Review of Southern Fried

Southern Fried
Kenni Lowry Mystery, Book #2
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars


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.

Southern Fried (Kenni Lowry Mystery Book 2) by [Tonya Kappes]

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