Second Look By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

Aug 5, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Kathleen Costa, 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 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.

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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

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

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  2. 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. Sounds amazing thank you for the chance ???

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  4. 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.
    nerdsrgood@msn.com
    Thank you
    Sally

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

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

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

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

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  9. I love this author’s books!

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  10. I recently read book one! What a wonderful series. Would love to win #2!!!!
    Print please!!!
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  11. 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!

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

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

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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.?

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

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

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

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  18. 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.

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  19. 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

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  20. 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.

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

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

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

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  24. Would love to rwad a Kindle version. Thanks!

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

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

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

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  28. I really like Kathi’s books. Haven’t read this series yet. Looking forward to reading the series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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

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  30. KATHIS BOOKS ARE ALWAYS GREAT. THANKS FOR THE CHANCE! WOULD LIKE A PRINT COPY. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  31. 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

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  32. We have a winner!

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