“Betrayal by the Sea” By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway/Podcast

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.Check out our latest podcast at the end of this post which features the first chapter of Kathi Daley's book Boxes in the Basement. Listen to her story come to life!

Chronicled in the seven-book Seacliff High Mystery series, Amanda Parker, known as Alison Prescott, witnessed a murder, and for two years was placed into federal witness protection. Being a teenager, her mother accompanied her to their new home of Cutter’s Cove, Oregon. Oddly, she discovered she had the unique gift to see and communicate with ghosts. Her BFFs Mackenzie “Mac” and Ty were in on her abilities, and offered back-up to help restless ghosts find peace along with justice for the living. Luckily, the danger that facilitated her incognito life ended and Amanda and her mother were able to return home. Ten years later, she suffered from nightmares leading her back to Cutter’s Cove to look into the unresolved death of a friend. Here’s where Kathi Daley’s Haunting by the Sea begins…

Homecoming by the Sea
(April, 2018)
Secrets by the Sea (June, 2018)
Missing by the Sea (October, 2018)
Betrayal by the Sea (March, 2019)

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Betrayal by the Sea earns 5/5 Classy Cruises…Clever and Entertaining!

A week on an intimate luxury cruise sounds delightful…roomy staterooms, 5-star dining, off-shore jaunts, and on-board pampering. Ty had done some tech work for Hamilton Investments, and after two employees were dismissed, he was offered their places on board. Mac and Ty took one stateroom, and Amanda shared the other with Trevor. Their relationship really wasn't at the cohabitation stage, so the pull-out couch came in handy. The passengers, all management and top employees from the investment firm, are not entirely enjoying a week of relaxation and camaraderie since they are having business meetings, discussions, and yes, speculation on the future of the company. Amanda and her friends were pretty much on the periphery, overhearing a rousing round of gossip on who’s with whom, spouses, office politics, and sharing the boss’s brow-beating attitude. Is that a ghost leaning on the railing? Sometimes knowing too much can put you in danger or dead.

This fourth book is another entertaining story and a favorite with a fascinating paranormal twist….“I see dead people.” Kathi Daley’s writing includes a first-person narrative from Amanda’s “I” perspective putting me where I like to be right in the middle of the story, and she uses a detailed descriptive and conversational style for her stories focusing on characters, any backstory, the setting, and the mystery at hand. Not to say there isn't any action, she does put her characters into peril with more missing and fear of more deaths creating a compelling drama. In this story, she included a boat full of characters needing introduction and explanation of their connections which had me a bit overwhelmed, but as the murder mystery unfolded it all fell into place. Also the ghost/murder victim, a component on which this series relies, doesn't appear till well into the story, but the details, twists, secrets, lies, and ultimate end was so clever and engaging it didn't matter. Along with the enjoyable mystery and ghostly interactions, readers are given further insights into Amanda’s ghost whispering that has sharpened over the series, her budding romance, and the ongoing mystery of the text message related to the matter that sent her into witness protection. A very enjoyable series, and this might be the best one!

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Check out our new podcast which features "Boxes in the Basement" by Kathi Daley. If you get this in a newsfeed you won't see the player, but you can go to the podcast website to listen to the podcast.

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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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  2. Daley is an excellent author.


  3. Love this author & series

  4. Kathi Daley always provides her readers with great books. This series is so interesting because
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  9. Love Kathi Daley's books. Would really like to read.

  10. Thank-you for the chance. I haven't started this series. The other books are in my TBR pile. kckendler at gmail dot com

  11. I enjoy all of Kathi Daley's books and this latest in the series with Amanda's ghost whispering and a ghost murder victim on a cruise ship setting is one I've been looking forward to. Thank you for the review and Giveaway!! oh_bother88@hotmail.com

  12. I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance!

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  15. Enjoyed the podcast & look forward to reading your books. Liked your bio and am glad you are enjoying your "retirement" from teaching.

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