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 entire book and with the twists and turns, it kept me guessing.
Kathi Daley has created characters that are well rounded, realistic and three dimensional. They are people who you can care about and root for. The relationships between the characters are very realistic and add a lot to the story. I want to hear about what is going on in their lives as much as I want to solve the mystery
The writing style flows easily and the book is an easy, relaxing read. The writing is very descriptive and pulled me into the setting and the action that is going on. I find I lose track of time reading because I am so engrossed in what is happening.
I would recommend Halloween Hijinks to anyone who loves a great cozy mystery. This is a great first book in an awesome series, so treat yourself and start it today. You will want to read the whole series to keep in touch with Zoe and her friends.