"The Wedding Plan" A Tess and Tilly Cozy 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.

Different Game, Same Mysteries!
Tess Thomas has been a mail carrier for residents of White Eagle, Montana, for ten years, but recently she decided to go full-time working at the animal shelter to rescue and train dogs for search and rescue groups. Her boss and friend Brady Baker‘s plans to greatly expand the facility and build a high-tech training program are coming to fruition, and Tess finds the opportunity one she couldn’t pass up. Change can be exciting, but Tess misses the camaraderie, gossip, and daily interaction with friends and family, and Tilly, her trusty Golden Retriever sidekick, is struggling to understand he no longer buddies with Tess on her mail deliveries and misses the friendly interaction and treats. Tilly isn’t completely left behind; she assists at the shelter modeling basic behaviors for the dogs in training, but she’s too old to be used as Tess’s rescue partner. Tess looks forward to getting her own, younger, trained rescue dog and joining a local team. Tess’s personal life with two- and four-legged friends and family is her bright spot. There’s her mother and aunt, BFF/sister-in-law Bree and brother Mike, her law enforcement connection, but most importantly her not-yet-public fiancΓ© and tech wiz Tony Marconi. Ok, there is the niggling mystery concerning her father, and bodies that pop up, so really little has changed!

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The Wedding Plan earns 5/5 Tattoos...Engaging Fun!
Ten-year-old Timmy Wilson is missing, and the cold nights in the mountains make a successful rescue problematic. Tess volunteers as one who knows the area well, but Tilly is left behind since she’s not a trained “scent” dog. Luck has been elusive, and Lizzy and her rescue dog Poppy join Tess in her designated area. Poppy barks and heads off seemingly having picked up a scent. They follow. However, it isn’t the boy they find; it is an adult who appears to have been purposely dismembered, and like a puzzle, some parts are missing. But Tess recognizes the tattoo on the arm. She saw one years ago on a man who her father knew, a man who died long ago. Timmy? He was found cold and hungry, so the search was a success in that way, but this body looks like murder, and once again may be linked to Tess and Mike’s father...will they ever get complete answers?

Page-Turner! Kathi Daley has transformed the theme of her Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery from mail carrier to animal activist and search and rescue trainee. A side issue, which offers book clubs interesting debate, deals with the impact on our “fur friends” when humans make life changing decisions. Through the ten-book series, the mystery surrounding Tess’s dad has slowing evolved, but since this book has it as a key compelling part of this drama, suspicions, facts, and details are revisited. Kathi Daley’s entertaining writing style is descriptive and always includes everyday life to better understand and relate to her characters. The dialogue is informative with conversations to update details about the murder investigation, victims, and various theories, but also to explore ins and outs of the animal shelter, rescuing injured and abandoned cats and dogs, training dogs, introducing a new puppy into the family dynamic, and...Shhhh! personal secrets.

Be a Big Kathi Daley Fan!
Along with this ten-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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Look What’s Coming Up!

To enter to win an ebook copy of The Wedding Plan, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "wedding,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 1, 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.
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. Kathi Daley never stops! Count me in!

  2. Love this series, actually I love all of Kathi's books.

  3. I would love to win a copy of this book. Love Kathi's books. Thank you for this chance! pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com

  4. Thank you for your giveaways! We love Kathi Daley's books.

  5. I’d love to read this! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  6. Thanks for the contest. I love this author's books.

  7. Sounds like another great book by Kathi Daley. Thanks for the chance.

  8. Her books are such a delight with fun characters and nice twists!

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  10. Sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the opportunity!

  11. Sounds like an amazing and enjoyable book as always.

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  13. Looks like a fantastic read, mysterious and intriguing too. Love the book cover. Love this author's books.
    Would love to review print version of author's books. Love trying new authors, new books and new genres.
    I would love to win this book. Thanks for chance to win.
    I Hope I Win.
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  17. Love what Kathi Daley has done with this series ! Love all of her books! Thanks for another great review and Giveaway! oh_bother88@hotmail.com


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