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The Mother’s Day Mishap By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway


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This week we have a review of a fun new book by Kathi Daley perfect for Mother’s Day, and reviewer Kathleen shares some Mother’s Day crafts from the evermineOccasions blog. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either a print or kindle copy of The Mother’s Day Mishap, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

The Mother’s Day Mishap: A Tess and Tilly Mystery By Kathi Daley

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Tess Thomas, along with her Golden Retriever Tilly, delivers letters, packages, and gossip to a delightful group of residents in White Eagle, Montana, but along with volunteering at the local animal shelter with the local friendly veterinarian, parenting two kittens, and spending time with good friends and family, she has fallen into incidents of murder…not on purpose, it just gets delivered to her doorstep.

The Mother’s Day Mishap earns 4/5 Mysterious Messages!
mothers day mishap book coverKathi Daley’s work is always packed full of several engaging character-driven storylines, but it is her easy-to-read style and entertaining dialogue that makes it right for a page-turner weekend. There are two engaging storylines that have been weaving through the three books, but unfortunately the storyline involving her father’s death, or maybe-not-death, is here just as a footnote…I hope it will take center stage soon because it has seriously sparked my interest. Tess has also been concerned about her mother’s Italian pen-pal friendship enlisting the skills and contacts of her good friend/tech wiz to get a full background check. Originally there seemed nothing for Tess to use to abate her mother’s eagerness, but digging further has brought up some worrisome, if not murderous, “red flags.” However, the resolution seemed to fall off with details popping in from overseas. I think that this storyline just isn’t finished yet.

The main “Mishap” really pulled at the heart strings. A Mother’s Day card was inadvertently opened revealing the desire for “The Prodigal Child” to reconcile with his mother, long time resident Edna Fairchild. Sadly she passed away six months ago, and without a name or return address, Tess feels compelled to personally search for the offspring’s identity and deliver the news in person rather than sending it off to the dead letter office. It is an engaging story filled with family dysfunction, teenage bullying, and families falling out of touch, but (no spoilers) there was mention to a question in the young man’s father’s legal issue that never seemed to be resolved. I was up for a deep, dark secret mystery, so I may have thought it more important than it really was.

The best part of Kathi Daley’s work, which leads me to recommend the series, is how she gives us a deep look into her characters and their connections to each other and their fur-friends. Tess has golden retriever Tilly and two cats, Tang and Tinder, on whom she dotes with walks and swimming adventures. She also assists the handsome vet with his upcoming adoption event along with a training regiment to help make two inseparable terriers more adoptable. Relationships, friends or lovers, continue to progress raising an interesting issue: can long-time friends be more? I do suggest that newbies start with the first two books (The Christmas Letter; The Valentine Mystery) due to character development and the introduction to the two ongoing storylines.

Mix and Bake with Murder!
Members of Kathi Daley Books Recipe Exchange Group get a unique opportunity to submit original recipes to be included in one of her book series. In this book you may just have found a great entree for your Mother’s Day gathering (Italian Chicken, Chicken Tetrazzini, Chili Spaghetti Casserole), or make Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies as a treat for all the “mothers “ in your life.

Like, Visit, Join, and Follow…Oh, my!
Facebook – Kathi Daley Books
Join the Club Kathi Daley Book Club
On the Web Kathi Daley Website
Blog – Random Thoughts and Meaningless Musings

“M-O-T-H-E-R” Stands for Love
By Kathleen Costa

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Happy Mother’s Day to my mother Ina Fowler

It’s the day to celebrate all “mothers.” But how to do that ranges from a special brunch, a handmade momento, or a big family gathering. I have found a marvelous website that offers a marvelous set of DIY blogs that can’t be missed. Check out evermineOccassions website for their customized and personalized labels, invitations, stickers, etc,, or their page on Facebook -Shop Evermine.

evermineOccassions Blog–Mother’s Day Herb Planters
4/27/16 Blog—Stephanie Rose is a gardener who lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she has grown over 100 edibles, 400 perennials, and countless other plants in her small urban yard; a hobby that continues to grow with each season. Stephanie writes DIY garden projects, yummy recipes, and crafty goodness at Garden Therapy where she hopes you will find something to inspire you to get outside for a little, well, garden therapy.herb planter

evermineOccassions Blog–12 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
4/26/18 Blog—Kimberly is a designer at Evermine. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her three-year-old daughter. She enjoys coffee, exploring the northwest, and pretty stationery.
Russian Tea Cakes
4/24/16 Blog—Jeanne Williamson makes amazing Russian Teacakes, and shares her recipe for them. Package them in a box with a ribbon and a customized tag for a very special homemade treat.

Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes

To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of The Mother’s Day Mishap, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “mothers,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 12, 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.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways.

You can use this link to purchase this book from Amazon. If you have ad blocker on you may not see the link:

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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.

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Debbie Price May 5, 2018 at 9:28am

This sounds like a great Mother’s Day weekend read! Thank you for the giveaway!


2 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
May 5, 2018 at 11:12am

That book sounds so interesting I’d love to read it. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com


3 Faith Creech May 5, 2018 at 3:11pm

I love Kathi’s books. This new one of Mother’s Day looks good. Love the cover. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

faithdcreech at gmail dot com


4 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
May 5, 2018 at 4:21pm

thanks. Print copy please.
kckendler at gmail dot com


5 Judy Weaver May 5, 2018 at 6:09pm

Love Kathi’s books. I would like a kindle copy if I’m lucky enough to win. jawdance@yahoo.com


6 Becky Richardson May 6, 2018 at 12:36am

I would love to read this! And I would love a print book.


