"The Curse of Hollister House" A Cat in the Attic 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.

Do You Believe in Curses?
It’s hard not to believe in “curses” when you learn of the tragedies that have befallen Calliope Rose Collins and her family since a scorned woman, purported to be a witch, cursed Calliope’s great-great grandmother for seducing her beau. She promised that “any Hollister daughter born to the [union], or any daughter born to their descendants, would suffer the tragic and early loss of their beloved.” Since then the female line has met more than a few untimely accidents, including her own mother who died in an auto accident with her father when Calliope was only four years old. She herself had survived the crash, cocooned in a car seat, and orphaned and deeply distraught, her Aunt Gracie took her in sharing with her the magical possibilities within the old attic and a love for music. Her passion for music grew giving her a life-long purpose and alleviating much of the pain grief had caused, but the “curse,” in the form of another senseless accident, sent her life into a tail spin. Her “beloved” life as a concert pianist is lost, and although physical therapy has brought back much of her range of movement in her left arm, the severity of her injury has left her without the dexterity needed to return to her professional career. So retreating back to her childhood home and the solace of the dusty attic with her cat Alastair by her side, she hopes to find a purpose to allow her to move on...without music.

➡ switch to KingsRiverLife.com for more articles ⬅

The Curse of Hollister House earns 5/5 Notes of Murder...Engaging Fun!
Calliope, adjusting to her new disability, has returned to the comforting surroundings of her childhood home and the arms of her Aunt Gracie. Confronting memories of her childhood and feelings of despair, her thoughts swirl about what life may have in store for her now. But it’s sirens and lights of emergency vehicles in the distance that capture her attention. Tom Walden, the caretaker on the property, had lived here since well before Callie arrived after the family tragedy. He heard on his police scanner that the body of a young girl had been found near the campground down by the lake with details that sounded eerily familiar: “Like with Stella.” Like Stella Steinmetz. Calliope’s junior high best friend went missing on her way home from school, and sadly, a few weeks later, her terribly damaged body was found in a shallow grave. Thoughts of a bear attack caused the mystery to go unsolved. Calliope always felt responsible for several “What ifs?,” and now with this new death, it’s all bubbling to the surface. However, Calliope accidentally finds an old newspaper report of another suspicious death eerily similar. “No way this is a coincidence.”

Wow, another excellent series! The mind of Kathi Daley is so creative, it blows mine! Her writing style is always entertaining, descriptive, delving into more than the murder mystery with family, friendships, and a protagonist dealing with her own personal tragedies, but she incorporates unique and fascinating crimes, cold cases are my favorite, and several suspects with motives to ponder. And in the end, the revelation was...intense! This first-in-the-series seems a bit longer allowing for more engaging, in-depth exploration of Calliope, her friendship with Stella, the other characters, their connections, and events happening during the fall season. My own memories were sparked learning Calliope and her friend had acted like young Nancy Drews, since I did, too, writing about my fictional investigation for my sixth-grade friends. Calliope is reunited with a childhood friend, Cass Wylander, who is is now the investigating officer, and with this close connection to law enforcement, she stays in the loop, but not out of trouble. This is gonna be a favorite Top Ten series!

Alert! The Mystery Before Christmas, book 2 in this new A Cat in the Attic Mystery series, is set to release November 12, 2019. Preorder HERE. Callie is writing human interest stories for a regional newspaper, and while reporting on a local Santa committing random acts of kindness, she gets involved in another random act of...murder.

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. Sign up for her newsletter. Sign up for her newsletter.

Upcoming Book Releases!
The Halloween Haunting—A Tess & Tilly Mystery (September; KRL 10/5/19 Issue)
Pilgrim in the Parlor—The Inn at Holiday Bay (October)
Thanksgiving in Paradise—A Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery (October)
The Catnip Before Christmas—A Whales and Tails Mystery (November)
Celtic Christmas—A Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery (December)
Note in the Nutcracker—The Inn at Holiday Bay (December)
Christmas by the Sea—A Haunting by the Sea (October)
Finding Shelter—A Rescue Alaska Mystery (Early 2020)
Hayden—The Hathaway Sisters (Early 2020)
Murder at Shell Beach—A Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery (Early 2020)

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 The Curse of Hollister House, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "hollister,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 5, 2019. 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! One of our past episodes features another of Kathi's books. A new episode went up this week that features a black cat-perfect for Halloween.

You can use this link to purchase the book. If you have adblocker on you may not be able to see the Amazon link:

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.
Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.


  1. Thanks for the chance. Love her books. sclickner at juno dot com

  2. On my TBR list! cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

  3. Love ebooks as well and what a fun time to read this as Oct. is almost here...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  4. Thank you for this chance to win . 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. You're so right about Kathi Daley. Her books are always so good. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. I love all the other books I have read of Kathi Daley's. The synopsis and your comments have me very interested. Thanks for the chance! bernice-kennedy(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  8. Sounds Like A Great Book đź“–Thanks for Sharing this book with us

  9. Shared Post on Twitter https://twitter.com/LindaMoffitt02/status/1178071400965431298
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com

  10. I love reading your books. I can read them over and over.


  11. I haven't read this series yet. Thankyou for the opportunity. minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

  12. Love Kathi Daley's books. Thanks for the chance.

  13. Thanks for the chance! somesmartcookle at aol dot com. cookle has an L, not an i. Thanks!

  14. Can't wait to start this series! jawdance@yahoo.com

  15. Looking forward to reading this! Cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

  16. Thank you for the chance to read Kathi Daley's new book. embam1969 at comcast dot net

  17. good enough for me - u can never have too many books ! bev

  18. Been waiting to read this series. Kathi has the best series!!!!!

  19. Thanks for the chance, I love her books! cgstratman(at)hotmail(dot)com

  20. Thanks for the chance to win. The book sounds interesting. kc20083@gmail.com

  21. I really love her books. Thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Always love Kathi Daley's books. Never go wrong getting any of her series. Thank you for this delightful giveaway!

  23. Sounds terrific. ..would love to win...tks for chance

  24. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm new to her books but would love to win and even possibly review the book. Books sound amazing. Hope I win.
    Email is: don[dot]stewart[at]zoominternet[dot]net

  25. I really love Kathi's books, and this series sounds like a great one! Thanks for sharing this giveaway! christy41970(at)gmail(dot)com

  26. Thanks for the chance to win! Sounds like a cute book.
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  27. I’m sold on this fascinating book!

  28. Sounds good! Enter me please! Katrinadehart@ymail.com

  29. Glad to be able to read another awesome book from this fabulous writer

  30. Sounds like a great book - thanks for the chance to win a copy - trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com


Post a Comment