Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Kathi Daley 
has a new book!

You know what that means don't you? 


Kathi is celebrating the release of 
Book 2 in the Writers Retreat Southern Seashore Mysteries

Jack and Jill and the entire gang from the writers retreat agree to take a second look at a five year old murder investigation. 

Five years ago award winning actor Rhett Crawford threw a Halloween party for a group of family members and friends. The party, which actually took place over a four day weekend, was held at his beachfront estate on Gull Island. On the third night of the party the groundskeeper, Wylie Slater, found the body of one of the guests, Georgia Darcy, bludgeoned and left in the toolshed beyond the garden. The authorities were notified immediately and interviews of all guests on the property were conducted. It was eventually determined that the victim’s date, a man named Dru Breland, had most likely killed the woman before fleeing the scene of the crime. 

According to witness statements, Georgia and her date had been bickering constantly during the course of their stay, and more than one witness had seen Dru slap Georgia before stomping off on the night she died. The authorities conducted an exhaustive search but were unable to locate Mr. Breland. As far as anyone associated with the investigation could find out, he was never seen again. Dru was a wealthy man with a depth of resources. It was assumed by most that he had fled the country and started a new life elsewhere under an assumed name. 

Then five days ago, the oceanfront estate, once owned by Rhett Crawford but now owned by an out of state developer, had been scheduled for demolition. During the destruction of the house a human skeleton was found in a hidden room off the wine cellar. After a thorough investigation by the medical examiner and his team, it was determined that the body in the hidden room was in fact the decomposed remains of murder suspect, Dru Breland. My friend Jackson Jones, owner of the fledging Gull Island News, latched onto the story and seems determined to find out who killed Georgia Darcy five years ago, and how her date, Dru Breland, ended up in the secret room. 

Jack knew that the five year old mystery would be a complicated one to unravel, so he asked me, Jillian Hanford, if I would be willing to present the mystery to the writers group I currently lived and sleuthed with. I agreed to Jack’s request which brings us to the regular Monday meeting of the eclectic group of writers I call friend but consider family.


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  1. I just finished the first book last night. Kathi writes so fast that it's tough keeping up-not that I'm complaining!

  2. I liked First Case better than any other Kathi Daley book so far!

  3. Thanks for sharing this post Lisa.

  4. Happy Independence Day Kathi and Lisa. Thank you for sharing Kathi's latest book in her Writer's Retreat Mystery series. I loved the first one and am sure this book will provide just as much enjoyment.

  5. Love your blog and Kathi's books

  6. Happy 4th just love this new series of Kathis!

  7. First Case was great so I'm looking forward to reading this one. :)

  8. Love this eclectic group of writers and the series. Tickled pink that this is a 5 year old Halloween Murder Mystery too. Thanks Lisa and Kathi!!