First off, I’m excited to share that I was recently added to the Tonya Kappes Review Krew! In case you’re not familiar, Tonya Kappes is a fantastic author that’s written tons of well-loved novels. She has a group called the Review Krew that gets to read Advanced Review Copies of her novels before they’re published in exchange for honest reviews. Today I’m going to share my review on the first novel I received as part of her Krew, which also happens to be the first novel in a new series!
Fixin’ to Die – A Kenni Lowry Mystery
by Tonya Kappes
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.
Fixin’ To Die is the first novel in the Kenni Lowry Mystery series. Kendrick -Kenni for short- is the sheriff in a small town located in Kentucky called Cottonwood. Up till now she’s had a relatively easy job since the crime level has been pretty much non-existent since she took the job.
Thinking the lack of crime was a result of her becoming sheriff, Kenni is taken by surprise when she realizes it was all because the ghost of her grandfather was working hard to scare people from committing crimes. When someone in town is found murdered, Poppa intervenes and begins to help Kenni become the kick-ass sheriff he always knew she could be.
I’ve always been a fan of Tonya Kappes from afar, as I’ve never read any of her novels prior to this one, but kept hearing how fantastic her novels are. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I’ve finally delved into her works and I can assure you this is the first novel I’ve read but it certainly won’t be the last! I can tell that this novel is the beginning of a must-read series and I’m excited that I’ve been introduced to it from the start.
If you’re looking for a well-written exciting page-turner that’s filled with excitement and mystery, then your search is over, as this is just the thing you’ve been looking for! Kenni’s story is entertaining, humorous and compelling, with a little romance thrown into the mix. It’s the perfect recipe of crime, chaos and just the right amount of creepiness. I loved the way Poppa was written into the story, making this a cozy supernatural mystery.
There were a few surprises at the end that I didn’t see coming, though I had a hunch of who it was based on a few clues set in by the author throughout the novel. I thoroughly enjoyed Fixin’ To Die and I can’t wait to read the next one. While I’m waiting for that, you’ll find me quickly devouring Tonya’s previous novels, and from what I’ve seen, there’s quite a few to keep me busy!
I received an Advanced Review Copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author – Tonya Kappes
Tonya has written over 15 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 cats in northern Kentucky and grew up in Nicholasville. Now that her boys are teenagers, Tonya writes full time but can be found at all of her guys high school games with a pencil and paper in hand.
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