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Murder at Midnight By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

IN THE October 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat'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 Murder at Midnight, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Another engaging story with a favorite character in Kathi Daley’s literary family! Kailani “Lani” Pope, lifeguard at the Dolphin Bay resort, has found another dead body, this one at the bottom of a cliff. However, and here is Kathi’s twist, the discovery has Lani perplexed since this body was reported to have died five years ago! Sure, no body had been found then, and Lani’s father was first on the scene, finding the murdered body of an heiress, chasing the possible killer to a cliff and witnessing that man jump. All believed no one could have survived that leap.

As this clever mystery unfolds the jumper, Clifford Cramer, is rumored to have been intimately connected to the victim, Roxanne Bronwyn. Further into the investigation, it is discovered Clifford’s own wife, Anastasia, was missing and her blood found on the lanai. WOW! Weed through those details! Lani’s father questioned whether it was all connected, but he was forced to drop the ‘going nowhere’ investigation, and five years later? No Clifford, no Anastasia, no killer…case stamped cold! book

Kathi Daley makes sure the cold case heats up, taking us on a twisty turn of events. An arm found floating near the beach, forensics making a shocking identification, and Lani’s cop brother becomes a target. One of the most enjoyable characteristics is that Lani will not be sidelined. Somewhat covertly, she partners with her retired cop dad which more closely explores an endearing dynamic between her, the only girl in the family, and her dad. His knowledge of the original cold case and enlisting the help from his retired cop friends helps them sort through the details, revisit witnesses and hopefully bring a killer to long awaited justice…all this and Kathi Daley’s signature “I didn’t see that coming” ending!

Again, I couldn’t put this book down. The cold case overlapping into current events was well written and fast paced with an exciting Kathi Daley signature “Oh, no!” trouble for Lani. The characters are rich, some quirky, some moved from peripheral status to the forefront, but still so entertaining to follow in this seventh book.

Along with the excitement of the murder investigation, Kathi weaves in many other ongoing story lines just as intriguing. We follow the ups and downs of Lani’s relationship with her boyfriend Luke, who is in Texas helping his family while his dad is recuperating from an injury, thereby exploring another interesting family dynamic. Will this relationship be put on hold indefinitely? And Lani, whose dream is to be a police officer and follow in the family’s footsteps, may be getting her chance at the academy…or will family derail her desires?

And Halloween? Kathi does the holiday themes very well having everyone prepping for a nice gathering and the celebration itself, even with interruptions. Another signature fun is the fan-submitted recipes for delicious treats: Scones with a Flavor Twist, Nan’s Banana Bread, No-Name Cake, and Tropical Treat Bread.

With Kathi Daley you get a clever, exciting mystery, endearing and interesting characters, and delicious, easy-to-follow recipes…what else do you need?

Murder at Midnight earns 5/5 Cold Case Files…Hawaiian-style!

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To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Murder at Midnight, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “midnight,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 28, 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.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

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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.

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marlene Ezell October 21, 2017 at 8:40am

It would be so nice to win a print copy of this book. I enjoy all of Kathi Daley’s books.


2 Jill Broussard October 21, 2017 at 8:50am

Kathi’s books are amazing and Kathleens review has me even more excited to read Murder at Midnight. Kindle copy. minishoes(at)msn(dot)com


3 Joanie Hinton October 21, 2017 at 9:13am

Love, Love, Kathi Daley’s books!!!


4 Joanie Hinton October 21, 2017 at 9:16am

oops..forgot to say Kindle please if I win!!


5 Anne October 21, 2017 at 9:26am

I love books (and TV shows) set in Hawaii. The setting adds so much for me.

I’d prefer a Kindle copy if I win, but would gladly accept print.



6 Lynn October 21, 2017 at 11:08am

Sounds good — good way to find new authors!!


7 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
October 21, 2017 at 12:03pm

Print please if I’m fortunate enough to win! The recipes sound delicious and I really really want this book! Thanks for the chance. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com


8 paula jacobson October 21, 2017 at 12:43pm

I love Kathi’s books. I t would be great to win one.


9 paula jacobson October 21, 2017 at 12:44pm

I forgot to add print. Paula Jacobson


10 Kara October 21, 2017 at 2:00pm

I’d love to win an e-copy for my Kindle! legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com


11 Dianne Mossor October 21, 2017 at 3:02pm

Love her books. Haven’t read this one yet. ?


12 Dianne Bahn October 21, 2017 at 3:05pm

Love these Hawaiian mysteries. Made all the better by our going to Hawaii, last year.


13 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
October 21, 2017 at 3:54pm

I would love to win a print copy. I haven’t started this series but do own a few. Still working my way through the others.


