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Pumpkins in Paradise

(TJ Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  964 ratings  ·  201 reviews
Between shopping for Halloween costumes, 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 ...more
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Published September 25th 2013
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Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I must start out this review by saying Kathi Daley is an amazing writer. She has such an imagination. My only question is when does this woman sleep. She has several series all going at the same time so she also has to extremely organized and must write at warp speed. I am absolutely thrilled that Henery Press is re-releasing the previous books in this series so we can get all caught up for the new story coming our way in April 2017.

Now let me tell you about this first story
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to Maggie's Hideaway, a family mountain resort in Serenity, Nevada and meet TJ Jensen a high school coach and just lately guardian of her 2 little half-sisters.
TJ doesn't believe that the death of her elderly, reclusive friend Zachary was due to natural causes. He used to create puzzles for TJ to solve and now searching for clues on how Zachary died she finds he left one last puzzle for her to solve that slowly reveals the events which lead him to living a reclusive life and ultimately
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Pumpkins In Paradise, the first book in the Tj Jensen Mystery series, author Kathi Daley weaves an intriguing cozy mystery tale that follows the amateur sleuth adventures of high school teacher Tj Jensen, as she tries to solve the murder of her friend Zachary Collins.

Set in the lakefront resort town of Serenity, Nevada, Tj utilizes logical puzzle clues that her elderly reclusive friend Zachary had taught her in order to search for the identity of his murderer and solve the mystery behind his
Linda 📚
A cozy mystery that touched my heart as well as entertained me. At Maggie's Hideaway, a mountain lodge in a lakefront community in Serenity, Nevada; T.J. Jensen lives with her half-sisters Ashley & Gracie, her Dad, her Grandpa Ben, and her dog and cat. For years, she's been friends with an elderly recluse, Zachary Collins; who was in a terrible car accident when he young that left his face scarred, and his heart scarred, too. Time has moved forward, and Zachary has mastered a heartfelt plan ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I love Kathi Daley but this one was just ok for me. It just didn't hold my interest as her other books do. There were puzzles the main character had to solve while trying to solve the murder. I did think that was neat and different.
Sep 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
It's been a long time since I read a good cozy mystery (weeks which is a long time for me) and I honestly can say this one wasn't one of them. I either got this for free or for 99 cents. It just wasn't that good. To begin with, there were several typos and issues with continuing the story. The book felt really disjointed in places. In addition, there were several times where a secondary character would tell the main character something and as the reader, we weren't told what it was. The ...more
Doward Wilson
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Meet Tj Jensen, high school coach and now guardian of two young half-sisters after the death of her Mother and her third husband. Tj and the girls live at Maggie's Hideaway, the family resort owned by her grandfather and father, on the lakeside of Serenity, Nevada. Tj has her hands full with her coaching duties for the girl's soccer team and volunteering for the annual Halloween festivities. Then when she goes to visit her reclusive friend Zachary Collins, she finds him dead in his armchair. ...more
“Daley’s characters come to life on the page. Her novels are filled with a little mystery and a little romance which makes for a murderous adventure.” – Tonya Kappes, USA Today Bestselling Author of Fixin’ To Die
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed this mystery/scavenger hunt cozy. It was light, and the main character wasn't constantly worrying over her appearance or snagging a man. I also think that I could grow attached to the main character's father and sisters; the characters are usually what keep me coming back to a cozy series.
RO G'ma
Pumpkins in Paradise is the first book in Kathi Daley’s Tj Jensen Mystery series. This book is a re-release of the original book that was published in September of 2013. The storyline and characters are well developed and the story flows along at a steady pace. The characters are likeable and relatable. This book sends strong messages of family, friendship, and loyalty. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the next adventure of Tj and her friends.

