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Two More Christmas Mysteries By Kathi Daley

IN THE December 16 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Costa

This week we have 3 more Christmas mysteries by Kathi Daley-Fourth Victim: A Writers’ Retreat Mystery and The Christmas Letter: A Tess and Tilly Mystery in this post, and Reindeer Roundup in a separate post with a guest post by Kathi. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either print or kindle copies of both of these books, and links to purchase them from Amazon.

Fourth Victim: A Writers’ Retreat Mystery by Kathi Daley
Review by Kathleen Costa

It is an intriguing premise that writers of different ages known to write in different genres would live, work, and collaborate together on several cold cases from a few years old to decades past bringing to justice the killers and providing closure to family and friends. Contributing additional facts, perspectives, and maybe a red herring or two, we have a quirky set of support characters: townsfolk from shop owners to law enforcement to a squawking parrot and a ghost (well, that’s what Gertie says). The group’s investigative projects have popped up accidentally with a curious murder linked to a past unsolved crime (First Case), discovery of a body thought to have been the killer in another cold case (Second Look), or just a writer’s interest in a suspicious overdose (Third Strike). All of this works well as each member of the group uses their individual talents with input from a variety of sources, even putting someone in jeopardy, to uncover the truth behind the mystery ‘du jour.’ And this new project (Fourth Victim) literally came up by accident.

bookIntroduced in Third Strike, Jill Hanford, investigative reporter turned proprietor of the Turtle Cove Resort, is given a box construction crews found hidden in the wall during renovations of one of the resort’s cabins. Inside the box she finds several love letters penned fifty-years ago, a photograph of a young couple, and a locket. Basic information had already been discovered in the previous story—Francine K. had spent time at the resort in 1963 to 1964 while her husband was serving in Vietnam, but the letters were not from her husband. The mystery turns into a murder investigation when it is discovered in 1964 Francine Kettleman was found strangled not far from the resort, her body found in a cemetery. The FBI at the time determined she was the fourth victim of the Silk Stalking Stranger, a serial killer in the 1960s that had never been caught. Jill and the Mastermind Mystery Group aren’t convinced of the FBI’s conclusions because of anomalies not matching the killer’s signature behaviors and decide to investigate on their own.

Wow! Quickly having become a favorite Kathi Daley series, the mystery is always fun to follow with the clever title references to the number of the books. I enjoy the manner in which the clues are revealed through conversations and research, including a few squawks and messages from beyond, and although my inner detective was greatly entertained, it was challenged, too. Beyond the mystery, I love the camaraderie between the writers, plans for the Christmas holidays, the continuing relationship between “Jack and Jill,” and Jill’s interest in unmasking the local Secret Santa. Life changing decisions loom and revisiting old wounds of her distant mother plague Jill who has been showing signs that a small community and close circle of friends may be more enjoyable and rewarding, but the lure of the big city still looms.

Fourth Victim earns 5+/5 Boxes of Suspicious Letters…Delightfully Devious!

The Christmas Letter: A Tess and Tilly Mystery by Kathi Daley
Review by Kathleen Costa

2017 has been the “Year of the New Series” for Kathi Daley in which she has penned three new entertaining storylines and wonderful characters for fans to enjoy. In May, she introduced the Writer’s Retreat series with First Case following a group of writers at a South Carolina resort collaborating on cold case investigations, and the fifth book, Fifth Night, will be released in late January 2018. In November, we head on up to Alaska with Finding Justice in her Rescue Alaska Mystery following a young woman who, with the ability to sense people in danger, works with the local search and rescue group while running an animal rescue shelter. The second book Finding Answers is set to release in March 2018. And just in time for Christmas we have another exciting new series! On December 1, The Christmas Letter from her Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series was released taking us on a new journey with residents of White Eagle, Montana. Fans of Kathi Daley are never, ever, ever without a marvelous adventure to read!

bookOk, the temperatures are well on their way to zero, but Tess Thomas does not let that slow her down from “the swift completion of [her] appointed rounds.” Yes, she is the local postmistress, and alongside Tilly her dog, she delivers letters, packages, and a bit of gossip. But, murder, too? At her final stop for the day Tess and Tilly discover a little kitten tangled up in fishing line and…a dead body on the floor! Wow, just what fans enjoy the most, and Kathi ‘delivers’ with her signature clever mystery and more than one holding onto secrets. The murder rocks the small community, and when her BFF’s boyfriend Donny is arrested, and adding a surprising twist to the character dynamics, is also Tess’s own former boyfriend. Tess works methodically with friends and family to uncover the truth, always putting someone into jeopardy, and ending with a “What? I didn’t see that coming!”

