Hippity Hoppity Homicide By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

Mar 31, 2018 | 2018 Articles, Food Fun, Kathleen Costa, Mysteryrat'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 Hippity Hoppity Homicide, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Friends, Family, and Felonies!
First published in September 2013 with very clever alliterative titles, Kathi Daley’s Zoe Donovan Mystery series has become one of her most popular with fans and newbies rating her twenty-eight books an average of 4.75 stars. Although set primarily in Ashton Falls, we are treated with visits to Hawaii, Ireland, and Alaska; all are delightful and clever. Zoe Donovan has grown, partnered to raise two pre-teens, married to produce her own alliteration (Zoe Zimmerman), and now is a mother of a little girl, but through realistic life’s changes in which many have invested interest, she has maintained a strong sense of family, friendship, and loyalty. She has improved her amateur detective skill, but collaborates with, not circumvents, law enforcement. Newbies can jump in at any point and enjoy the adventure, even though life goes on in Ashton Falls, background and character connections are often revisited. It’s all fun with a sprinkle of felonies!

bookThirty minutes ago doesn’t seem like a lot of time passed, but in that amount of time one friend is dead and one husband is missing. Zoe has been brought to a grisly crime scene relieved somewhat that her husband appears to be alive, kidnapped, but she and only she is directed to call the number on the paper using the burner phone both found lodged in the dead man’s bloody hand. She holds her breath, checks her emotions, and dials. “Welcome to the Sleuthing Game…,” said a deep computer-generated voice. Zoe learns from the cryptic message that she is required to complete eight puzzles in an allotted amount of time, “No cops!” Fail, and it would mean the death of her husband. Zoe has taken the challenge although the killer is in charge tauntingly, and revealing an intricately prepared contest of wits and physical endurance…but is that all it is?

Wow! Finished in one sitting…I am drained! Kathi Daley outdid herself with this roller coaster race in the twenty-eighth book. Although the first message said “No cops,” Zoe enlisted friends and family in her efforts to decipher the puzzles, so fans of many of the supporting characters will be pleased. Zoe’s teenage charge Alex and schoolmates play an active role due to their computer skills, Phyllis and Harriet join in with key information, and Shredder (from Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery series) uses experience and contacts best left undefined; this all facilitates the nail-biting drama… Hurry, time is running out! The twisty and turny drama is softened a bit as we follow the plans and preparations for their Easter celebration, everyday responsibilities of managing teenagers and dogs, and Zoe reminiscing about her life with Zak. This series is marvelous, providing a very realistic adventure, and this book is one of Kathi Daley’s best!

Hippity Hoppity Homicide earns 5/5 Puzzling Clues…Murderously Fun!

Be a Big Kathi Daley Fan!
Kathi Daley loves to include in several of her books easy-to-follow recipes submitted by her long-time fans, especially her Zoe Donovan Mystery, Whales & Tails Cozy Mystery, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery. She also collected many of the early recipes into a delightful holiday cookbook for Zoe Donovan fans, Ashton Falls Cozy Cookbook. In Hippity Hoppity Homicide, we have four marvelous recipes best for anyone’s final Easter course, bridal and baby showers, potlucks, book clubs, or afternoon teas.
Baked Fruit Pie, a tasty way to use Ritz crackers.
Peanut Butter Chess Pie, can’t go wrong with peanut butter.
No Name Cake, the name is delicious!
Lemon Tea Cookies, serve up with a pot of Earl Gray.

Like, Visit, Join, and Follow…Oh, my!
Facebook – Kathi Daley Books
Join the Club Kathi Daley Book Club
On the Web Kathi Daley Website
Join the Group Kathi Daley Books Recipe Exchange

Easter Ideas
Holiday ideas come from all directions, and online is an excellent resource like evermineOccasions Blogs – Unique DIY Ideas for Every Occasion. Rachel Beyer, an artist, designer and creative maker based in Portland, Oregon, offers some delightful ideas, and although set for Easter, they can be changed to fit any celebration.

evermine Blog – Mini Easter Terrariums

evermine Blog – Easter Ideas Spring Recipes

To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Hippity Hoppity Homicide, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “hippity,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 7, 2018. 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.

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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.


  1. I would love to win a print copy of the book. This post was very informative and I like the Easter ideas you included. Thumbs UP!
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  2. I would love to win a copy of this book 🙂 Happy Easter!!! Print preferred but I would appreciate either one 🙂 Thank you for the chance!!!

  3. Thanks for the chance to win! I would love a print copy of this book. It’s high on my TBR pile.

  4. Hippity print, please!!! Thank you!

  5. Love this series. Thanks.

  6. I would love to read this from Kathi she is one of a few that I make sure that I read all the print books as she is such a dependable author! ptclayton2@aol.com peggy clayton

    • Thank you for giveaway! Ebook would be fine!!!

  7. I’d love to win a print copy. I always enjoy Kathi’s books.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  8. I would love to win a Kindle version of Kathi Daley’s book. Reading this makes me so happy that Easter is tomorrow.

  9. I love Zoe and Zak and would love to read this latest adventure. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. I love her books & this one is no exception. I would love a print copy if I win. Thanks for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

  11. Thanks for. Chance at this book! It looks so good and I just love the cover! It is so cute!

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  12. I love this series! Thanks for the chance to win this one! Print, please.

  13. I’d love to win a print copy of this book! Great article!

  14. I would love a print copy. I hope you have a nice Easter.

  15. Solving puzzles should make this a really fun book to read. The cover is amazing. I’d love to have a print copy. Thankyou for the opportunity!

  16. Fun! Love the ideas for Easter. Would love a print copy of this book. Thanks. (jbas50058@gmail.com)

  17. Not entering–will buy Kathi’s book, but just wanted to say what a sparkling, fun review, Kathleen.

  18. Hi Kathleen and Kathi! Love the cover of this book and would love to win a paperback copy!!! Happy Spring to both of you!!

  19. This book looks good! Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. Love the title and the cover. Would love to win a print copy of this book.

  21. I would love to win an E-book copy. Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

  22. Great review! Would love a copy of this!

    • Print copy

  23. I’m hooked on the Zoe Donovan series and would love to win this book! Thank you for doing the giveaway!

  24. Love this author’s different fun titles and series. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this title and for the craft ideas!


  25. I would like to win a print copy of this book.

  26. This one really looks like a winner! Would love to get a copy!

  27. Would love to read a print copy of “Hippity Hpppity Homicide”. Love Kathi Daley’s books.

  28. We have a winner!


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