Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review, Guest Post & Giveaway ~ FIXIN' TO DIE by Tonya Kappas


Fixin’ to Die (Kenni Lowry Mystery Series, #1)
by: Tonya Kappas
Series: Kenni Lowry Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Henery Press


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.


Do you believe in ghosts?
“My dead Poppa’s ghost is here and helping me solve crimes,” that is what Sheriff Kenni Lowry, my character in my new series, Kenni Lowry Mystery Series would say if you asked her. If you were to ask me, I’d say, “I’ve had my own ghostly encounter, but I have never seen a ghost.”

Recently, I have been asked if I have ever had any paranormal experience and no matter how crazy I sound, I would have to answer yes.
In fact, my own ghostly encounter is the inspiration behind all my paranormal mystery series, including my just released FIXIN’ TO DIE.
In the early 90’s I purchased a home that was a little over a hundred years old. That was when things started going bump in the night.
The electronics and water faucets would turn on around three a.m. and items like my hairdryer, clothing irons, and cameras began to disappear. When I would replace those items, the missing ones would show up in my kitchen cabinets, sitting right on top of my plates.
I’m not sure, but my encounter was put deep in my brain so when I did decide to write paranormal it was there to pull from.
In Fixin’ To Die, Sheriff Kenni Lowry has to figure out who killed the town’s beloved Doctor Walton and who broke in the White’s Jewelry store. You see, there hasn’t been crime in the small southern town of Cottonwood, Kentucky in the three years since Kenni was elected to office. Thanks to the help of her Ghost Poppa, ex-sheriff of Cottonwood, Kenni is on the right track.
I hope you find yourself giggling out loud while trying to figure out who killed Doc Walton.
Be sure to grab your copy of FIXIN’ TO DIE today, the first mystery in the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series. I’m so excited for this one!


Kenni Lowry has been the sheriff of Cottonwood, Kentucky for two years.  During this time crime has pretty much been nonexistent.  That all changes when one of the local doctors is found murdered in his home/office and the local jewelry store is broken into on the very same day.  With Kenni being the only police officer in town, Finn Vincent with the Kentucky State Reserve is called in to help and local jailer, Wyatt Granger is appointed as a temporary deputy.  The three set off to investigate the crimes.

In this small gossipy town, things are not going to be easy for Kenni as she has to investigate her own and be reminded that a woman shouldn’t be a Sheriff by her own mother nonetheless.  But Kenni gets help and encouragement from a very unlikely source, her deceased grandfather and former Sheriff, Elmer Sims. Through the gossip grapevine and good old-fashioned police work, the four slowly but surely start to put the pieces of the two crimes together.  

I have to admit that it took me awhile to get into the story.  However, once I did, I didn’t want to put the book down.  Fixin’ to Die is full of over the top characters who will have you laughing and shaking your head.  There’s an attraction between Kenni and Finn that the whole town seems to notice.  Tonya Kappas has written a well-rounded mystery with enough clues to have you scratching your head, trying to put all the pieces together before the characters do.  I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Kenni and the rest of Cottonwood next.  

**Received a copy from Henery Press in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

Rating: 4
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Tonya has written over 20 novels and 4 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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53 comments:

  1. Can't wait to get tho read this!

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  2. Love this book....and I've heard the more in-depth version of Tonya's ghostly encounter in that house, which is fascinating!

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  3. This was such a fun book! I love the plot twists :)

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    1. I definitely thought the book was going to go one way and went a totally different way.

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  4. Great post. Tonya my daughter's house she use to live in had a ghost or two. When I stayed with them when my hubby was out of town and was by myself and every time I wold go to the restroom I would come back to my medicine bottles being stacked one on top of the other. I would take them down and the next time I left the room and came back the would be stacked up again. That is just one of many things I experienced. Nice to know you draw on your own experience to write your paranormal books.

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  5. Great post. Tonya my daughter's house she use to live in had a ghost or two. When I stayed with them when my hubby was out of town and was by myself and every time I wold go to the restroom I would come back to my medicine bottles being stacked one on top of the other. I would take them down and the next time I left the room and came back the would be stacked up again. That is just one of many things I experienced. Nice to know you draw on your own experience to write your paranormal books.

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  6. Tonya Kappes' books are a delight to read. I can't wait to get started on this one!

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  7. Awesome book! Tonya Kappes characters stick with you once you are finished, leaving you wanting more

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  8. I'm just starting it today or tomorrow (whichever day I'm not mostly dead when I finish work!) I love Tonya Kappes. I'm a risk fangirl!

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  9. It's impossible not to fall in love with Tonya's characters! They become treasured friends that you want to visit.

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  10. Great read. Sheriff Kenni is a new favorite. It's hard not to love Tonya's characters.

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  11. Great read. Sheriff Kenni is a new favorite. It's hard not to love Tonya's characters.

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  12. Great read. Sheriff Kenni is a new favorite. It's hard not to love Tonya's characters.

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  13. I love all of Tonya's books!! Reading this one right now and loving it!!

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  14. Great book. So happy Tonya is writing a sequel.

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  15. I do believe! My house I grew up in had strange things happening. The door would come open on its own, the lights and stereo would would come on by themselves. Those things can be explained away as I became older but the one thing I can't explain is the rocking chair rocking by itself. I've also had a couple of unexplainable encounters.

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  16. I Love this book and can't wait until the next one. If you haven't grabbed a copy yet, go grab it now.

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  17. I just finished Fixin' To Die and I loved it! Tanya has captured southern small towns charm to a T!

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  18. Hi All! I've just started to read Fixin to Die, and it caught my interest immediately! I sure enjoy the ghostly encounters and have had a few unexplained incidents in my life too!

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  19. Sounds perfect to take on my vacation,

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  20. I enjoyed Fixin to Die. I like Tonyas mix of small town life and the paranormal.

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  21. Love this new series. The book was great.

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  22. Absolutely love all her books.

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  23. I loved this book and can't wait to spend more time with Kenni, Finn, and Duke - MORE DUKE, please!

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  24. Totally loved this book. I had fun reading it.

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  25. This is a great book! I loved it!!

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  26. I love Tonya's books and can't wait to start this one!! I know I will love it like the rest of them. <3

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  27. Congratulations of celebrating book 100 for Henery Press! I would love to win your book!!

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  28. cannot wait to read this!!!

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  29. Wow, your paranormal story was interesting!

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  30. I am a big Tony's Kappes fan! No does 'ghosts' better than her... Does she have personal experiences?
    kat8762@aol.com

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  32. Tonya has such great ideas for books. This looks great--am very curious how Kenni is received as Sheriff in such a small town. Wonder what made Tonya make her the female lead, instead of a townsperson? You even allude to her mother not being sure if she's up to the job. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  33. Hi everyone. Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my review and Tonya's guest post. Good luck in the giveaway.

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  34. Great review. I haven't read any of Tonya's books before.

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  35. There is nothing that a southern girl loves more than having her daddy with her. I know with mine having died long-ago, I would be thrilled to have my daddy help me solve cases. Kenni sounds like an amazing character and this book sounds so amazing.

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  36. Can't wait to read this! I have a couple of Tonya's books on my Kindle already, now I just need to get the rest of them!

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    1. I know what you mean Christine. I have a couple of the Magical Cures Mystery series on my Kindle just waiting for me too.

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  37. Congrats Tonya, can't wait to read the book.

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  38. Great review! This is going to be a great new series!

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  39. Loved this book. Great post, can't wait for the next one!

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  40. This will be a new-to-me author but I always enjoy good mystery in my romance

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    1. Hi Ami,

      Once you start reading Tonya, you're going to love her. Good luck.

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