Review of Kiss ‘N Tell

Kiss ‘N Tell

Cottage at Gooseberry Bay, Book #4

Kathy Daley

5 Stars


USA Today Bestselling author Kathi Daley brings you a heartwarming mystery series about finding answers and fostering hope while building friendships and embracing the magic of life by the sea and small town holidays.

Ainsley Holloway had come to Gooseberry Bay to find answers about her past. She’d come to find an explanation for the dreams that haunted her after the death of the cop who’d both rescued and raised her. And she’d come to identify the family she couldn’t remember but knew in her heart she’d once belonged to.

Ainsley hoped that by finding these answers, she’d also find healing. She hoped that once she’d resurrected the memories buried deep in her mind, she’d find peace.

The Cottage at Gooseberry Bay is a series about, not only finding answers, but finding hope.

It’s a series about family and friendship.

It’s a series about shared holidays, festivals, and celebrations.

It’s a series about shared heartbreak and hardship.

And it’s a series about the bond that can be forged amongst strangers when tragedy binds two or more individuals with a common goal.

In book 4 in the series, four friends come to the area over Valentine’s Day. While in Gooseberry Bay they notice a kissing booth which gets them to joking around and they decide to come up with their own challenge – The Casanova Challenge – to prove once and for all which of the four is really the king of romance. Each of four the men agree to spend the weekend wooing the local women, raking up points for various acts such as, buying a woman a drink, getting a cell number, actually going on a date, engaging in a make out session, and actually scoring. One of the men apparently set his sights on the wrong woman since he ends up dead. Parker sets out to cover the story pulling Ainsley and the others into her investigation along the way.

Meanwhile Ainsley picks up some new information on the mystery she came into town to solve in the first place and the return of an old friend to the area seems to cause friction between Jemma and Josie.  (Goodreads)


Ainsley, Jemma, Josie and Parker get pulled into a murder mystery again and they will do whatever it takes to solve it. Friends came to Gooseberry Bay for a mini-vacation and they make up a game to see who can score more points with girls that they meet.  When one of the young men is killed, the authorities do not know if it is because of the game or something else.  The gang will have to figure it out to bring the killer to justice.  And Ainsley is still trying to figure out who she really is and what happened in her childhood.  Adam continues to help her and although she does get some answers, there are still many things she does not know.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and they helped me engage in the story right away.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved.  There were enough motives to consider and clues to sift through.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am hoping that more questions will be answered.

Cottage on Gooseberry Bay: Kiss 'N Tell by [Kathi Daley]