Come for the murder, stay for the romance Halloween Hijinks Amid a backdrop of zombies on the run and Halloween festivities, animal control officer Zoe Donovan is faced with losing something she loves in order to save someone she loves When she finds a dead body in the basement of a haunted house just two days before Halloween, she delves into a mystery as complex and mCome for the murder, stay for the romance Halloween Hijinks Amid a backdrop of zombies on the run and Halloween festivities, animal control officer Zoe Donovan is faced with losing something she loves in order to save someone she loves When she finds a dead body in the basement of a haunted house just two days before Halloween, she delves into a mystery as complex and multilayered as the feelings she develops for ex nemesis Zak Zimmerman Halloween Hijinks is the perfect recipe, combining holiday fun with a touch of humor, a pinch of romance, and a dollop of murder Zoe s Treasure Hunt Zoe and Charlie get involved in the search for a treasure that was hidden somewhere in Devils Den, the old mining camp that stood on the site Ashton Falls now occupies before Ashton Montgomery bought the property and redeveloped it While the odds of finding such a long buried treasure are slim, Zoe enlists the help of her friends and embarks on an enlightening adventure that teaches her about the history of her family and the town she lives in.
Halloween Hijinks Come for the murder stay for the romance Halloween Hijinks Amid a backdrop of zombies on the run and Halloween festivities animal control officer Zoe Donovan is faced with losing something she loves
I enjoyed HALLOWEEN HIJINKS very much. I will say, for those of you who follow my reviews, this is not one of the “cozy” cozies that I normally read and review. In this first book in the Zoe Donovan Mystery series Ms. Daley has created a very real character in animal control officer Zoe Donovan. I connected with her character through her love of animals and her need to find them good homes. I love the idea of a “zombie run” on Halloween. Sounds like it would be a real blast!The mystery i [...]
Some people have a costume party. Some people deck out their yards and houses. Others take the little ones trick-or-treating. For me, there's no better way to celebrate Halloween than with a fun and frightful mystery and that's just what Kathi Daley delivers in Halloween Hijinks. I've read another of Kathi's Zoe Donovan mysteries, but really relished this opportunity to start the series from the beginning. For now, I'm on something of a dual track - reading the first and latest releases from thi [...]
Zoe is an animal control officer for the small alpine town of Ashton Falls. She has co-worker. Together they take in strays and find homes. She locates wild animals, takes of their needs. When the at they are better she releases back to the wild. She has provided furever homes to Charlie. a mixed terrier and 2 cats. The town holds festivals to earned operating funds. It is time for Halloween and ghosts, witches and zombies. The big football game between Ashton Fall and its rival is taking place [...]
~ 3 StarsI have to say that I was a bit disappointed in this novel. It took until after halfway through the book before the murder actually happened. If you are writing a book that is a mystery, you might want to start the mystery part a bit sooner than that. (JMHO as a mystery book reader)Beyond that the characters were interesting. And I understand that this is the first book in a series and sometimes these aren't the best offerings from the author but they live just to get the series started. [...]
Zoe Donovan lives in a small town that celebrates everything and is constantly planning activities for fund-raising. This year, she is in charge of the Zombie Run for Halloween and amidst her planning, she also has a full-time job in animal control. When she gets called out for a nuisance dog barking call in a deserted house, she stumbles over a dead body - a rival football coach and one of her best friends is suspected of the crime.There was a lot going on in this fast paced story. Lots of inte [...]
Cute and entertaining, a lighter read and a nice short break from heavier material.
Halloween Hijinks Anniversary Edition is the first book in the Zoe Donovan Mystery series with a short story included, I will be reviewing Halloween Hijinks and the short story, Zoe's Treasure Hunt.Zoe Donovan is a animal control officer with a heart of gold who has a passion for finding homes for lost animals and she loves spending time with her trained therapy dog, Charlie. It's Halloween In Ashton Falls. Zoe had a few friends that keep her grounded, Levi and Ellie. Zoe takes it upon herself t [...]
Even though this book started off on a good foot with me, it started to slowly slide downhill as I progressed farther and farther into the plot. While the main character Zoe is likable and easy to relate to, her weird hate turning into possible love for Zak was very bizarrely written. Then there was the fact that the actual murder didn't happen until about 40-45% of the way through the book. I was starting to lose interest and getting ready to delete this novel from my Kindle when the murder fin [...]
This is the first book in the Zoe Donovan Mystery series. The characters are introduced and are easy to love. Also, who wouldn't love a book club meeting where you bring your dog? So cool. The cozy little town of Ashton Falls is a town I would want to live in. The small town football rivalry and the Halloween events were fun to read about. I also enjoyed the little bit of romance and suspense within the mystery. Plus, there was a bonus short story called Zoe's Treasure Hunt, which was an awesome [...]
I enjoyed this book although the mystery really didn't start until about halfway through. The beginning was more of a get to know your characters and it was done in an interesting way that kept me turning the pages wanting to know more about them. I loved the Haunted Hamlet theme and would have loved reading more about it, it sounded like a fun time. The mystery was good and made sense and there is a bonus of wonderful sounding recipes at the end. I will be moving on to the next in the series.
So much more is making sense to me now! It only makes me love these cozies even more. A trio of friends(soon to be a quartet), a beautiful small mountain town (like I have always wanted to live in). Great food, lots of fun, and the occasional corpse. Every place has its occasional drawback, but when you have Zoe and her friends on the job, albeit unofficial ly, even the bumbling sheriff manages to get it right when pointed in the right direction.
