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D‍‍‍EAD AS A DOORNAIL (#5)

Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things. Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes. But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body. His presence can only mean one thing: Murder! Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move. Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa? It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.

‍‍‍USA TODAY BESTSELLER

“This story offers up a small touch of paranormal activity that makes for a fun read…A definite “5-star,” this is a great mystery that doesn’t give up the culprit until the last few pages.” – Suspense Magazine (on Fixin' to Die)

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The latest offering from USA Today bestselling author, Tonya Kappes, is AX TO GRIND. From one ghost hunter to another, Angie Fox says Kappes "delivers the laughs and intrigue" in this Southern cozy.

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USA Today bestselling author, Tonya Kappes, writes the Southern humorous mystery series featuring Kenni Lowry. It's where paranormal meets humor meets cozy murder.
USA Today bestselling author, Tonya Kappes, introduces her female detective in FIXIN' TO DIE. It's a Southern humorous cozy mystery that "captures the charm and quirky characters of small-town Kentucky." (Lesa's Book Critiques)
SOUTHERN FRIED by USA Today bestselling author, Tonya Kappes, is the second in her Southern humorous mystery series featuring Kenni Lowry. This cozy is "another must-read hit." (Darynda Jones)

Tonya Kappes has written over twenty novels and four novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, three teenage boys, two very spoiled schnauzers, and one ex-stray cat in Kentucky.

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FIXIN' TO DIE (#1)

cozy, humorous mysteries, paranormal mysteries, Southern fiction

Kenni Lowry Mysteries

Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she 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 beloved doctor is found murdered on the 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 she’s worth her salt before time runs out.

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“Kappes  captures  the  charm  and  quirky  characters  of  small-town  Kentucky  in  her  new mystery...a charming, funny story with exaggerated characters.” – Lesa’s Book Critiques

SOUT‍‍‍HERN FRIED (#2)

In the South, it’s better when food is fried and secrets kept buried…After the 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 cook-off competition, a euchre game where the intel is sweeter than the brownies, and a decades-old 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 out of the frying pan.

USA TODAY BESTSELLER

“Fabulous fun and fantastic fried food! Kappes nails small town mystery with another must-read hit...Don’t miss this one!” – Darynda Jones, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Charley Davidson Series

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AX TO GRIND (#3)

Southerners keep their secrets swept under the rug, but what happens when that rug goes up for sale? Bestselling author Berlye Stone, the most famous citizen to ever come out of Cottonwood, Ky, died and left behind a hidden tell-all about Cottonwood that’s got more gossip than a ladies’ luncheon. When Beryle’s assistant turns up with an ax in her back and the only witness is in a coma, Sheriff Kenni Lowry reckons someone in town will do anything to keep the manuscript from seeing the light of day. Her poppa’s ghost returns to help, along with Deputy Finn Vincent, but ‍‍‍can Kenni sort through the secrets buried in Beryle’s books, or will this be her final chapter?

USA TODAY BESTSELLER

“Tonya Kappes delivers the laughs, intrigue, and down-home Southern charm that will have readers turning pages long after bedtime.” – Angie Fox, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries

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SIX FEET UNDER (#4)‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍

Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth. And boy is this broth in trouble. The residents of Cottonwood, Kentucky are sent into a tizzy when the Culinary Channel comes to town to film an episode of Southern Home Cookin’ with celebrity chef Frank Von Lee. Especially Sheriff Kenni Lowry. Her mama’s award-winning chicken pot pie is what brought Frank to town, and they don’t make hair‍‍‍ in the South bigger than her mama’s ego after the news. When Frank Von Lee is found dead from food poisoning and the most likely culprit is Mama’s chicken pot pie, Kenni’s poppa, the former sheriff, comes back from the Great Beyond to assist in the investigation. But nothing’s prepared Kenni for such a personal tie to a case, and she finds herself pushing the limits of the laws she’s sworn to protect.

‍‍‍USA TODAY BESTSELLER

“This story offers up a small touch of paranormal activity that makes for a fun read…A definite “5-star,” this is a great mystery that doesn’t give up the culprit until the last few pages.” – Suspense Magazine (on Fixin' to Die)

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TANGLED UP IN TINSEL (#6‍‍‍)

It’s  Christmastime  in  Cottonwood,  Kentucky,  and  Sheriff  Kenni  Lowry  is determined  to  keep  the  peace.  Vivian , Kenni’s  Mama,  is  having  a Christmas-size  hissy  fit  because  Kenni  plans  to  spend  Christmas  in Chicago with  her  Deputy  Sheriff-turned-boyfriend  Finn  Vincent  and  his  family. Plus, the  snowstorm  of  the  century  is  headed  right  toward  Cottonwood,  leaving the  residents  in  a  frantic  frenzy  and  potentially derailing  Kenni’s  Christmas plans  with  Finn.  If  that’s  not  enough  to dampen the  Christmas  spirit,  the ghost  of  Kenni’s  grandfather—the  ex-sheriff—makes  an  appearance,  and that  ‍‍‍means  only  one  thing:  there’s  been  a Christmas  murder,  and  there’s  a tinsel-wrapped  victim  at  the  center  of  it. Relying  on  her  Poppa  more  than ever,  Kenni  uses  him  as  the  Ghost  of  Christmas  Past  to  help  solve  the murder,  but  will  it  be  in  time  for  her  to  save  Christmas  in  Cottonwood and hop  on  her  plane  to  meet  Finn’s  family?

‍‍‍USA TODAY BESTSELLER

“‍‍‍This story offers up a small touch of paranormal activity that makes for a fun read…A definite “5-star,” this is a great mystery that doesn’t give up the culprit until the last few pages.” – Suspense Magazine (on Fixin' to Die)

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