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If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this new mystery series by Kathi Daley, author of the popular Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Series. It is Valentine's Day in White Eagle Montana and Tess and Tilly are busier than ever delivering Valentine Cards along with the daily mail. Of course it wouldn't be Valentine's D If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this new mystery series by Kathi Daley, author of the popular Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Series. It is Valentine's Day in White Eagle Montana and Tess and Tilly are busier than ever delivering Valentine Cards along with the daily mail. Of course it wouldn't be Valentine's Day in White Eagle without a mystery to solve or a holiday adoption party to prepare for. When Tess happens upon a vehicle accident where one man dies, she gets pulled into a mystery with roots into the past. With Tony's help she not only tracks down a killer but she looks into the occurrence of a missing person as well. Tony is still looking into the case of Tess's father's disappearance, meanwhile Tess and Tilly team up with Brady to make sure that every animal shelter resident finds their perfect match in time for Valentine's Day.


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If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this new mystery series by Kathi Daley, author of the popular Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Series. It is Valentine's Day in White Eagle Montana and Tess and Tilly are busier than ever delivering Valentine Cards along with the daily mail. Of course it wouldn't be Valentine's D If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this new mystery series by Kathi Daley, author of the popular Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Series. It is Valentine's Day in White Eagle Montana and Tess and Tilly are busier than ever delivering Valentine Cards along with the daily mail. Of course it wouldn't be Valentine's Day in White Eagle without a mystery to solve or a holiday adoption party to prepare for. When Tess happens upon a vehicle accident where one man dies, she gets pulled into a mystery with roots into the past. With Tony's help she not only tracks down a killer but she looks into the occurrence of a missing person as well. Tony is still looking into the case of Tess's father's disappearance, meanwhile Tess and Tilly team up with Brady to make sure that every animal shelter resident finds their perfect match in time for Valentine's Day.

30 review for The Valentine Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    The Valentine Mystery by Kathi Daley was a sweet cozy mystery. Ms. Daley's writing can always draw me in with a small town community filled with likable characters and a mystery that keeps me turning the pages. The Valentine Mystery by Kathi Daley was a sweet cozy mystery. Ms. Daley's writing can always draw me in with a small town community filled with likable characters and a mystery that keeps me turning the pages.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    As Valentine's Day approaches, Tess gets involved with a young man searching for his biological mother, who had given birth to him years earlier in Tess's hometown of White Eagle, Montana. Tess meets him when he is involved in wreck that kills a man in the other car. Tracking down clues keeps her and her friends busy as they work a pet adoption clinic and get ready for a Valentine's dance. Can Tess solve the mystery or is there more to the story. Another page turner that will have you following As Valentine's Day approaches, Tess gets involved with a young man searching for his biological mother, who had given birth to him years earlier in Tess's hometown of White Eagle, Montana. Tess meets him when he is involved in wreck that kills a man in the other car. Tracking down clues keeps her and her friends busy as they work a pet adoption clinic and get ready for a Valentine's dance. Can Tess solve the mystery or is there more to the story. Another page turner that will have you following clues to find out who is who. The characters continue to grow and expand in this second book in the series. White Eagle and being a mail carrier make the perfect background for solving murders and mysteries. Add in the adorable pets and you have the perfect adventure to read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robin Leslie Coxon

