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The Christmas Letter

(Tess and Tilly #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,216 ratings  ·  143 reviews
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 shockin ...more
Kindle Edition, 184 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Kathi Daley Books
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Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really uplifting story.

This story is for all the pet lovers. Tess is small town mail carrier, not is not all she does. Also good at solving the mystery, who and why he was murdered.
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I have fallen in love with this series!🥰 I look forward to reading the next one in this series.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s Christmas time in the small town of White Eagle, Montana where everyone knows each other. Tess Thomas it the local postal carrier and makes her rounds everyday with her trusty sidekick, Tilly. Tilly is her beloved dog and always by her side.

During one of her deliveries, Tess and Tilly stumble upon the murdered body of one of the local older townspeople. There’s also a tiny kitten tangled up in a fishing line. Tess quickly calls her brother, who happens to be the local cop. Once she’s finish
Doward Wilson
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-contest
Meet Tess Thomas and her dog Tilly. They live in White Eagle, Montana where Tess is the mail carrier and Tilly is her constant companion. When they discover the dead body of their elderly friend, Tess is drawn into solving the crime and finding the murderer. A complex murder with lots of twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages. The characters are well developed and the mail carrier background is interesting and lends itself to many different story lines. Their are plenty of furry f ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
We start off meeting Tess and her dog Tilly, Tess delivers the mail and along the way she interacts with quite a cast of characters. When she comes across the body of an older friend while on deliveries one day, she is saddened and wonders who could have wanted him dead. She isn't going to get involved but when her best friends boyfriend is arrested she feels she should help in anyway that she can, even if he turns out guilty. Things start to heat up when Tess realizes that there is a secret tha ...more
Mary Brown
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
I enjoyed this book as I do all Ms. Daley's books. Her characters are real and people that are very easy to envision with depth to them. I found Tess being a mail carrier interesting, which helps her interact with many people, which keeps all kinds of possibilities open for future books. The mystery was excellent and kept me guessing and I will continue on with this series.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Adorable Christmas cozy-mystery set in a small town, White Eagle, Montana, nestled in the arms of the Northern Rocky Mountain.

I picked up this book while looking for some Christmas-themed cozy mysteries to sate my thirst for both cozies and Christmass-y reads, and this book proved to fit the bill.

Tess works for the United States Postal Service and lives with her dog, Tilly. Tilly and Tess are a perfect team and they make their rounds delivering letters to the residents rain(snow) or shine. Eve
Another Wonderful Story

White Eagle Montana is a small town where everyone knows you yet there still are secrets.
When mail carrier Tess and her four legged pal Tilly deliver mail to their friend Pike, and find him dead she is of course upset. When her best friend Bree asks for Tess's help because her boyfriend Donny has been accused of theft and Pike's murder.
As things unravel and secrets are uncovered, life in White Eagle will never be the same.
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
cute little cozy mystery, my base rating for cozy mysteries are 4 stars unless they really blow me out of the water and tho I did really like this story and the animals in it (so cute!) it was an average cozy mystery, that being said I did really like it and would read more of the series in the future
The Christmas Letter: A Cozy Mystery is the premier book in Kathi Daley’s Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. The reader is introduced to Tess, a mail carrier and her dog Tillie who accompanies her while delivering main in a small Montana town. The characters come to life on the page as the reader comes to know the residents of this town throughout a classically written cozy mystery which includes a plot woven with skill to keep the reader guessing. A touch of sweet romance, clean mystery and cl ...more
Robin Leslie Coxon
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Christmas Letter is the first book in the Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series by Kathi Daley. Set in the small town of White Eagle, Montana, the main character, Tess and her dog, Tilly, are known by the area residents as their mail person. Along with the mail Tess and Tilly deliver other items from the area residents such as gossip or muffins. Tess also is known to spend a few minutes checking on various people too. When a murder takes place of one of the town’s oldest residents, Tess is dete ...more
Lisa Morin
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced story

Kathi Daley writes several different series and this is the first book I've read in this series.
This is a light cozy mystery with a touch of romance.
This book definitely has a lot of characters that will make you happy you visited them.
RO G'ma
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Christmas Letter is the debut novel in Kathi Daley’s new Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series and it’s an awesome and delightful read. The writing style flows smoothly and Ms. Daley provides great background information about the characters and the town. The characters are well rounded and affable and the mystery well plotted. As with all her books, Ms. Daley has provided readers with a clean, fun read, caring and compassionate characters, an intriguing mystery to try to solve, and lots of ado ...more
Teresa Kander
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Kathi Daley is a writing superstar. This is her EIGHTH series, and she continues to write each and every one without making them repetitive or predictable. Each one is written in a slightly different style or voice so that they are unique entities, even with the occasional crossover of characters.