7 DOWARD WILSON May 6, 2018 at 12:21pm

Thanks for the chance to win a print copy of this great series & book.


8 Carl May 6, 2018 at 1:42pm

The perfect book for the season as usual. I’d love to win a print copy, thanks for the chance. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


9 Marilyn
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
May 6, 2018 at 4:51pm

I like Kathi Daley’s Books…you are right she is very engaged with her characters. Thank you for the chance and an ebook would be great should I be lucky enough to win…
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


10 Jill Broussard May 6, 2018 at 8:08pm

I’d love to read to read the Kindle version. Thankyou for the review and opportunity! minishoes(at)msn(dot)com


11 Jeannie Huffman May 6, 2018 at 8:13pm

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


12 Jerry Pierson May 6, 2018 at 8:14pm

My husband and I love Kathi Daley’s books. Thank you for the chance to win an E-Book copy of The Mother’s Day Mishap.


13 Emma S. May 6, 2018 at 9:01pm

I would absolutely love to win a print copy of The Mother’s Day Mishap.This book sounds wonderful.Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a good week.


14 Jess D May 7, 2018 at 3:41am

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


15 Betsy Lewerenz May 7, 2018 at 4:59am

Thanks. I love her books.


16 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
May 7, 2018 at 5:04am

This would make a great read. I enjoy Kathi’s books very much. Thank you for chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com


17 Debra Woloson May 7, 2018 at 5:33am

Thanks for the great review and giveaway! I would love to win a print copy of The Mother’s Day Mishap. Thanks again.


18 Sandy Hemsher
Twitter: @Sandy Hemsher
May 7, 2018 at 8:18am

I have never found a ” Kathi” book I didn’t love!!!!! Look forward to this one!!!! Ebook.


19 Dianne B May 7, 2018 at 8:50am

What a great giveaway for Mother’s Day! And such a plot, Tess trying to find the sender of a Mother’s Day card meant for some one who is now deceased. I would prefer a print copy please.


20 Sharon Braswell
Twitter: @SharonBraswell1
May 7, 2018 at 12:25pm

Love Tess, Tilly, the characters, the town and the storylines in this series and I’m looking forward to learning more about Tess’s Mothers pen pal and the father issue too. Another wonderful series from Kathi Daley!! The recipes from the book sound yummy as do those Russian Tea Cakes from the Evermine Blog. Thanks for the heads up on The DIY Blogs, good to know info. Love that Mother’s Day Herb Planter project for a gift!! Thanks as always Kathleen for a good and honest review and Happy Mother’s Day to you and your Mom!
I would Love a Kindle copy! oh_bother88@hotmail.com


21 johnna smith
Twitter: @johnnabooks135
May 7, 2018 at 12:47pm

I would love to win a print copy of this title! love Kathi’s books!



22 sally May 8, 2018 at 6:02am

I am looking forward to reading this one. I can’t wait to find out more of the ongoing storylines. kindle copy is fine with me. nerdsrgood@msn.com


23 Linda May May 8, 2018 at 11:09am

This books looks like a wonderful read, Thanks for all your generosity.


24 Linda May May 8, 2018 at 11:10am

I forgot to put in my email address & if I win I would love a print copy. lindamay4852@yahoo.com


25 Michele Hayes May 8, 2018 at 1:23pm

I love Kathi’s books, thanks for the chance to win.


26 Linda Moffitt
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
May 8, 2018 at 4:00pm

I would love to win a print copy
Thank you for the chance
iamabho AT gmail DOT com


27 Lynn May 9, 2018 at 9:59am

They ALL look very interesting, thanks for offering to us!


28 Antonette Nyman
Twitter: @antonette_nyman
May 9, 2018 at 10:26am

Love Kathi’s books and would like to read this one. I prefer the book in print.


29 Renee Collins
Twitter: @DrReneeCCo
May 9, 2018 at 11:05am

I love Kathi Daley books and would love to win a print copy….and just in case I am the lucky one…my IP address today says I’m in EU….because I am! But my home is in York County PA! Have a wonderful day…I truly miss Californiai was born and raised there…


30 Anita May 9, 2018 at 11:46am

Sounds like a good read!


31 Kelly Braun
Twitter: @69steelers2
May 9, 2018 at 12:53pm

Wow… what an incredible post! I love Kathi Daley’s books- she’s a fantastic writer 🙂 (Print would be da bomb diggity!)
Kelly Braun


32 Deborah Lavery
Twitter: @#deborah56lavery gmail. Com
May 9, 2018 at 1:49pm

I love all you books.A Mother’s Day book would be special. Happy Mother’s Day to all


33 peggy clayton May 10, 2018 at 10:25am

I love all her books and this book would be so special as my kids are in Ca and I am in Ia. I am hoping to hear from them. This Mothers Day I hope all Mothers hear from their kids “Happy Mothers Day” by calling or getting this book and seeing their mother !


34 peggy clayton May 10, 2018 at 10:25am

I love all her books and this book would be so special as my kids are in Ca and I am in Ia. I am hoping to hear from them. This Mothers Day I hope all Mothers hear from their kids “Happy Mothers Day” by calling or getting this book and seeing their mother !ptclayton2@aol.com


35 Dianne Casey May 11, 2018 at 2:53pm

Would really like to read a print copy of “The Mother’s Day Mishap”. Enjoy Kathy Daley’s books.


36 Sandy Lipinski
Twitter: @Sandy
May 11, 2018 at 4:28pm

Happy Mothers Day!


37 Annette N May 13, 2018 at 2:32pm

A terrific post. Thanks so much –


38 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
May 21, 2018 at 10:54am

We have a winner!


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