    Kathi Daley has brought us another book in her Tess and Tilly Mystery series. In this book we continue to see the residents of White Eagle, Montana, as Tess Thomas and her faithful dog, Tilly, deliver mail to them. It is the week before Valentine’s Day and the mail delivery is heavier than usual. It seems to be a time for mystery men to be involved in some way or form in White Eagle. One comes through the mail in the form of package for Lucy Thomas, Tess’s mom. Postmarked from Italy, Tess wonder Kathi Daley has brought us another book in her Tess and Tilly Mystery series. In this book we continue to see the residents of White Eagle, Montana, as Tess Thomas and her faithful dog, Tilly, deliver mail to them. It is the week before Valentine’s Day and the mail delivery is heavier than usual. It seems to be a time for mystery men to be involved in some way or form in White Eagle. One comes through the mail in the form of package for Lucy Thomas, Tess’s mom. Postmarked from Italy, Tess wonders just who this man is and what his intentions are for her mother. The other is a young man who Tess finds by accident… a car accident involving another vehicle that Tess comes upon on her way home. After freeing one man from his car, Tess goes to the other man to check on his condition. The second man is unconscious. Tess has called 911 and with assistance from the first man they try to keep him alive until help comes. The first man, Coby Walters, explains he is in White Eagle to try to find out information about his birth mother. Using a photo given to him by his adopted father upon his death, Coby asks Tess if she will assist him in his search. Tess is never one to say no to someone in need and so the search begins. We are also provided with Valentine surprises and Bree, Tess’s bookstore owner friend, is receiving mystery gifts from an anonymous sender. Tess’s other friend, Tony Marconi, returns in his continued search to assist Tess in her search for the truth into the death of her father. Will their relationship turn from friendship to a romance? Only time will tell. I can assure you, you will find many twists and turns and when you think you have figured out what road this book is taking, Kathi will add a new direction to have you wondering again.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    The Valentine Mystery: A Cozy Mystery is the second book in Kathi Daley’s Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. Visualize a small town in Montana that has an element of International intrigue and, not one, but two mysteries intertwined in a well-crafted plot. Throughout this book the reader learns mare about Tess’s extended family (one brother, Mike, a White Eagle Police Officer, and her mom, Lucy Thomas, who co-owns a café, Sisters’ Diner, with her aunt, Ruthie Turner), her friend, Bree, and deep The Valentine Mystery: A Cozy Mystery is the second book in Kathi Daley’s Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. Visualize a small town in Montana that has an element of International intrigue and, not one, but two mysteries intertwined in a well-crafted plot. Throughout this book the reader learns mare about Tess’s extended family (one brother, Mike, a White Eagle Police Officer, and her mom, Lucy Thomas, who co-owns a café, Sisters’ Diner, with her aunt, Ruthie Turner), her friend, Bree, and deeply held secrets. Tess’s dog, Tilly, accompanies her while she delivers the mail, and her recently adopted kittens, Tangletoe and Tinder become better integrated into the community. This mystery requires a skill set beyond Tess’s abilities, so she enlists the help of other friend, Tony Marconi, who is extremely skilled at locating information. Despite threats to stop pursuing answers, Tess is determined to see the mysteries brought to a resolution. A classic style cozy mystery from start to finish. Well developed characters, a tightly woven plot with twists and turns, a budding romance and recipes that sound delicious. I highly recommend this book. Cozy mystery fans won’t be disappointed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    In this next book of this fun new series Tess has a long day ahead of her delivering two bags of mail. By the end of the day she is ready to head home, and looks forward to that evenings book club. Unfortunately she comes across a crash on her way home and spends most of the evening talking to her brother Mike about what she witnessed. One of the men she helped out invites her to a meal to say thank you and Tess agrees, hoping to find out what has brought him to town. While having breakfast the In this next book of this fun new series Tess has a long day ahead of her delivering two bags of mail. By the end of the day she is ready to head home, and looks forward to that evenings book club. Unfortunately she comes across a crash on her way home and spends most of the evening talking to her brother Mike about what she witnessed. One of the men she helped out invites her to a meal to say thank you and Tess agrees, hoping to find out what has brought him to town. While having breakfast the next morning Tess learns that the stranger is in town looking for his mother, you see he was left at a church and adopted when he was just a baby. All Coby has is an old picture of his mother and it has led him to White Eagle. Tess being the lovely person she is offers to help and gives Coby some other areas that he can look for information. Along the way Tess learns that the driver of the other vehicle didn't make it and it might have not been an accident. Follow along and join in the fun as Tess tries to help Bree figure out who is sending her gifts, lends a hand to Brady with a pet adoption day, gets Tony to investigate a foreigner who is interested in her mother, and works on Cody's intriguing mystery. Throughout the read you get to spend time with some fantastic pets and see others find forever homes. I look forward to seeing where the author leads Tess next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Small Town Big Hearts Again Kathi Daley has transported the readers to the town of White Eagle, Montana. And lets us visit with a few of the regulars while adding in a touch of mystery and in a slight way one of my favorites, an old mystery. Since everyone else has written about the story line I prefer to indulge on the writing. I can picture in my mind as I read the main street as Tess does her mail route. The shops, the smells and the friendly people inside. And the descriptions of the characters Small Town Big Hearts Again Kathi Daley has transported the readers to the town of White Eagle, Montana. And lets us visit with a few of the regulars while adding in a touch of mystery and in a slight way one of my favorites, an old mystery. Since everyone else has written about the story line I prefer to indulge on the writing. I can picture in my mind as I read the main street as Tess does her mail route. The shops, the smells and the friendly people inside. And the descriptions of the characters whether main and staying or minor and just passing through have depth of personality that a physical description isn't always needed. A talent not all writers share. And don't forget about the recipes. From loyal readers and I think my husband's reason he never complains if I spend a rainy or snowy day reading. He knows something tasty is on its way.