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Book Feature & Review ~ Where the Light Shines Through: An Olivia Penn Mystery by Kathleen Bailey ~ #CozyMystery


Where the Light Shines Through: An Olivia Penn Mystery by Kathleen Bailey

About Where the Lights Shines Through:


Where the Light Shines Through: An Olivia Penn Mystery

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Publisher: ‎ Rhino Publishing LLC (November 30, 2021)

Hardcover: ‎ 330 pages

ISBN-10: ‎ 1956270027

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1956270020

Paperback: ‎ 330 pages

ISBN-10: ‎ 1956270019

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1956270013

Digital ASIN: ‎ B09H9G1ZWF

Castle meets Clue in this fun, fast-paced, fresh take on the cozy mystery. 

Olivia’s syndicated advice column is about solving problems … not murders. But when she returns to her hometown of Apple Station in Virginia to visit her dad, she has five days to expose a killer or fall prey as the next victim.

Olivia had planned for a week of rest and relaxation before her move to New York for a promotion and a chance to pursue her publishing dreams. Within hours of arriving home, her world changes forever with the death of someone dear. A promise to a grieving mother leads her to uncover secrets from the past that put her life in danger, leaving her at a crossroads. Does she risk investigating further or settle for the security of the life that awaits? Will she chase after what she thinks she wants or listen to what her heart needs?  

With the support of friends and family, a tenuous alliance with the lead police detective, and the bravery of an intrepid beagle, she races to protect her dad, rescue an unlikely ally, and bring a murderer to justice. 

When all seems lost, will Olivia summon the strength and courage she needs to see where the light shines through? 

Join the journey in the first novel of The Olivia Penn Mystery Series. If you grew up reading Nancy Drew, you’ll love this cozy mystery that entertains with heart and humor amid a charming cast of characters set in a small Southern town. 

Escape to enjoy a captivating, heartwarming story that will inspire you to be the hero of your own life. 

My Review:

Olivia Penn is about to venture to New York in a much deserved career boost. Her promotion puts in line for not only a high profile newspaper column but possible a publishing contract. Before starting her new job, Olivia goes back home to Apple Station, Virginia to spend time with her dad and her friends. 

Tragedy strikes within 24 hours of her being home, however, and Olivia's world is forever changed. The loss of a dear friend and the accusations toward another, have Olivia tied up in knots. As Olivia tries to make sense of the murder and suspected culprit, she gets a little too close to revealing the truth. She has very little time to help break the case wide open before she either has to leave for New York, or she finds herself 6-feet under.

Where the Light Shines Through is an amazing cozy mystery. The first in a new series, this novel pulled me in with excellently written characters and continued development. The book kept me engaged with a wonderful plot, fitting side stories, and world building that had me visualizing everything. The small town setting, petty rivalries, and secrecy bring realism to the story. 

I was provided a copy of this book to read.

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About Kathleen Bailey:


Kathleen Bailey is the author of Where the Light Shines Through, the first novel in The Olivia Penn Mystery Series. She writes mysteries with heart and humor that keep to the traditional and cozy sides of crime. Kathleen has degrees in English, psychology, and physical therapy. She previously worked as a pediatric physical therapist for over twenty years with children who have special needs. She now spends her days obsessively plotting and sleuthing in Virginia. When she is not incognito, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and the James River Writers. 

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