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Second Look By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2017 Articles,
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by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Second Look, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Jillian Hanford manages a writer’s retreat at Turtle Cove Resort on Gull Island, where several established and budding writers live, write, and…sleuth. This eclectic group gathers at their Monday night mystery group to discuss, research, and with skill and some luck, solve murder mysteries. Jackson ‘Jack’ Jones, a nationally acclaimed author and recent owner of the Gull Island News, has approached the group with an interesting cold case that has just become relevant. The five-year old case involves a young woman, Georgia Darcy, found dead at the estate of award winning actor and brother-in-law Rhett Crawford. Her date Dru Breland was considered the prime suspect, but he went missing never again to be seen…no suspect, no solution. Moving forward to five days ago, the Crawford estate has been sold and demolition set, but a body found in a secret room of the wine cellar has put this cold case back in the news. The body? Dru Breland. That sure changed things…Sleuthers start your engines!book

The sleuthers are quite the group with all ages represented: established writers of hard-core thrillers, traditional whodunits, science fiction, and romance, a former news reporter, a self-proclaimed psychic who writes fantasy and paranormal mysteries, a wannabe writer, and a parrot. Yes, Blackbeard the parrot, the unofficial official mascot of the resort, formally owned by Jillian’s recently discovered half-brother, seems to have “a way of knowing exactly what [is] going on even when no one else [has] a clue.” Together this group sets out to question those who were at the Crawford estate five years ago. Has too much time passed? Will evidence and memories be compromised? Could their own lives be at risk bringing up a long ago murder? This group has proven to be up for the task.

This is the second book in Kathi Daley’s newest Writer’s Retreat series, and fans like me are ecstatic. But, newbies need not shy away since a description of the main and reoccurring ‘Cast of Characters’ is provided along with enough background to make this a standalone read, but reading book one, First Case, is very entertaining and can’t be missed no matter what order. The story is very engaging weaving events of the cold case with present events throwing several twists, turns, and ‘Oh my!’ revelations.

Kathi Daley’s characters are entertaining and clever. My favorite, of course, is Jillian, written as a strong female with the nose of a reporter, which fits well with any budding relationship with Jones, who himself is a keen reporter, and in spite of the humorous dilemma with any “Jack and Jill” references. I can’t ignore the unique twists with Blackbeard, Jillian’s inherited parrot, squawking his puzzling clues, Mortie, the ghost who has lived in Gertie’s house for the last thirty years, sending his messages from the beyond, and Clara’s psychic visions that seem to be spot on. It’s not ‘weird,’ just a fun and creative way of presenting all the clues. The island’s setting and the issues Jillian has with managing the writer’s retreat plays out in the background along with her preparations for a Halloween party. This is a great series with all of Kathi Daley’s signature fun, mystery, and cleverness.

Second Look: A Writer’s Retreat Mystery earns 5/5 Puzzling Parrot Pronouncements!

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To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Second Look, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “second,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 12, 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.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
August 5, 2017 at 8:33am

Haven’t started this series.
kckendler at gmail dot com


2 Madeline Mcewen-Asker
Twitter: @MadMcEwen?lang=en
August 5, 2017 at 9:17am

That sounds great, although, I’ll have to read them in the right order–can’t skip the first one.
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3 Christina Burrus
Twitter: @ChristinaBurrus
August 5, 2017 at 9:58am

Sounds amazing thank you for the chance ???


4 sally August 5, 2017 at 10:06am

Great blog post! I read the first book in this series and enjoyed it very much. I haven’t had a chance to read the second yet so I hope I get lucky! Print or Kindle works fine for me.
Thank you


5 peggy clayton August 5, 2017 at 10:51am

Love this author her books are just so interesting! Would love to read this and will post review when done. ptclayton2@aol.com


6 Valerie Hoynacki August 5, 2017 at 11:06am

I’d love to go to a writers’ retreat as well as read about one!!


