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The Valentine Mystery

(A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  556 ratings  ·  72 reviews
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.

It is Valentine's Day in White Eagle Montana and Tess and Tilly are busier than ever delivering Valentine Cards along with the daily mail. Of course it wouldn't be Valentine's Da
Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published February 12th 2018 by Kathi Daley Books
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Doward Wilson
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-contest
As Valentine's Day approaches, Tess gets involved with a young man searching for his biological mother, who had given birth to him years earlier in Tess's hometown of White Eagle, Montana. Tess meets him when he is involved in wreck that kills a man in the other car. Tracking down clues keeps her and her friends busy as they work a pet adoption clinic and get ready for a Valentine's dance. Can Tess solve the mystery or is there more to the story. Another page turner that will have you following ...more
Robin Leslie Coxon
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kathi Daley has brought us another book in her Tess and Tilly Mystery series. In this book we continue to see the residents of White Eagle, Montana, as Tess Thomas and her faithful dog, Tilly, deliver mail to them. It is the week before Valentine’s Day and the mail delivery is heavier than usual. It seems to be a time for mystery men to be involved in some way or form in White Eagle. One comes through the mail in the form of package for Lucy Thomas, Tess’s mom. Postmarked from Italy, Tess wonder ...more
The Valentine Mystery: A Cozy Mystery is the second book in Kathi Daley’s Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. Visualize a small town in Montana that has an element of International intrigue and, not one, but two mysteries intertwined in a well-crafted plot. Throughout this book the reader learns mare about Tess’s extended family (one brother, Mike, a White Eagle Police Officer, and her mom, Lucy Thomas, who co-owns a café, Sisters’ Diner, with her aunt, Ruthie Turner), her friend, Bree, and deep ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
In this next book of this fun new series Tess has a long day ahead of her delivering two bags of mail. By the end of the day she is ready to head home, and looks forward to that evenings book club. Unfortunately she comes across a crash on her way home and spends most of the evening talking to her brother Mike about what she witnessed. One of the men she helped out invites her to a meal to say thank you and Tess agrees, hoping to find out what has brought him to town. While having breakfast the ...more
Small Town Big Hearts

Again Kathi Daley has transported the readers to the town of White Eagle, Montana. And lets us visit with a few of the regulars while adding in a touch of mystery and in a slight way one of my favorites, an old mystery.

Since everyone else has written about the story line I prefer to indulge on the writing.

I can picture in my mind as I read the main street as Tess does her mail route. The shops, the smells and the friendly people inside.
And the descriptions of the characters
I really enjoyed this second in the series. Not only do you have the main mystery but there are little mysteries included. Tess comes upon an accident to which one of the drivers Coby is looking for his mother. Tess' friend Bree is receiving Valentine gifts, and Tony is trying to find information for Tess about her father's suspicious death. This story keeps moving with all the twists and turns and likable characters. I will definitely continue on with this series.
RO G'ma
The Valentine Mystery is the second novel in Kathi Daley’s Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series and it’s an awesome and delightful read. The writing style flows smoothly at a steady pace. The characters are well rounded and affable and the mysteries are well plotted and interesting. 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 adorable dogs and cats. I highly recommend this book to anyo ...more
Mary Brown
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Valentine Mystery
A Tess And Tillie Cozy Mystery, Book #2
Kathi Daley
5 Stars


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.

It is Valentine's Day in White Eagle Montana and Tess and Tilly are busier than ever delivering Valentine Cards along with the daily mail. Of course it wouldn't be Valentine's Day in White Eagle without a mystery to
Jane Firebaugh
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely awesome mystery, with a dash of romance thrown in to make it even better. Very well done plot with a surprising twist. I loved it and can't wait for the net book in this series!
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Truth hurts sometimes

She's on her way home when she hits upon an accident in which one driver later dies. The other tells her that he is looking for his birth mother. Feeling that she has to help him as she too is still searching for the truth about her father - did he really die or not? Enlisting the help of her BFF and Tony the searching begins. Are she and her friends dealing with a full deck or are there still secrets out there. As the missing woman was the wife of a powerful Serbian busine
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great cozy mystery filled with suspense and intrigue, relationships and friendships, community togetherness and support, and some awesome animals (love the story of the unfriendly dog). This is the 2nd book in the series and I am already hooked into the interesting characters and their storyline and so want to learn more about them. Lots of twists and turns will keep you on your toes as you try to solve the mystery plus you will find that there is more than one mystery going on in this book -- v ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this on the kindle

This is the 2nd book in this series

After coming across an road accident Tess helps one of the men find his mother as he was adopted

Along with her friend Tony so they start to investigate they are still looking into the mystery concern her father who died in a truck fire so that only ashes was left

I have the next two books in the series & will get the 5th when it comes out
Christie Marks
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One down, one to go

Two mysteries to be solved, with just enough twists to keep you guessing until the end. One was solved, with an answer you didn't see coming. The second- about Tess's father - leaves the door open, thankfully, for more books in the series. And I'm curious about Tess's mom and her much-younger Italian hottie; I hope to see that relationship grow in future installments.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm loving the twists and turns that these books take along the way...
and poor Tony.....
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
“The Valentine Mystery” earns 5+/5 Valentine Surprises…Mystery Extraordinaire!

