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Kathy told an interesting and believable story. I wished it had been a bit longer so I could have seen a touch more of what looks to be romance developing. Best of all was the believable plot, and she writes well!
This is an intriguing series with very likeable characters. Tess is a mail carrier in a small town. She has been looking into her father's "death" with her friend, Tony. This book has Tess come upon an accident with the driver of one car dead. The driver of the other car is a stranger with a compelling mystery. Tess becomes friends with the stranger and decides to help him. I never like to comment very much on the mystery as I'm always afraid I will give away the story. This book contains two mysteries, one that is ongoing and the other that is solved. Both mysteries are very interesting. The ongoing mystery is the reason why, I feel, this series needs to be read in order. Tess, Tony, and many of the supporting cast of characters are very likable characters. There are some four-legged characters that provide companionship to various characters and are very much a part of the book and series. I adore this about Kathi Daley books. In my opinion, she is one of the best authors when it comes to pets in the storyline. If you are a pet lover, and you haven't read this author, do yourself a solid and read her books. She has the touch of writing them into the story very naturally and with their unique characteristics. I can't recommend this book enough.
“It looks like a two-bagger today.” Tess grimaces a bit, but it is Valentine's Day in a week. But, along with cards and packages, a few mysteries are delivered. First, BFF Bree Price, owner of the Book Boutique, is receiving Valentine's gifts anonymously. It's always a delight to be on the receiving end of surprises, but it can also be a bit ‘creepy.’ Next, Tess and Tony research may have gained another clue to what happened to her father fourteen years ago. Her father was a cross-country hauler and killed when his truck exploded…so why is he looking alive and well in the photo? And that photo? The internet is a miraculous tool. Last, and the main focus, concerns the victim of a car crash. Tess was first-on-scene to help extract Coby Walters from his car. She discovers he has his own mysterious photo. Several residents hold clues to the identity of woman in his photo who happened to have been a temporary resident in White Eagle over thirty years ago. And, the visitor in the black sedan and the threatening late night phone call attempting to scare Tess and Tony off their search, may herald some serious danger…
Another entertaining book from favorite author Kathi Daley! She always provides an engaging mystery or murder investigation to challenge your inner ‘Sherlock.’ Each purposeful interview, informal chat, computer search, or visit to an abandoned house adds another piece to the puzzle about the mysterious photo(s), and the nail-biting end is an excellent twist I didn't see coming! However, it's the stories surrounding her two-legged and four-legged characters that keep me invested. Tess is delightful, an animal lover who will stop to rescue any injured animal and often bring it home. Her relationship, or lack of, with her father has left her with some insecurities, but she is dedicated to discover the truth whatever that might be. And Tony, her childhood friend, is providing all the support she needs, but is love in the air? Of course, what about the handsome vet Doc Baker? We have her mother’s across-the-ocean pen pal, Hattie and Hap’s post divorce dating, BFF Bree’s secret admirer, and little Bruiser, a terrier mix labeled a ‘grouch,’ may have found his ‘fur’ever home. Fans will long it, and newbies will become fans!
Kathi Daley always provides wonderful easy-to-follow recipes submitted by her fans. In this book you can enjoy the perfect remedy for the cold temperatures…soup! We have Tortellini Chicken Soup, Grannie’s Potlicker Soup, and Turkey Cheese Soup, then a great side to any meal we have Mexican Potatoes. Yum!
