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On page 98 there was an error! Early in the story it was mentioned that Tony had purchased a SUV to replace his using his truck for the Thanksgiving trip. This "SUV" was referred to several times & then on page 98 they referred to Tony's "truck" as there means of transportation! Other than that I enjoyed the story.
It's Thanksgiving and the whole family (Tess and Tony, Mike and Bree, Mum and the dogs ands cats) decamp to a cabin on a lake where Tess and Mike's Dad used to go fishing.
Of course, it can't be a normal holiday, when Tess's and Tony find a body in the lake. Whilst they're getting drawn into that mystery, they are also asking people about Tess's Dad, are they're people there who knew him? Then there's the stray dog found as they arrive, wil they're be another member of the team?
Easy to read cozy mysteries with romance and every day life thrown in, set in the small town of White Eagle. Underlying each story is the ongoing mystery of Tess's Father's disappearance, will they get closer this time and will she have to come clean to Mike?
These books are best read in order of publication to preserve continuity of the characters and series.
The Thanksgiving Trip A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery, Book #5 Kathi Daley 5 Stars
The entire Thomas family takes a Thanksgiving trip to a mountain cabin after Tess learns that her father visited the area every autumn to hunt and fish before his supposed death in a fiery truck accident. After arriving at the cabin, Tess and Tony, along with Mike and Bree, team up to investigate a suspicious death, while Tess and Tony secretly talk to people who live in the area and once knew her father. Hoping to finally find answers for her unanswered questions regarding her father's current whereabouts, Tess widens her search which lead her to a startling realization.
Meanwhile, a stray dog seems intent on adopting Mike in spite of Mike's insistence that there is no way he has room in his life for an energetic and mischievous puppy. (Goodreads)
There are a couple mysteries in this book. The first is who killed the person that was found and the second is what happened to Tess’s dad and is he still alive? Both of these mysteries are carried on well throughout the entire book and there are plenty of clues to help any armchair detective solve these puzzles. We learn more about Tess’s dad and who he was and come closer to finding the answers.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. I was pulled right into the story from the very beginning and carried along for a mysterious ride. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I could feel the cold and see the snow falling at the cabin. I really liked that this book took place elsewhere, it brought a different feeling to this book.
I would recommend this book (and series) to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you like wonderful characters, a great setting and intriguing mysteries, pick up a copy of this book.
The Thanksgiving Trip is the fifth in Kathi Daley’s Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series, and it’s an awesome read. The smooth writing style flows 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, with 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 is surprised when her mother, Lucy, suggests the family spend a week vacationing in a cabin at Timberland Lake for Thanksgiving. Neither Lucy or Tess, or Mike, her brother, has ever been there, but their dad, who may or may not be deceased, always spent time there in the fall. Tony Marconi, Tess’s boyfriend, and her best friend, Bree Price, who is Mike’s girlfriend, will be joining them, along with two dogs and two cats. On the drive to the lake, Mike spots and rescues a puppy. Tony has been helping Tess try to 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, so they planned to do a little sleuthing while there, hoping someone might remember her dad. Since Lucy and Mike don’t know they’ve been looking into this, they have to do their snooping on the down low. While walking the dogs, Tess and Tony discover a man’s body floating in the lake. Officer Holderman is in charge of the investigation, and when he learns Mike is a member of the White Eagle Police Department, he enlists his help. Tess, Tony, Mike, and Bree make the rounds of the cabins to see if anyone knows who the puppy’s owner is and ask questions about the victim, Doug Peterman, a local maintenance man, and cleans the cabins, along with his wife.
The Thanksgiving Trip is the fifth book in the Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series by Kathi Daley. Once again, this creative, prolific author has done the impossible... come up with a story that is sad and sweet and packed FULL of emotions and intrigue. This mystery series demonstrates how Tess works hard to balance family and career and still finds time to solve mysteries the family issues...rehome pets, interpersonal relationships, etc. ring true to life. Small towns and large cities alike often encompass families that have unknown dynamics or unresolved issues that are rarely discussed, this story sadly draws attention to the similar situations that tend to be closer in thought during the holiday season. Many families travel to spend time together over the holidays. Tess, her mom, brother, as well as her boyfriend and her brother's girlfriend take a vacation to a place that Tess's father used to visit. Shortly after they arrive Tess and Tony find the body of the property caretaker floating in the lake. They are drawn to investigate which leads to them to stumble upon information related to Tess’s father. As their investigation deepens more questions arise. Is Tess’s father still alive? Where did a stray puppy come from? Who killed the caretaker? This plot has a numerous interwoven mysterious situation to resolve. Possibly, the greatest question may be is the family safe at this cabin get-away? Set during the Thanksgiving season readers will recognize the importance of giving thanks for thankful for family and friends. The story is plausible, and the well-developed characters are perfect in the roles they portray. Ms. Daley’s cozy mysteries are always solid. Each book can be read as a stand-alone although I do suggest readers start with book one as the book each lay more of a foundation and character development which makes the stories more enjoyable. This book is well written with a plot woven to hold the readers attention. It is quick read. I recommend it especially if you like holiday themed books. I recommend this book and believe readers who appreciate a good cozy mystery will enjoy this book.
