Review of The Christmas Letter

The Christmas Letter

A Tess and Tillie Cozy Mystery, Book #1

Kathi Daley

5 Stars


A cozy mystery series featuring family who are friends and friends who are family. Set in the small town of White Eagle Montana, the series features Tess and her dog Tilly, who spend their days delivering the latest gossip along with the daily mail. When a close friend is murdered they join forces with the new Veterinarian in town to sleuth out the truth behind the shocking murder that is rocking the community as it prepares for the annual Christmas Festival.

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. (Goodreads)


As is the norm for this author, the characters are well developed and well rounded.  Tess is a smart caring woman who likes just about everyone she meets.  And as a mail carrier, she meets a lot of people.  She has a good friend, Bree, and I enjoyed watching the interactions between the two friends.  And she has a couple of possible love interests, I cannot wait to see what happens.  You cannot help but fall in love with Tilly and Tang, Tess’s dog and cat.  They are very cute and add a lot to the story.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author creates a cozy setting in White Eagle, Montana.  Everyone looks out for each other and neighbors are happy to help those in need.  They are also happy to get in everyone’s business, just like a typical small town.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.   

The mystery was carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects to consider and enough clues to shift through that the mystery was not easy to solve.  I was surprised at the culprit.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy.  This is going to be another great series and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.