"The Baby Plan" 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.

 Delivering Mystery

Tess Thomas has been the mail carrier for residents of White Eagle, Montana, for several years, but her passion for animals has led her to quit her position and work at the shelter full time with her friend and local veterinarian who trains dogs for search and rescue missions. Along with her dogs and training schedule, she is excited about her upcoming year one wedding anniversary, anticipating the birth of her first niece, and enjoying subbing as the mail carrier, again, now that Harriet has broken her leg and is on medical leave. Her husband, Tony Marconi, is busy working his computer magic for a new client, her mom is enjoying a new beau and boat, and spring is in the air making all the flora and fauna come to life. However, it isn’t all marital bliss, family milestones, fur friend companions, and good weather for Tess, there have been mysteries, shocking revelations, and murder, but with friends and family, and a cop for a brother, she’s always in good hands.

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The Baby Plan
earns 4.5/5 Onesies...Engaging Fun!

Tess’s mail rounds, partnered with her Golden Retriever Tilly, has been a walk down memory lane filled with some smiles, some gossip, and some butterscotch candy. She also drops in to check in with her sister-in-law Bree for an update on her pregnancy, and after a text from her brother Mike, she rushes off to the police station. When she enters, she sees her brother in an absolute tizzy with a screaming baby in his arms. He looks totally out of his element, and he with Dadhood just around the corner. Mike explains he had been reviewing police reports when his own Dad walked into the station, handed him the child, and disappeared out the back door. His Dad’s story is quite a mystery from faked deaths, international intrigue, and decades living underground, so it was a shocking appearance. Yet more disconcerting than seeing one’s elusive father, is that he said the child was in danger and needed to be hidden and protected. Who is this child? What danger? And more importantly, is the danger going to ensnare everyone? But, it’s the dead body washed up on shore that adds another layer to the mystery and magnifies the worries for everyone’s safety.

Delivering Entertainment! Kathi Daley has penned the eleventh book in her Tess and Tilly Cozy  Mystery series with a baby, a murder, and an encrypted flash drive. The mystery connected to Tess’s dad, his covert work and suspicious behavior, once again puts everyone on alert. The fascinating story has been evolving throughout the series although many of the what-s and why-s are not always resolved and most of his work is off the page and not explored in depth. But, the murder mystery has a few twists and turns and a shocking connection. Although there is the fascinating idea of keeping secrets, covert communications, and an air of danger, the story doesn’t have that action or direct peril. The story is a relaxing read with endearing characters, realistic discussions about everyone’s future, compelling “family always comes first” dynamic, and a continuation of Tess’s dad’s intriguing story.

Be a Big Kathi Daley Fan!

Along with this eleven-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 a few series, she adds easy-to-follow recipes. She has a great social media community, 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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To enter to win an ebook copy of The Baby Plan, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "baby,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 15, 2021. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter.  You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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! A new episode goes up next 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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  1. Kathi Daley never stops! Count me in!

  2. This book sounds like a really good one to read. Hope to read it soon.

  3. Thank you for the article and the chance to win this book.

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

  5. Looks like another great book by Kathi Daley. Looking forward to reading the book.

  6. Eager to try some more Kathy Daley books.I'm reading the Inn at Holiday Bay series right now

  7. I love Kathi Daley books and would be thrilled to win this one.

  8. I’d love to read this! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  9. Sounds exciting. thanks.


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