’t wait to read this.

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15 Antonette NymanNo Gravatar
Twitter: @tonibulls51
October 14, 2017 at 3:27pm

Would love to read this. All your books are great – but this one is HALLOWEEN!

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16 Paula AdamsNo Gravatar
Twitter: @qnofdnile
October 14, 2017 at 3:43pm

Love the cover. Thank you for the chance. If I am lucky enough, I would like a print copy.

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17 Linda HeroldNo Gravatar
Twitter: @1957
October 14, 2017 at 4:26pm

Thanks for the post Kathleen. Love the cover of this book. Since I am a fan of this author, I would LOVE to win this print book!

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18 Linda HeroldNo Gravatar
Twitter: @1957
October 14, 2017 at 4:27pm

lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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19 Kathleen KendlerNo Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 4:42pm

Thank-you. If i win, I would like a print copy.
kckendler at gmail dot com

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20 Jeanine CarlsonNo Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 5:22pm

I’d love a copy! I would like a print copy if available, if not, an ebook would be fine with me. Thanks for the chance!

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21 Christie MarksNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Christieloo2
October 14, 2017 at 5:25pm

I would love a print copy – as I loved the Kindle version.

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22 Karina ThibodeauNo Gravatar
Twitter: @ThibodeauKarina
October 14, 2017 at 8:12pm

his book looks awesome. Thank you for the chance.

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23 Mary Jane H.No Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 9:27pm

Yea! Good luck to everyone.

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24 Sandy HemsherNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Sandy Hemsher
October 14, 2017 at 9:30pm

Love all Kathie series but this is my favorite!!
Kindle copy fine
Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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25 Kelly BraunNo Gravatar
Twitter: @69steelers2
October 14, 2017 at 10:23pm

Love this post… Kathi is a wonderful author- I really enjoy her books! The title on this one is really clever and I adore the cover ? Print is always the bomb diggity for me ?
Cheers~
Kelly Braun
Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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26 Penney WilfortNo Gravatar
Twitter: @PWilfort
October 14, 2017 at 11:51pm

Wonderful review thank you, I’m looking forward to this,
Penney

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27 Geraldine PiersonNo Gravatar October 14, 2017 at 11:56pm

I loved your article and I love Kathi Daley’s books. I would love to win a E-Book copy of Trick or Treason. Thank you for the chance to win.

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28 Lorraine BowenNo Gravatar October 15, 2017 at 10:21am

I have never read Daley before, this looks like a long series, which is a good sign.
raineybird at yahoo dot com

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29 Sandra BeckNo Gravatar October 15, 2017 at 10:24am

Write on you bring joy in reading to so many in your books.

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30 Rhonda GothierNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Farmgirl4747
October 15, 2017 at 12:13pm

Great article. Thanks for the chance!

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31 KaraNo Gravatar October 15, 2017 at 1:25pm

Ugh–my short term memory is really bad due to my MS, sorry. I’d love to read the Kindle version.

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32 Jennifer HansenNo Gravatar October 15, 2017 at 2:37pm

Would love to read! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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33 CarlNo Gravatar October 15, 2017 at 3:41pm

What a perfect story for this time of year. I’d love to win a print copy, thanks for the chance. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

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34 paula jacobsonNo Gravatar October 15, 2017 at 5:40pm

Paula Jacobson
I love Kathi Daley’s books. I’m currently reading The Mad Catter. If I win I would like a print copy.
jsjacobson(at)prtel(dot)com

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35 Linda MoffittNo Gravatar
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
October 15, 2017 at 9:47pm

I would love a print copy. Thanks for the chance to win.
iamabho ATgmailDOT com

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36 Kim SottungNo Gravatar October 16, 2017 at 5:38am

Would love to win! Thanks for the chance!!

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37 Nancy BurgessNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Nancyjburgess2
October 16, 2017 at 11:07am

Thanks for the chance I’d love to win.

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38 Kelly CerquaNo Gravatar October 16, 2017 at 1:57pm

Love these thanks for doing these awesome contests and keep writing!

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39 Dianne CaseyNo Gravatar October 16, 2017 at 2:17pm

Enjoy reading Kathi Daley’s books. Sounds like a great read.
diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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40 peggy claytonNo Gravatar October 16, 2017 at 7:36pm

Love reading her books they are all so good I would take pleasure in reading and posting a review or two on this! ptclayton2@aol.com

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41 Kay Garrett2No Gravatar
Twitter: @arkieclown
October 16, 2017 at 7:38pm

Thanks for the review and the chance to win a copy of Trick or Treason. Oh my to combine a great Halloween mystery, delicious recipes and a 5 star rating! This sounds like a book for me for sure.

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42 Doward WilsonNo Gravatar October 16, 2017 at 7:53pm

One of my favorite authors & series.

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43 Judy WeaverNo Gravatar October 18, 2017 at 6:43am

Love the Zoe series! All of Kathi’s books are great. jawdance@yahoo.com

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44 LynnNo Gravatar October 18, 2017 at 10:51am

Would love to try a book by Kathi Daley!

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45 Gloria BrowningNo Gravatar October 18, 2017 at 11:26pm

I like this newsletter and appreciate the giveaways, but I receive emails whenever anyone posts. It us confusing and too much. Can it be limited? If not I may have to unsubscribe.

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46 terry saundersNo Gravatar October 19, 2017 at 7:18am

I have read EVERY Kathy Daley book ever published..would be nice to receive one that she will sign..

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47 Linda MayNo Gravatar October 19, 2017 at 7:18am

I would love a chance to win this book. Thanks for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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48 terry saundersNo Gravatar October 19, 2017 at 7:19am

Have read EVERY Kathy Daley book ever published..would be nice to receive one she has signed.

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49 Laura MilburnNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Laurab21409
October 19, 2017 at 7:34am

I love Kathi Daley and all of her books. I also love that animals play a big role in them. Thank you for the chance to win!

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50 Laura WollamNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Laura Wollam
October 19, 2017 at 12:02pm

Love Kathi’s books! Thanks for the chance. Would love to win a print copy.
Laura- redtweetypie@gmail.com

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51 Kara MarksNo Gravatar October 19, 2017 at 5:11pm

I’d love to win it in the e-book. Thanks, legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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52 Tammy ReaNo Gravatar
Twitter: @Bodie28
October 21, 2017 at 6:17am

I would love a copy of this book!

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53 LorieNo Gravatar
Twitter: @mysteryrat
October 23, 2017 at 12:16pm

We have a winner!

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