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!
Thirty 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.
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.
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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