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A Winter’s Tail By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

IN THE February 25 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,

by Kathleen Costa

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

The worst feeling in the world is being helpless when a friend is in trouble. Caitlyn Hart sees the car her best friend, Tara, is in veer off the road to avoid an oncoming car and plunge down a ravine. EMTs arrive to rescue her from the car, but she’s lost a lot of blood, and Tanner, the driver of the car? Dead at the scene. Doctors say Tara needs a blood transfusion, but her rare blood type makes that a difficult task. Stepping outside of the hospital to call Cody, her boyfriend, a white fluffy cat saunters up and curls around her legs. Is this another one of Tansy’s magical cats come to help? Caitlyn, relieved that Tara is improving, takes the cat home wondering what insights the cat will provide. “His name is Moirai,” says Tansy. “He holds the key to the answers you seek.”

bookCaitlyn and her friends have done well before uncovering motive and the killer, but when your friend could have been a victim, it puts the group on high alert and full investigation mode. However, their usual techniques are turned covert when Finn, Caitlyn’s soon-to-be brother-in-law and Madrona Island deputy, is concerned about the sheriff bringing in another deputy to head up the investigation. He warns the team to keep their probes well under the radar. Steered to Tanner’s home by the ‘meowings’ of Caitlyn’s new cat, she discovers a list—a list of five names—and a tackle box. Their undercover investigations lead them to discover Tanner’s recent story turns out to be riddled with inaccuracies, other accidents occur with seemingly the same MO, and a secret AA meeting is discovered in an abandoned storefront. A big storm on the horizon could hinder their abilities to uncover the truth and a killer could go free.

This is the eleventh book in the Whales and Tails Mystery series, and it sure starts off with a “crash, boom, bang!” We are again taken on a very entertaining journey beginning to end, and Kathi Daley’s signature clever mystery weaves in and out of suspects and scenarios leaving you on the edge of your comfy chair. This installment revisits some secrets first disclosed in Grimm’s Furry Tail (2015), A Tale of Two Tabbies (2016), and The Cat of Christmas Present (2016). But, newbies fear not, there is enough information to bring you up to speed and enjoyment just like long-time fans. We are once again treated to the methodical investigation, interactions between family and friends, continued romance between Cait and Cody, and the appearance of another cat. The so-dubbed ‘magical’ cat is an odd occurrence, yes, but strangely, it doesn’t seem out-of-place. I highly recommend this book, as well as the whole series.

Once again Kathi and her “Kathi Daley Books Recipe Exchange” Group have put together a delicious set of casserole recipes that anyone would find perfect for that Sunday family gathering or your contribution to the book club potluck lunch. We have Ground Beef Stroganoff, Scalloped Ham and Potato Casserole, Chicken and Rice, Chicken Tortilla Casserole, Breakfast Casserole, Hunter’s Stew, Beef à la Flo, and a Taste of Mexico Chicken Casserole. Let’s eat!

A Winter’s Tail earns 5/5 White and Fluffy Soothsayers with a bowl of Hunter’s Stew!

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To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of A Winter’s Tail, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “tail,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen March 4, 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.

{ 60 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sally February 25, 2017 at 8:57am

Thanks for the blog and a chance to win. I would love print. nerdsrgood AT msn DOT com


2 Debbie sherwood
Twitter: @debbiesherwood8
February 25, 2017 at 8:58am

I would love to win thank you for the chance


3 Amanda B. February 25, 2017 at 9:17am

I would love to win a print copy of this book! Thanks for the review and the contest! 2boys4me (at) gmail (dot) com


4 Alisha Collins February 25, 2017 at 9:34am

Thank you so much for the chance!!! Loved the blog post and the chance!


5 Sue C February 25, 2017 at 9:54am

Thanks for the chance.


