“Eighth Witness” 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.

If it's Monday, it must be Mystery Mastermind night!

The residents of Gull Island Writer’s Retreat gather together every Monday to discuss, brainstorm, and work to solve cold cases. Their investigations usually begin with one of the group taking the lead and presenting facts and background of a cold case they find of professional or personal interest. It is hoped that the group will agree with the plea for assistance and join in on the project. Each of the writers, varying in genre and age, along with local law enforcement and insights and knowledge from the locals bring to the project a skill set that has given them a 7-0 success rate finding justice for murder victims, wrongly accused, and innocent convicted. Here’s number eight!

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Eighth Witness earns 5/5 Cold Case Conundrums…Clever X 2!

Alex Cord brought an interesting case to the Mastermind Mystery group, but not without some tough questioning and skepticism. Ryan Spaulding is serving a life sentence for murdering Gina Portland, the mother of his child, and of course, he has consistently professed his innocence. A late-in-the-investigation witness, cracks in his alibi, and damaging physical evidence precipitated an arrest and guilty verdict…all very hard to overlook. Still Ryan’s defense had realistic responses for all the inconsistencies, but it didn't seem enough to keep Ryan out of prison.

Is Alex being played by the emotional aspect? He had been approached by Ryan’s sister with a very emotional plea for help, and during his interview Ryan voiced serious concerns for his daughter’s safety. She has been placed in the custody of Gina’s parents, not his own sister, and he believes and shared Gina’s recollections about their parenting skills bordering on abuse. Is any of this enough to warrant further examination? The group agrees to explore the details knowing, whether Ryan is innocent or really guilty, their efforts will bring closure.

This is my favorite Kathi Daley series: clever plots, wonderful characters, intriguing solutions. I am also a fan of “cold case” movies and television, and in Kathi’s book she gives me a double dose. Two cases, decades apart, are eerily similar: murder, circumstantial evidence, conviction, innocence claims, a daughter left without a father. She lays out issues in both cases, but weaves in daily life of the characters. They revisit testimony, walk the dogs, ask questions, help with the island’s film festival, explore newspaper archives, manage the retreat, review church documents, and run the local newspaper. The characters are well-developed and act/react in a realistic fashion. She also presents a collaborative, not antagonistic, relationship with law enforcement; the cases have already come to a conclusion, however questionable, or are very “cold,” so their efforts do not interfere with an on-going investigation. The only thing missing? George’s paella recipe!

Be a Big Kathi Daley Fan!

The Writer’s Retreat Mystery series was first published in May, 2017, with First Case, and has become a fan favorite garnering an average of 4.5 stars for the series. It is also a top favorite of mine; I enjoy the “cold case” idea. 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.

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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. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. I would love to win. I love Kathi Daley's books Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  3. Haven't started this series, yet. Looks good. kckendler at gmail dot com

  4. My husband and I love Kathi Daley's books. He is a little ahead of me in reading her series but one day I will catch up. She is amazing writer. jerrybruce50@yahoo.com

  5. Love all of Kathi's books and thank you for the chance!!!

  6. I really enjoy reading Kathi's books. Can't wait to read.

  7. Kathi Daley writes so many intriguing books whose plots will draw a reader in to them. Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway for this book. It is one of my favorite series. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com


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