14 Sharon Braswell
Twitter: @SharonBraswell1
October 21, 2017 at 9:10pm

Another great review as always Kathleen and now I want to read Murder at Midnight even more!! Wow, what a story, but Kathi Daley never disappoints us with her page-turner twists and surprises. Love her books. Thanks, Kathleen!! I would love a kindle copy if I won. oh_bother88@hotmail.com


15 Linda Moffitt
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
October 21, 2017 at 11:33pm

Awesome Thanks so much for the chance I’d Love to win a print copy
iamabho ATgmailDOT com


16 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
October 22, 2017 at 3:30am

I love Kathi Daley books. I would like a print copy please if I am lucky enough. Thank you for the chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com


17 Judy Weaver October 22, 2017 at 7:35am

Love this series! Kindle copy please. jawdance@yahoo.com


18 Cheryl Corbitt October 22, 2017 at 9:30am

I would love to win a print copy of Murder at Midnight. Kathi continues to amaze me with her prolific writing! bskts4unme(at)hotmail.com


19 jane werthmann
Twitter: @jwerth22
October 22, 2017 at 10:21am

I love all of kathi’s books this one would be a great addition to my collection~! thanks


20 Laura Milburn
Twitter: @Laurab21409
October 22, 2017 at 10:23am

Kathi Daley is the best! Would love to win a print copy!!


21 Natalie Daniels
Twitter: @nataliemarie71
October 22, 2017 at 10:29am

Kathleen’s review makes me just want to read Kathi’s books all the more. Thanks for a chance to win this book ?? Oh, and if by chance I am lucky enough to win, I would like the Kindle please.


22 Debra Woloson October 22, 2017 at 11:12am

Great review can’t wait to read the book, both these ladies got me hooked ready to read. Would love a print but will be happy with either, thanks for the giveaway. daw655(at)hotmail(dot)com


23 Paula Jacobson October 22, 2017 at 11:13am

I love all of Kathi’s books. I would love to have a print copy if I win.


24 Margie Rico October 22, 2017 at 12:06pm

I would love to win a print copy of Murder at Midnight. There’s just something about holding a printed book in your hands.


25 Sherry Hall October 22, 2017 at 12:07pm

I would love a print copy of this book! I am a new Kathi Daley fan, and I am delighted to be getting to know her characters. gnshall(at)zipnet(dot)us
God bless,


26 Gina Johmson
Twitter: @GinaJGodschild
October 22, 2017 at 12:07pm

I would love a print copy. Thanks for the chance.


27 Sherry Hall October 22, 2017 at 12:12pm

I would love to win a print copy of the book! I am a new fan of Kathi Daley, and I am delighted to get to know her characters.

God bless,
A recent post from Sherry Hall: Blogging a Book #6 – Chapter 1 Art Project #3…Too Many Miserable ChristiansMy Profile


28 Sheryl Sens
Twitter: @naninani
October 22, 2017 at 12:29pm

I’m entering! Would love a printed copy! sent an email!


29 Zasha October 22, 2017 at 12:30pm

paper copy , her books are super greta thanks for this awesome chance 😀


30 Sherry Priddy October 22, 2017 at 1:26pm

Love Kathi Daley books!


31 Mary Jane H.
Twitter: @CarvingLady
October 22, 2017 at 1:27pm

Kathi’s books are great!!!!!


32 Cheryl Mayo
Twitter: @2dog1catmom
October 22, 2017 at 1:35pm

I sure would love to win this book. I LOVE all of Kathi Daley’s books.


33 Jess D October 22, 2017 at 4:03pm

I love Kathi Daly’s books. She writes the most wonderful stories. I would prefer a print copy. Maceoindo (at)yahoo(dot)com


34 Linda May October 22, 2017 at 4:31pm

Her books are always a great read, Thanks for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com


35 Karina Thibodeau
Twitter: @ThibodeauKarina
October 22, 2017 at 6:16pm

I would love to win a print copy of Murder at Midnight. Thank you for the chance.


36 Jane chizmar October 23, 2017 at 2:15pm

Love this series. Would love a kindle copy if I am lucky enough to win ?


37 Sandy Hemsher
Twitter: @Sandy Hemsher
October 23, 2017 at 3:04pm

Read this series and would love to win kindle book!!


38 Dianne Casey October 25, 2017 at 7:26pm

Love Kathi’s books. Would like to read a print copy of “Murder at Midnight”. Thanks for the chance.


39 Doward Wilson October 26, 2017 at 5:29pm

I would love to win a print copy of this book.


40 Kelly Braun
Twitter: @69steelers2
October 30, 2017 at 10:16pm

Love Kathi’s books… Prints are da bomb diggity ? Happy Halloween
Kelly Braun


41 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
November 6, 2017 at 1:22pm

We have a winner!


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