by Kathi Daley
Series: Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery #6
Narrator: Coleen Mario
Length: 4 hours 27 minutes
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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Narration: 3.5 cups
In the midst of the annual Halloween frenzy, Tj finds herself pulled into a series of events at the high school where she works. Not only must she help one of the girls on her team deal with a case of cyberbullying, but she must help a student who has recently suffered a personal tragedy. And as if Tj wasn't busy enough, in walks Samantha Colton, a reporter for Second Look, a television series that takes a look back at unsolved murders. This time the case is the death of a popular student after the homecoming dance ten years before. To make matters even worse-or maybe more convenient-the graduating class of the victim is in town for their ten-year reunion and all the suspects just happen to have converged on Serenity for the weekend. When Samantha turns up dead, Tj must track down someone who seems willing to kill again to keep their secret.
Please welcome Sophia Rose as she shares a cozy audio, Halloween in Paradise written by Kathi Daley and narrated by Coleen Mario. Grab a cup of witches brew and check out this mystery.
Sophia Rose’s Review
A Halloween-themed mystery set in a small town seemed just the thing to suit my mood, but it was a bonus to score one by a new to me, author and narrator. As some might know, I’ve successfully added cozy mysteries into my reading repertoire this year and so I’m on the hunt for more to love.
Halloween in Paradise is the sixth book in the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series. I took a chance on snagging it out of order and I did alright, but I could also see where there was quite a bit of background series plotting that I missed as a result.
The series is set in the small Nevada mountain resort town of Paradise. The amateur detective heroine is Tj. Tj is a teacher and coach at the local high school and lives out at the lake resort with her grandpa, dad, and is the guardian of her younger half-sisters. She’s got a steady boyfriend in high school sweetheart and her best friend since grade school. Tackling the issue of being both older sister and mom to her newly acquired little sisters and helping with her student’s troubles all keep her busy. Six mysteries in, Tj is established with a reputation for tackling and solving tough local murders.
The set up for this latest mystery is the big ten-year class reunion involving Tj’s class. Things get uncomfortable because her senior year, a classmate was killed after the homecoming dance and a party. A nosey TV investigative reporter is killed when she stirs up the old cold case.
Halloween in Paradise is a quick and light read. It was equal parts small-town happenings, seasonal flavor, and mystery. I liked how the author combined the two. I did have the cold case murderer figured out quickly, but there was the ‘why’ and also several good distractions to make me hesitate if I was right. Tj is a likable heroine. She’s vulnerable about being a guardian but quite confident with her work and her amateur detecting. I appreciated that she wanted to rush into danger, but she was smart enough to listen to her friends’ advice, too.
The narration was done by Coleen Mario who was new to me. I thought she did a good job with Tj and the many other voices. She struggled a bit with the male voices, but not so that it distracted me. She handled the overall storyline well, too.
All in all, I had a good time with Halloween in Paradise, and will happily go back for the first books in the series and try other books by the prolific writing of Kathi Daley. I think this one and the others in the series will be a good fit for those who are looking for an easy-read, light and quick small town mystery series.Halloween-themed mystery set in a small town; Halloween in Paradise by Kathy Daley #audio Click To Tweet