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The Henderson House By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

IN THE October 6 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a kindle copy of The Henderson House, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Halloween with Zoe is the Best!
In 2013, Kathi Daley published the first Zoe Donovan Mystery book, Halloween Hijinks, at, well of course, Halloween. The season is always a big deal for residents of Ashton Falls, as well as the Donovan-Zimmerman family and friends. However Halloween always seems to herald a dead body, spooky shenanigans, some personal peril, and an accompanying investigation that also interrupts the festivities. Along with costume shopping, putting up decorations, carving pumpkins, and prepping for a friends and family gathering, Zoe and Zak, often approved by local law enforcement, engage in informal interrogations, evidence gathering, uncovering the motive, and revealing the “perp.” Always fun!

The Henderson House: earns 5/5 Haunted Houses…Clever Fun!

What better holiday to set a mysterious house not a stranger to death…and ghosts?

Life has changed quite a bit for Zoe, and she worries that she just might be too busy to enjoy Halloween the way she wants: putting up oodles of decorations, buying cute costumes for her infant daughter, organizing the local zombie run, and hosting her Halloween Spectacular. So, when she gets an anonymous call about a barking dog trapped in the old Henderson House, a creepy place that has “seen more than its share of death,” she thinks it might be Zak, her husband, providing some pre-Halloween excitement. Well, maybe not now that she finds a dead body in the basement. However, Zoe has a niggling feeling that she was meant to find the body, the crime scene closely resembles another murder from five years past, and then there’s the vampire puncture marks on the victim’s neck…mystery book cover

Oh, I love sharing my Halloween with Kathi Daley! I can always count on her signature clever mystery including twists and turns, characters that have continued to grow, side dramas with raising kids and fostering lots of animals, a nail-biting “It’s you?” ending, and pumpkins to keep me engaged. Her writing has a descriptive first-person narrative and entertaining banter easily finished in one afternoon. Just don’t read late at night! Kathi knows no one investigates murder 24/7, so she has created a family growing over the years and side stories with a Haunted House, a school dance, teens, infants, and a great-grandmother on the mend. She illustrates friendships and deep love between her characters, and although Zoe goes off on her own, she doesn’t circumvent law enforcement as she shares and gives and receives updates. It all encompasses a real drama with real people, reactions, and conclusions.

And then my two favorite words…recipes included! Here are some suggestions for your own Halloween Spectacular: Spinach Tortellini Soup, Sauce Pot Meatballs, Chuck Wagon Casserole, and Chicken Divan. Yummm!

Be a Big Kathi Daley Fan!
The Zoe Donovan Mystery books were my introduction to the literary world of Kathi Daley, and with every single book, I have seen the changes and the growth of all the characters. However, she has nine other series, with a new one to be released in November, that also showcase her entertaining creativity. Some are straightforward in their realism, and others have a paranormal twist that is done so well that you almost believe in ghosts and magical cats.

Be a Big Kathi Daley Fan…Like, Visit, Join, and Follow!

Facebook – Kathi Daley Books
Join the Club Kathi Daley Book Club
Join – Kathi Daley Books Recipe Exchange Group
On the Web Kathi Daley Website
Blog – Random Thoughts and Meaningless Musings

To enter to win a kindle copy of The Henderson House, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “henderson house,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 13, 2018. 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! The latest episode features Cleo Coyle’s first Haunted Bookshop Mystery.

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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.

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christina Burrus October 6, 2018 at 11:24am

Awesome giveaway thank you for the chance!!! I am excited to read this!!!


2 Lynn October 6, 2018 at 11:32am

Sounds like an interesting read, thanks for offering to us!


3 Jeannie Huffman October 6, 2018 at 11:33am

I would love to win this book! Thanks so much for the chance. I’m reading Halloween Hijinks right now so this would be awesome.


4 Kelley October 6, 2018 at 11:35am

I would love a copy and I love Kathi Daley. She’s a great storyteller! craig-kelley70@att.net


5 Sandy Giden October 6, 2018 at 12:15pm

It’s a good time for a Halloween read


6 Judy Weaver October 6, 2018 at 12:29pm

Love the Zoe series! Let’s be real, I love all of Kathi’s books! jawdance@yahoo.com


7 Michele Hayes October 6, 2018 at 1:11pm

I love Zoe Donovan mysteries, thanks for the chance to win.


8 Cecile VanTyne
Twitter: @cvantyne
October 6, 2018 at 1:52pm

Thanks for the chance to win “Henderson House”.


9 Mary Jane Hopper Fitzgerald October 6, 2018 at 3:31pm

Awesome books by Kathi Daley. Love them all.


10 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
October 6, 2018 at 3:34pm

I love the Zoe Donovan books. I love this cover for Henderson House. That house looks a little creepy. Thank you so much for a chance at this giveaway. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com


11 Wendy Clark October 6, 2018 at 4:38pm

Please enter me


12 Betsy Lewerenz
Twitter: @Betsy
October 6, 2018 at 5:29pm

Love Kathi’s books. Thanks.


13 Barbara Cameron
Twitter: @mitzisSlave
October 6, 2018 at 6:12pm

My favorite holiday & a dog,= looks like something I need to read!
Thanks for the chance to win!


