"Clue in the Clam" By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

Review by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Karma had a Plan

Abby Sullivan couldn’t entertain the thought there was an upside to the personal tragedy she endured more than three years ago. The untimely death of her husband and young child sent her into a tailspin, but when she began to emerge from the fog created by her grief, she made the surprising decision to travel across the country, purchase an old estate overlooking the sea, renovate the property, and create a popular destination, Inn at Holiday Bay, Maine. Her new life as an innkeeper is not devoid of sad memories of her loss, but it has brought her a revitalized writing career, very dear friends, introductions to guests with some intriguing stories, and a new romance in the figure of Police Chief Colt Wilder. Of course, along with a rewarding and busy life, a few mysteries, some attached to suspicious deaths, have checked in and engaged her creative, well more nosy, side.

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Clue in the Clam
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Abby has a full inn, some newcomers, some revisiting, some bent on relaxing, some catching up, and some for business. Along with meeting the needs of their guests, Abby and her BFF Georgia are making the final arrangements for an exciting murder mystery and clambake event. Originally set for the Inn, they decided to change the venue to a nearby island and expand the number of participants. Ferrying out the fifty guests, serving a gourmet clambake, and enjoying a fun evening of mystery organized by a local theatre group is highly anticipated. A last minute request for photos of the island has Abby and Colt and Georgia and Tanner planning a double date: go out to the island, snap a few photos, and then return to enjoy a nice dinner in town. However, the discovery of a dead body on the beach is an obstacle for which they didn’t plan. Then as more bodies pop up in a suspiciously public manner, Abby and Colt team up with ex-CIA forensic psychologist, Sydney Whitmore, to create a worrisome profile...the killer is local! 

Clam-tastic! Kathi Daley has done well with the fifteenth book in her Inn at Holiday Bay series with a follow-up on the grave site found on Abby’s property, intriguing stories about an environmental impact research, a relationship triangle, and a controversy over a mega resort project. The story also introduces a new character, Sydney Whitmore, who will have her own cozy mystery series, The Resort at Castaway Bay, to entertain fans. The murder investigation with a clever set-up and motive is woven in and out of several intriguing side stories on everyday responsibilities with improvements to the Inn, prepping for the upcoming events, and updates on relationships, but nothing is deeply explored to interfere with the main story. Readers are given more insights into Abby’s late husband and a nice introduction to the premise behind Kathi Daley’s new series and the lead protagonist. Although the first murder was discovered by our Abby and friends, the subsequent discoveries occur off the page along with some of the clues. Clue reviews, scenarios, and wrap ups are often presented when characters get together; more likely this is reality. 

Alert! Book sixteen, Portent in the Pages, is releasing August 10 and is currently available for preorder at Amazon HERE. “Abby is offered the chance to participate in an author event being held at Firehouse Books with one of her own favorite authors. When the guest author turns up dead, Abby realizes that clues to the author’s death could be found in the new novel the woman had yet to release.” 

Introducing Sydney Whitmore! Abby’s husband always had a keen interest in cold cases, and, in connection to a missing sixteen-year-old, he met Sydney Whitmore, a forensic psychologist. After the gruesome discovery of a mass grave on Abby’s adjoining property dating back to the 1980s, Sydney arrives in Holiday Bay in her official capacity to determine if the evidence points to a murderer already serving a life sentence for several West Coast murders. Her insights, and colleagues, sure come in handy with the current investigation, but the grave and victims are left as a cliffhanger. Don’t miss the introduction to Truth or Dare at the end of the book. Preorder for a June 1 release on Amazon HERE.

Be a Big Kathi Daley Fan!

USA Today bestselling author Kathi Daley has more than a happy dozen of multi-book series 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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To enter to win an ebook copy of Clue in the Clam, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "clam,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen September 26, 2020. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  2. Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win. We love Kathi Daley's books.

  3. Love the cover! Sounds like another great book from Kathi Daley.

  4. Kathi Daley writes the most marvelous stories you can't miss with her


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  9. I have been reading Kathy's books since 2014. Still one of my favorite

  10. I have been reading Kathy's books since 2014. Still one of my favorite

  11. Love all of Kathi's books. Just started the Castaway Bay series.

  12. Sounds very interesting. Enter me please.


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