Kathi Daley has brought us another book in her Tess and Tilly Mystery series. In this book we continue to see the residents of White Eagle, Montana, as Tess Thomas and her faithful dog, Tilly, deliver mail to them. It is the week before Valentine’s Day and the mail delivery is heavier than usual. It seems to be a time for mystery men to be involved in some way or form in White Eagle. One comes through the mail in the form of package for Lucy Thomas, Tess’s mom. Postmarked from Italy, Tess wonders just who this man is and what his intentions are for her mother. The other is a young man who Tess finds by accident… a car accident involving another vehicle that Tess comes upon on her way home. After freeing one man from his car, Tess goes to the other man to check on his condition. The second man is unconscious. Tess has called 911 and with assistance from the first man they try to keep him alive until help comes. The first man, Coby Walters, explains he is in White Eagle to try to find out information about his birth mother. Using a photo given to him by his adopted father upon his death, Coby asks Tess if she will assist him in his search. Tess is never one to say no to someone in need and so the search begins. We are also provided with Valentine surprises and Bree, Tess’s bookstore owner friend, is receiving mystery gifts from an anonymous sender. Tess’s other friend, Tony Marconi, returns in his continued search to assist Tess in her search for the truth into the death of her father. Will their relationship turn from friendship to a romance? Only time will tell. I can assure you, you will find many twists and turns and when you think you have figured out what road this book is taking, Kathi will add a new direction to have you wondering again.
The Valentine Mystery is the second novel in Kathi Daley’s Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series and it’s an awesome and delightful read. The writing style flows smoothly at a steady pace. The characters are well rounded and affable and the mysteries are well plotted and interesting. As with all her books, Ms. Daley has provided readers with a clean, fun read, caring and compassionate characters, an intriguing mystery to try to solve, and adorable dogs and cats. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading well-crafted cozy mysteries.
Tess Thomas was born and raised in the small community of White Eagle, Montana, has one brother, Mike, who’s a member of the White Eagle Police, and her mom, Lucy Thomas, co-owns a café, Sisters’ Diner, with her aunt, Ruthie Turner. Tess works for the United States Postal Service and enjoys delivering the mail and visiting with the town’s residents and business owners on her route. Tess has a special relationship with her dog, Tilly, who accompanies her while she delivers the mail, and has recently adopted two kittens, Tangletoe and Tinder. Valentine’s Day has increased Tess’s workload and she’s volunteered to help at a Valentine’s Day/Dog Adoption Party the new veterinarian, Brady Baker, is hosting at the high school. Tess happens upon an accident on her way home from work; one driver is uninjured, but the other dies at the hospital from an apparent heart attack. The uninjured driver, Coby Walters, tells Tess that he’s in town searching for his birth mother. She’s intrigued by the handsome man and his story and wants to help him. Tess ends up asking her other best friend, Tony Marconi, who is extremely skilled at locating information, to help her. Tony is also trying to help Tess solve the mystery surrounding her father who reportedly died in an accident when she was a teenager, but whom she believes may still be alive.
Tess with her dog Tilly, plus 2 kittens live in small town Montana. Tess delivers mail which lets us readers get to know the local townspeople. Tess’s evenings are filled with friends and family who assist in solving the mysteries that keep the pages turning. The 2nd book in a series I intend on reading as they come out.
In this next book of this fun new series Tess has a long day ahead of her delivering two bags of mail. By the end of the day she is ready to head home, and looks forward to that evenings book club. Unfortunately she comes across a crash on her way home and spends most of the evening talking to her brother Mike about what she witnessed. One of the men she helped out invites her to a meal to say thank you and Tess agrees, hoping to find out what has brought him to town. While having breakfast the next morning Tess learns that the stranger is in town looking for his mother, you see he was left at a church and adopted when he was just a baby. All Coby has is an old picture of his mother and it has led him to White Eagle. Tess being the lovely person she is offers to help and gives Coby some other areas that he can look for information. Along the way Tess learns that the driver of the other vehicle didn't make it and it might have not been an accident. Follow along and join in the fun as Tess tries to help Bree figure out who is sending her gifts, lends a hand to Brady with a pet adoption day, gets Tony to investigate a foreigner who is interested in her mother, and works on Cody's intriguing mystery. Throughout the read you get to spend time with some fantastic pets and see others find forever homes. I look forward to seeing where the author leads Tess next.
This was a fun read, & just in time for Valentine's Day. Tess meets a man Coby, by way of an accident who claims to be looking for his mother who gave him away at birth. Tess is also trying to determine what really happened to her father: did he fake his death, & if not where is he? There are a few twists in the story that make it really engaging, along with her loveable pets.