Series: Zoe Donovan Mystery #1
Author: Kathi Daley
Publish Date: September 2013
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Source: Kindle Unlimited
About the Book:
Halloween Hijinks: Amid a backdrop of zombies on the run and Halloween festivities, animal control officer Zoe Donovan is faced with losing something she loves in order to save someone she loves when she finds a dead body in the basement of a haunted house just two days before Halloween. With the help of her best friends, Levi and Ellie, and her dog Charlie, she delves into a mystery as complex and multilayered as the feelings she develops for her ex-nemesis Zak Zimmerman. Halloween Hijinks is the perfect recipe, combining holiday fun with a touch of humor, a pinch of romance, and a dollop of murder.
This was a fun little start to a new series. I found it while perusing Kindle Unlimited options and was pleasantly surprised. Zoe loves animals, loves her community, and loves…
I enjoyed the basis of the story. High school rivals and big games are a lot of fun and many readers can identify with these sort of antics. I also loved that it was at the time of Halloween and Autumn with pumpkins, corn mazes and zombies.
The mystery and the solving of the mystery was unique. I wondered about the suspect, but loved how the author closed the story. At times I did feel like it skipped a lot of “time”, moving ahead in time and maybe not specifically indicating so. I loved the animal rescue aspect and that Zoe wasn’t a complete bleeding heart, but did look out for all animals.
Levi and Ellie were great friends and I was as skeptical as Zoe when Zac joined the crew. Excited to see where these relationships develop and meet additional people of the town.