Tj Jensen is a high school
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this first of a series book. Tj is a strong intelligent woman who follows her gut when she believes her friend has been murdered. I love the rest of the cast of characters. Her father and grandfather who you don't hear much about but give the feeling of a strong backbone in the family. Her younger sisters that she is raising, seem to be actual feelings a child would have at that age. The possible romance to come with Dylan, I love the fact when Tj would find something, he already knew ...more
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books by Kathi. I truly enjoyed all the riddles and puzzles that TJ had to figure out in order to know what her friend Zachary wanted her to find out. Kathi is the next Dan Brown. I felt like I was in one of Dan Brown's novel DaVinci Code in which Robert Langdon is deciphering symbols in order for him to save someone's life. Kathi did a very nice job of creating riddles which aren't easy to write that went well with her story. It was great to be in total suspense while ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

This is the first book in the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake mystery series.

The first half of this book was not my favorite. I was screaming in my head to show not tell us what is going on. There were a lot of places where characters said what happened instead of seeing the action unfold. They were relating the past of Deputy Dylan Caine at one point and I found myself wishing for a flashback instead of what was presented to us.

I wish the characterization had been a bit more developed as well.
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TJ Jensen lives a busy life, working as teacher and coach at the high school in Serenity, Nevada, and has been guardian of her 5- and 8-year-old half-sisters since her mother died three months earlier in Pumpkins in Paradise by Kathi Daley. In addition, she helps to manage her family's resort in this mountain glory, along with her father and grandfather. TJ is also unique in her friendship with the local elderly recluse, Zachary Collins, whom she first met on Halloween at the age of 12 when, on ...more
Millie Taylor
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Yay, fluff! I blame my friends for turning me on to cozy mysteries. Yep, they're horrible influences, I swear.

TJ Jensen is a high school coach who lives in a small town. When she finds her recluse friend dead, she's sure it's murder, even though he was very old and in ill health.

This is a fun book to listen to. TJ is easygoing, smart, and caring. The only beef I had was that the author tended to spend a bit too much time describing her looks when it wasn't terribly necessary. Still, the other
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super cute mystery book and i really love that its not *divorced woman has to move back home bc horrible divorce* like so, so many books in this category are (not that i mind that but a change is nice). The only thing i didnt like was the offhand fatphobic- it was only once tho so not as bad as many books.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Pumpkins in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 1) by [Daley, Kathi]

What a delightful, fun and great mystery is found in Pumpkins in Paradise A TJ Jensen Mystery by Kathi Daley. It is a great cozy mystery with fun believable characters and the best setting in a small town and lake resort in the mountains.

TJ helps her Dad run the resort while teaching school and being the ski coach as well as raising her two younger half sisters. The setting is perfect with the lake, cabins and resort. It is
DelAnne Frazee
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Pumpkins In Paradise - TJ Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery Book 1
Author: Kathi Daley
Publisher: Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Published: 9-28-2013
ISBN: 10: 1492816612
ISBN: 13: 978-1492816614
Pages: 377
Genre: Mystery
Tags: Cozy
Overall Rating: Very Good

This is the type of book cozy lovers look for. It has a warm and likable heroine who steps up to solve the mystery when all are telling her there isn't one. Tj returns to Serenity following the death of her
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I received a copy of this book from Henery Press via NetGalley in exhange for a fair, honest review**

High school teacher TJ Jenson is busy. Between volunteering for Serenity, Nevada's annual pumpkin festival, teaching, coaching soccer, and raising her two half-sisters, her schedule is pretty full most of the time. But she always has time for her friend, an elderly recluse named Zachary. The two met on Halloween night years before when she tried to pull a childish prank on him and got caught.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another winner. So much to love about this book.

If you are as much of a Halloween addict as I am, if you enjoy reading about small towns and the true characters who live there, you want to grab Pumpkins in Paradise and find a corner to curl up in. As you read you will find yourself in the middle of the action.

TJ Jensen lives with her Father and Grandfather at a resort owned by the family. Her mother recently died and TJ inherited two young step sisters. Luckily TJ has a best friend with
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Outgoing and athletic Tj Jensen has spent her life in the idyllic small town of Serenity. She's a high school coach and a volunteer for the many town special events and festivals. Tj also helps out at Maggie's Hideaway - her family's resort - and has recently taken over caring for her two young sisters after their parents were killed in an accident.