7 Joyce Day August 5, 2017 at 12:31pm

I love cozy mysteries, Kathi Daley is my favorite author for them.


8 Kim Templeton
Twitter: @musiqmom
August 5, 2017 at 12:31pm

I love Kathi’s books. I’d love a kindle copy do this book. musiqmom(at)yahoo(dot)com


9 Pam August 5, 2017 at 6:48pm

I love this author’s books!


10 Sandy Hemsher
Twitter: @Sandy Hemsher
August 5, 2017 at 7:52pm

I recently read book one! What a wonderful series. Would love to win #2!!!!
Print please!!!
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11 Donna Gantt August 6, 2017 at 6:53am

I read the first book in this series and thought it was the best story by Kathi Daley so far. I’m really looking forward to this one!


12 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
August 6, 2017 at 9:46am

Can’t wait to read this book. It sounds awesome.


13 Doward Wilson August 6, 2017 at 7:46pm

Love this new series by a favorite author. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book for my library.


14 Dianne B August 8, 2017 at 5:16am

I really enjoy mysteries where we have a “cold case” and then evidence turns up, to restart the investigation. If I win, I would prefer a print copy. Thanks.


15 MaryAnn Forbes August 9, 2017 at 11:49am

I love Kathi’s books, haven’t yet read one in the Writer’s Retreat series. Thank you for the opportunity to win
Second Look.?


16 Laura Milburn
Twitter: @Laurab21409
August 9, 2017 at 12:52pm

I would love to win this book. I love Kathi Daley and her books.


17 Connie Lee
Twitter: @ConnieBolickLee
August 9, 2017 at 1:23pm

I would like to win a copy of your book, it sounds like one I would love to read!


18 Connie Lee
Twitter: @ConnieBolickLee
August 9, 2017 at 1:26pm

I forgot to put I would like a print copy, please.


19 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
August 9, 2017 at 1:49pm

I haven’t read any in this series yet but on my TBR. I enjoy Kathi Daley’s books. If I am chosen I would like a print copy. Thank you for the opportunity.


20 Carl August 9, 2017 at 4:43pm

Kathi’s books are very popular at our house. Thanks for the chance to win a print copy of this one. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


21 Cathy Inboden
Twitter: @clinboden1
August 9, 2017 at 4:52pm

Thank you for the chance to win the Second Look. Love this series. I would love to have a print copy. Already have the ebook.


22 Liss Deer August 9, 2017 at 6:02pm

I am so looking forward to reading this book! Kathi Daley is just awesome!


23 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
August 9, 2017 at 7:34pm

How I love cold cases! Looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for the chance to win!


24 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
August 9, 2017 at 7:34pm

How I love cold cases! Looking forward to reading this one! Thanks for the chance to win!


25 Lizz August 9, 2017 at 10:40pm

Would love to rwad a Kindle version. Thanks!


26 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
August 9, 2017 at 10:48pm

Sounds interesting I’d love a print copy. Thank you for the chance.


27 Karina Thibodeau
Twitter: @ThibodeauKarina
August 10, 2017 at 2:09am

Thank you for the chance. I would love to win a the first book in a new Kathi Daley series.


28 Betsy Lewerenz
Twitter: @Betsy
August 10, 2017 at 6:31am

Haven’t started this series, but I’m very interested in checking it out. Thanks.


29 Dianne Casey August 10, 2017 at 5:37pm

I really like Kathi’s books. Haven’t read this series yet. Looking forward to reading the series.


30 ReneeA August 10, 2017 at 9:38pm

This sounds like something I’d like to read. I’ve found it easier to read Kindle editions lately.


31 SHELLEY S. August 11, 2017 at 5:38pm



32 Jill Broussard August 11, 2017 at 8:36pm

I think all of Kathi’s books are great.I haven’t read this series yet and Second Look sounds like a great place to start. Thankyou for the opportunity! Kindle copy. minishoes(at)msn(dot)com


33 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
August 14, 2017 at 12:17pm

We have a winner!


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