Trick or Treason By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

Oct 14, 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 Trick or Treason, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Zoe Donovan-Zimmerman always promised that when pregnancy came it would not effect her behavior; she could handle it. But if crazy dreams, emotional overload, frustration with her mother-in-law over ‘pink,’ and tears coming at the drop of the hat were any indication, she hasn’t been successful. BFF Ellie understands completely, wasn’t it her in tears last Halloween who Zoe helped over costume problems! While relaxing over a lite dinner, the two put some things into a better perspective easing Zoe’s mind and helping her look forward to a quiet Halloween. But…wouldn’t you know it, they spoke too soon. Zoe decides to forego the line at the bathroom and heads off to the store next door…tripping over a body wrapped in a blanket dead from blunt force trauma…Willa Walton!

bookZoe had known Willa Walton for years. She had been the town clerk forever, and chaired the events committee on which they were all members. She is considered by several small business owners to be strict, maybe even rigid…ok, in some cases a bully, but to those who looked beyond that she was a warm and loving person. Now she’s dead, and the investigation is having its challenges: finding the main crime scene, plotting the victim’s last movements, and weeding through motives that just don’t seem to rise to the level warranting murder. Halloween just can’t catch a break in Ashton Falls…murder always seems to find a way to say, ‘Trick or Treat!’

The Zoe Donovan Mystery series is the one that first introduced me to Kathi Daley making me a big fan. Over the twenty-six stories I have been extremely entertained by the clever mysteries, occasional change of setting and crossover episodes, and the evolving relationships between Zoe and Zak and their group of friends and family. Kathi Daley’s books define the ‘cozy mystery’ genre with its light treatment of murder and mayhem and its focus on character development, realistic interactions, and clever mixture of intrigue and mystery often with an action-packed ending that puts Zoe in harm’s way to catch the killer.

“Trick or Treason” didn’t disappoint. Along with a very clever mystery that challenged my inner “Sherlock” all the way to the end when the last clue was revealed and an “Oh, no!” surprise, the pregnancy quirks added a layer of frustration to Zoe’s typical hands-on investigative style. You can’t just go willy-nilly running after suspects in the third trimester! And again playing out in the background and adding entertaining elements of realism are the issues with being surrogate parents to thirteen-year-old and prepping for the town’s Halloween festivities. And let’s not forget Kathi Daley’s signature fan-submitted recipes: Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy, Mexican Pork, Cheese Potato Chowder, and Chuck Wagon Casserole. Everything makes for an excellent book to enjoy while the kids are off trick or treating.

Trick or Treason earns 5/5 Masked Murderers!

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To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Trick or Treason, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “treason,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 21, 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.

53 Comments

  1. Love the Zoe Donovan series. I really enjoy Halloween themed mysteries.

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  2. I would love a copy of this book!!! Thank you for the chance!!!

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  3. I love holiday themed books and Kathi Daley’s never fail to please.
    ezellmarlene(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Love this series would like to have it in Kindle please if I win
    joanie13b@outlook.com

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  5. I thoroughly enjoy Kathi Daley’s seasonal books. I am sure this one will definitely hit the mark once again. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Thank you for the chance to win. Love Kathi Daley and her books. I would like a print copy, please.

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  7. Thanks for the chance to win. I haven’t read this one yet but look forward to it. I would love a print copy if poss.
    nerdsrgood AT msn DOT com

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  8. Love her books! Haven’t read this one, would be thrilled to win. ?

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  9. This is a awesome book!

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  10. Sounds great–I’d love to read it!

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  11. Love to have a kindle copy. I love this series, thanks for a chance to win. musiqmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. I can’t wait to read this.

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  13. Would love to read this. All your books are great – but this one is HALLOWEEN!

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  14. Love the cover. Thank you for the chance. If I am lucky enough, I would like a print copy.

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  15. Thanks for the post Kathleen. Love the cover of this book. Since I am a fan of this author, I would LOVE to win this print book!

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    • lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Thank-you. If i win, I would like a print copy.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

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  17. I’d love a copy! I would like a print copy if available, if not, an ebook would be fine with me. Thanks for the chance!

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  18. I would love a print copy – as I loved the Kindle version.

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  19. his book looks awesome. Thank you for the chance.

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  20. Yea! Good luck to everyone.

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  21. Love this post… Kathi is a wonderful author- I really enjoy her books! The title on this one is really clever and I adore the cover ? Print is always the bomb diggity for me ?
    Cheers~
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Wonderful review thank you, I’m looking forward to this,
    Penney

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  23. I loved your article and I love Kathi Daley’s books. I would love to win a E-Book copy of Trick or Treason. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  24. I have never read Daley before, this looks like a long series, which is a good sign.
    raineybird at yahoo dot com

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  25. Write on you bring joy in reading to so many in your books.

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  26. Great article. Thanks for the chance!

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  27. Ugh–my short term memory is really bad due to my MS, sorry. I’d love to read the Kindle version.

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  28. Would love to read! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  29. What a perfect story for this time of year. I’d love to win a print copy, thanks for the chance. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

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  30. Paula Jacobson
    I love Kathi Daley’s books. I’m currently reading The Mad Catter. If I win I would like a print copy.
    jsjacobson(at)prtel(dot)com

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  31. I would love a print copy. Thanks for the chance to win.
    iamabho ATgmailDOT com

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  32. Would love to win! Thanks for the chance!!

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  33. Thanks for the chance I’d love to win.

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  34. Love these thanks for doing these awesome contests and keep writing!

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  35. Enjoy reading Kathi Daley’s books. Sounds like a great read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. Love reading her books they are all so good I would take pleasure in reading and posting a review or two on this! ptclayton2@aol.com

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  37. Thanks for the review and the chance to win a copy of Trick or Treason. Oh my to combine a great Halloween mystery, delicious recipes and a 5 star rating! This sounds like a book for me for sure.

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  38. One of my favorite authors & series.

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  39. Love the Zoe series! All of Kathi’s books are great. jawdance@yahoo.com

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  40. Would love to try a book by Kathi Daley!

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  41. I like this newsletter and appreciate the giveaways, but I receive emails whenever anyone posts. It us confusing and too much. Can it be limited? If not I may have to unsubscribe.

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  42. I have read EVERY Kathy Daley book ever published..would be nice to receive one that she will sign..

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  43. Have read EVERY Kathy Daley book ever published..would be nice to receive one she has signed.

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  44. I love Kathi Daley and all of her books. I also love that animals play a big role in them. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  45. Love Kathi’s books! Thanks for the chance. Would love to win a print copy.
    Laura- redtweetypie@gmail.com

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  46. I would love a copy of this book!

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  47. We have a winner!

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