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This novella is a spinoff of the popular Zoe Donovan Mystery Series. In this first short story Zoe's best friend Ellie receives some bad news, meets a new man, and helps to solve a murder while Zak and Zoe are out of the country.


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This novella is a spinoff of the popular Zoe Donovan Mystery Series. In this first short story Zoe's best friend Ellie receives some bad news, meets a new man, and helps to solve a murder while Zak and Zoe are out of the country.

30 review for The New Normal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Kander

    Kathi Daley has done it again! She has started yet another series which is sure to be a hit. These short stories will focus on some of the minor characters from the Zoe Donovan series, giving us an even deeper insight into Ashton Cove. The debut novella is told by Ellie Davis, Zoe's best friend. In the first chapter, Ellie gets some very sad news, which broke my heart for her. As the story goes on, she meets the Academy's new math teacher and his three children, as well as helping Levi and the sh Kathi Daley has done it again! She has started yet another series which is sure to be a hit. These short stories will focus on some of the minor characters from the Zoe Donovan series, giving us an even deeper insight into Ashton Cove. The debut novella is told by Ellie Davis, Zoe's best friend. In the first chapter, Ellie gets some very sad news, which broke my heart for her. As the story goes on, she meets the Academy's new math teacher and his three children, as well as helping Levi and the sheriff solve a murder. This is a quick, easy read which is very entertaining. I hope the new math teacher and his family will become an integral part of Ashton Cove, especially as he and Ellie seem to have a great deal of chemistry--and the children are so sweet!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Bartles

    Brady's Bunch I love the the new Zimmerman Academy math teacher and his family. I hope Zoe can find a new home with this family and doesn't get hurt again. She deserves some happiness!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Synopsis: This novella is a spinoff of the popular Zoe Donovan Mystery Series. In this first short story Zoe's best friend Ellie receives some bad news, meets a new man, and helps to solve a murder while Zak and Zoe are out of the country. Review: I really enjoyed reading this novella and I am happy that it is the first in what I am hoping will be many more to come. I like that this first one was written from Ellie’s perspective because she is one of my favorite characters. Learning more about what Synopsis: This novella is a spinoff of the popular Zoe Donovan Mystery Series. In this first short story Zoe's best friend Ellie receives some bad news, meets a new man, and helps to solve a murder while Zak and Zoe are out of the country. Review: I really enjoyed reading this novella and I am happy that it is the first in what I am hoping will be many more to come. I like that this first one was written from Ellie’s perspective because she is one of my favorite characters. Learning more about what was happening in her life and the problems she is facing made for a great story. Ellie is trying to get over her break up with Levi and get her life back on track. When she is given some devastating news from her doctor, she is not sure how she will ever move forward. When she meets and assists the new math teacher for the Zimmerman Academy, she realizes she might just find happiness again. Of course there is a mystery to solve, and with Levi’s help, Ellie may just be able to unravel it. She is a little more cautious than Zoe when it comes to finding a killer and it seemed a little more realistic to me, which I liked. The writing style flows smoothly and this novella is an easy read. The author is so talented in creating her characters and the setting that I was again taken away from reality and transported into the world that she has created, and it was a place I did not want to leave. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery with lovable characters. I am looking forward to reading more books written by this author. If you have not had the pleasure of reading any, be sure you pick up the many books in her numerous series, sit back and enjoy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    The New Normal is first novella in the Zimmerman Academy Shorts series. This is a spinoff of the Zoe Donovan series by Kathi Daley. This short story is told from Ellie Davis’ perspective and takes place while Zoe and Zak are in Ireland for a murder mystery weekend. Ellie has recently encountered a number of challenging personal struggles, yet, she’s agreed to assist Zoe and Zak while they are away. Ellie greets the new math teacher, hired by the Zimmerman Academy, when he arrives at the airport The New Normal is first novella in the Zimmerman Academy Shorts series. This is a spinoff of the Zoe Donovan series by Kathi Daley. This short story is told from Ellie Davis’ perspective and takes place while Zoe and Zak are in Ireland for a murder mystery weekend. Ellie has recently encountered a number of challenging personal struggles, yet, she’s agreed to assist Zoe and Zak while they are away. Ellie greets the new math teacher, hired by the Zimmerman Academy, when he arrives at the airport with his young children. Brady Matthews, a widower, is very appreciative of Ellie’s assistance as Brady and his family settle into their new home and community. Much to Ellie’s surprise, she can fully relate to the emotions Brady is grappling with. Levi, Ellie’s ex-boyfriend, reenters the picture as a woman he has been seeing, Maddie Kramer, is found dead and Levi is a suspect. Suicide or murder? Can Ellie and Levi work together and assist Sheriff Salinger find the truth? Will Ellie soon have a new beau? This is the perfect short cozy mystery for those who appreciate a quick, well written novella.