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I really enjoyed this second in the series. Not only do you have the main mystery but there are little mysteries included. Tess comes upon an accident to which one of the drivers Coby is looking for his mother. Tess' friend Bree is receiving Valentine gifts, and Tony is trying to find information for Tess about her father's suspicious death. This story keeps moving with all the twists and turns and likable characters. I will definitely continue on with this series. I really enjoyed this second in the series. Not only do you have the main mystery but there are little mysteries included. Tess comes upon an accident to which one of the drivers Coby is looking for his mother. Tess' friend Bree is receiving Valentine gifts, and Tony is trying to find information for Tess about her father's suspicious death. This story keeps moving with all the twists and turns and likable characters. I will definitely continue on with this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    The Valentine Mystery is the second novel in Kathi Daley’s Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series and it’s an awesome and delightful read. The writing style flows smoothly at a steady pace. The characters are well rounded and affable and the mysteries are well plotted and interesting. As with all her books, Ms. Daley has provided readers with a clean, fun read, caring and compassionate characters, an intriguing mystery to try to solve, and adorable dogs and cats. I highly recommend this book to anyo The Valentine Mystery is the second novel in Kathi Daley’s Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series and it’s an awesome and delightful read. The writing style flows smoothly at a steady pace. The characters are well rounded and affable and the mysteries are well plotted and interesting. As with all her books, Ms. Daley has provided readers with a clean, fun read, caring and compassionate characters, an intriguing mystery to try to solve, and adorable dogs and cats. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading well-crafted cozy mysteries. Tess Thomas was born and raised in the small community of White Eagle, Montana, has one brother, Mike, who’s a member of the White Eagle Police, and her mom, Lucy Thomas, co-owns a café, Sisters’ Diner, with her aunt, Ruthie Turner. Tess works for the United States Postal Service and enjoys delivering the mail and visiting with the town’s residents and business owners on her route. Tess has a special relationship with her dog, Tilly, who accompanies her while she delivers the mail, and has recently adopted two kittens, Tangletoe and Tinder. Valentine’s Day has increased Tess’s workload and she’s volunteered to help at a Valentine’s Day/Dog Adoption Party the new veterinarian, Brady Baker, is hosting at the high school. Tess happens upon an accident on her way home from work; one driver is uninjured, but the other dies at the hospital from an apparent heart attack. The uninjured driver, Coby Walters, tells Tess that he’s in town searching for his birth mother. She’s intrigued by the handsome man and his story and wants to help him. Tess ends up asking her other best friend, Tony Marconi, who is extremely skilled at locating information, to help her. Tony is also trying to help Tess solve the mystery surrounding her father who reportedly died in an accident when she was a teenager, but whom she believes may still be alive.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    The Valentine Mystery A Tess And Tillie Cozy Mystery, Book #2 Kathi Daley 5 Stars Synopsis: If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this new mystery series by Kathi Daley, author of the popular Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Series. It is Valentine's Day in White Eagle Montana and Tess and Tilly are busier than ever delivering Valentine Cards along with the daily mail. Of course it wouldn't be Valentine's Day in White Eagle without a mystery to The Valentine Mystery A Tess And Tillie Cozy Mystery, Book #2 Kathi Daley 5 Stars Synopsis: If you love small towns, endearing relationships, food, animals, and a touch of murder, you will love this new mystery series by Kathi Daley, author of the popular Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Series. It is Valentine's Day in White Eagle Montana and Tess and Tilly are busier than ever delivering Valentine Cards along with the daily mail. Of course it wouldn't be Valentine's Day in White Eagle without a mystery to solve or a holiday adoption party to prepare for. When Tess happens upon a vehicle accident where one man dies, she gets pulled into a mystery with roots into the past. With Tony's help she not only tracks down a killer but she looks into the occurrence of a missing person as well. Tony is still looking into the case of Tess's father's disappearance, meanwhile Tess and Tilly team up with Brady to make sure that every animal shelter resident finds their perfect match in time for Valentine's Day. (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well developed and well rounded. I enjoyed getting to spend time with Tess and her friend Bree. And of course all of the animals that are a part of Tess’s life. The author always creates characters that you want to spend time with and get to know better. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through most of the book I felt like I was right there, trying to solve the mystery with Tess. As is typical with this author, there is more than one mystery to solve, two of them revolving around missing persons, including Tess’s father. The ending surprised me, which is a good thing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jane Firebaugh

