“Seventh Chapter” A Writer’s Retreat Mystery By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

by Kathleen Costa
Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of Seventh Chapter, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Mastermind Mystery Group is on the “Cold” Case!

Jillian Hanford has been helping her half brother Garrett manage the Turtle Cove Resort, a writers’ retreat on Gull Island. The permanent residents vary in age, fame, and focus, and their similar interests and some happenstance have caused them to create the Mystery Mastermind Group. Guidelines for the group are simple; any one of them can bring up for consideration a cold case of personal or professional interest. The cases, cold by a few months to several decades, have ranged from murder to accidents to, now, a missing person and a hundred-year-old mystery. The details are discussed, and if they all agree to take on the investigation, individual responsibilities are assigned according to each other’s strengths. Joining in, the group relies on the local deputy and various quirky residents. Although often not without personal jeopardy, several cold cases have been “closed.”

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earns 5/5 Cold Case Closures…Engaging Fun!

“He’s missing.” George Baxter is a veteran author of traditional whodunnits, one of the original residents of the Turtle Cove writer’s retreat, and childhood friend of Garrett Hanford. He has gathered the group together because he is deeply worried about the disappearance of his friend and fellow author Bosley Newman. He presents to the other members of the Mastermind Mystery group details about the research that Bosley had been conducting surrounding the lighthouse on Skull Island and an “amazing secret” that could be problematic for current Gull Island residents. The group is intrigued by the possible century-old cold case issue surrounding the death of the lighthouse keeper under “mysterious circumstances,” but it is the immediacy of the author’s disappearance that gets everyone involved. Their involvement becomes even more curious and imperative when a dead body washes up on shore.

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This seventh book in Kathi Daley’s Writer’s Retreat Mystery series has topped the previous six books as the best in the series. It is easy to start here, but the other books are highly recommended as well. The transformation of the retreat, building of close relationships, and Jillian settling into a new community are such compelling issues that newbies should not pass up the whole series. Traditionally each book involves a cold case with a varying time frame, but in this story a century-old cold case directly relates to current events and people. Kathi Daley’s style always provides a realistic and clever story with an engaging first-person narrative from the perspective of Jill Hanford, writer and manager of the resort, and offers excellent descriptions of various settings, background, character connections, and Jill’s inner thoughts.

An excellent and informative lists of characters and a brief bio is a unique addition to this series helping readers keep up on all character connections: Writers’ Retreat Residents, Townsfolk, and The Cast. However, Daley doesn't rely on just the narrative by including entertaining and informative banter which illustrates the tone and personality of those involved. The reveal unfolds methodically through various informal interrogations, reviewing research, and just happening on clues, but it's all realistic. The action is there, too, because someone is always in peril when the truth is ready to rear its head. Again, another entertaining and engaging story from Kathi Daley!

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To enter to win an ebook copy of Seventh Chapter, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "seventh,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen September 15, 2018. If entering via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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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.
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  1. Love this series!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. jawdance@yahoo.com

  2. I love Kathi Daley's books and I would love to win Seventh Chapter. Thank you for a chance to win.

  3. Would love to win a copy of this book.

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  5. I really enjoy this series by Kathi Daley and would love to win a copy of this one. jmvarner50@hotmail.com

  6. Awesome this book looks great
    Thank you for the chance
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  7. Thanks for the review.
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  8. What a unique premise. Sounds like a great read. And I always appreciate a Cast of Characters.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. This sounds like a fun and interesting! Thank you for the chance to win. Jeanie Dannheim, jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  10. I love Kathi Dailey stories so please enter me. Ebooks are wonderful thanks for putting one for this contest.
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  11. Love Kathi's books. Would really like to read "Seventh Chapter".


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