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

May 5, 2018 | 2018 Articles, Kathleen Costa, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Costa

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

kathleen and mom

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.

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

  2. 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

  3. thanks. Print copy please.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  4. Love Kathi’s books. I would like a kindle copy if I’m lucky enough to win.

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

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

  7. 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

  8. 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…

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

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


  20. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  26. 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…

  27. Sounds like a good read!

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

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

  30. 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 !

  31. 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 !

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

  33. Happy Mothers Day!

  34. A terrific post. Thanks so much –

  35. We have a winner!


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