  5. 5 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    Zimmerman Academy: The New Normal is the first novella in the Zimmerman Academy Shorts series and is a spinoff of Kathi Daley’s awesome Zoe Donovan Mystery Series. As always, Ms. Daley has given us a well-crafted mystery and has provided good character development. This novella sends a positive message that new beginnings are often necessary and possible. While Zoe and Zak are spending their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple at a murder mystery weekend in a haunted castle in Ireland, Elli Zimmerman Academy: The New Normal is the first novella in the Zimmerman Academy Shorts series and is a spinoff of Kathi Daley’s awesome Zoe Donovan Mystery Series. As always, Ms. Daley has given us a well-crafted mystery and has provided good character development. This novella sends a positive message that new beginnings are often necessary and possible. While Zoe and Zak are spending their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple at a murder mystery weekend in a haunted castle in Ireland, Ellie has agreed to help the new math teacher, Brady Matthews and his three young children, settle into their new home and acquainted with the community of Ashton Falls. Brady, a widower, is appreciative of Ellie’s assistance and they quickly become friends. Maddie Kramer, a woman Levi, Ellie’s ex-boyfriend, has been dating, is found dead in her apartment. She may have died of an overdose, but that doesn’t seem plausible to Ellie and Levi. In Zoe’s absence, Ellie and Levi work together to assist Sheriff Salinger determine what really happened to Maddie.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This is the first novella in the Zimmerman Academy Shorts series. It involves the secondary characters from the Zoe Donovan Mystery series. Zoe and Zak are in a haunted castle in Ireland, attending Murder mystery weekend. Ellie Davis who is Zoe Donovan's best friend, has agreed to greet the Zimmerman Academy new math teacher, Brady Matthews and his three sons at the airport then help them get settled. Ellie and Brady became fast friends. Ellie's ex-boyfriend, Levi needs Ellie's help. The woman he h This is the first novella in the Zimmerman Academy Shorts series. It involves the secondary characters from the Zoe Donovan Mystery series. Zoe and Zak are in a haunted castle in Ireland, attending Murder mystery weekend. Ellie Davis who is Zoe Donovan's best friend, has agreed to greet the Zimmerman Academy new math teacher, Brady Matthews and his three sons at the airport then help them get settled. Ellie and Brady became fast friends. Ellie's ex-boyfriend, Levi needs Ellie's help. The woman he has been seeing is found dead in her apartment. Levi is the main suspect. With Zoe away, will Ellie be able to work with Levi and the sheriff to find out what really happened? Good characters. An enhanced of Ashton Cove. Looking forward to this new series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    Great first Zimmerman Academy short so good to read a story from Ellie's POV and I'm looking forward to more Elli is a great character. Love some new faces in the new math teacher and his family. Looking forward to Ellie and Levi getting back to being friends again and moving on with their lives after breaking up. I can't wait for more from Ashton falls