6 Deana Dick February 25, 2017 at 10:45am

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


7 peggy clayton February 25, 2017 at 11:01am

Wow this is another of Kathis books that sounds so good I am severely disabled and would love to read a print book and that is the only way i can read as fingers deformed ! Thanks for doing this book and the giveaway. ptclayton2@aol.com


8 Lynn February 25, 2017 at 11:03am

Sounds like a good read, thanks for offering to us! : )


9 Jane Werthmann
Twitter: @jwerth22
February 25, 2017 at 11:11am

thanks for the chance I love all Kathi’s books


10 Becky Richardson February 25, 2017 at 11:12am

I would love to win a print copy!


11 Linda May February 25, 2017 at 11:27am

I would love a chance to win a print copy of Kathi Daley’s book. I have been a big fan of hers for awhile & this book looks like another great read. Thanks for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com


12 Marlene Ezell February 25, 2017 at 11:30am

I would love to win a print copy. Kathi writes amazing books.


13 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
February 25, 2017 at 12:32pm

Thank you for this chance to win. I would love a hard copy. pgenest57@aol{dot}com


14 Helen Kozmiuk February 25, 2017 at 1:09pm

I would love to win a Kindle copy of this book


15 Judy Tucker February 25, 2017 at 2:18pm

Thanks for the chance. Love learning about these great reads


16 Michele Hayes February 25, 2017 at 3:30pm

I love Kathi Daley and would love to win a print copy of her book. Thanks for the chance.
(mybeach52 at yahoo dot com)


17 Christi King February 25, 2017 at 4:21pm

I would love to win a print copy of this book. Thanks for the chance. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com


18 JoAn V. February 25, 2017 at 4:22pm

This is my favorite Kathi Daley series. I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the giveaway. jmvarner50@hotmail.com


19 Susan S. February 25, 2017 at 4:53pm

Would love to win a Kindle copy. Thanks for the chance to win. sable677 at yahoo dot com


20 Debra Woloson February 25, 2017 at 5:58pm

Thank you for the great review and giveaway. I would love to have a print copy of this book. daw655@hotmail.com


21 Marlene Ezell February 25, 2017 at 6:17pm

What a great giveaway. I love Kathi Daley’s books.


22 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
February 25, 2017 at 9:39pm

Awesome giveaway, thanks for the chance!


23 Marie Roberts February 25, 2017 at 10:13pm

Enjoyed the blog post. Love Kathi’s books!
Thank you for the chance to win “A Winter’s Tail”. I prefer a paperback book if I am lucky. 🙂


24 Terell February 26, 2017 at 10:12am

Sounds like a fun book! Great sounding recipes. Paper book.


25 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
February 26, 2017 at 10:23am

Thanks for the blog and a chance to win. I would love print copy.
kckendler at gmail dot com


26 Sandy
Twitter: @Sandy Hemsher
February 26, 2017 at 12:49pm

What a great giveaway!!! Love Kathi’s books!!


27 Sandy
Twitter: @Sandy Hemsher
February 26, 2017 at 12:50pm

Sorry. Forgot ebook


28 Jess D February 27, 2017 at 3:36am

Kathi’s stories are the best! Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com


29 Karen B February 27, 2017 at 3:50am

Book and recipes sound great! I’d love a print copy if I should win.



30 Doward Wilson February 27, 2017 at 8:02am

I would love a print copy. Thanks for the giveaway.


31 johnna smith
Twitter: @johnnabooks135
February 27, 2017 at 11:59am

Would love to win a copy of this title. Thank you for the chance!!

Would love a print copy!



32 SHELLEY S March 1, 2017 at 9:03am



33 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
March 1, 2017 at 9:31am

One of my favorite authors. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Print please if I win.


34 Kelly Braun
Twitter: @69steelers2
March 1, 2017 at 9:42am

Kathi Daley is Da bomb diggity! Great review & Thank You for the opportunity to win the book!