    An absolutely awesome mystery, with a dash of romance thrown in to make it even better. Very well done plot with a surprising twist. I loved it and can't wait for the net book in this series! An absolutely awesome mystery, with a dash of romance thrown in to make it even better. Very well done plot with a surprising twist. I loved it and can't wait for the net book in this series!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

    I love this series!💖

  12. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Truth hurts sometimes She's on her way home when she hits upon an accident in which one driver later dies. The other tells her that he is looking for his birth mother. Feeling that she has to help him as she too is still searching for the truth about her father - did he really die or not? Enlisting the help of her BFF and Tony the searching begins. Are she and her friends dealing with a full deck or are there still secrets out there. As the missing woman was the wife of a powerful Serbian busine Truth hurts sometimes She's on her way home when she hits upon an accident in which one driver later dies. The other tells her that he is looking for his birth mother. Feeling that she has to help him as she too is still searching for the truth about her father - did he really die or not? Enlisting the help of her BFF and Tony the searching begins. Are she and her friends dealing with a full deck or are there still secrets out there. As the missing woman was the wife of a powerful Serbian businessman and the dead man was one of his employees. A good plot but I just felt that the ending was a bit weak. Not only that, when will she realise that Tony wants to be more than friends?

  13. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne

    Great cozy mystery filled with suspense and intrigue, relationships and friendships, community togetherness and support, and some awesome animals (love the story of the unfriendly dog). This is the 2nd book in the series and I am already hooked into the interesting characters and their storyline and so want to learn more about them. Lots of twists and turns will keep you on your toes as you try to solve the mystery plus you will find that there is more than one mystery going on in this book -- v Great cozy mystery filled with suspense and intrigue, relationships and friendships, community togetherness and support, and some awesome animals (love the story of the unfriendly dog). This is the 2nd book in the series and I am already hooked into the interesting characters and their storyline and so want to learn more about them. Lots of twists and turns will keep you on your toes as you try to solve the mystery plus you will find that there is more than one mystery going on in this book -- very intriguing and definitely will make it hard to put down.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christie Marks

    One down, one to go Two mysteries to be solved, with just enough twists to keep you guessing until the end. One was solved, with an answer you didn't see coming. The second- about Tess's father - leaves the door open, thankfully, for more books in the series. And I'm curious about Tess's mom and her much-younger Italian hottie; I hope to see that relationship grow in future installments. One down, one to go Two mysteries to be solved, with just enough twists to keep you guessing until the end. One was solved, with an answer you didn't see coming. The second- about Tess's father - leaves the door open, thankfully, for more books in the series. And I'm curious about Tess's mom and her much-younger Italian hottie; I hope to see that relationship grow in future installments.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    I read this on the kindle This is the 2nd book in this series After coming across an road accident Tess helps one of the men find his mother as he was adopted Along with her friend Tony so they start to investigate they are still looking into the mystery concern her father who died in a truck fire so that only ashes was left I have the next two books in the series & will get the 5th when it comes out