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Nicholson

    This is the first in a new series of Novellas by Kathi Daley. Each story will be told from the point of view of other characters in the Zoe Donovan mystery series. It takes place in the same time frame as book 19 in the series, Shamrock Shenanigans. There is no need to have read the Zoe Donovan series before reading this story, although it is a perfect companion story. I really enjoyed getting to know Zoe’s best friend Ellie better. She has received some bad news, but pulls herself together to ge This is the first in a new series of Novellas by Kathi Daley. Each story will be told from the point of view of other characters in the Zoe Donovan mystery series. It takes place in the same time frame as book 19 in the series, Shamrock Shenanigans. There is no need to have read the Zoe Donovan series before reading this story, although it is a perfect companion story. I really enjoyed getting to know Zoe’s best friend Ellie better. She has received some bad news, but pulls herself together to get Zimmerman Academy’s new math teacher, Brady Matthews, settled in Ashton Falls. She has a busy weekend figuring out how to be just friends with Levi after their breakup, showing Brady (a widower with 3 young children) around town, and solving a murder. The New Normal was a fun read. I certainly am looking forward to seeing what might develop with Ellie and Brady and getting to know other characters from Zoe’s town of Ashton Falls. Who will we learn more about in the next novella?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    Kindle Copy In this first novella in the new spin off series of Zoe Donovan Mysteries which features on Zimmerman Academy. While Zoe and Zak are in Ireland on a murder mystery play a woman body is found in her apartment. What looks like an apparent overdose seems suspicious as no bottle is found in her apartment. To make things interesting Levi has been dating her since his break up with Ellie. Ellie finds herself welcoming a new widow male teacher with young children. Could this be a new man in El Kindle Copy In this first novella in the new spin off series of Zoe Donovan Mysteries which features on Zimmerman Academy. While Zoe and Zak are in Ireland on a murder mystery play a woman body is found in her apartment. What looks like an apparent overdose seems suspicious as no bottle is found in her apartment. To make things interesting Levi has been dating her since his break up with Ellie. Ellie finds herself welcoming a new widow male teacher with young children. Could this be a new man in Ellie’s life? We cannot wa

  10. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne

    The New Normal is the first novella in the Zimmerman Academy Shorts series and is a spinoff of the Zoe Donovan series by Kathi Daley. This short story is told from Ellie's perspective and you will find yourself immediately immersed and living her story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about and finding out more about what life has in stow for Ellie as she has always been one of my favorites and am looking forward to reading more about her and some of the other characters at Zimmerman Academy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mariko Tsubaki

    More Ellie Please I love the Zoe Donovan mystery series and excited to find out about a spin off series. This short was about Ellie and Brady, the new math teacher at the Academy. I love how this series allows the secondary characters to become more defined. This was a well written mystery that can be read in one sitting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Kindle Unlimited liked it but didn't love it hence 4 stars. Wasn't anything stupid such as typos or anything like that, just didn't love this. Halloween Hijinks Anniversary Edition (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 1) * - The Trouble with Turkeys (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 2) * - Christmas Crazy (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 3) * - Cupids Curse (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 4) - Big Bunny Bump Off (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 5) * - Beach Blanket Barbie (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 6) * Maui Madness (Zoe Donovan Myster Kindle Unlimited liked it but didn't love it hence 4 stars. Wasn't anything stupid such as typos or anything like that, just didn't love this. Halloween Hijinks Anniversary Edition (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 1) * - The Trouble with Turkeys (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 2) * - Christmas Crazy (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 3) * - Cupids Curse (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 4) - Big Bunny Bump Off (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 5) * - Beach Blanket Barbie (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 6) * Maui Madness (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 7) - Derby Divas (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 8) - Haunted Hamlet (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 9) - Turkeys, Tuxes, and Tabbies (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 10) - Christmas Cozy (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 11) - Alaskan Alliance (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 12) - Matrimony Meltdown (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 13) - Soul Surrender (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 14) - Heavenly Honeymoon (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 15) - Hopscotch Homicide (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 16) - Ghostly Graveyard (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 17) - Santa Sleuth (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 18) - Shamrock Shenanigans (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 19) - Kitten Kaboodle (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 20) - Costume Catastrophe (Zoe Donovan Mystery Book 21) - Candy Cane Caper (Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Book 22) - Holiday Hangover (Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery Book 23) - Easter Escapade (Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery 24) {pre-order at this time} Spin off from Zoe Donovan series Zimmerman Academy. *means NOT ku Whales and Tails Mystery Romeow and Juliet (Whales and Tails Mystery Book 1) - The Mad Catter (Whales and Tails Mystery Book 2) - Grimm's Furry Tail (Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 3) - Much Ado About Felines (Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 4) - The Legend of Tabby Hollow (Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 5) - The Cat of Christmas Past (Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 6) - A Tale of Two Tabbies (Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 7) - The Great Catsby (Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 8) - Count Catula (Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 9) - The Cat of Christmas Present (Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 10) - A Winter's Tail (Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Book 11) Murder at Dolphin Bay (Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery Book 1) - Murder at Sunrise (A Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery Book 2) - Murder at the Witching Hour (Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery #3) - Murder at Christmas (Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery #4) Zoe Donovan, Whales and Tails, Sand and Sea, others, check out amazon page

