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Fireworks in Paradise By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

IN THE November 4 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 copy of Fireworks in Paradise, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.

The Tj Jensen series has been around since 2013 opening with a Halloween favorite Pumpkins in Paradise, and in 2016 Henrey Press jumped on board reenergizing the series with a new set of book covers. Kathi Daley has penned a delightful set of eight books following Tj Jensen and her extended family of two half-sisters, her dad, her granddad, and a plethora of animals in Serenity, Nevada, with her signature engaging mysteries, clever and sometimes quirky characters, and realism that makes her work very popular. Immediately following book seven, Treasure in Paradise, Kathi Daley sends us right into another gripping murder mystery.

bookTj Jensen’s relaxing vacation with family and friends is cut short, interrupted by a frantic phone message from Dr. Hunter about her father being in an accident. A devastating car crash has killed Judge Harper, a close family friend, and put her father in a coma. What a way to make this very personal and engaging for fans and newbies alike! The past twenty-seven hours have been the worst of Tj’s life, and Kyle, her hopeful romantic interest, has stepped up brilliantly to get her preferential treatment on a flight back home: delaying takeoff, first-class seat, disembarking before anyone else, but all she could think about was making it to the hospital in time. Tj will not be left out of this investigation despite her fears that her father might not regain consciousness. Deputy Fisher explains the evidence doesn’t prove ‘accident.’ The brake line on the judge’s car had been deliberately cut making it more obvious that Judge Harper was the intended victim and her father an innocent bystander. Tj is spurred into hunting down whoever did this, but a new deputy assigned to the station may not be so tolerant of civilians actively involved in police investigations.

A key part of Kathi Daley’s work is she continues to write a clever mystery along with a positive perspective on the importance of law enforcement having her characters, like Tj, working in tandem with, not circumventing, local authorities. Even though there are opportunities for Tj to go ‘rouge’ or partner with her friends and family, she has a unique talent recognized, not ignored, by the deputy in charge. Kathi’s style in her mysteries often provides a wide range of motives and ample suspects giving us readers the opportunity to channel our inner detective, although I’m always challenged to uncover the killer myself. Tj works through the clues knowing that even though retired Judge Harper must have some typical enemies from his time on the bench, he also was the mayor of the town which widens the suspect pool closer to home with disgruntled business owners and maybe even neighbors. “Wow!” There’s always a very clever solution capped with someone ending up in jeopardy!

This story is further complicated for Tj with Deputy Fisher with a new partner being assigned to the station. ‘She’ may not be so tolerant of a civilian actively ingratiating themselves into police investigations; Tj will need to rely on her ability to be subtle to avoid being shut out completely. Always playing in the background of Kathi’s work we find family issues, holiday or community events, and a bit of romance that itself has realistic ups and downs. In this story we continue to see the evolution of the Jensen family with a her father’s fiancé, the town prepping for the Fourth of July festivities, and in the wake of a very romantic kiss, Tj and Kyle are trying to navigate through a new relationship. Fireworks all around Paradise Lake, and I enjoyed every bit of it!

Fireworks in Paradise
earns 5/5 Clever Mysteries and Wow Endings!

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To enter to win a copy of Fireworks in Paradise, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “fireworks,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 11, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Penney Wilfort
Twitter: @PWilfort
November 4, 2017 at 8:45am

I love this series, great review thanks


2 Christina Burrus
Twitter: @ChristinaBurrus
November 4, 2017 at 8:45am

Kathi’s books are amazing!!! Thank you for the chance!!!


3 Joanie Hinton November 4, 2017 at 8:49am

love Kathi Daley’s books…..joanie13b@outlook.com


4 Arletta November 4, 2017 at 8:56am

This series sounds wonderful. I need to check out the earlier books, also.



5 Tara Christensen November 4, 2017 at 11:30am

Looks like a great book!


6 Linda Moffitt
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
November 4, 2017 at 12:19pm

Would love to win a print copy. I don’t have this book in the series yet. ?
Thanks for the chance ?
iamabho AT gmail DOT com


7 Linda Moffitt
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
November 12, 2017 at 12:22pm

Sorry those aren’t questions, my phone did that lol


8 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
November 4, 2017 at 1:23pm

Love the cover. Love Tj and all of her adventures investigating.


9 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
November 4, 2017 at 2:26pm

Sounds so good! I’d love to read it. Thank you donamaekutska7@gmail.com


10 Kara November 4, 2017 at 7:57pm

Would love to win! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com


11 Mary Jane H.
Twitter: @CarvingLady
November 4, 2017 at 8:02pm

I love Kathi’s books!

mjhopper at cox dot com


12 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
November 4, 2017 at 8:57pm

I am caught up in this series and I think this book would make a great November birthday present!!! Winning a copy would work too!!!


13 Sharon Braswell
Twitter: @SharonBraswell1
November 4, 2017 at 9:07pm

A lot going on in this one and I’ve waited patiently for Fireworks in Paradise to see what happens next with TJ and Kyle too. Love Kathi Daley’s books and characters!! oh_bother88@hotmail.com


14 Karina Thibodeau
Twitter: @ThibodeauKarina
November 5, 2017 at 5:45am

Thank you for the chance. Love,Kathy’s books.


15 Dianne Bahn November 5, 2017 at 6:01am

This is a new to me series. The plot and characters sound very interesting. Can’t wait to read.


16 Cynthia Blain November 5, 2017 at 8:42am

Kathi is an amazing writer and I can’t believe how many books she writes each year. I would love to read Fireworks in Paradise. Thank you for the chance.

Cynthia B.
ceblain (AT) tmlponline (DOT) net


17 Jennifer Hansen November 5, 2017 at 3:16pm

Thanks for the giveaway! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com


18 Robyn K November 5, 2017 at 5:37pm

I love Kathi Daley’s books. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com


19 peggy clayton November 6, 2017 at 8:17am

Just love this I have read a few of them in the series and would love to read this one! ptclayton2@aol.com


20 Paula Jacobson November 6, 2017 at 2:21pm

I just love Kathi Daley’s books. I haven’t read this series yet but would love to.


21 Doward Wilson November 6, 2017 at 5:43pm

A great series & wonderful author.


22 Dianne Casey November 8, 2017 at 5:22pm

Great series. Would really like to read.


23 Jill Broussard November 11, 2017 at 4:22am

Would love to read this book! minishoes(at)msn(dot)com


24 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
November 14, 2017 at 1:59pm

We have a winner!


25 Linda Moffitt
Twitter: @LindaMoffitt02
November 14, 2017 at 3:37pm

Congrats to the winner


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