Friday, October 17, 2014

Book 9
 in the Zoe Donovan Mystery series
by Kathi Daley

When a ghost hunter is found dead in a haunted house just days before Halloween it looks like the killer may be living impaired. Zoe must juggle the annual Zoe Donovan Spooktacular with zombies on the run, the annual pumpkin carving contest, a haunted hayride, a relationship in crisis, and a little behind the scenes investigation

I really enjoyed all of the Halloween activities that go on in the town of Ashton Falls. The Zombie Run (man I'd love to see on of those around here), haunted hayrides, pumpkin carving contests, and murder. No wait, murder is good for the story, not good in real life. But Kathi Daley sure does do it up right. She keeps the mystery building and keeps the reader guessing until her reveal.

While Haunted Hamlet would have been a great read on it's own, it made it more enjoyable to have read the first book in this series, Halloween Hijinxs, because we find Zoe back at Henderson House, the setting of the murder from that first story. I love that Ms. Daley took us back to the original scene of the crime. In reading many books, we often tend to forget certain things from our favorite series. So, thank you for the trip back, Kathi!

If you're looking for fun Halloween mystery reads, put HAUNTED HAMLET at the top of your list. And pick up HALLOWEEN HIJINX if you haven't already read it. You're going to love them both.

Have a friend with an October birthday? Give them a copy of both Halloween Zoe Donovan Mysteries!

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  1. Hi Lisa! I've been wanting to read this series. Love the Halloween theme. I'm usually a stickler for reading a series in order. Do you think it's necessary for this series or would it be okay to jump around?

  2. Stacie, i'm like you, I prefer to read a series in order, but I think you'll be okay if you want to read this one. If nothing else it will make you want to go back and read the others. However, if you're looking for a Halloween book to read, read Kathi's HALLOWEEN HIJINX. It's the first book in this series. So you can begin at the begging and get to read a Halloween book too.

    Kathi has another series too and the first book is Pumpkins in Paradise: A Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery (Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery Book 1). So you can get into the spirit of the season and both books are firsts in a series!

  3. (sorry if my comment shows up twice - I think my computer ate it the first time)

    A town with all those Halloween activities sounds like fun (except the murder part, of course). I watch classic "scary" movies all during October and adding this books would be fun. I am starting with Halloween Hijinx because I just have to start at the beginning. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. I love this series! And the recipes in the books are an added bonus! Thanks Lisa!