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First Case (Writers Retreat Southern Mystery Book 1) (Writers Retreat Southern Seashore Mystery) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 1, 2017
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Until recently, Jillian ‘Jill’ Hanford was a New York newspaper reporter but she recently experienced a professional setback so when her half-brother, Garrett Hanford, suffered a stroke and needed help with his resort on Gull Island, a small island off the South Carolina coast, she agreed to oversee scheduled renovations and decided to turn the resort into a writers’ retreat. Turning the resort into a writers’ retreat looks like a winner; she currently has five authors in residence and a waiting list that is filling up quickly. The authors currently residing at the resort are George Baxter (traditional whodunit mysteries), Clara Kline (fantasy and paranormal mysteries and self-proclaimed psychic), Alex Cole (science fiction), Victoria Vance (steamy romance and Jill’s best friend), and Brit Baxter (unpublished but wants to pursue her dream of writing). In addition to being a sounding board for each other, the group also works together to try to solve real life mysteries. When Katrina Pomeroy’s body is discovered at the foot of an old pier, it’s unknown how she died. Katrina was one of five survivors of the unsolved Friday the 13th Massacre, which occurred on Waverly Island exactly eleven years from the date of her death. Jill would like to write a human-interest story about Katrina’s life and include the identity of the person responsible for her death. Jackson ‘Jack’ Jones is a well-known author who recently moved to the island and fulfilled his lifelong dream of writing for a newspaper by purchasing the Gull Island News. Jack will be writing an article for his newspaper and he and Jill join forces to try to solve the mystery surrounding Katrina’s death, but in order to do that, they need to go back and try to figure out what happened eleven years ago. Deputy Rick Savage isn’t happy about Jill and Jack’s investigation but Jill convinces him they should all share information and he reluctantly agrees as long as everything they discuss is kept off the record. With the help of the retreat authors, Jack, and investigating clues provided by Garrett’s talkative parrot, Blackbeard, Jill uncovers shocking secrets.
This just may be Kathi Daley’s best ever! My first glimpse of Gull Island and some of its inhabitants came from reading “Treasure in Paradise” from the Tj Jenson Paradise Lake Mystery series, but newbies need not shy away because, although “Treasure in Paradise” is a book I highly recommend, it is in no way a prequel to this series. Fans and newbies start out equal brought up to speed with the background provided about the characters in a prologue-style introduction: The Writers, Townsfolk, The Victims and Suspects.
This first book is thrilling! I greatly enjoyed the camaraderie between the authors (millennials to retirees) gathering together to map out the clues, notes, and news articles relying on their individual strengths. And what a great character twist having Blackbeard the parrot in a clue-revealing role! He provided such clues in a puzzling manner…ya know, bird speak. I was racking my brain trying to uncover what all the squawking could mean. The mystery brilliantly wove together the two murder investigations: the eleven-year old cold case dubbed the Friday the Thirteenth Massacre and the current suspicious death of one of the survivors. The links had me looking closely at the characters until…”Oh, no! I didn’t see that coming!” end.
Ms. Daley has written a page turning a clean, delightful read, well developed characters, and a captivating mystery to solve. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading superbly-crafted cozy mystery, or traditional, clean mystery with suspense, thrill and a hint of romance which will not move forward smoothly. Kathi Daley’s new series is a winner and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series
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The ending was really interesting. Liked the idea of hypnosis.