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Intense Story I thought I had it all figured out, but boy was I wrong! This is a fun series by Kathi Daley and I'm enjoying getting to know all the wonderful characters in this series. I love Tess and Tilly, and the new kittens sound adorable. I hope Tess realizes how much Tony cares for her, and not just on a friend level. They would make a dynamic duo and I would love to see what more they find out about her father. Intense Story I thought I had it all figured out, but boy was I wrong! This is a fun series by Kathi Daley and I'm enjoying getting to know all the wonderful characters in this series. I love Tess and Tilly, and the new kittens sound adorable. I hope Tess realizes how much Tony cares for her, and not just on a friend level. They would make a dynamic duo and I would love to see what more they find out about her father.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    I'm loving the twists and turns that these books take along the way... and poor Tony..... I'm loving the twists and turns that these books take along the way... and poor Tony.....

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “The Valentine Mystery” earns 5+/5 Valentine Surprises…Mystery Extraordinaire! “It looks like a two-bagger today.” Tess grimaces a bit, but it is Valentine's Day in a week. But, along with cards and packages, a few mysteries are delivered. First, BFF Bree Price, owner of the Book Boutique, is receiving Valentine's gifts anonymously. It's always a delight to be on the receiving end of surprises, but it can also be a bit ‘creepy.’ Next, Tess and Tony research may have gained another clue to what ha “The Valentine Mystery” earns 5+/5 Valentine Surprises…Mystery Extraordinaire! “It looks like a two-bagger today.” Tess grimaces a bit, but it is Valentine's Day in a week. But, along with cards and packages, a few mysteries are delivered. First, BFF Bree Price, owner of the Book Boutique, is receiving Valentine's gifts anonymously. It's always a delight to be on the receiving end of surprises, but it can also be a bit ‘creepy.’ Next, Tess and Tony research may have gained another clue to what happened to her father fourteen years ago. Her father was a cross-country hauler and killed when his truck exploded…so why is he looking alive and well in the photo? And that photo? The internet is a miraculous tool. Last, and the main focus, concerns the victim of a car crash. Tess was first-on-scene to help extract Coby Walters from his car. She discovers he has his own mysterious photo. Several residents hold clues to the identity of woman in his photo who happened to have been a temporary resident in White Eagle over thirty years ago. And, the visitor in the black sedan and the threatening late night phone call attempting to scare Tess and Tony off their search, may herald some serious danger… Another entertaining book from favorite author Kathi Daley! She always provides an engaging mystery or murder investigation to challenge your inner ‘Sherlock.’ Each purposeful interview, informal chat, computer search, or visit to an abandoned house adds another piece to the puzzle about the mysterious photo(s), and the nail-biting end is an excellent twist I didn't see coming! However, it's the stories surrounding her two-legged and four-legged characters that keep me invested. Tess is delightful, an animal lover who will stop to rescue any injured animal and often bring it home. Her relationship, or lack of, with her father has left her with some insecurities, but she is dedicated to discover the truth whatever that might be. And Tony, her childhood friend, is providing all the support she needs, but is love in the air? Of course, what about the handsome vet Doc Baker? We have her mother’s across-the-ocean pen pal, Hattie and Hap’s post divorce dating, BFF Bree’s secret admirer, and little Bruiser, a terrier mix labeled a ‘grouch,’ may have found his ‘fur’ever home. Fans will long it, and newbies will become fans! Kathi Daley always provides wonderful easy-to-follow recipes submitted by her fans. In this book you can enjoy the perfect remedy for the cold temperatures…soup! We have Tortellini Chicken Soup, Grannie’s Potlicker Soup, and Turkey Cheese Soup, then a great side to any meal we have Mexican Potatoes. Yum!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Millett

