Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2020
Halloween Moon is the first book in Kathi Daley’s Cottage on Gooseberry Bay series. The author is very talented in descriptive writing, and I felt like I was right in the midst of the activities taking place and sharing the characters’ tragedies and joys. The affable characters are well developed, and the well-plotted storyline flows smoothly. This is a fun and clean read, with a strong emphasis on family, friends, caring, and compassion. The complex mysteries encompass the main character’s past and a current murder, and the red herrings and the twists and turns will keep readers engaged and guessing.
Welcome to Gooseberry Bay, Washington, a charming community where an old photograph and dreams have brought Ainsley Holloway in her search for the truth about her past. After the death of her adoptive father, Ainsley and her two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Kai and Kallie, travel across the country from Georgia to Washington. The photograph, which she found along with her father’s diary, features a house with a woman and two young children. Ainsley, who is immediately drawn to the house and people in the photograph, believes the house is located in Gooseberry Bay, and that she is somehow connected to the people, hopes to learn their identities. When she first arrives in town, she meets Hope Masterson, the owner of the Rosewood Inn, who doesn’t have any vacancies but agrees to rent her one of five cottages she recently inherited, on a monthly basis. While picking up takeout at the local bar and grill, Ainsley, a friendly and outgoing young woman whose work history includes working as a journalist and as a private investigator, meets the occupants of the other cottages, who welcome her with open arms and friendships quickly develop. She’s even invited to join them for brunch the following day. When the final guest arrives at the brunch, Ainsley learns that Cammy Collins, the sweet, enthusiastic clerk she met at the general store the previous evening, is dead. The sheriff’s office is treating the death as a suicide, but her new friends disagree, and even though she only briefly talked to Cammy, Ainsley doesn’t think that cause of death is plausible. Ainsley joins forces with her new friends, Tegan, Jemma, Josie, Booker, Cooper, and Parker, to try to uncover the truth about Cammy’s death.