Murder at Waters Edge By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

Jun 3, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Kathy Eide Casas, 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 Murder at Waters Edge, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Kailani Pope, ‘Lani’ to everyone except her paternal grandmother, is known for doing whatever is necessary to help a friend. So, when Bethany Halderman called and said her sister Cammy’s accident wasn’t an accident, Lani is there to help her friend find the truth. Cammy Halderman was competing in the Amazing Brains and Brawn Race when she was found dead at the bottom of a cliff. The contest had narrowed down to ten teams hacking computers to discover clues (Brains) leading to destinations requiring physical fitness (Brawn) to win a grand prize of one million dollars. Could that be the motive for murder? Or did Cammy happen upon something more sinister?

bookLani agrees to go undercover and act as Cammy’s replacement and as for her ‘Brains’ partner, she invites new friend, Zak Zimmerman, computer wizard extraordinaire. With seemingly casual rules about outside assistance, Zoe and Lani’s boyfriend, Luke, are added as perfect investigative partners. The contest continues and Lani and her team are off hacking clues and exploring the island of Maui, its history, and its culture. Suspicious boil over and it is not lost on any of them that the stakes are high and with Cammy being a casualty, others are also at risk. The land of Aloha is turning into the land of murder.

For me it’s an exciting ‘two-fer.’ This is the sixth book in a favorite series, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery, which adds characters from my other favorite Zoe Donovan series as a follow-up crossover event. If you enjoy this crossover between these two series, check out Easter Escapade when Lani and Luke first meet Zoe and Zak in Ashton Falls. Zoe and Lani work well together learning they have a lot in common, topped off by an aptitude for investigating murder.

In Murder at Waters Edge Kathi Daley continues to take us on a delightful journey with her characters as they share camaraderie, collaboration and ‘canoodling.’ The mystery could be the best yet, and adding to Kathi’s signature suspense is an exciting race around the island of Maui. I love Maui, a favorite destination for my family, so some of my favorite parts were those times Lani explained about Maui history, culture and sites I, too, have visited.

Fans will be thrilled with this engaging mystery and newbies will not feel out of touch because there is enough to make it a standalone story. Although if you are the kind of reader who enjoys experiencing the development of characters and subtle changes in relationships, you’ll love starting with the first book, “Murder at Dolphin Bay.” Each of the six books are 225 pages, give or take, so easily finished over a quiet weekend. I guarantee you will love the islands…Kathi Daley style!

Along with giving us a delightful story, Kathi Daley also gives a wide variety of delicious treats. This set of easy-to-follow recipes were provided by her fans and members of her online recipe exchange: Mauna Loa’s Brandy Slush, Swedish Nut Cake, Chocolate Mud Pie, and Butter Pecan Cake…and you thought you had nothing to serve at the book club!

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To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Murder at Waters Edge, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “first,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 10, 2017. 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’d love to read this book!!

    In paperback.
    Kelli Jo Calvert
    PO Box 202
    Hurst, IL 62949

  2. Love Kathi’s books & this one looks like no exception, I would love a chance to win this book. Thanks for your generosity.

  3. Thank you for the review and giveaway. I love Kathi’s books. Yes I have most of them and have read most of her series also, but I can tell you she is one of my most favorite authors, but love all I have read pretty equally.
    Guess you could say like my kids, depends when you ask me. Lol
    Would love to read it in paperback form.
    Debra Woloson
    11300 Regency Green Dr.
    Apt #911
    Cypress, Texas 77429

  4. Haven’t started this series eventhough I have two of them. Print please.

    kckendler at gmail dot com

  5. Would love this

  6. Great review! I haven’t read this one yet but I love Kathi Daley books! Print please.

  7. Can’t wait to read this one! If I win, a paperback would be great. 🙂 2boys4me (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Making me hungry and sounds like good reading! Thanks for a chance to win!

  9. I would love to win a hard copy of this book to add to my collection of Kathi Daley cozy mysteries! Thank you!

  10. It’s fun to win books you know you’ll love.

  11. Love the idea of brains + brawn! Great review.

  12. I’d love to have another title by Kathi Daley, thanks for the chance to win it. A print copy would be best for me, crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  13. Sounds like another winner from Kathi. I would love to win a print copy.

  14. Anxious to start reading this one. Kathi’s books are really great! I would recommend them to all??

  15. I love love love Kathi Daley. She’s one of my all time favorite Authors.
    I would love a paperback book please. Thank you for the chance to win.

  16. Love this author & series. I would love to win a print copy!

  17. I would love to win this book in print! Thank you

  18. I just love her books in print and would love to read and review on goodreads and amazon!

  19. I would love this book. I’m a big cozy mystery fan. Thank you for the chance to win a Kathy Daley book.

  20. I just finished Murder at Dolphin Bay, my first Kathy Daley book. Looking forward to reading more of this exciting series. I would like to read a Kimble version of Murder at Water’s Edge.

  21. Love the storyline and the whole contest concept! Plus another crossover with Lani, Luke, Zak, and Zoe. What fun! I’m equally excited about the recipes too. What book club or any gathering wouldn’t want to try, Mauna Loa’s Brandy Slush, Swedish Nut Cake, Chocolate Mud Pie, and Butter Pecan Cake! Love Kathi Daley and her books!! They never disappoint!! Thank you, Kathleen Costa, for as always the good review and Kathi Daley too!!

  22. I really enjoy Kathi Daley’s books. Would love to read “Murder at Waters Edge”.

  23. I love her books and can’t wait to read this one. Print please.

  24. This is a new to me series but having been to Hawaii, I would enjoy this mystery set in such a beautiful place. If a winner, I’d prefer a print copy.

  25. Thank you for the opportunity.

  26. We have a winner!


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