  13. 5 out of 5

    Celest

    Fun little mystery I received this book as a Birthday gift from the author, Kathi Daley. I love that she does this. The book was a fast paced mystery that I enjoyed very much. I love Ellie and Levi, but adding new characters is always a plus for me. Kathi has the greatest imagination when it comes to murder mysteries. Can't wait to get on to the next story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lynngfox

    Read all kathy Daley books Read all of kathy daley books.....I know I will. She writes wonderful,fun,suspenseful,romantic feel good mysteries or actually stories. Get a cup of tea, comfy couch and dive in.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Inboden

    Great book. It was short but very interesting. I love reading all about Zoe and her friends. Can't wait till more come out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda Rainey

    Nice Shirt Story. I enjoyed this short story. I wish it had been longer. This book is recommended for those who love cozy mysteries.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    While Zoe and Zak are away for a murder mystery weekend in Ireland (a fabulous read itself) best friend Ellie is taking charge of responsibilities back home in Ashton Falls. It is Valentine's Day weekend and Ellie is feeling lonely and vulnerable. She has experienced several losses and disappointments in only a few short months. Her best male friend, recently ex boyfriend, Levi has been spending time with another woman, a teacher at the high school. So it is a surprise when he turns up like old t While Zoe and Zak are away for a murder mystery weekend in Ireland (a fabulous read itself) best friend Ellie is taking charge of responsibilities back home in Ashton Falls. It is Valentine's Day weekend and Ellie is feeling lonely and vulnerable. She has experienced several losses and disappointments in only a few short months. Her best male friend, recently ex boyfriend, Levi has been spending time with another woman, a teacher at the high school. So it is a surprise when he turns up like old times. More surprising when he tells her the woman is dead and he has no alibi. Normally this would be a situation where Zoe would investigate but no one can get in touch with her. Ellie still loves Levi and has to help. Will her investigating put her in as much danger as it usually does Zoe? With the Zimmermans away, Ellie's first responsibility is to help settle the new math teacher and his children. Will this become something more than expected? Brady Matthews also is experiencing quite the life change. Each is adjusting to a "new normal." For fans of the Zoe Donovan series, this spin off is a welcome opportunity to spend time with the beloved secondary characters. This book stands alone as a fast, cozy murder mystery while preparing readers for what is to come once Zimmerman Academy becomes a reality.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 sta Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    The New Normal is first novella in the Zimmerman Academy Shorts series. This series is a spinoff of the Zoe Donovan. This story takes place while Zoe and Zak are participating in a murder mystery in Ireland (see Shamrock Shenanigans for this story). In the New Normal, Ellie Davis is the main character and we learn about some challenging personal struggles that she is dealing with. However, Ellie has agreed to take care of things at home for Zoe and Zak while they are away. We find that Ellie is m The New Normal is first novella in the Zimmerman Academy Shorts series. This series is a spinoff of the Zoe Donovan. This story takes place while Zoe and Zak are participating in a murder mystery in Ireland (see Shamrock Shenanigans for this story). In the New Normal, Ellie Davis is the main character and we learn about some challenging personal struggles that she is dealing with. However, Ellie has agreed to take care of things at home for Zoe and Zak while they are away. We find that Ellie is meeting the math teacher at Zimmerman Academy and Levi is back in the picture. Levi's girlfriend is found dead, and Levi is a suspect in the murder. This is a fast, entertaining novella.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Detamore

