"A Mew Beginning" 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.

Meow and Murder!
Caitlin Hart West, “Cait” as she prefers, has lived on Madrona Island all her life. She is co-owner, along with Tara O’Brian, of a local cafe and bookshop that along with books and a menu of drinks and treats offers a few “fur” friends from the local shelter to cuddle. However, a terrible incident has put the Coffee Cat Books out of commission leaving Cait with lots of extra time on her hands. There is the Madrona Island News she and her husband Cody run to fill up some of the time, but there’s always a mystery somewhere unfolding heralded by the appearance of one of Tansy’s cats. Cait has learned not to ignore these felines, who vary in bred, age, and temperament, because somehow they know just the right direction Cait should take to uncover important clues. Her more two-legged support comes from her husband with all his newspaper resources, her BFF Tara, older sister Siobhan, youngest sister Cassie, her two brothers Aiden and Danny, and of course, Siobhan’s husband and local Deputy Ryan “Finn” Finnegan. For such a small community, it’s all somewhat official, and dubbing themselves the Scooby gang, they brainstorm, theorize, and ask lots of questions. Although they’ve been successful, one or more find themselves in some personal peril. Justice is always served, and the “cats?” always find a forever home.

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A Mew Beginning earns 5/5 Old Newspapers...Engaging Fun!
“Who on earth had done this to me?” It seems trouble just won’t take a vacation. Cait finds herself, after interrupting a break-in at the newspaper office, conked on the head. Her rescue, however, is made possible by none other than...a cat; this time it’s white with a dark tail, dark ears, and a dark mask and answers to the name Mystique. Oh dear, Cait’s disturbing feeling of anxiety and foreboding may have been more of an alarm. Although Cody’s files and old newspapers were somewhat disturbed, it seemed nothing was missing. The incident might not have occurred had Cody been at the office, but he was on official police business. Finn and the Seattle PD are working together on a trio of missing person cases, and Cody was asked to help with an informal interview of someone unwilling to talk to the police. Three young women have been reported missing with similarities hard to dismiss as coincidental, and the suspect may have been on Madrona Island. When it becomes imperative that newspapers from decades past require closer scrutiny, they uncover a few cold cases that had sparked the interest of the previous owner of the newspaper. I think Cait’s going to need TWO cats!

Meow-velous! It’s the twentieth book—twentieth!—in Kathi Daley’s Whales and Tails Mystery series, and right off Kathi gets the drama started with a bonk and introduces the newest of Tansy’s cats...I like that! The well-developed story focuses on several cold cases, my favorite investigation, with fascinating details, insights, connections, and a few twists to challenge any Miss Marple—although I did have an inkling about how the story would end. The use of Tansy’s cats is a fun literary device, especially for those “fur” friend fans, but it’s not really magical in a hocus-pocus sense. The cat communicates with persistent “meows” helping to focus Cait on certain details, files, and places, and the rest of the gang understand and accept the importance of the little felines. Along with the investigation that takes the group to other islands and ending with a bit of nail-biting, life continues weaving in efforts to rebuild the café, thoughts of Cait’s mother-in-law’s future visit, discussions about building an intimate cottage, and anticipation of an Easter celebration. These parts add to the realism, provide more well-rounded characters, build connections, and make visiting Madrona Island entertaining. No bonus in this cozy. There are several café, bars, and restaurants to highlight. What about Cait’s favorite fish sandwich? Breaded catch-of-the-day filet with a homemade tarter sauce?

Be a Big Kathi Daley Fan!
USA Today bestselling author Kathi Daley has twelve series (Book List) offering something for every cozy taste with clever dramas, arctic to tropical to west coast settings, close relationships with friends and family, and a variety of “fur” friends. She has a great social media community of fans 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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Do you have a special feline? One who “meows” into your heart. Rachel Beyer, artist, designer, and blogger at evermine.com has a great recipe for Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats. Enjoy!

To enter to win an ebook copy of A Mew Beginning, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "mew,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 6, 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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  2. Thanks for the review and chance to win. I'll check out he tuna treats for our little guy.

  3. Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win. My husband and I love Kathi Daley's books.

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  15. I love Kathi Daley's books. She has many series but I haven't had the opportunity to read
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