    Fast paced mystery In book two of the Tess and Tilly series, Tess is busy delivering mail before Valentine's Day which is keeping her extra busy. On her way home she hears a terrible noise and discovers a two car accident. The first car has one make passenger and after Tess assists him in getting out of his car, the two of them go downhill to the other disabled car. They find an unconscious man trapped inside. The man from the first car climbs inside and pulls out the injured man. Meanwhile Tess Fast paced mystery In book two of the Tess and Tilly series, Tess is busy delivering mail before Valentine's Day which is keeping her extra busy. On her way home she hears a terrible noise and discovers a two car accident. The first car has one make passenger and after Tess assists him in getting out of his car, the two of them go downhill to the other disabled car. They find an unconscious man trapped inside. The man from the first car climbs inside and pulls out the injured man. Meanwhile Tess had contacted her brother who is a cop and an ambulance arrives to take the injured man to the hospital. Tess ends up befriending the other man who identifies himself as Coby. Don't tells Tess that he is looking for his birth mother and he has a picture of her that had been taken outside of the home of an older woman that Tess used to know before she passed away. While Tess is trying to help Coby find his mom, her best friend has been getting mysterious packages from her secret admirer, Tess' mother is getting letters from an Italian man and Tess and her best friend Tony are getting new information on the search for Tess' father who is reportedly dead. Suddenly Tess' brother questions Coby's true identity and things go wrong from that point on. Filled with lots of action, excellent small town characters and charm, wonderful pets including Tilly, 2 kittens, Tony's dog and a passel of dogs up for adoption, this book is a wonderful, delightful romp full of fun and mystery with a little bit of Valentine's magic mixed in. Another Kathi Daley winner.

  20. 5 out of 5

    KAY E MONK

    This is the second episode in the new Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. This book is filled with the elements of a cozy mystery including suspense, romance, humor, love, friends and family, and a sense of community. Residents are looking forward to the Valentine’s party at the high school organized by Brady Baker, the new veterinarian, complete with decorations, cookies and punch, and lots of shelter pets ready to be adopted. Tess Thomas is a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in This is the second episode in the new Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. This book is filled with the elements of a cozy mystery including suspense, romance, humor, love, friends and family, and a sense of community. Residents are looking forward to the Valentine’s party at the high school organized by Brady Baker, the new veterinarian, complete with decorations, cookies and punch, and lots of shelter pets ready to be adopted. Tess Thomas is a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in the small town of White Eagle, Montana. On the way to her book club, Tess hears a loud crash, and then a deer runs out in the road ahead of her. She pulls over to the shoulder and discovers a vehicle with front end damage and a man named Coby Walters sitting in the front seat. She noticed another vehicle down a snowy embankment, resting against a tree. Tess and Coby run down to the car and find a bloody, unconscious man who died, despite attempts to resuscitate him. Tess finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery. Tess’s job allows her the opportunity to talk to others while trying to solve this crime, along with help from a few friends. Secrets from the past are revealed and the killer’s identity is exposed. As always, Mrs. Daley’s writing flows smoothly, there are several side mysteries along with the main mystery, and her setting and relatable characters make for an extremely enjoyable and quick read. I really look forward to reading the next book in this series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    I love good cozies and this is one. Tess delivers mail in White Eagle, Montana. She seems to bring her dog Tilly every where she goes. She was headed home, one day, hears a crash after coming around a curve and barely had time to apply her brakes when a deer ran out in front of her. She swerved to avoid hitting it and fishtailed. After catching her breathe, she pulled to the shoulder of the road where there was a car sitting. From looking at the car, she assumes it was in the crash she heard. Th I love good cozies and this is one. Tess delivers mail in White Eagle, Montana. She seems to bring her dog Tilly every where she goes. She was headed home, one day, hears a crash after coming around a curve and barely had time to apply her brakes when a deer ran out in front of her. She swerved to avoid hitting it and fishtailed. After catching her breathe, she pulled to the shoulder of the road where there was a car sitting. From looking at the car, she assumes it was in the crash she heard. The man in the car could not get the door opened, so she manages to get him out. She notices another car at the foot on the embankment and climbs down to look at the car. Coby, the driver of the first car, tries to open the door of the second car while she dialed 911. He could not open it and asks her to get a tire iron from her car. They get the man out of the car and Coby administers CPR when the man's heart stopped. The ambulance came and the injured man is taken to the hospital. He later dies. At first, the police (which includes her brother) do not find the connection between the two men. Coby says he is there to find his mother who gave him away at birth. Tess gets involved in trying to find his mother and in trying to find why pictures of her father who she was told had died, were found on the web by a friend. To find out what she learns about her father and how the mystery of the birth mother is solved, please read this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Detamore

