Today I’m spotlighting one of the series by Tonya Kappes, her Kenni Lowry Mystery Series. Between the characters, the setting, the mysteries and the paranormal, it is such a great series. I have read them both and I loved them. Check them out, you won’t be sorry.
Kenni Lowry Mystery, Book #2
In the South, it’s better when the food is fried and the secrets kept buried…
After the dead body of a beloved Cottonwood resident is found tangled up in an electric fence, Sheriff Kenni Lowry has a hunch that somethin’ ain’t right. Her investigation heats up with a fierce cook-off competition, a euchre game where the intel is sweeter than the brownies, and a decades old family recipe that may just be the proof in the pudding.
The icing on the cake: Kenni is fighting an attraction to her recently sworn-in deputy sheriff, and election season is hot on her tail. When the killer comes after who she holds most dear, even her poppa’s ghostly guidance might not be enough to keep her and her own out of the frying pan. (Goodreads)
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there watching all the action take place and eavesdropping in on many conversations. I was pulled into the story and the setting right from the first page and taken for a ride through the whole book.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Kenni is a tough woman who happens to be the sheriff of Cottonwood. Being a female sheriff is not always easy but if anyone can do it, Kenni can. And having the help of her grandfather’s ghost, Poppa, makes things a little easier. She also enjoys having her deputy sheriff, Finn, help, both as a coworker and perhaps as a love interest. All of the characters were down to earth and people that I would like to spend more time with.
The mysteries were carried on well throughout the entire book. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through that it was difficult to figure out the killer on my own. I did not figure it out until it was revealed at the end.
This is the second book in the series and the second book that I have read and enjoyed. The characters, especially Poppa, the small town setting and the ease of the writing style make this book, and series, a must read.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Fixin’ To Die
A Kenni Lowry Mystery, Book #1
Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she quickly discovers the ghost of her grandfather, the town’s previous sheriff, has been scaring off any would-be criminals since she was elected. When the town’s most beloved doctor is found murdered on the very same day as a jewelry store robbery, and a mysterious symbol ties the crime scenes together, Kenni must satisfy her hankerin’ for justice by nabbing the culprits.
With the help of her Poppa, a lone deputy, and an annoyingly cute, too-big-for-his-britches State Reserve officer, Kenni must solve both cases and prove to the whole town, and herself, that she’s worth her salt before time runs out. (Goodreads)
This is such a good book and I really enjoyed it. Cozy ghost paranormals are some of my favorites books to read, and this one is as good as any that I have read. It has all of the elements that I look for in this type of book: great characters, small town setting, a lovable ghost and a mystery to solve. What more could a reader ask for?
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Kenni is a hard working tough women who is trying to prove to her small town that she is “man enough” to be the sheriff. She is following in her grandfather’s footsteps, a man she loved deeply and misses terribly. When there is a murder and a robbery committed on the same day, she has her hands full, but is determined to solve both cases. She gets help from Finn Vincent, an officer on loan from the State Reserve because Kenni is down one deputy due to retirement. The fact that he is handsome angers her because she finds herself attracted to him. But she refuses to let that fact distract her from solving the mysteries. Poppa, Kenni’s grandfather, was my favorite character and I can see why she misses him so much.
The author is very talented in creating the small town setting. Cottonwood, Kentucky, is full of busy bodies and quirky characters. Gossip runs wild and everybody wants to offer advice and know each other’s business. I think it would be a fun place to visit.
There are two mysteries to solve and they were carried on well throughout the book There are enough suspects, clues and twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I was not positive who the culprit was until is was revealed, which is how I like it.
I would recommend this book to any reader who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you enjoy ghostly paranormal cozies, this is a must read book. I am hoping that this book is the start of a new series because I want to spend more time with Kenni and Poppa.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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