Farewell to Felines By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

Apr 7, 2018 | 2018 Articles, Kathleen Costa, Mysteryrat's Maze, Pets

by Kathleen Costa

This week we have a review of a fun new book by Kathi Daley, and a fun little extra bit about some homemade treats for your cats from the evermineOccasions blog. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Farewell to Felines, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Caitlin, Cats, and Curious Conundrums!
First published in January 2015 with Romeow and Juliet, Kathi Daley’s Whales and Tails Mystery series has garnered a huge fan base receiving an average of 4.55 stars for her fifteen books. Her delightful stories are set on the fictional Madrona Island off the coast of Washington State and treat us to clever cozy mysteries with a twist. Caitlin Hart helps out at the Harthaven Cat Sanctuary, and with her BFF/partner Tara, she manages the popular coffee bar/bookstore/cat lounge Coffee Cat Books. But, it’s the murder and mayhem, often close to home, that tends to grab her attention. Along with a rich group of friends and family, she gets some unique assistance from a variety of cats. Magical? That’s what some say, but it works…no juvenile hocus-pocus. Whatever feline pops into her life, they tend to be very important for focus and direction. Although life has evolved and relationships have become more serious, newbies can start the series at any point. It is a fun and engaging cozy!Farewell to Felines book cover

They’re gone…the cats are a special part of Madrona Island. They live in the hollow and are thought to be magical, and Caitlin is thought to be their guardian. They come to her when trouble (i.e. murder) needs her attention. Hiking through the hollow Caitlin and Tansy, thought to be a witch herself, sense the cats are leaving and neither understand why. They do sense the balance in which they live seems broken. However, a brown cat with bright eyes and pointy ears appears. Tansy says “Apollo” is here to help Caitlin with another pressing issue…someone has died. The suspects and motives begin to pile up. Jealousy? Anger? Payback? The cat just might hold the key…“Meoooow!”

Another excellent book from Kathi Daley, engaging and entertaining. Yes, the cats that pop up (my favorite part) seem odd, but it works well and provides a clever literary vehicle to explain how the characters come upon the dead body, clues, and evidence. More realistic is the way the friends and family work together with their “murder board” showing critical thinking in action. Kathi writes even the mundane use of brainstorming as an engaging way to spread out all the suspects with motive, opportunity, and means. From there the characters engage the suspects in conversation (formal or informal), peruse reports and documents, and collaborate with law enforcement (well, of course, he’s Cait’s brother-in-law). All this, a major storm, and, spiced with a unique intuition, includes developing or evolving relationships (no spoilers…there have been fifteen books): Cait and now fiancé Cody, sister Siobhán’s pregnancy and husband/deputy Finn, Cait’s mother’s upcoming marriage to a defrocked priest, BFF Tara’s relationship with birth mother/Sister Mary, brothers, sisters, and a town full of characters all entwine to make for a very entertaining experience…a big fan favorite!

Farewell to Felines earns 5/5 Mysterious Feline Sidekicks!

Mix with Murder and Bake!
Several of Kathi Daley’s books are known to include easy-to-follow recipes for tasty treats submitted by her fans. Joining her recipe exchange group and submitting a personally created recipe could put you in a book. In “Farewell to Felines” we have four treats perfect for a Mother’s Day tea, book club, or potluck office gathering: Cranberry Salad…fruit, fruit, and J-E-L-L-O! Crab Nachos…crab? Yes, please. Cherry Cream O Cheese Pie…aka “Cheater Cheesecake” Open-faced Apple or Plum Cake…let them eat…cake! Enjoy!

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

treatsHomemade Treats for Your Fur-Friend — Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats
By Rachel Beyer
Our fur-friends are also an important member of our families, and therefore we want the best for them and healthy treats are one way to provide that. At a popular web spot, evermineOccasions, are some “Unique DIY Ideas for Every Occasion.” Rachel Beyer, an artist, designer, and creative maker based in Portland, Oregon, loves crafting, party planning, and illustration. She runs her own creative blog, Adventures In Making, and also has a line of greeting cards, art prints, and handmade goodies called Camp Smartypants. Check out her delightful blog that provides a marvelous easy-to-follow recipe for Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats.

evermineOccasions Rachel’s Blog – Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats (3/23/15)

To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Farewell to Felines, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “felines,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen April 14, 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 very much like to win a copy of Farewell to Felines. This is probably my favorite series of Ms Daley’s. the cats wind up with such cute personalities you want them all! I would like the print copy please.

    Antonette Nyman
    725 Hickory Lane
    Carol Stream, IL 60188


  2. I would love to read this book.

  3. I love Kathi Daley’s books. They are fun to read.
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  4. I love Kathy Daley’s books as well as any cozy that includes cats and/or dogs! I am in UK at the moment, but my home address is: 421 North Main Street, Red Lion, PA 17356. I would love to win, be it kindle or hard copy. I’m not picky…my son takes in my mail for me until I am home!

  5. I’d love to read this. I’m a cat lover and always enjoy mysteries where cats are part of the storyline. I’d prefer a print copy if I won.

  6. I love this series by Kathi Daley. A lovely cover too. Thank you so much for this chance. If I am lucky, I would like a Print copy. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  7. I would love a print copy

  8. It would be so nice to win a print copy of this book. Thanks so much for the chance and the recipe for the cat treats. Even though I don’t have cats, I know that my dogs would like these treats also.

  9. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. This is one of my favorite series by Kathi Daley. I enjoy the northwest setting on an island and that little touch of magic that is found in each mystery.

  11. I would LOVE a Print copy Thanks for the chance
    iamabho AT gmail DoT CoM

  12. Would love to read this. Thank-you for the article & the chance.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  13. I have a house full of felines. They keep me entertained, so I can only imagine how entertaining this book will be. Thanks for having these giveaways. Love them! If I am lucky enough to win, I would like the Kindle edition.

  14. As the mama to a delightful feline trio, I’d love to win this. Thankd for the opportunity. And the headsup for crunchy tuna treats. My girls will love them! ?

  15. I always enjoy Kathi’s books. I would love to read this one on my Kindle. Thankyou for the opportunity. minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

  16. I would love this book!

  17. I like this series and would love to win a print copy.
    sgiden@ verizon(.)net

  18. We’re always pleased to see a new mystery from Kathi Daley. Please enter my name in the draw to win a print copy. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  19. I love this author and her books. I would love to win a Print copy.

  20. Thank you for the chance. I would love to receive a print book. lamonicaks (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. I would very much like a print copy of this wonderful book. It sounds like so much fun to read. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

  22. This is another amazing book that I would love to read, Thanks for this very generous chance. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

  23. I would love to win a print copy.

  24. I would love to win a print copy of this title. I’m glad to see cat treat recipes as I always see dog treat recipes but not cat. thank you for the chance


  25. This sounds like a fun book! I like how many cozy mysteries also include recipes.

  26. This is my favorite series by Kathi! Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. I really like reading Kathi Daley’s books. I would like to have a print copy of “Farewell to Felines”.

  28. Thanks for the chance to win a print copy.
    Love homemade recipes for animals. Love
    the cover.?????

  29. Love all Kathi’s books! Thanks for the chance!

  30. I would love to win a print copy of this book. Thanks for the chance.

  31. I enjoy books by this author! Thanks for offering this chance to win one of her paperbacks! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  32. We have a winner!


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