“The Saint Paddy's Promise” Tess and Tilly 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 this book, and a link to purchase it from Amazon. There are also a fun St. Patrick's tips.

Congratulations on Number 100!
Kathi Daley
Kathi Daley began her writing career in 2013 with the release of Halloween Hijinks from her Zoe Donovan Mystery series. Six years, eleven series, and One Hundred books later, she has garnered an eager and loyal fan base of which I count myself one, earned regular four & five-star book ratings, and achieved USA Today bestselling author status. Along with entertaining fans with her writing, she blogs, puts on fun contests, attends events, and collects recipes from her fans to include in several of her series. She has a series for every cozy taste with clever mysteries, endearing characters, criminals “karma”ized (It's a word!), clean romance, a sense of community, and a variety of “fur” or “feathered” friends.

Congratulations, Kathi Daley! Here’s to next 100!

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Mail’s Here!
First published in 2017 with The Christmas Letter, her now six-book Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery follows Tess Thomas in White Eagle, Montana, partnered with Tilly her golden retriever. As a postal carrier, she makes rounds delivering mail and joining in polite, sometimes gossipy, conversation. As an amateur sleuth, she uses a delightful plethora of two-legged and four-legged friends and family each with their own valuable role in determining suspects, uncovering motives, and finding solutions to mysteries, mayhem, and murder. Additionally Tess and boyfriend/tech wiz Tony Marconi are working together to uncover details behind her father’s death fifteen years ago which has recently been put into question…a letter, photos, a disturbing phone call, and hits from a facial identification program have added to the mystery.

The Saint Paddy’s Promise earns 5/5 Happy Endings & Justice…Clever!

Mystery and murder seems to have been delivered with first class postage!

The mystery of true love has torn at Tess’s heart. Sixty years ago Elizabeth and Patrick met, fell in love, and promised to marry despite some family opposition. Patrick left to tie up some family ends making plans to meet on St. Patrick’s Day when the two would run away and start a new life together. However, Patrick never returned, and for the last sixty years, now Nana, makes her annual St. Paddy pilgrimage hoping against hope he’d finally return. Can Tess and Tony use their sleuthing skills to bring closure, or Patrick, to Elizabeth?

The murder has shocked residents of White Eagle. Brick Brannigan, described as a nice and popular guy, is the owner the local bar, but his body has been found…victim of a violent crime. Rumors fly about criminal activity and bad employees, but the curious clues of packages, letters, and DNA results stump both the authorities and amateur sleuths. What was Brick investigating? Finding roots or family? Finding connections to a crime? How does any of this support murder?

Very engaging and hard to put down! Tess and Tilly Mystery has become one of my favorite Kathi Daley series, and this sixth book is top notch with more than one mystery, great characters, close relationships, and several “fur” friends. Kathi’s writing style centers around a first-person narrative from Tess’s perspective as she lays out the clues, scenarios, and strategies for uncovering the mystery with realistic banter. And since no one investigates 24/7, Kathi always shares the lives and community connections with delightful side stories: Tess and Tony continuing to grow in their relationship, ins and outs of the adoption center and dog training, and wedding ups and downs for BFF Bree and brother Mike. Newbies can easily join the series here, but the evolution of relationships and especially the mystery surrounding Tess’s father have been slowly unfolding throughout the books. I wanted more, though, about the mysteries and murder. Kathi often summarizes important phone calls or conversations or computer searches after the fact instead of real time, and when a mystery started in the past, she does not employ flashbacks that I'd find engaging. But it's realism she captures! I still am totally entertained.

Be a Big Kathi Daley Fan!
“Come for the Murder, Stay for the Romance!” 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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Saint Paddy’s Promise? Cookies!
By Jeanne Williamson (evermine Party Inspiration Blogs)

My favorite DIY site includes so many marvelous blogs, current and archived ideas, from special event planning for baby showers, graduations, anniversaries, and more to holiday treats and gifts. Saint Patrick’s Day is no exception with delightful party ideas (favors, treat bags), recipes featuring Guinness (mustard, cheese spread, floats), soda bread, homemade sauerkraut, homemade Irish cream, and cookies! Here is one easy-to-follow recipe bribe to ensure you don't get pinched!

evermine Blog - St. Paddy's Day Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

To enter to win an ebook copy of The Saint Paddy's Promise, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "paddys,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen March 23, 2019. 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. Congrats on 100 books! JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. Congratulations, Kathi! And thanks for the contest! ckmbeg (at ) gmail (dot) com

  3. I love Kathi Daley's books and this cover looks great. Love holiday books also. Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  4. I would love to win this book from the great Kathi Daley!!
    Thanks for the chance.

  5. Wow, now I really would love to win this book. St. Patrick's Day is my favorite holiday. It is a just because day with no requirements, just a smile. Thanks for the chance to win & have a safe fun St. Patrick's Day. daw655@hotmail.com

  6. Congratulations on your 100th book!! Thanks so very much for the chance to win your new book!!
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  7. We love Kathi Daley's books. Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

  8. Reading now and cannot wait until I find out the ending but will not skip to the end. have to read each word

  9. I would love to win a copy of this. Thanks for the chance.

  10. Congrats on your 100th book. I have loved reading Teas and Tilly 's adventures. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books I've read by Kathi Daley.

  11. This book looks great 👍 Thanks for Sharing this book with us 😍
    The recipe looks tasty also
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  12. Congrats on book 100!!!!! kckendler at gmail dot com

  13. Thank you for this chance to win.


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