    Kathi Daleys new series , A Tess and Tilly mystery is quickly becoming a big success. I have just finished Book two, The Valentine Mystery. What a treat to have to read on Valentines's Day. Tess is a mail carrier in a small town in Montana where she has lived all her life. As Valentine's Day approaches she has "two bagger days" delivering the mail. However she keeps getting slowed down by her customers and various little distractions. Her Mom gets a package from a admirer, her best friend Bree i Kathi Daleys new series , A Tess and Tilly mystery is quickly becoming a big success. I have just finished Book two, The Valentine Mystery. What a treat to have to read on Valentines's Day. Tess is a mail carrier in a small town in Montana where she has lived all her life. As Valentine's Day approaches she has "two bagger days" delivering the mail. However she keeps getting slowed down by her customers and various little distractions. Her Mom gets a package from a admirer, her best friend Bree is getting a Valentine present each day from a secret admirer and her computer genius Tony is looking into the past death of Tess's father. It is beginning to look like maybe her father didn't die in that truck wreck..And then Tess comes on the scene of a 2 car wreck. One driver is fine . and not from the area. The other driver passes away and is has some connection to the first driver. So the dective work begins! This is a fast paced mystery and some twists at the end. Kathi has left us wondering what will happen in the next book! Read and enjoy!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    The Valentine Mystery: A Cozy Mystery ( A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery book 2 ) By: Kathi Daley The Valentine Mystery is book two in A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery Series. This was a very cozy mystery to read on Valentine. I really enjoyed the story , it was well written and the characters were well developed. The author writes a good clean cozy mystery. She did not disappoint. Tess gets involved in two different mysteries and one is very close to home . The story is around Valentine and Tess is bus The Valentine Mystery: A Cozy Mystery ( A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery book 2 ) By: Kathi Daley The Valentine Mystery is book two in A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery Series. This was a very cozy mystery to read on Valentine. I really enjoyed the story , it was well written and the characters were well developed. The author writes a good clean cozy mystery. She did not disappoint. Tess gets involved in two different mysteries and one is very close to home . The story is around Valentine and Tess is busy delivering valentine cards. There is mystery, murder, twist and turns, and some romance. The author keeps you turning the pages and trying to read faster to see what is going to happen next. She keeps you guessing till the end. Don’t forget to check out the recipes in the back of the book, they all sound so good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    International intrigue with undertones of romance.. and a love match made for Bruiser. Full of parallels, Tess is immersed in two mysteries involving searches for people who may not be who they seem. Add to that the curiosity over her mother's younger, foreign friend and a secret admirer sending anonymous yet personal gifts to best friend Bree. At first things seem fairly benign as Tess and Tony pursue answers via technology. Following other clues in a more low tech way with an unknown stranger w International intrigue with undertones of romance.. and a love match made for Bruiser. Full of parallels, Tess is immersed in two mysteries involving searches for people who may not be who they seem. Add to that the curiosity over her mother's younger, foreign friend and a secret admirer sending anonymous yet personal gifts to best friend Bree. At first things seem fairly benign as Tess and Tony pursue answers via technology. Following other clues in a more low tech way with an unknown stranger was very interesting. When Tess is warned not to be so nosy, she isn't sure in which case she is getting too close and stepping on toes. Suddenly the stakes are higher and situations become tense and dangerous, making this a Valentine's Day no one will forget.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Bartles

