"The Halloween Haunting" 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.

You’ve Got Mail...and Murder!
Tess Thomas is the postal carrier for the residents of White Eagle, Montana, and with her trusty Golden Retriever Tilly, she makes her rounds delivering letters and packages and joining in polite, sometimes gossipy, conversation. Along with Tilly, Tess has other “fur” family and is actively involved with the animal shelter run by the local vet. Her mother and aunt run the Sisters’ Diner, BFF/sister-in-law Bree owns the Book Boutique, and bother Mike is the local deputy. Tess and boyfriend/tech wiz Tony Marconi are a great team and navigating through an endearing relationship, but Tess worries that his family may find fault in her causing postponements to arranging an introduction. Along with her mail route, work with the animal shelter, and ins and outs of her relationships with friends and family, she has proven herself a competent sleuth using a delightful bunch of two-legged and four-legged friends and family, each with their own valuable role, to explore suspects, weed through motives, and uncover solutions to mysteries, mayhem, and murder.

Check out my review of another Tess and Tilly Halloween Mystery...

KRL 8/2018 Review The Halloween House by Kathi Daley

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The Halloween Haunting earns 5/5 Haunted Houses...Entertaining Fun!
Tess is very much involved with the local animal shelter, so trying to arrange a fundraiser to facilitate upgrades and expansion plans is a no-brainer and choosing to have a haunted house event in October seems like a great idea. Even Haunting America is set to film the purportedly haunted house in an upcoming episode which could spark great interest and make this fund-raiser a big success. However, the century-old house with its particularly curious electrical issues, fake wall, secret room, and suspicious noises may be more problematic. Getting the house ready for the film crew, Tess and Tony discover a skeleton, but it’s the more recently deceased in the clock tower that puts everyone on edge. Fascinating history. Cemetery relocation. Suspicious accidents. Mysterious deaths. Pranks. And a skeleton and a body. Just another Halloween!

Trick or treat? It’s a big TREAT!
Kathi Daley has penned another great book filled with true Halloween spirit as the seventh book of her Tess and Tilly Mystery series proves engaging entertainment. With a delightful writing style, making her a personal favorite, Kathi uses a well-written, clever mystery, or two, or three, with descriptive language, another set of great family and friends to support an admirable and strong female lead, and dialogue that best illustrates the tone and personalities. Along with the intriguing mysteries one would like to attribute to the supernatural, the more traditional motives like business rivals, competition, and just plain revenge seem easier to investigate. As I’ve pointed out before, Kathi always does well incorporating the holidays into her work with festivities, pumpkins, and haunted houses, but the focus is always on family with newlywed angst, relationship woes, and intriguing family revelations. All in all a delightful story no matter the time of the year...I highly recommend the series, and starting with book seven is a great way to herald in the holidays!

The next Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery book (8), The Christmas Clause, will release on November 26. It is currently on preorder HERE. White Eagle, Montana, is decked out for Christmas, but it’s the big storm that’s about to make a direct hit and a dead Santa that threatens everyone’s Christmas joy.

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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 relationships between family and friends. She has a great social media community of fans and can be followed on Amazon, Goodreads, and BookBub.

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On the Web Kathi Daley Website
Blog - Random Thoughts and Meaningless Musings

Image Source Evermine
Evermine is a family owned and operated personalized printing company based in Portland, Oregon. On their website, they also offer blogs on DIY projects and treats for holidays and specials occasions. Check out some the fun and tasty ideas for Halloween HERE. Try “Hoot Nibbles” from blogger Zoe!

Hoot Nibbles: Cardamom Shortbread Cookies
By Zoe who enjoys repurposing everything she can think of, quirky cooking, and promoting the creative lifestyle that she loves.

To enter to win an ebook copy of The Halloween Haunting, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "haunting,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 12, 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.

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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.
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.


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  5. Love this series. Sounds so good

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  10. Nothing like a Halloween story in October...thank you for the chance...
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  11. You had me with the cover! I’d love to read it. Thank you for the chance.

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  13. I love Kathi’s books!


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  16. Would love to read "The Halloween Haunting". Big fan of Kathi Daley's, love her Murder Mystery Contests!

  17. I love Kathi Daley's books, especially this series!

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  19. Sounds like it will be a Fantastic Read!!

  20. Love this series.


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