“It looks like a two-bagger today.” Tess grimaces a bit, but it is Valentine's Day in a week. But, along with cards and packages, a few mysteries are delivered. First, BFF Bree Price, owner of the Book Boutique, is receiving Valentine's gifts anonymously. It's always a delight to be on the receiving end of surprises, but it can also be a bit ‘creepy.’ Next, Tess and Tony research may have gained another clue to what ha
Lisa Millett
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced mystery

In book two of the Tess and Tilly series, Tess is busy delivering mail before Valentine's Day which is keeping her extra busy. On her way home she hears a terrible noise and discovers a two car accident. The first car has one make passenger and after Tess assists him in getting out of his car, the two of them go downhill to the other disabled car. They find an unconscious man trapped inside. The man from the first car climbs inside and pulls out the injured man. Meanwhile Tess
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second episode 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. Residents are looking forward to the Valentine’s party at the high school organized by Brady Baker, the new veterinarian, complete with decorations, cookies and punch, and lots of shelter pets ready to be adopted.

Tess Thomas is a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in
Kathi Detamore
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kathi Daleys new series , A Tess and Tilly mystery is quickly becoming a big success. I have just finished Book two, The Valentine Mystery. What a treat to have to read on Valentines's Day. Tess is a mail carrier in a small town in Montana where she has lived all her life. As Valentine's Day approaches she has "two bagger days" delivering the mail. However she keeps getting slowed down by her customers and various little distractions. Her Mom gets a package from a admirer, her best friend Bree i ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Valentine Mystery: A Cozy Mystery ( A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery book 2 )
By: Kathi Daley
The Valentine Mystery is book two in A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery Series. This was a very cozy mystery to read on Valentine. I really enjoyed the story , it was well written and the characters were well developed. The author writes a good clean cozy mystery. She did not disappoint. Tess gets involved in two different mysteries and one is very close to home . The story is around Valentine and Tess is bus
Laura Reading
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
International intrigue with undertones of romance.. and a love match made for Bruiser.
Full of parallels, Tess is immersed in two mysteries involving searches for people who may not be who they seem. Add to that the curiosity over her mother's younger, foreign friend and a secret admirer sending anonymous yet personal gifts to best friend Bree.
At first things seem fairly benign as Tess and Tony pursue answers via technology. Following other clues in a more low tech way with an unknown stranger w
Sandy Bartles
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful small-town read by author Kathi Daley and it carries you along at a fast pace. Tess is a mail carrier and she and her furry pet, Tilly, have their job cut out for them during Valentine week. From helping out at a car accident, to helping a young man search for his birth mother and then helping to solve a murder, Tess and her friends and furry pets stay busy. There is not a single boring spot in this book! Kathi held my attention throughout, even though I guessed who the murde ...more
Elizabeth Evans
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow!

I enjoyed the mystery and all the intrigue that went along with it! I was beginning to think Dr Brady was out of the picture too and I was very disappointed but in the end there is more to come I hope and I hope its really soon. Now I see jealously from tony over Brady and tessa but I only see a wonderful long time friendship between Tessa and tony--- the romance I'm waiting for is between the vet Dr Brady and tessa!!! Please bring more and I love the kids Tilly tang and tinder!!!
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A well-written, nicely-paced story - a quality cozy mystery read. A family mystery for Tess continues in this second book, along with two new mysteries - one involving a stranger and a sweet one involving her best friend, Bree. The reason I keep coming back to Kathi Daley books is because of the great characters, animals and small-town atmosphere she creates with her easy-to-understand writing style. I love trying to solve the puzzle of the mysteries! I can't recommend this author's books highly ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Valentine mystery. Kathi Daley

Just finished Kathi Daley’s book Valentine Mystery. Poor Tess has her hands full. Not only is she having two baggers for Valentines Week, but she’s helping a new visitor find his mom, worry about what her dad is or isn’t, the new guy her mom is dating from Italy that suddenly showed up, and a suspicious accident/murder. Whew. But Kathi uses her magic and weaves her spell for a marvelous book.
Sheila Penwell
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this story was a really great read. Again Tess and her family and friends and all the pets come together to figure out a who murdered the man in the car accident which was later ruled as murder. At the same time Tess's friend Tony is working on that , he is working on finding out if Tess's father really died . There is more than one story going on at a time. Again at the end you find out who the murderer was. Great read I recommend it highly.
Kimberly B. Stratemeyer
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Questionable Motives

LOVED this!! I was kept guessing right up to the end! Love the characters and home town feel!! Love the relationship with Tony. Believe he is wanting more than just friendship with Tess Hopefully she will recognize this. I think they will make a perfect match! Love the dynamics with the animals!! Being a huge animal lover, I smiled and thought of my boys! Can't wait for the next book!! Read it! You'll enjoy it!!!
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great book. There is more than one mystery to solve. Bree has a secret Valentine. A man is looking for his mother. And the continuing mystery surround Tess' father. Also, her mom has a mysterious stranger in her life. Such fun getting to the bottom of these. I like that Tess isn't afraid to ask Tony for help. Such a sweet relationship between the two of them. Already have book 3 ready to read.
Jeanie Jackson
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Twist and turns

Enjoyed this one even more than the first book of the series. Tess rescues and befriends a man after an accident. The next day he explains that he is in town try to track down his birth mother. With only a photo for a clue, they team up to find the woman in the picture. Tony finds new clues about her father.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kindle Copy for Review

All is quiet until Tess finds herself witnessing a vehicle homicide while working. It will lead her to the past and her dead father who might not be really dead.

With the aid of her friend Tony she will track down the killer ad a mysterious person during Valentines.

Once again a nice read by the author.
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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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