Kathi’s characters are always entertaining and very important in her work. She gives us a tight knit group of family and friends in a small town with everyone looking forward to the Christmas Festival…her holiday settings are always very popular. There’s Tess’s widowed mom who owns the neighborhood café with Tess’s aunt and brother Mike who is a police detective and BFF Bree who runs the local bookstore. Intertwined are quirky shop owners, uppity entitled, and romance! Kathi must be a romantic herself to do so well matching the perfect, often opposite, partnerships. The old veterinarian has retired and his son Brady has taken over the practice: handsome, funny, and just what the doctor ordered. I highly recommend Kathi Daley’s work and especially this new series.

The Christmas Letter earns 5+/5 Entertaining Beginnings…and Murder!

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To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of both books, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “more kathi christmas,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 23, 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.

{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

1 amy guillaume linderman December 16, 2017 at 9:31am

i would love print copies of these! they look great! aelinderman at sbcglobal dot net


2 sally December 16, 2017 at 10:02am

Thanks for the chance to win. I would love print of The Christmas Letter. nerdsrgood AT msn DOT com
Another great blog post!


3 Shannon Molloy
Twitter: @SMU51992
December 16, 2017 at 10:50am

Thank you so much for the giveaway! Kathi Daley is an amazing writer and I’m in awe of the books she puts out every year. Have a very Merry Christmas! smmolloy1105@yahoo.com, Kindle version is fine.


4 Karin Tillotson December 16, 2017 at 12:05pm

Kindle please


5 donamae December 16, 2017 at 12:10pm

Oh wow, can’t wait to read these. I like when a veterinarian is in the Story. The whole setting small town, bookstore lots of interesting characters. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com


6 JoAn V December 16, 2017 at 12:18pm

I, too, am a fan of Kathi Daly’s mystery series – all of them. I’m looking forward to reading both of these books. Thanks for the giveaway and the reviews.


7 Debbie Price December 16, 2017 at 2:28pm

Two new Christmas books would be a wonderful present!
If I would win, a print copy please.


8 Kara Vaughan Marks December 16, 2017 at 8:36pm

I’d love an ebook of these–I love Kathi! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com


9 Donna Gantt December 17, 2017 at 7:52am

Love books by Kathi Daley! Thanks!


10 Sheryl Jeffries December 17, 2017 at 8:47am

This sound like a great read, I’d like to win a Kindle version.
sheryljeffries63 (at) gmail (dot) com


11 Jeannie Huffman December 17, 2017 at 10:56am

I would love to win print copies! Thank you so much for the chance.


12 Margie Rico December 17, 2017 at 10:57am

I would love to win a kindle copy of Fourth Victim and The Christmas Letter. Thank you for the chance!
Merry Christmas!


13 Christy Maurer
Twitter: @christy41970
December 17, 2017 at 11:10am

I really love Kathi’s books! I’d love Kindle copies if I win 🙂
A recent post from Christy Maurer: Sunday Strolls Giveaway Linky 12/17My Profile


14 Tina Treece Argo
Twitter: @Tina Treece Argo
December 17, 2017 at 11:13am

Would love to win thanks for a chance


15 Tina Treece Argo
Twitter: @Tina Treece Argo
December 17, 2017 at 12:13pm

Oops forgot I would like print copies if I win


16 Shirley Blanchard December 17, 2017 at 11:23am

i would love to win


17 Joanie Hinton December 17, 2017 at 11:25am

I love all the Kathi Daley series and especially the readers retreat and can’t wait to start The Christmas Letter joanie13b@outlook.com


18 Rhonda Gothier
Twitter: @farmgirl4747
December 17, 2017 at 11:33am

Love the chance! Thanks!


19 Denise Austin
Twitter: @deniseaustin59
December 17, 2017 at 12:31pm

I love her books so much and would love to win!


20 Julie McDonough December 17, 2017 at 2:17pm

I would love to win print copies of these great books, thank you for the chance.


21 Holly Stover
Twitter: @HollyStover6
December 17, 2017 at 2:36pm

Would love the chance for print books!


22 terry saunders
Twitter: @terry
December 17, 2017 at 2:45pm

One of the biggest Kathi Daley fans ever..Merry Christmas.


23 terry saunders
Twitter: @terry
December 17, 2017 at 2:47pm

One of the biggest Kathi Daley fans ever…Merry Christmas.


24 Judy Weaver December 17, 2017 at 3:03pm

I love Kathi’s books and would love kindle copies. jawdance@yahoo.com
Merry Christmas!


25 Jeanine Carlson December 17, 2017 at 3:21pm

I’d love a print copy please! My info is as follows:
somesmartcookle @ aol.com with an L in cookle, not an i.
Thanks for the chance!


