"Gossip in the Garden" The Inn at Holiday Bay By Kathi Daley

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.

Friends and Mysteries!
Abby Sullivan is a successful innkeeper rising above her personal tragedy and creating the Inn at Holiday Bay as a popular destination. Making sure guests are well attended and fed is the job of best friend and manager/chef Georgia Carter along with assistant manager Jeremy Slater, whose little niece Annabelle is eager to be of help. Now that the Inn is running smoothly Abby has plenty of time to devote to her successful writing career, although she can be easily led astray by a mystery, a visitor, or a walk with the dogs. Good friend and mother of six Lacy Parker is a professional decorator and always eager for a bit of antique hunting and information gathering; she can always count on husband Lonny, building contractor, to take the kids. There’s in-town residents like Velma at the CafĂ© who offer much needed insights, and a trio of delightful and demanding “fur” friends to add fun to Abby’s life. Although time has not healed all wounds from her tragic loss of her husband and young child, Abby is more receptive to see what becomes of her involvement with good friend Colt Wilder, the local police chief, but it seems when they make plans, something interrupts them. He is the official law enforcement connection needed when those distracting mysteries check in, but is he also the cure to mend a broken heart? The Inn at Holiday Bay isn’t all cozy corners and scones...there are mysteries to be solved!

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Gossip in the Garden earns 5/5 Pints of Brew...Engaging & Mysterious Fun!
Abby’s writing career has been going well, and exploring the area in and around Holiday Bay, she has discovered perfect motivation for her new novel...The Chadwick House. Of course, all real-life details will be disguised to protect the Chadwick family, but their story is too rich with drama to be overlooked. The house is being renovated and with Lonnie and Lacy involved in the project, Abby’s been able to tag along and explore finding a family journal and possible evidence of a secret room. A visit to the historical society for more insights seemed a waste since they were closed, but Abby is invited in by Patrick Montoya, one of the volunteers. He seemed very knowledgeable of Chadwick family details, so while he was packing up some of the display items to make room for new ones, they had an enlightening conversation. But, suspicions run amok when the old man turns up murdered, the items he packed up are missing, and the myths and legends behind some of the objects make them more valuable than just monetarily. Murder. Theft. Mystery.

Brilliant! Kathi Daley has another great book with this eleventh installment in The Inn at Holiday Bay series. The story about the Chadwick family started in Proof in the Photo, and although it is highly recommended newbies start there, it isn’t imperative. From a theft to murder to spelunking the mystery involves so many layers, but the idea of hidden treasure or an ancient native ritual seem to have little connection...maybe! Kathy Daley does, however, slowly reveal a jumble of clues (some found off the page) that kept me totally absorbed, and almost...almost, skipping to the end to find out what it is all about. Secrets and lies always seem to be uncovered, even with a bit of peril thrown in for good measure. Wow! Beyond the murder and drama surrounding the Chadwick house, life at the Inn is busy with a previous guest returning to search again for the “soulmate” she was led to believe resided there, preparations are in full swing for the Beer Garden being set up at the Inn for Lobsterfest, and dealing with the appearance of a mysterious older woman struggling with her memory. Abby and Colt are still trying to define their relationship, but their investigative partnership, although a purely “cozy” mystery reality, is still quite successful. Clever mystery, wonderful characters, and an entertaining writing style has made this series a personal favorite. I do like a bonus with my cozy, and with Georgia the Inn’s chef and star of the local “Cooking with Georgia” show, you’d think there would be a recipe or two...just saying!

Alert! The eleventh book Ghost in the Gallery is set to release 8/25/20. Abby is unaware of the odd occurrences at a local gallery when she agrees to volunteer at one of the events for the Halloween Festival: a wine and art competition. Some are saying the “shenanigans” may be due to a resident ghost.

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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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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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