Review of The Relic

Alyson, with the help of her resident ghost, uncovers a treasure map one night.  She enlists the help of her friends to follow clues and to see if there is any treasure to uncover.  Along the way the gang befriends Booker, a retired librarian, who is an 25802674 expert on the history of Cutter’s Cove.  They are hoping with his help, they can decipher a long-lost language and solve the mystery of the treasure map.

As is usual with all of Kathi Daley’s books, the characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  She is very talented in creating characters that the reader can relate to and care about.  They continue to grow in their own personal lives and in their relationships with each other, and this is fun to see happen.  I enjoyed learning more about the reason that Alyson and her mother are in witness protection and I think that added another layer to their personalities.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy, clean read.  Kathi Daley must live in a small town setting because she is able to create the atmosphere perfectly.  After reading one of her books I always think “that would be a great place to live”.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery cozy.   I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and seeing what happens next to the gang of friends.

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