26 Mary Jane H.
Twitter: @CarvingLady
December 17, 2017 at 4:07pm

I love Kathi’s books! Thanks for the chance.


27 donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
December 17, 2017 at 4:38pm

Print please the Christmas letter is perfect this time of year or anytime for me. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com


28 Randi Robinson
Twitter: @wvteddy
December 17, 2017 at 5:38pm

I would love to win copies of these Kindle books. I love the cover for The Christmas Letter


29 Kelley Morrow December 17, 2017 at 6:29pm

I would love print copies. I have been so excited to read The Christmas Letter! craig-kelley70@att.net


30 Sue Leis December 17, 2017 at 10:49pm

Sad to say, I have yet to read a Kathi Daley book. All the reviews I read about them rate them highly. It would be great to add a print copy of one of her books to my TBR pile. Thanks for the chance to win! Merry Christmas! manatee717-letters(at)yahoo(dot)com


31 Laura Milburn
Twitter: @Laurab21409
December 18, 2017 at 3:12am

I really love Kathi Daley. I’ve fallen behind in keeping up with her books. Would love to have print versions.


32 Margo Sue Bittner
Twitter: @MargoSue
December 18, 2017 at 8:18am

Thanks for the opportunity! There is nothing like a print book


33 johnna smith
Twitter: @johnnabooks135
December 18, 2017 at 12:23pm

Such a fun author!! thank you for the chance


34 Dianne Casey December 18, 2017 at 2:39pm

Love Kathi Daley’s books. Would love to read both books. Thanks for the chance.


35 Marilyn
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
December 18, 2017 at 11:11pm

I would love to read a new series by Kathi Daley and an ebook would be lovely.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


36 Rhonda Gothier
Twitter: @farmgirl4747
December 19, 2017 at 11:35am

Would love to win! Thanks so much!


37 Doward Wilson December 19, 2017 at 6:39pm

Print copies of these books would be wonderful.


38 Gabrielle Hashimoto December 20, 2017 at 7:23am

I would love the chance to win kindle versions of these books. Thank you for the opportunity!
My email is ghsurfhash@gmail.com


39 Linda May December 20, 2017 at 11:36am

I would love print copies of these books. Love Kathi’s books, Thanks for your great generosity.


40 Kim Templeton
Twitter: @musiqmom
December 20, 2017 at 11:45am

Thanks for the chance. musiqmom(at)yahoo(dot)com


41 Cindi Knowles
Twitter: @Msredk1
December 20, 2017 at 2:32pm

I would love to win ecopies. I love her books! Msredk@aol.com


42 Donna McCoy
Twitter: @mrsdmc68
December 20, 2017 at 3:32pm

I would love the chance to win these books; print copies please. Thank you so much.


43 Geraldine Pierson December 20, 2017 at 7:58pm

We love Kathi Daley’s books. Thank you for the chance to win.


44 Virginia Dixon December 20, 2017 at 8:22pm

I would love a copy of these books. Kathi Daley is a new author to me and I have fallen in love with her writing. Thanks for the chance to win and Merry Christmas.
Email jenbates1967 (at)gmail (dot)com


45 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
December 20, 2017 at 10:06pm

These both sound awesome! I would love to read them! Thanks for the chance to win!


46 Jess D December 21, 2017 at 4:25am

I would love a print copy. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com


47 Jill Broussard December 21, 2017 at 4:32am

I love all of Kathi’s books. Thankyou for the opportunity to win 2 more! Kindle version would be great.


48 Sharon Braswell
Twitter: @SharonBraswell1
December 21, 2017 at 2:32pm

I fell in love with the Writer’s Retreat Mystery series with the very first book and I love the sound of The Christmas Letter too! Love Kathi Daley’s books!! Thank you!!


49 Sharon Braswell
Twitter: @SharonBraswell1
December 21, 2017 at 2:33pm

Sorry!! Kindle would be great!!


50 Dianne Bahn December 22, 2017 at 10:22am

Merry Christmas to every one! I enjoy seasonal themed mysteries and would love to win a PRINT copy of these two books.


51 Karina Thibodeau
Twitter: @ThibodeauKarina
December 22, 2017 at 5:37pm

I love Kathi’s books. Thank you for the chance . Merry Christmas.


52 Karina Thibodeau
Twitter: @ThibodeauKarina
December 22, 2017 at 5:39pm

Forgot my email. Lamonicaks at gmail dot com


53 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
December 23, 2017 at 3:24pm

We have a winner!


54 Margaret Rushton
Twitter: @cupcake5858
December 27, 2017 at 11:42am

I love her books.
Print Please


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