Tess Thomas delivers all kinds of mail sticking around to enjoy a bit of gossip and maybe, as circumstances arise, hone her amateur sleuthing by performing a few informal interrogations. Her brother Mike is the local sheriff, so Tess has always been compelled to offer her assistance when a suspicious death appears. Tess has discovered that her father long thought dead may very well be alive. She’s enlisted her boyfriend Tony to do a bit of investigating, and although more curious evidence is discovered, no real answers...just more questions. So it is curious that Tess’s mom, unaware of Tess’s discoveries, decides to have the family spend the Thanksgiving holidays at Timberland Lake, the exact place her father would go every fall to fish…alone. More evidence, answers, insights? That's what Tess is hoping. Of course, the uninvited body floating in the lake puts everyone on alert.
I really enjoy Kathi Daley’s Tess and Tilly Mystery series: a unique career for a cozy main character, “fur” friends galore, quirky residents of a small town, endearing romances, and mysteries of all sorts. Kathi always devises an engaging crime unfolding clues and evidence with a final, sometimes perilous, reveal, but she has added to this series the mystery about Tess’s father. It is fascinating to follow, weaving through the five books, the discoveries of an old letter, photographs, and news articles along with search results from facial recognition programs. This series is always engaging, but it is Kathi’s writing style, descriptive first-person narrative, and entertaining banter that makes it a favorite. Newbies can start here; you'll love it. The unfolding secondary mystery is revisited laying out all that has already been discovered. And animal lovers will delight in all the animals that interact as family…and possibly as a witness! Recipes! Yeah…add these to your own Thanksgiving weekend menu: Leftover Turkey Sandwiches, Turkey Soup, and Turkey Stew. You’ll feel it necessary to roast two turkeys to make sure you have plenty of leftovers!
Tess and her whole family decide to go to the lake and stay in a cabin for thanksgiving, it is where her dad used to go fishing before he was in an accident and died, and that's when the mystery starts.
Some people just can not go on vacation, even if they take their family and closest friends with them. Not only is this the first Thanksgiving that Tess's mother and aunt are not hosting Thanksgiving at home, but it is also the first holiday gathering to include Mike and Tess's potential future life partners. Even if the two "plus ones" have been long time friends of the family, the status has changed. We all know about Thanksgiving dinner stress. That won't be an issue once a body is found, floating in the water at the get-away location Tess's mother has chosen. Why this particular lake, when there is history there even if the family has never visited before? Tess and Tony have been trying to discover more about her presumed dead father, who may not have died in a fiery road crash. It is time to fill in brother, Mike, who happens to be a cop. Lots of history and additional questions surface as they question the longterm residents of this lake community. What harm can come of adding in questions about her father? This book is a thinker. Will they get answers they have been waiting over a decade for? Will they decide to be satisfied and put the search aside? Are they in danger just by being in this cabin? Another deep puzzle to be waded through and untangled. To lighten the mood, an adorable pup decides to adopt the family.
Tess is excited that her family will celebrating Thanksgiving at a cabin her mother rented for everyone. Her father use to visit the remote area and she hopes that while there she might learn something new about him. Maybe someone will be able to tell her something that will lead to why he seems to still be alive. While enjoying a walk with Tony they come across a dead body, it turns out to be the caretaker of the cabin they are staying in. The last anyone saw him he was cleaning the cabin they are now in, a big Tech company had been there for a month. Not being able to just sit back and relax Tess decides that maybe they should ask some questions while she is trying to see if anyone remembers her father. She also thinks it's a good time to fill her brother in on the fact that their dad might just be alive. Follow along as the gang asks questions, rescues a stray puppy, and looks further into Tess's dads life. Will they be able to figure who killed the caretaker and why? Is someone missing a puppy or will Mike end up with the little guy? Can they find any new answers to the questions Tess has about her father. Follow along and find out the answer to those questions and more. I enjoyed Tess's quest to find out more about her father and look forward to seeing where the author takes her next.