Kathi Daley's first Zoe Donovan mystery only hints at the great future of this cozy series. Readers meet Zoe Donovan, Zac Zimmerman (whom she doesn't even like at this time), and best friends from elementary school, Ellie and Levi. Zoe's sense of compassion for family, friends and animals is apparent from the beginning. Ms. Daley mixes mystery and humor in a memorable story that is unpredictable and moves along at a fast pace. What a wonderful start to a new Cozy mystery series!
I really enjoyed this book. It is the first in the Zoe Donovan series, but not the first of Kathis I have read. I actually started with the fourth book in the series and worked my way up from there. This one was fun because I got to read about where everything started with all the characters. A very fun read!
I'm not sure how I found this on , maybe it was recommended. I'm so glad it was though because I loved it. I started and finished it in one sitting. Loved the characters and I could just picture the converted boathouse, with it's own beach.
Light, easy to read, cozy mystery. Although it was really light on the mystery part. This mostly seemed to introduce the characters, although I didn't feel like I got to know them that well. The ending seemed stupid. Not sure if I'd read any more in this series.
Such a heartfelt read. This was a great first read in this series. Deff made me want to check out the rest. Ive never read a Halloween themed book that made me cry before. The ending of this one was super!
I love this cute new series well it is new to me. :)
A great seriesI loved this series. It was a hard book to put down. I just wanted to keep reading it. And I think you will love it to.
This was pretty good. I gave this a 4 star rather than a 5 because in my opinion the beginning of the book was slow. I will read the next, however not right away.
Halloween Hijinks Anniversary EditionKathy DaleySpoiler Free ReviewWelcome to the world of Zoe Donovan. A twenty something living in the small town of Ashton Falls. Zoe and her lifelong friends find themselves embroiled in a mystery that could send one of them to jail. Their solution (the one common to all cozies) is to solve it themselves.Zoe in herself is an interesting character running the local animal shelter and very involved in her community. She is a descendant of the town’s founder, a [...]
Title: Halloween Hijinks - A Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 1Author: Kathi DaleyPublisher: Kathi DaleyPublished: 9-8-2013ISBN: 10-1492388815ISBN: 13-978-1492388814E-Book ASIN: B00F2X0PJGPages: 180Genre: SuspenseTags: Cozy MysterySensual Level: MildOverall Rating: Very GoodReviewed For: A Prairie Girl ReadsReviewer: DelAnneKathi Daley has envisioned the town of Ashton Falls and neighbors most of us would love to live in. Zoe Donovan at 24 is a dedicated animal control officer she not only rescues domes [...]
Halloween Hijinks by Kathi Daley is the first book in the Zoe Donovan Mystery series. We meet Zoe and her friends Ellie and Levi, along with her dog Charlie. We also meet Zak, who Zoe has an antagonistic relationship with. As in any good cozy, there is a murder mystery to solve. The body is found in the basement of a haunted house, just days before Halloween. With the help of her friends, Zoe will stop at nothing to solve the murder and save the holiday. The mystery is carried out throughout the [...]
This is the first in a series, and honestly, if it had been the first one I read I probably wouldn't have picked up another. But luckily I've already read a book from further along in the series, so I know the pacing picks up, and the problems I had with this book weren't present in the later one.The positive: the author has the exact mood I like in a cozy. The idolized, too-perfect small tourist town is what I WANT in this kind of mystery, and the pet-rescue and food details were pleasant, comf [...]
This was such a good book! I loved Zoe and her friends. There was a some scene setting and character introductions that went on a bit long but this is the first in the series so we need to know who is who. The plot is that Zoe is active in her little town as the animal control officer and serves on various committees for fundraisers etc. I especially liked the parts of the plot involving overcrowded shelters and animal rescue. Really nice to see this issue as a major part of the book. There is a [...]
I won a copy of the most recent book in this cozy mystery series (Turkeys, Tuxes, and Tabbies)and before I started I checked out the author's other books. I found Halloween Hijinks was on sale and since I like to read the first in a series to get to "know" the characters, I picked up the first two books for 99 cents a piece. The first thing I love is that the books are holiday centric, with book one being Halloween, book two being Thanksgiving, and if I was to hazard a guess, I'm going with book [...]
This is the first in the Zoe Donovan series. I love the Halloween setting and Ashton Falls seems like a great place to live.Before we can get to the mystery, this time it happens to be a murder, we have to get to know the characters and a little background and history about them.Kathi Daley writes in an inviting manner that makes you feel at home. You find yourself reading about friends, people you care about and want to spend time with.To be honest, the murder victim is not well liked, by the t [...]
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books1 star This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.2 stars This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.3 stars This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.4 stars I really [...]
I finally picked up this one by Kathi and now know a bit about the characters. Kathi really knows how to make Halloween spooky without all the goriness that others write about. Anyone can read this and her other books, including kids.This book contains the history of most everyone in the town and how "nosy" Zoe can be. Lots of hijinks going on plus a dead body in the basement. In the end, Zoe loses her job at the animal rescue and feels bad that Jeremy has lost his too. It looks like Zack may be [...]
AMAZING!!!!! I WANT A CHARLIE!!!This is a new author and series for me and so far I am extremely pleased with Zoe and her adventures. Kathi Daley tells a wonderful story from beginning to end. She keeps you interested throughout the twists and turns that lead to a surprising ending. Her love of animals is heart warming and her ability to sleuth out the truth with the help of her hound Charlie is astounding. I look forward to reading more about the misadventures of Zoe and her Ashton Falls friend [...]
Book One in the Zoe Donovan Series.This book introduced the characters and told a story of an old mining town in the mountains, and an very old 'scavenger hunt' that an old man in the hospital is embarked upon to find his familys' long lost gold - for his granddaughter and her education. Zoe and her friends get involved to help him and the story catches your interest from there on. A bonus feature is a section at the back of the book with recipes that had been featured in the story.