“Boxes in the Basement” The Inn at Holiday Bay 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 this book, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Introducing…Drum roll, please!
Kathi Daley has penned her eleventh very delightful cozy mystery series with the introduction of The Inn at Holiday Bay. With her signature first-person narrative she adds her talent to the traditional cozy formula—a woman minding her own business, a murder drops into her lap, serious need to discover the truth, a bit of peril, and whew…perp brought to justice! With her signature entertaining style along with a close family and “fur” friend focus, Kathi has garnered a huge fan base…how ‘bout you?

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Boxes in the Basement earns 5/5 Mysteries Galore…Intriguing Page-Turner!

What is insanity? That, they say, is the question. Running away cross country to Maine? Buying sight unseen a dilapidated Victorian? Moving to a town totally opposite of what one knows? Yes, crazy! Abby Sullivan has experienced the worst tragedy anyone can imagine, and despite a support group of family and friends she has decided for her “sanity” to take a giant leap…renovations, remodeling, and a big orange cat! But it's the murder of a local young woman that grabs her attention. She's honed her curiosity as a mystery writer and wife of a police detective, so asking questions and piecing the puzzle together comes easy.

Along with varying dramas with overseeing the renovations, buying this and that, making new friends, and settling in with Rufus, Abby’s curiosity is in overdrive. She finds some curious boxes in her basement filled with personal items and photographs that makes her believe there's more to the murder than originally thought. Like research done by a writer she starts to see connections and like outlining a novel she theorizes possible scenarios. Sharing her thoughts with her new Inn manager and cook, local police chief, and even getting help from a friend in D.C., Abby’s got this worked out.

Just what I eagerly expect from Kathi Daley! A clever mystery, wonderful characters well developed for a first-in-a-series, descriptions, banter, and plenty of “fur” friends. The mystery puts Abby on the periphery with details and connections unfolding to other mysterious deaths and disappearances. Her “mind of a writer” and experience as a sounding board is a valuable tool, and although she doesn't get in the way of the investigation, her insights are found to be helpful to the local law enforcement. It is a very realistic storyline that puts the reader right in the middle with an engaging “I” perspective. Abby is an admirable young woman readers will enjoy with a strong desire to begin a new life, and the friends she makes are all levels of fun. Great descriptions, informative and engaging banter, and a cat and dogs to round out an entertaining read.

BONUS! Kathi has added an easy-to-follow recipe for Cranberry Muffins!

Be a Big Kathi Daley Fan!
Kathi Daley has ten other series offering something for every cozy taste including “fur” friends and close relationship between family and friends. She has a great social media community of fans and can be followed on Goodreads and BookBub.

Facebook - Kathi Daley Books
Join the Club Kathi Daley Book Club
On the Web Kathi Daley Website
Blog - Random Thoughts and Meaningless Musings

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

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section in Kings River Life and in our mystery category here on KRL News & Reviews. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. And check out our new mystery podcast which features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors! The latest episode is set at Christmas time!

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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. I would love to win this book. I love so many of Kathi Daley's books and series. I look forward to starting a new one. nerdsrgood@msn (dot) com

  2. This book sounds great 👍
    Just like All of Kathi's books do.
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  3. I like Kathi’s books

  4. This looks like another great series! Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  5. I would love to read this book. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. I love new series! I've read a lot of Kathi's books and I always love them! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  7. thanks for the review.

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  8. I would love to win this book - thanks for the chance. jcook22@yahoo.com

  9. Thanks for including Kathi Daley's latest book on your blog. It is a pleasure to see a new series once again by Kathi. Her covers are always appealing and it only guarantees the wonderful story within. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. Sounds like another great book from Kathi Daley. Looking forward to reading.

  11. Oh, I really want to start reading this series but haven't yet! It sounds so good, the setting and characters! Thanks for the chance to win jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com

  12. I would so love to read this.



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