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Friday, September 9, 2016

Pumpkins In Paradise by Kathi Daley (Author Guest Post / Book Review)

In association with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the book tour event for Pumpkins In Paradise by author Kathi Daley!

Author Guest Post

Meet the Animals of Kathi Daley Books

One of the reasons that writing cozy mysteries is such a good fit for me is because I LOVE animals. I mean I really love them. I can’t imagine a life or a book without at least one four legged character. 

While my series differ one to the next somewhat in terms of setting and characters, the one consistency that runs through all five, are the pets.

Zoe from my Zoe Donovan Series has a best friend named Charlie. Charlie is a Tibetan terrier who goes everywhere with Zoe including the wild and domestic animal rescue and rehabilitation shelter she owns. Zoe also owns two cats, Marlow and Spade, and in later books she has adopted a Newfoundland named Bella, a lab named Digger, and an assortment of additional cats. Since Zoe works with both wild and domestic animals there are a lot of animals in the series including bears, cougars, baby otters, and raccoons.




Cait, from my Whales and Tails Island Mystery Series, has a dog named Max. In addition to working at the bookstore she owns, Coffee Cat Books, she helps her aunt run the Harthaven Cat Sanctuary.  Cait is visited in every story by a very clever cat who helps her solve the crime. I guess it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that these cats are magical cats, although they don’t talk or fly or anything. It is more that they will scratch at the exact spot on the wall where something is hidden, or knock a book off a shelf that provides a key clue to solving the mystery.




Kailani from the Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery series has a lab named Sandy. Lani is a lifeguard and she rescued Sandy who was found swimming way off shore when he was a puppy.


And Alyson from my Seacliff High Teen Mystery Series has a shepherd named Tucker. Tucker is a natural guard dog who has gotten Alyson out of more than one sticky situation.


And last but not least, Tj from the Paradise Lake Series owns a search and rescue dog, named Echo who is based on my real life dog Echo. Don’t they look alike? A lot of people who see Book Echo on the cover of the books assume it is the real life Echo since they look so similar. Book Echo has saved Tj’s life on occasion while real life Echo as found a calling as a writers (that would be me) assistant.

Book Echo

Real Echo

And so there you have the pets of Kathi Daley Books. Each has a unique way of contributing to the story that I hope you will all enjoy.

About The Author

Author of the Zoe Donovan cozy Mystery Series, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series, Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Series, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Cozy Mystery Series.

Come for the murder, stay for the romance.

Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she’s not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.

Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with.

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Book Review

Pumpkins In Paradise by Kathi Daley
Book 1: A Tj Jensen Mystery Series
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Format: Paperback - 268 pages
               Kindle - 573 KB
               Nook - 389 KB
ISBN: 978-1635110890
BNID:  2940158191770
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Buy The Book:
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Buy The Series: A TJ Jensen Mystery Series
Book 1: Pumpkins In Paradise
Book 2: Snowmen In Paradise
Book 3: Bikinis In Paradise
Book 4: Christmas In Paradise
Book 5: Puppies In Paradise
Book 6: Halloween In Paradise
Book 7: Treasure In Paradise (Publication Date: April 2017)

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours.

Book Description: 

Between volunteering for the annual pumpkin festival and coaching her girls to the state soccer finals, high school teacher Tj Jensen finds her good friend Zachary Collins dead in his favorite chair. When the handsome new deputy closes the case without so much as a “why” or “how,” Tj turns her attention from chili cook-offs and pumpkin carving to complex puzzles, prophetic riddles, and a decades-old secret she seems destined to unravel.

My Book Review:

In Pumpkins In Paradise, the first book in the Tj Jensen Mystery series, author Kathi Daley weaves an intriguing cozy mystery tale that follows the amateur sleuth adventures of high school teacher Tj Jensen, as she tries to solve the murder of her friend Zachary Collins.

Set in the lakefront resort town of Serenity, Nevada, Tj utilizes logical puzzle clues that her elderly reclusive friend Zachary had taught her in order to search for the identity of his murderer and solve the mystery behind his untimely death.

Pumpkins In Paradise is an intriguing whodunit tale that has a wonderful fall theme, and enough quirky characters, witty banter and humor, drama, secrets, a growing list of suspects, and surprising twists and turns, that will easily keep you guessing the identity of the murderer. You can't help but get caught up in the drama and calamity that ensues as Tj tries to solve her friend's murder. Tj's amateur investigative adventure unfolds with a wonderful balance of comedy, drama, suspense, and sweet romance that easily kept me guessing, and left me wanting more.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I really enjoyed the author's rich description of the lakeside paradise town of Serenity and it's colorful townsfolk. You can't help but feel the resort's peacefulness and wish that you could visit this charming lakeside resort town.

Pumpkins In Paradise is an entertaining cozy murder mystery that will engage you to join in the crazy adventures and trials and tribulations that occur in Serenity, while providing you with a nice dose of charm and humor.

RATING: 5 Stars 

Book Tour Event

Tour Schedule:

August 31 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW 
August 31 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW
September 1 – Queen of All She Reads – GUEST POST
September 1 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
September 2 – Sleuth Cafe – REVIEW
September 2 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW
September 3 – Author Annette Drake’s Blog – INTERVIEW
September 3 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
September 4 – Ashleyz Wonderland – REVIEW
September 4 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT
September 5 – T’s Stuff – REVIEW 
September 5 – Christa Reads and Writes – GUEST POST
September 5 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
September 6 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW
September 6 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW
September 7 – The Girl with Book Lungs – REVIEW
September 7 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW 
September 8 – A Holland Reads – GUEST POST
September 8 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT 
September 9 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST
September 9 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

Join The Pumpkins In Paradise Book Club Event

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