This new series features Tess, a small town mail carrier, her dog Tilly and her new cat Tangle. Tess has a very friendly relationship with everyone on her mail route, so when one of the town's residents
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great Christmas cozy mystery and new series. You are going to love Tess and Tilly and the small town they live in. Tess is the perfect person to go sleuthing and solve mysteries as she and her faithful companion, Tilly, deliver mail with a personal touch so they really get to know what is going on in the community and gather tidbits of information throughout the day. Kathi Daley's great weaving of stories makes it very easy for her readers to find themselves totally immersed in the story and f ...more
Lynne Moody
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful read. I love all the characters in this new series. From the main character to the quirky and fun furbabies and all of the towns people. The secrets and mystery are well written. A great start of a new series from Kathi Daley.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
The Christmas Letter by Kathi Daley is the first book in a new series for this author set in Montana. It was an easy and fun cozy mystery. The characters are introduced well and I'm sure the author will provide more background information about them as the series progresses. Many of the residents are likable and a few are quirky so I look forward to getting to know them better. A smoothly paced plot with a few twists that kept me guessing until the reveal.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
A quick read and short story of murder in small town. The mail carrier and her dog and cat deliver the mail daily and also learn the latest gossip. When a friend in murdered she joins forces with a friend and also the town veterinarian to sleuth out the truth. Fast moving and light read.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
It was ok

My mom read this and her reason for a 3 is because of lack of excitement. I myself will read this and give my rating as well.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Add Christmas, some pets and a dash of murder, which made this a cute cozy mystery :)
Nice quick read and the first book in the series. Lots of room for future books and mysteries. Recommended. :-)
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
New Series

This is listed as book one in series. It takes place in a small town in Montana. The lead character and narrated is Tess, a female mail delivery person who travels her route accompanied by her dog who carries a young kitten in backpack. As he's made her deliveries we intro to many interesting characters while T was tries to solve harder and inspected about someone in town. I like the writers style the readers style and will readother books in theserite
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This cosy mystery is set in a small town in Montana leading up to Christmas, where the local mail woman gets sucked into investigating the death of a local resident whose body she discovers while out on her route.

To be fair, I got roughly what I was expecting out of this. I intend the 3 star rating positively (as pretty much always). It was cute, light and fluffy. At times the writing was a bit stilted and there were a few typos, but overall I enjoyed it. And I would definitely consider reading
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I hate to give a not so great review, especially for a book with dogs since I love them so very much, but here goes.
I liked the main characters, Tess and Tony, but the majority of the rest of the characters (other than maybe Bree and Shaggy) are all very generic, interchangeable and forgettable. In fact, for most there wasn't even a description of how they looked--nothing, or close to nothing.

I liked the animals but found it annoying that Tess named all her pets with names that started with the
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
“The Christmas Letter” earns 5+/5 Entertaining Beginnings…and Murder!

Ok, the temperatures are well on their way to zero, but Tess Thomas does not let that slow her down from “the swift completion of [her] appointed rounds.” Yes, she is the local postmistress, and alongside Tilly her dog, she delivers letters, packages, and a bit of gossip. But, murder, too? At her final stop for the day Tess and Tilly discover a little kitten tangled up in fishing line and…a dead body on the floor! Wow, just wha
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the new Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. This book is filled with the elements of a cozy mystery including suspense, romance, humor, love, friends and family, and a sense of community. The setting is perfect for a Christmas mystery: it is snowing outside, there are festive decorations on Main Street, every light post has a green wreath with a red bow, and there are red and white lights strung across the main thoroughfare. Residents are looking forward to the Friday t ...more
Lisa Millett
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Winning first book in a new series

This is a new series for Kathi Daley and it is another winner. Tess is a postal delivery person in White Eagle, Montana and she has her constant companion, Tilly the dog. Tess is friends with pretty much everyone in town as she has lived there all of her life. At the end of her mail route she discovers her 92 year old friend dead by gunshot. She calls her brother who is a police officer and it begins a murder investigation. When Tess' best friend's boyfriend is
A new, exciting series from popular author Kathi Daley, suitable for young adults and older. This debut book is a clean mixture of friendship, light romance and cozy mystery.
Tess is a mail carrier, sister to the small town's top cop. Each of them is privy to secrets and careful about sharing. We are introduced to Tess's friends as she goes about her route, and to the main 4 legged characters of the series.
This is not a deep mystery,but the intrigue grabs the reader and we won't be satisfied unt
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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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