    And a fantastic spin-off it is! I am so thrilled to read about Ellie. Ellie is the best friend of the main character Zoe in the Zoe Donovan Series that we all read and love. Zoe and Zac are in Ireland on a trip. Ellie is helping out at home. She is dealing with the breakup with her best friend then boyfriend then back to best friend Levi. She meets a new Math teacher and helps him get settled in Ashton Falls with his three small children. Sounds promising! And of course the murder. A girl Levi h And a fantastic spin-off it is! I am so thrilled to read about Ellie. Ellie is the best friend of the main character Zoe in the Zoe Donovan Series that we all read and love. Zoe and Zac are in Ireland on a trip. Ellie is helping out at home. She is dealing with the breakup with her best friend then boyfriend then back to best friend Levi. She meets a new Math teacher and helps him get settled in Ashton Falls with his three small children. Sounds promising! And of course the murder. A girl Levi has been dating is murdered and Ellie helps solve it to eliminate Levi as a suspect. A lot going on for a novella. Thrilled to have new Kathi Daley series beginning..

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jane Firebaugh

    I so enjoyed getting to see things through Ellie's eyes in this novella. She has always been an interesting character for me, but it's the first time I really got to see what makes her tick. A nice sweet romantic possibility and a murder investigation help to distract Ellie from devastating news, and I felt a distinct twinge of hope for things working out well for her. This was a short and sweet read and I enjoyed every minute of it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Moody

    A Great book about Zoe and Zaks Zimerman Academy characters . I enjoyed reading about wonderful Ellie and her chance to have her own mystery to solve. This book will keep you reading to the end. Loved how it shows her moving on after her breakup. It's great we get to know a lot more about her and her storyline.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Clayton

    This is a short story and I really liked it. I started it and wow it was done. I sat there thinking wow i want more. So i had another one of her books and grabbed that and started reading. This one is about ellie who is going out to pickup the new Math teacher for the Academy then things start really rolling. You will enjoy it for me it was a grand slam out of the park a real quick one!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Janis Rich

    A neat little book. My first experience with a “cozy mystery “ and I really enjoyed it. This is the story of Ellie who has recently parted from her boyfriend Levi. The story starts out with a really bad day which ends with Levi being a potential suspect in a murder. Nice to have a quick, not too complicated book handy for a busy day.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jill B

    Zimmerman Academy: The New Normal What a great idea, novellas featuring various characters viewpoints from a main series. Totally enjoyed this book. Cheering for happiness for Ellie!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This novella is wonderful and perfect when you don't have much time to read or to sit and savor. And you don't have to know all the characters from Zoe's series. Like all Kathi's books, I love it and can't wait for more!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mari Hinton

    Made me smile I chose this rating just because it was short. I loved this book and I am looking forward to see what happens to Ellie and Brady.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    A Poetic Read A wonderfully poetic read that that truly gives meaning to The New Normal. I love Kathi's writing and look forward to more in this series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lucille D. Jones

    Disappointing Very shallow and a thin plot. This could have been a few chapters in a novel where the opportunity for a more robust story would have been possible.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pam Ferguson

    I am anticipating the next book in this series. I have enjoyed all 19 books previously before this spinoff.

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