Review of Pumpkins In Paradise


Pumpkins In Paradise

A Tj Jensen Mystery, Book 1

Kathi Daley

5 Stars


Between volunteering for the annual pumpkin festival and coaching her girls to the state soccer finals, high school teacher Tj Jensen finds her good friend Zachary Collins dead in his favorite chair. When the handsome new deputy closes the case without so much as a “why” or “how,” Tj turns her attention from chili cook-offs and pumpkin carving to complex puzzles, prophetic riddles, and a decades-old secret she seems destined to unravel.  (Goodreads)


When Tj finds her reclusive friend dead, she is stunned.  When she finds out that the authorities think it was self inflicted, she is shocked.  She knows that Zachary would never kill himself.  When she notices certain things that do not make any sense to her, she is sure foul play is at work here.  So she knows she will have to do her own investigating to figure out who killed him.   

The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  I enjoyed reading about the interactions between Tj, her best friend, her step sisters, her dad and grandfather.  They are a close knit family and they are more than happy to help each other out whenever it is needed.  I think one of this author’s strongest talents is in her character development.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy, quick read.  The author is also very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there, watching all the action take place around me.  The small town setting, with all of it’s quirky and nosey townspeople was the perfect backdrop for this book.  

The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  With plenty of suspects and  and puzzles to solve, it was not easy to figure out the killer.  And with all the twists and turns,  I kept changing my mind about the culprit.  I really enjoy when that happens.  

I would recommend this book and this series to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy with great characters and that small town feeling.  You can never go wrong reading a book by this author, they are all great.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review Pumpkins In Paradise.



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