As Pumpkins in Paradise begins, everyone in Serenity is getting ready for Halloween. For Tj, the holiday is also the anniversary of when she met one
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy, netgalley-arc
This is the second time I have read this book, but the first time that I have listened to it. Narrated by Coleen Marlo and just as enjoyable the second time round as it was the first time.

TJ Jensen is juggling her job as a coach at the high school, working at the family lakeside resort and bringing up 2 very young half-sisters. She really could have done without finding her good friend Zackary Collins dead in his favourite chair.

But looking over the scene of where he died, things look out of
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2017
Heard a lot about this author but not had a chance to try her books out till now. I am really glad I did because this short cozy was a fun one.

TJ Jensen is still getting used to taking care of her two younger sisters after their mom had died and things are starting to go pretty good, then she went to visit a friend and finds him dead. When the new detective doesn't seem to think there has been any foul play she decides to look into things herself.

Her friend loved puzzles and he gave her bits to
 Nyarlathotep Twelfth Month The Haunted Reading Room
Review of PUMPKINS IN PARADISE by Kathi Daley (TJ Jensen Mystery #1

What a winner! I love cozy mysteries, and this start of a new cozy series is just great! I'm reminded of an Agatha Christie village mystery, had Agatha set it in Nevada's mountain beauty, beside a picturesque lake. TJ Jensen is a great lady, a great friend, and a wonderful choice for heroine. In tiny Serenity, Nevada, she is part of a close-knit family which owns and operates "Maggie's Hideaway," a lakeside resort. When a very
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Loved this first book in this new series and I think that there will be a lot more character development coming in the following books.

I liked TJ because she doesn't seem to be afraid of anything and when she was a kid, she befriended a recluse named Zachary. 14 years later he is found dead and TJ believes it is foul play, but the new detectives in town think it is natural causes.

There are also some visitors to the town staying in the lodge that TJ helps run (outside of her full time job as a
Rosemary K
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When her close friend, Zachary Collins, dies, Tj Jensen feels that something is wrong. He was a recluse who had many secrets in his past, but he was contented when she last saw him. She doesn't believe that he committed suicide. As she checks out her suspicions, TJ keeps adding people to the suspect list. She's just not sure who wanted him dead or why. TJ is a wonderful character. She is smart, compassionate and tenacious. The way her mind works is amazing and her observation skills are ...more
Becky Burciaga
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This cozy mystery has an extremely well thought plot and more depth than any I've read in a very long time. The characters literally come alive right before your eyes, they are unique and unforgettable. I felt invested in the outcome just as if I was participating myself. There are enough twists and turns to keep the "Who done it?" mystery vibrating with intensity right up until the surprising end. I'm definitely emotionally attached to the characters now and will be reading the remaining books ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was originally published in 2013 and is the first book in the Tj Jensen Mystery Series. There is a new book being release soon and it was great discovering they put out book one for people who missed it. It's a great cozy series featuring a teacher who is now guardian to her two half sisters. It appears the series is set around various holidays throughout the year. I like Tj, she is down to earth, sensible and leading a busy full life in the town she grew up and has lots of family and ...more
Ms. Mystery
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the setting of Serenity, NV and especially the mountain lodge. The fall atmosphere is amazing with the annual pumpkin festival, chili cook-off, and other fun autumn activities. The secrets and puzzles kept the mystery interesting. A lot of background information was provided, so we know a lot about the characters. TJ is a strong female character, that is likable and responsible. Her family shows a lot of love in their actions. Pick this mystery up if you like clean, fall themed cozies!
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my first Kathi Daley book...I loved it. My favorite cozies take place in small towns, and Paradise Lake really sounds like paradise. The main character, T.J. Jensen, sounds like someone I would like as a friend. The book had a mystery within a mystery, which is always fun. I can't wait to read Book 2 and learn more about T.J. and the other residents of Paradise Lake.
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Kathi lives with her husband, kids, grandkids, and dogs in beautiful Lake Tahoe. When she isn't writing, Kathi likes to read (preferably at the beach or by the fire), cook (preferably something with chocolate or cheese,) and garden (planting and planning not weeding). She also enjoys spending time on the water when she's not hiking, biking, or snowshoeing, the miles of desolate trails surrounding ...more

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