14 Marilyn
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
October 6, 2018 at 6:17pm

I am a big fan of Zoe and Halloween…please enter me.
Thank you…Marilyn


15 bobbi October 6, 2018 at 6:30pm

This is definitely on my TBR list. Hope to read soon. embam1969 at comcast dot net


16 Jess D October 6, 2018 at 7:55pm

Thanks for the chance!


17 Sharon Braswell
Twitter: @SharonBraswell1
October 6, 2018 at 9:20pm

Thanks for the wonderful review Kathleen and I agree, Kathi Daley makes me look forward to sharing Halloween with her and her wonderful books every year as well!! It’s just not Halloween anymore for me without a new Kathi Daley Halloween themed book. She always has a great online Halloween bash in October as well with daily gifts and a month-long party themed mystery to be solved. SO much fun for her fans and so many wonderful books to read all year long. Henderson House sounds like it will definitely be another Halloween favorite!! Thanks!! oh_bother88@hotmail.com


18 Linda Moffitt
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
October 7, 2018 at 2:02am

Thank You for the chance ????
This is her series that my Hubby and I are trying to get all AmazonKindle books of I am almost there
This is 1 of 5 we still need (incl. the new pre-order) (Until she writes more )
iamabho AT gmail DOT com


19 Linda Moffitt
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
October 7, 2018 at 2:05am
20 Wendy Vetterling October 7, 2018 at 5:51am

Kathi Daley writes wonderful books! I especially enjoy the ones written with holiday themes.


21 Sandy
Twitter: @Sandy Hemsher
October 7, 2018 at 7:45am

I am such a Zoe fan!! I had given up reading, had cancer and was confined to a bed. I read book 1, Halloween Hijinks after having cataract surgery, and I was back being a reader again. You have many books and series since then. And I am almost 5 years in remission, retired, executive director for while animal rescue, and read all the time. What a difference 5 years makes!!! Thank you for giving me back reading.


22 Kathy Robertson October 7, 2018 at 8:07am

This sounds interesting.


23 Annette N October 7, 2018 at 9:58am

Thanks for this review. It appears to be a perfect Halloween story.


24 Melissa Davison
Twitter: @Missdavison1974
October 7, 2018 at 1:07pm

Awesome giveaway! Thank you for the chance?


25 Kara Vaughan Marks October 7, 2018 at 2:56pm

I love Kathi Daley’s books and would love to win this! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com


26 DOWARD WILSON October 7, 2018 at 3:50pm

Love this series.


27 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
October 9, 2018 at 11:07pm

This sounds like a fun Halloween read, especially with a spooky house. Thank you for the opportunity to win!


28 Debbie Erickson
Twitter: @debbi_erickson
October 10, 2018 at 8:52am

Love Kathi Daley books! I love reading holiday themed books.


29 Cindy Russell October 10, 2018 at 9:22am

This is an awesome giveaway ?Thank you for the chabce?


30 Holly Stover
Twitter: @HollyStover6
October 10, 2018 at 9:37am

Wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance!


31 Sharon Whaley October 10, 2018 at 9:55am

Can’t wait to read this book!


32 Connie Saunders
Twitter: @cps1950
October 10, 2018 at 10:23am

Thanks for a chance to win Kathi’s book. Her books are always fun reads!


33 Linda May October 10, 2018 at 10:43am

This is a terrific giveaway, I love Kathi Daley’s books. Thanks for this awesome chance. lindamay4852@yahoo.com


34 Sheila Golding October 10, 2018 at 12:06pm

Kathi writes such great books. Thanks for the chance


35 SHARON BAKER October 10, 2018 at 12:11pm

Thank you. Look forward to reading


36 Élizabeth Dent October 10, 2018 at 2:52pm

I love Kathi Daley’s cozy mystery books . Thanks for the chance


37 sally October 10, 2018 at 3:34pm

Yay! Excited to read this. nerdsrgood@msn.com


38 Dianne Casey October 10, 2018 at 5:17pm

Sounds like another great Halloween book. Thanks for the chance.


39 Myra Ball
Twitter: @MyraBall72
October 10, 2018 at 5:18pm

This is a great cozy series. Zoe is one of my favorite characters and best of all Kathi Daley writes extremely fast apparently because she puts out lots of quality book. Congrats on al your new releases. oaktreehill@outlook.com


40 Renee
Twitter: @DrReneeCCo
October 11, 2018 at 11:45am

Thanks for the chance. I love holiday themed books and anything Kathi Writes!


41 Angela Sanford
Twitter: @Collegegirl40
October 12, 2018 at 3:24am

I absolutely love Kathi Daley. I could read her books over and over and never get tired of them. Thank you so much for the chance to win this awesome giveaway? sanford.angela@ymail.com


42 Angela Sanford
Twitter: @Collegegirl40
October 12, 2018 at 3:24am

I absolutely love Kathi Daley. I could read her books over and over and never get tired of them. Thank you so much for the chance to win this awesome giveaway? sanford.angela@ymail.com


43 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
October 15, 2018 at 1:31pm

We have a winner!


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