35 Kelly Braun
Twitter: @69steelers2
March 1, 2017 at 9:43am

Kathi Daley is Da bomb diggity! Great review & Thank You for the opportunity to win the book!
Kelly Braun


36 Barbara Summey March 1, 2017 at 9:43am

thanks for a chance to win


37 Kathleen Walsh
Twitter: @quackers50
March 1, 2017 at 9:59am

I would like a print copy.


38 Debbie sherwood
Twitter: @debbiesherwood8
March 1, 2017 at 10:05am

I would love a print copy of your book I love them all new address 475 bland rd clinton Tennessee 37716 debbiesherwood50@gmail.com


39 Cindy March 1, 2017 at 10:19am

Would love to win this? Thank you for the giveaway ?


40 Linda Kleback March 1, 2017 at 10:49am

Thanks for the chance to win! lkleback@hotmail.com


41 Betsy Lewerenz
Twitter: @betsylewerenz
March 1, 2017 at 11:13am

I would love to win. Love all Kathi’s books. Thanks.


42 Jane Geiger March 1, 2017 at 12:41pm

I love Kathi’s books! ? I’d love to win a print copy, thanks for the chance.


43 Kim Templeton
Twitter: @musiqmom
March 1, 2017 at 1:22pm

Would love to win a kindle copy of this book. Thanks for the chance. musiqmom@yahoo.com


44 Deb March 1, 2017 at 6:02pm

I would love to win one. I think your books are grrrrrrrt!!?


45 Brittany Abbott
Twitter: @ilovefinnegan
March 1, 2017 at 6:44pm

I haven’t read any of this series but I would love to.


46 Ola Norman March 1, 2017 at 7:06pm

Love the cover of this book. Would love to read.


47 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @Nora-Adrienne
March 2, 2017 at 6:39am

I love “Magical Cat” stories. If I’m your lucky winner I’d prefer a print copy.
A recent post from Nora-Adrienne: Another month gone, so here are the March Releases for your viewing pleasure.My Profile


48 Terri Rinko March 2, 2017 at 8:07am

Love to read this book; thanks for the opportunity to win a copy! Gorgeous cover!


49 Sandra S. March 2, 2017 at 10:19am

I fell in love with the cover! I’m a cold weather person so I really can appreciate what it took to design it. Thank you for the chance.


50 Kristin Rouhselang March 2, 2017 at 10:50am

This is a new series for me. Would love to win ?


51 Silva Presler March 2, 2017 at 11:01am

Having read some of the previous Whale and Tails books, I look forward to reading this one too…


52 Iva Bbarger March 2, 2017 at 12:59pm

Read Winter’s tail great book. If you haven’t started the series I highly recommend this and the Authors others. Thank you Kathi.


53 Dianne Casey March 2, 2017 at 1:12pm

Love Kathi Daley’s books! Would like to read “A Winter’s Tail”. Thanks for the chance.


54 Pat Pinkston March 2, 2017 at 1:32pm

Looking forward to reading A Winter’s Tale. I love all of Kathi’s books. patwalkerp@gmail.com


55 Sharon Braswell
Twitter: @SharonBraswell1
March 2, 2017 at 4:05pm

This series started me on my first ever Kathi Daley book read and each new entry never fails to disappoint. Sounds like another page turner to me and thank goodness Tara is going to be OK! I would love to hold a print copy in my hand and to have another cover collection. Great review, you even mentioned the recipes too! Thank you!! 🙂


56 Lizz
Twitter: @Lizzdmc
March 2, 2017 at 9:12pm

I would love a Print book!


57 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
March 3, 2017 at 11:44am

Sounds really good and I love books that start off fast..thank you for the review…ebook for me please..
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


58 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
March 14, 2017 at 11:16am

We have a winner!


59 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
April 3, 2017 at 1:57am

It sounds really interesting! I must read it soon! Love recipes too. Print please thank you for the chance!


60 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
April 3, 2017 at 1:57am

It sounds really interesting! I must read it soon! Love recipes too. Print please thank you for the chance!


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