Beaches in Paradise By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

Aug 4, 2018 | 2018 Articles, Kathleen Costa, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Beaches in Paradise, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

Tj is on the Case!
In 2013, Kathi Daley first introduced fans to Tj Jensen and residents of Serenity, Nevada, however in 2016, Henrey Press reissued the series with redesigned covers and the promise for new adventures. The newly released book, Beaches in Paradise, is the ninth adventure and easily enjoyed without starting at the beginning, although newbies would benefit greatly from reading the other books to better understand character development and ongoing relationships. Briefly Tj Jensen is a high school teacher, but, of course, circumstances have also put her into the role of amateur sleuth. She enlists family and friends, professional and amateur, to uncover the truth behind suspicious deaths, but recently her connection at the police department is out of town and the new deputy has been keeping Tj at arm’s length. However, it doesn’t slow her down.

There are references to, no spoilers, to two of the previous books with discussions about relationships and bodies found in the seventh book, Treasures in Paradise, and characters and connections with the murder mystery in the eighth book in the series, Fireworks in Paradise. I’ve read the series, so I was thrilled with the overlap, but newbies don’t shy away. You can start here and be totally entertained.

Beaches in Paradise: earns 5/5 Suspicious Secret Files…Clever!

Tj and boyfriend Kyle Donovan are enjoying a bonfire kicking off the Summer Festival at Paradise Lake. Their relationship has become more serious over the past few weeks, and the idea of moving to a more intimate level has occupied their thoughts. However, seeing Deputy Kate Baldwin, the newest member of the Serenity Sheriff’s Department, approaching them causes concern. “Do you know Gina Roberts?” led to questions of her whereabouts and connection to Striker Bristow, a developer who had earlier been a suspect in the death of a local judge and Tj’s father’s injuries. But, now he’s dead, bullet in his back, found in Gina’s car smashed up against a tree, and Gina? Nowhere to be found. But it’s the curious highly encrypted files, mysterious relative, and being followed that makes this investigation very perilous.mystery book cover

Kathi Daley has another “Hit in Paradise!” In my experience, cozy authors all have their own style to show the investigative methods used by the lead character to solve a suspicious death, but I’ve noticed some have the characters just go off seeking answers often ignoring official channels. I cringe sometimes when I feel it isn’t what real people would do, even if it is a fictional world. However, Kathi Daley’s style has a more realistic approach. She has her characters, like Tj, using critical thinking strategies, mapping or recording clues, informally approaching witnesses and suspects, and working cooperatively with rather than circumventing law enforcement. Ok, there are some questionable searches, hacking, and evidence that finds its way into Tj’s pocket, but I would have done it, too. Kathi’s settings are often small towns or small resort communities where residents are very familiar with each other. Therefore being family of or friends with local police, and in return, police recognizing a private citizen is helpful to their mission provides an engaging realism that I enjoy. Did I mention she always incorporates “fur” friends?

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

Check out other Henery Press mysteries on their website.

To enter to win a copy of Beaches in Paradise, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “paradise,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 11, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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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.

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  1. PARADISE….entering the chance to win a copy of Beaches in Paradise by Kathi Daley. Thank you. I’ll send you my address if I win 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing this book ? with us.
    This is 1 of 3 that I still need to complete this series, I would love to win a kindle copy.
    Thank you for the chance.
    iamabho AT Gmail Dot Com

  3. Thanks for the chance…I love Kathi’s books…

  4. I have not read this series and plan to check it out when I next go to the library. Sounds very enjoyable.

  5. I’ve never read any of this series but would like to! Thanks.

  6. I would love to win this book by Kathi Daley. I am an avid reader of her books and do not currently have this one.
    Karen Merritt
    18438 Bittersweet
    Fraser, MI 48026

  7. would love to win a print copy.
    Great review!
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  8. Thanks for the chance to win the latest from Kathi Daley! We’d love it!! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  9. I love Kathi Daley Books and I especially love the romance that’s moving on along in the TJ Jensen Series between TJ and Kyle. I’m looking forward to solving the mystery of the disappearing woman!! Thank you!!

  10. I’m a huge fan of Kathy Daley’s books. I usually use kindle unlimited to read because I’m a prolific reader so I haven’t read this series yet. I would so like to win.

  11. I enjoyed this review. I have read a number of Kathi’s books and really enjoy them. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  12. Thank you for your review on “Beaches in Paradise” By Kathi Daley. I really enjoy reading this author’s books and can’t wait to have the opportunity to read this book. I do love that she incorporated furbabies in her books. 🙂

    Greatly appreciate the chance to win a copy of this book!

    • Not for sure if we have to re-enter email in the comment or just the one to submit. Just in case – 2clowns at arkansas dot net

  13. I would love to win a copy!

  14. Paradise Thank you for a chance to win a copy of Beaches in Paradise.

  15. Thanks for the chance to win. (mybeach52(at)yahoo(dot)com)

  16. I love this series. Thank you for this chance at the giveaway.

  17. Love her books!

  18. I love Kathi Daley. I’m enjoying exploring her works and appreciate this opportunity to win one of her books. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com

  19. Love Kathi Daley’s books. Would really like to read “Beaches in Paradise”.

  20. We have a winner!


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