Review Of Diggin’ Up The Dirt

Diggin' Up Dirt (Kenni Lowry Mystery Book 7) by [Tonya Kappes]

Diggin’ Up Dirt
Kenni Lowry, Book #7
Tonya Kappes
5 Stars


Sweet as honey, soured by murder!

Everyone in Cottonwood loves the new bakery, Sweet Shop. Until a Cottonwood resident is found dead with a half-eaten donut in her hand.

Sheriff Kenni Lowry has her hands full. With a new murder in town and a new deputy to train, she’s not sure if she’s ever gonna get this booger solved.

Sheriff Elmer Sims comes to the rescue, stepping up as Kenni’s ghost deputy. As the ex-dead-now-ghost deputy and Kenni’s Poppa, there’s clues beyond the sprinkles in the donut that only he can see.

Add to Kenni’s stress, Finn Vincent’s, Kenni’s hunky boyfriend and new sheriff of Clay’s Ferry, parents have come to town to meet Kenni and her parents. And Kenni’s mama ain’t too happy. As they say in the South, nobody’s happy if mama ain’t happy.

With Poppa’s keen insight and Kenni’s determination, Kenni focuses all her attention on bringing the killer to justice before the yeast rises and another dead body turns up.

Save room for dessert. You don’t want to miss this Southern mystery!

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DIGGIN’ UP THE DIRT by Tonya Kappes | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all. (Goodreads)


The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. It pulled me into the story right from the beginning and took me on a great adventure. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I could picture everything in my mind clearly. Cottonwood is a place I would like to go visit.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Any time that I get to spend with Kenni and Poppa is time well spent. The love they have for each other is so strong and you can tell how happy they are to be able to spend time together, even if it is in different dimensions. The relationship between Kenni and her momma is as volatile as ever and it makes some very funny moments.

The mystery is well plotted and moves along at a nice pace. There were plenty of clues to sift through and suspects to consider. Throw in some twists and turns and you have a mystery that is not easily solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you like humor, family loyalty and ghostly mischief, this is a must read book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Henery Press, and Edelweiss, which I greatly appreciate.