"Ghost in the Gallery" 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.

Friends and Mysteries!
During the last two years Abagail Sullivan has totally embraced her new life as a successful innkeeper making the Inn at Holiday Bay a popular destination. But, as circumstances would have it, she also became successful at uncovering and solving several mysteries. The Inn is running smoothly, thanks to manager/chef Georgia Carter and assistant manager Jeremy Slater, so Abby has plenty of time to devote to her successful writing career and any mystery that interests her. She is often joined in her queries by BFFs Georgia and Lacy Parker, Velma at the Café, and her official law enforcement connection and local police chief Colt Wilder. Time may not “heal” wounds, but it does make the pain less debilitating, so even though the tragic loss of her husband and young child is still in her heart, Abby has found a purpose, many dear friends, and a special friendship with Colt, a man of like interests. However, too often when they make plans, something interrupts them, so they agree to table the next level leaving their relationship in the “good friends” zone. She does have a trio of delightful, yet demanding, “fur” friends for companionship. The Inn at Holiday Bay isn’t all cozy corners, ocean views, and scones...there are mysteries to be solved!

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Ghost in the Gallery earns 5/5 Ghosts, Figuratively...Engaging Mystery!
Ghosts come in many forms: perceived, imagined, and annoyingly suspicious. New guest Alaric Banning has come to Holiday Bay because of his great-grandfather Cedric Banning. In the early 1900s Cedric founded the local newspaper, but sadly he died a few years later at the young age of thirty-two. No specific details of Cedric’s death were public, but the ghost of his memory has haunted Alaric as the one-hundredth anniversary of his tragic death nears. He discovered his great-grandfather’s diaries seeming to suggest he knew he would soon die. Abby gets a niggling feeling discovering he was found at the bottom of the cliffs just beyond the Inn. She learns the century-old death may not have been natural or suicide, and questions whether the shadowy figure that has plagued her day and night dreams is an illusion created by the lighthouse beacon or not. The new gallery in town has its own ghost story to tell, too. Artwork has been moved and some pieces from the collection of a renowned New York artist have gone missing, but security cameras show nothing. Add these to tales of the “Gemini Ghost,”, a guest with haunting memories, a full moon set for October 31, and a dead body, you’ll have a perfect Halloween!

Ding! Dong! Mystery Calling! Kathi Daley has penned an intriguing eleventh book in her Inn at Holiday Bay series with ghostly mysteries galore from a century-old puzzle to pumpkin pranks, from art thefts to murder; all with delightful details, all with surprising closure, all just in time for Halloween. Woven through the various mysteries, the lives of Abby and her close friends are examined. Relationships are not easy as Abby and Georgia both have tragedies in their past making it difficult for them to commit without fear, but Colt and Peyton, respectively, understand and apply no pressure for commitments. Friendships continue. An easy read, I was totally engaged with the well-plotted drama, realistic characters, and a surprise endings, as Kathi Daley uses a first-person narrative from Abby’s perspective sharing her descriptions, inner thoughts, and insights into the various mysteries. The dialogue does well to set tone, illustrate personalities, and although the investigation and informal questioning occurs off the page, it is later shared among the interested friends. All is fun!

Alert! The twelfth book, Turkey in the Trap Room, is on PREORDER to release on November 3. For the Christmas holidays, book thirteen, Cookies in the Cottage, is also on PREORDER for release on December 15.

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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Once in a Blue Moon!
With all its ups and downs, trials and tribulations, masks and filling up your phone with delivery apps, 2020 is also going to be the year of a “Blue Moon.” The more common and popular definition of a “Blue Moon” is “the second full moon of a calendar month.” Referred to as a “Harvest Moon,” the first full moon will appear on October 1, 2020, making October 31, 2020, eerily Halloween, such a “Blue Moon.” Enjoy!

Blue Moon cocktails (resource: https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/blue-moon-cocktail) are frozen martini featuring blue curaçao, vanilla syrup, and fresh orange juice. Whipping creams adds a hint of creamy texture to the drink.

1 cup crushed ice
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup blue curaçao
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons vanilla-flavored syrup (such as Torani)
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur

In a blender, combine all ingredients and whirl until smooth. Pour into four martini glasses (4 oz.) and garnish the rim of each glass with a slice of orange or, as I tried, a slice of star fruit.

To enter to win an ebook copy of Ghost in the Gallery, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "gallery,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen September 19, 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. Love books special to a holiday. Halloween
    can be spooky - lots of fun. Sounds like
    a good read. thanks

  2. I love reading about Kathi Daley's books on your site. Thank you for a chance to win.

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  7. would love to sip that drink and read this book on my porch

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  10. Sounds like another great book by Kathi Daley. Looking forward to reading the book.

  11. Oh I do love a ghost story and all of Kathi's Halloween books are great!! I love Abby, and all of her friends fur and human. This is a wonderful series and I'd love to add this to my collection. Thank you!! oh_bother88@hotmail.com

  12. The book sounds great! I love all of Kathi's series. The cover on this one is so cute.Thank you for this chance to win.

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