"The Puppy Project" 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.

You’ve Got...Murder!
Tess Thomas is mail carrier to residents of White Eagle, Montana, with Tilly, her trusty Golden Retriever, as her buddy. Delivering mail and packages accompanies joining in on some gossip, which comes in handy when there’s a mystery to solve...or murder? Along with Tilly trotting along side, there’s her mother and aunt, BFF/sister-in-law Bree, and brother Mike as her law enforcement connection. But, most importantly is boyfriend/tech wiz Tony Marconi. However, the one niggling mystery has all been about her father...enough said!

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The Puppy Project earns 5/5 Cold Case Mysteries...Engaging Fun!

“Dreams aren’t real, or at least that was what I’d been trying to tell myself...”
—Tess Thomas, The Puppy Project

Tess’s sleepless nights, and Tony’s concern for her health, appear related to the return of disturbing nightmares...nightmares connected to the secrets and surprises surrounding her father, Grant Thomas. The decades he was absent, thought dead, discovery of curious letters and photos, clues to his real identity, chance meetings, and now living underground has brought confusion, fear, and personal peril to Tess and those she loves. And now, Tony has received encrypted messages from Tess’s father on an account few can access, asking for his assistance in an important search, but with the caveat that Tess not be told. However, suspicions are raised whether the message is really coming from her father...a test is devised to determine the truth.

Life goes on...Tess and Brady, the local veterinarian, are set to expand the White Eagle Animal Shelter facility to better meet the needs for permanent residence of older and unadoptable animals. They also plan to include a top-level training wing to prepare dogs for search and rescue, therapy, and other service needs. They’ve planned a big gathering to break ground on the new area, but drama just won’t stay away. One volunteer storms out after learning about her husband’s possible indiscretion and when scooping up a spade of dirt for the groundbreaking celebration, they make an astounding discovery...bones! Another mystery begins.

Brilliant! Kathi Daley has penned a great new book in her Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series with an immediate “catch up” to bring newbies up to speed on the mystery of Tess’s father that has trickled out over the series, but has reached a perilous crescendo. It is a compelling storyline filled with secrets, stalking, more secrets, international intrigue, and murders. The series could have focused solely on it, however we’re treated to other mysteries that double, often triple, the engagement. Finding bones and the subsequent investigation...is quite the added drama! Tess has so much in her life and she has the character and personality to handle it all, well, most of the time. She is painted realistically so her meltdowns over the nightmares, compassion for friends who hit roadblocks, support provided to family who have their own drama enfolding (brother Mike and BFF Bree as an example), and navigating her own relationship with Tony are well-developed and make her entertaining to follow. Support characters, too, have realistic demeanors, responses, and interactions; readers may recognize a friend, family member, or neighbor in them. I always enjoy Kathi’s writing style with a first-person narrative from Tess’s perspective (the “I” gives me a vicarious role in the drama), vivid descriptions, expressive dialogue, and a WOW! ending to one mystery and “on to the next clue” in the other. I can’t wait for the next adventure.

A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery

The Christmas Letter (2017)
The Valentine Mystery (2018)
The Mother's Day Mishap (2018)
The Halloween House (2018)
The Thanksgiving Trip (2018)
The Saint Paddy's Promise (2019)
The Halloween Haunting (2019)
The Christmas Clause (2019)
The Puppy Project (2020)

Be a Big Kathi Daley Fan!
Along with this eight-book Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series, USA Today bestselling author Kathi Daley has twelve different series offering something for every cozy taste from Alaska to Hawaii, from the northwest to the southeast, with varied occupations and close relationships with family and “fur” friend companions, and in several series, easy-to-follow recipes. She has a great social media community of fans, an ARC team, and can be followed on Amazon, Goodreads, and BookBub. Keep updated on all of her book releases, events, and goings-on by signing up for her newsletter HERE.

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To enter to win an ebook copy of The Puppy Project, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "puppy,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen March 21, 2020 . U.S. residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. You can read our privacy statement here if you like. We delete all emails after the contest is over.

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. You can listen to it here: mysteryratsmaze.podbean.com/e/boxes-in-the-basement-by-kathi-daley A new episode went up this week!

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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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  7. I love this series. It has gotten better and better with each successive book.

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