    This is a wonderful small-town read by author Kathi Daley and it carries you along at a fast pace. Tess is a mail carrier and she and her furry pet, Tilly, have their job cut out for them during Valentine week. From helping out at a car accident, to helping a young man search for his birth mother and then helping to solve a murder, Tess and her friends and furry pets stay busy. There is not a single boring spot in this book! Kathi held my attention throughout, even though I guessed who the murde This is a wonderful small-town read by author Kathi Daley and it carries you along at a fast pace. Tess is a mail carrier and she and her furry pet, Tilly, have their job cut out for them during Valentine week. From helping out at a car accident, to helping a young man search for his birth mother and then helping to solve a murder, Tess and her friends and furry pets stay busy. There is not a single boring spot in this book! Kathi held my attention throughout, even though I guessed who the murderer was from the beginning. Alright, I guessed, but knew I could still be wrong because that is the way with most of Kathi's books! LOL. I highly recommend this book and this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    A well-written, nicely-paced story - a quality cozy mystery read. A family mystery for Tess continues in this second book, along with two new mysteries - one involving a stranger and a sweet one involving her best friend, Bree. The reason I keep coming back to Kathi Daley books is because of the great characters, animals and small-town atmosphere she creates with her easy-to-understand writing style. I love trying to solve the puzzle of the mysteries! I can't recommend this author's books highly A well-written, nicely-paced story - a quality cozy mystery read. A family mystery for Tess continues in this second book, along with two new mysteries - one involving a stranger and a sweet one involving her best friend, Bree. The reason I keep coming back to Kathi Daley books is because of the great characters, animals and small-town atmosphere she creates with her easy-to-understand writing style. I love trying to solve the puzzle of the mysteries! I can't recommend this author's books highly enough - looking forward to Tess and Tilly's next adventure!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Evans

    Oh wow! I enjoyed the mystery and all the intrigue that went along with it! I was beginning to think Dr Brady was out of the picture too and I was very disappointed but in the end there is more to come I hope and I hope its really soon. Now I see jealously from tony over Brady and tessa but I only see a wonderful long time friendship between Tessa and tony--- the romance I'm waiting for is between the vet Dr Brady and tessa!!! Please bring more and I love the kids Tilly tang and tinder!!! Oh wow! I enjoyed the mystery and all the intrigue that went along with it! I was beginning to think Dr Brady was out of the picture too and I was very disappointed but in the end there is more to come I hope and I hope its really soon. Now I see jealously from tony over Brady and tessa but I only see a wonderful long time friendship between Tessa and tony--- the romance I'm waiting for is between the vet Dr Brady and tessa!!! Please bring more and I love the kids Tilly tang and tinder!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Valentine mystery. Kathi Daley Just finished Kathi Daley’s book Valentine Mystery. Poor Tess has her hands full. Not only is she having two baggers for Valentines Week, but she’s helping a new visitor find his mom, worry about what her dad is or isn’t, the new guy her mom is dating from Italy that suddenly showed up, and a suspicious accident/murder. Whew. But Kathi uses her magic and weaves her spell for a marvelous book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly B. Stratemeyer

    Questionable Motives LOVED this!! I was kept guessing right up to the end! Love the characters and home town feel!! Love the relationship with Tony. Believe he is wanting more than just friendship with Tess Hopefully she will recognize this. I think they will make a perfect match! Love the dynamics with the animals!! Being a huge animal lover, I smiled and thought of my boys! Can't wait for the next book!! Read it! You'll enjoy it!!! Questionable Motives LOVED this!! I was kept guessing right up to the end! Love the characters and home town feel!! Love the relationship with Tony. Believe he is wanting more than just friendship with Tess Hopefully she will recognize this. I think they will make a perfect match! Love the dynamics with the animals!! Being a huge animal lover, I smiled and thought of my boys! Can't wait for the next book!! Read it! You'll enjoy it!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Another great book. There is more than one mystery to solve. Bree has a secret Valentine. A man is looking for his mother. And the continuing mystery surround Tess' father. Also, her mom has a mysterious stranger in her life. Such fun getting to the bottom of these. I like that Tess isn't afraid to ask Tony for help. Such a sweet relationship between the two of them. Already have book 3 ready to read. Another great book. There is more than one mystery to solve. Bree has a secret Valentine. A man is looking for his mother. And the continuing mystery surround Tess' father. Also, her mom has a mysterious stranger in her life. Such fun getting to the bottom of these. I like that Tess isn't afraid to ask Tony for help. Such a sweet relationship between the two of them. Already have book 3 ready to read.

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