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Answers in the Attic The Inn at Holiday Bay By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway


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by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of Answers in the Attic, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

The Inn at Holiday Bay
Renovations at the inn are going well and nearing completion, and discovering boxes, letters, and messages have only added to the inn’s mystique. Abby Sullivan’s fresh start, after a horrific personal tragedy, has led her to Maine; she purchased the old Victorian-style house built by Chamberlain Westminster for his wife and is excited about turning it into a B&B worthy as a premier destination. She hired Georgia Carter as the Inn’s manager, now a good friend, and has continued to enjoy all of her new friendships and surrogate family. She’s even been adopted by Rufus the cat.

mysteryAnswers in the Attic earns 5/5 Family Trees…Engaging and Entertaining!
Abby and Georgia plan to tackle the chore of cleaning out the attic at the inn, but are delightfully distracted by a curious stranger. Trish Roswell is extremely keen on researching her family’s ancestry which has led her to the mansion and Holiday Bay. Her great- great- grandmother was sister to Abagail Westminster, the woman for whom Abby’s house was built. Finding Abagail’s family home and the Chesterton cemetery whets everyone’s appetite to discover more. However, it’s the remains found in a shallow grave with wounds similar to an incident from three years back that is the most compelling. A neighbor had at the time reported having seen a murder, a husband killing his wife, but no evidence, no body, seemingly solid alibis, and the victim just video-chatted with the investigating officer. Sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock film! Love it!

Engaging! In this fourth book, “family” seems to be the main theme: from ancestral revelations to contemporary disfunction, from new Maine family/friends to a reunion with blood relations. Using a first-person narrative from Abby’s perspective, Kathi Daley entwines much of the everyday life in Holiday Bay with endearing friendships, budding and rekindled romances, holiday festivities, and the grand opening plans, but it’s the investigations, mysteries, and a cold case that fascinated me the most. However, the ancestral research and the cold case mystery seem to take place more off the page and revealed only through informal and formal conversations of “did you know?” or “so-and-so called” or “I found out” rather than Abby’s direct efforts. The final reveal did “answer” the main mysteries with clever details and the issuing of some justice was karma at its best. The writing is well-paced with vivid description and entertaining dialogue, and as is Kathi’s style…lots of “fur” friends. Well worth reading, but newbies should consider starting from the beginning to enjoy the whole journey.

Be a Big Kathi Daley Fan!
Kathi Daley has ten other series offering something for every cozy taste including “fur” friends and close relationship between family and friends. She has a great social media community of fans and can be followed on Goodreads and BookBub. Sign up for her newsletter.

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To enter to win an ebook copy of Answers in the Attic, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “attic,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 27, 2019. If entering via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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. Also check our our new mystery podcast! One of the episodes features one of Kathi’s books.

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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.

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carol Knudtson July 20, 2019 at 11:08am

Thanks for the review and the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com


2 Glen Davis July 20, 2019 at 11:34am

Kathi Daley is a great author. Count me in!


3 Carolyn Theriot July 20, 2019 at 12:56pm

I love Kathi’s books. Thank you for this chance to win. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com


4 Donamae July 20, 2019 at 1:12pm

Wow sounds really interesting I am looking forward to reading it soon. A mansion and a cemetery so intriguing. Donakutska7@gmail.com


5 Dianne Casey July 20, 2019 at 1:54pm

I really like Kathi Daley’s books. Thanks for the chance.


6 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
July 21, 2019 at 12:10am

Maine and Kathi Daley couldn’t be better…love ebooks too.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


7 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
July 21, 2019 at 5:41am

Love Kathi’s books!! Thank you so very much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com


8 DOWARD WILSON July 21, 2019 at 8:06am

Love this series.


9 Kara Marks July 21, 2019 at 3:43pm

I’d love to read this by Kathi! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com


10 Jaime Minter
Twitter: @schnappy2
July 21, 2019 at 5:40pm

Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com


11 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
July 24, 2019 at 4:55am

I really like her books and this one sounds so good.


12 SandyG July 24, 2019 at 5:02am

I liked the first book in this series
sgiden at verizon(.)net


13 Sue C July 24, 2019 at 5:32am

Love her books. sclickner at juno dot com


14 Brooke Showalter
Twitter: @xbrookeb28x
July 24, 2019 at 6:18am

Great review! I am looking forward to reading this series.
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15 bev taylor
Twitter: @bevtaylor35
July 24, 2019 at 6:19am

guess this is the giveaway ?

time will tell !!



16 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
July 24, 2019 at 7:12am

great series. thanks. kckendler at gmail dot com


17 Jane Starcher July 24, 2019 at 8:10am

I want to win! ajnestarcher(at)gmail(dot)com


18 Cathy July 24, 2019 at 9:36am

Love Kathi’s books, thanks for the chance! cgstratman(at)hotmail(dot)com


19 Linda Moffitt
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
July 24, 2019 at 10:41am

Thanks for the chance to win
This is the only book of this series that I dont have yet
iamabho AT gmail DOT com


20 Linda Moffitt
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
July 24, 2019 at 10:52am
21 Judy Weaver July 24, 2019 at 10:49am

Love this series!! jawdance@yahoo.com


22 Christy Maurer July 24, 2019 at 10:59am

I love this series! It’s been fun getting to know the characters. I’m looking forward to this one. ineedadietcoke at aol dot com
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23 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
July 24, 2019 at 11:10am

Love this series and would really like to read this! Thanks for the chance to win! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com


24 bobbi July 24, 2019 at 12:23pm

Love Kathi Daley’s books. Would love to read this one, it sounds like a lot of fun.


25 Theresa Tober July 24, 2019 at 5:31pm

Have already started reading this and so far, it is as good as the rest of this series. Am looking forward to more in this series.


26 Kelley July 25, 2019 at 12:26am

I love this series and need this one! Thanks! craig-kelley70(at)att(dot)net


27 Linda July 25, 2019 at 4:25am

Over to have a copy.


28 Debra Woloson July 25, 2019 at 11:57am

Thank you for the great review and giveaway. I love Kathi’s books.


29 Lori Smanski
Twitter: @lsmanski
July 26, 2019 at 8:53am

I love that family is the main theme here.
I have yet to read one of her books. She is on my list to check out.


30 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
July 26, 2019 at 9:58pm

I haven’t read this series by Kathi Daley but she is always good.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


31 Taylor R. Williams July 28, 2019 at 6:03pm

I’ve read some of her other books, so I bet this one is great too. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com


32 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
August 5, 2019 at 10:11am

We have a winner!


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