AX TO GRIND

AX TO GRIND

by Tonya Kappes

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AX TO GRIND by Tonya Kappes

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, Kentucky, has died and put all her worldly possessions up for auction, but not without leaving one more manuscript 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 piece together the life of the Beryle he once knew, but his memory’s a little foggy, and any misstep could cause them a world of trouble. With the help of Deputy Finn Vincent, can Kenni sort through the secrets buried in Beryle’s books, or will this be her final chapter?

“I am totally hooked. The people of Cottonwood feel like dear friends, and I enjoy reading about the latest happenings…The story is well-told, with plenty of action and suspense, along with just enough humor to take the edge off.” – Book Babble

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), humorous murder mysteries, book club recommendations, amateur sleuth books, Southern humor, small town, ghost stories, paranormal mysteries.

Books in the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series:

FIXIN’ TO DIE (#1)

SOUTHERN FRIED (#2)

AX TO GRIND (#3)

SIX FEET UNDER (#4)

Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all.

Author Bio: Tonya Kappes 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635112474
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Series: A Kenni Lowry Mystery , #3
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 265,900
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

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AX TO GRIND 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
GratefulGrandma 4 months ago
When local author Beryle Stone dies, her home and all its contents are being put up for auction. When Beryle's assistant shows up in town, she demands that Sheriff Kenni Lowry put security around the house. Apparently, there is a tell all hidden somewhere and it needs to be found before it is stolen. With Poppa showing up, Kenny knows that there is going to be a murder, something she does not need with an election coming up in the next year. When the assistant is found dead in an alley with an axe in her back, and the wife of the man running against Kenni is wounded by the same axe and ends up in a coma, Kenni is at a loss as to what has happened. With the ghost of her Poppa helping her as well as handsome deputy Finn, Kenni knows she had better solve this case soon! While this is going on the election has divided the town between Kenni and her former deputy, Lonnie. I love the characters that inhabit this fictional town. Kenni Lowry is a strong female lead, who just happens to be the sheriff of Cottonwood, Kentucky. She has a sexy, new deputy who is driving her crazy in a good way and is talking about buying a house and putting down permanent roots in Cottonwood. I love her dog, Duke who loves nothing more than belly rubs and dog treats. Poppa is a great character, even though he is a ghost. He used to be the sheriff of Cottonwood while she was growing up and even though he's been dead for several years he’s still pretty much in the know about the citizens of Cottonwood and has helped her solve a few crimes in past books. Kenni is the only one who can see or communicate with him and as long as she remembers not to talk to him while others are watching, all is well. Her mother is the typical southern belle, who has no boundaries at all when it comes to Kenni and her job as sheriff. There are also the “Henny-Hens” and their rumor mill along with all the business owners that round out the town. Tonya Kappes is one of my favorite cozy authors and she always tells a great story with plenty of suspense and twists in it. The story moved quickly with a great plot, some humour and a touch of romance. I always love a mystery when I don't figure out the culprit, and this one was a nice surprise, yet the motive and clues all fit by the end. I definitely recommend this book to all cozy mystery lovers, especially if you like a Southern Mystery.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
The Kenni Lowry Mystery series by Tonya Kappe is one of my favorites. In her latest book, “Ax to Grind”, all of my favorite characters are back and are back up to their usual tricks. Kenni Lowry, the sheriff, is back and is once again battling her feelings for her current deputy, Finn, and battling for her job with her former deputy, Lonnie. Between her Southern Mama (who is trying to get her to settle down and be a proper Southern gal – including getting married) to her grandfather, Poppa, (previous sheriff who also happens to be a ghost) the story takes off and stays at a high note throughout. As usual, there is a murder and mayhem and Kenni is trying to figure out the whodunnit. While I was surprised by some of the ending, there were, in hindsight, clues which could lead you to the solution. I always enjoy books in this series and am looking forward to reading the next. While I have read all of the books in this series, I think this book could be read stand-alone. However, for continuity of story and simply great enjoyment, I high recommend reading all three of the books in order. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her mysteries and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tonya Kappes did it again. I really enjoy the townspeople of Cottonwood and Sheriff Lowry. She and Finn make a great team in more ways than one. This was a well done mystery that had me wondering who did it right up to the end. Looking forward to reading more about Kenni, her Poppa and what might happen with her new neighbor.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Another fun, entertaining, crazy, cozy from Tonya Kappes. If you are not smiling and laughing when you are reading this story there is something wrong. Cottonwood, Kentucky is mourning the loss of bestselling author Berlye Stone, their most famous resident. Then Berlye’s assistant is found with an ax in her back. Seems there is a tell all manuscript somewhere and that may have lead to the assistant’s death. Sheriff Kenni Lowry with a little help from her Poppa and Deputy Finn Vincent, is determined to find both the book and killer before someone axes her into the great beyond right along with her Poppa. There was so much I loved about this story. The characters are so strong and cleverly written. Kenni is such a strong protagonist. She is a darn good sheriff handling verything from neighborly disputes to murder. Her mother is an absolute hoot and a half, she is always deeply involved in one cause or another and right now she is campaigning for her daughters reelection. Kenni’s Poppa’s ghost returns just when she needs him, sometimes even before she knows she needs him. They relationship is so strong and heartwarming. It is funny too because only Kenni and her dog Duke can see the ghost. She sometimes forgets that and needs to quickly explain who the heck she is talking to. Deputy Finn Vincent is starting to put down roots in Cottonwood and that bodes very well for a real relationship with Kenni. The tricky part is, she is his boss, so going forward this will be quite interesting. I really enjoyed the storyline too. An author, who is a bit of a recluse dies and everyone in town seems to be anxious and even afraid of what could be in this tell all book. Kenni learns that the characters in most of the steamy romance books she has written in the past have been based on residents from Cottonwood. This opens wide the list of suspects. She has never read any of the stories but she knows someone who has and that gives her clues to move her investigation forward. Small towns, you have to love them and there is no small town better than Cottonwood for a fantastic cozy mystery. Southern charm, small town gossip, unique characters and a quality mystery you can stick your teeth into, Ax to Grind is a must read. It can be read all on its own but you really should start at the beginning and get introduced to Cottonwood and the folks that live there properly. Have you ordered you copy yet? What are you waiting for?
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
filled with Southern charm and gossip with just the right touch of danger AX TO GRIND by Tonya Kappes The Third Kenni Lowry Mystery Cottonwood, Kentucky is abuzz. Not only are tourists and fans flocking to the town for the estate sale of late author Berlye Stone, but with election for Sheriff not yet two years away campaigning as begun in earnest. Sheriff Kenni Lowry gets a bad feeling when Berlye's assistant demands higher security measures until Berlye's most recent manuscript, a book which is a tell-all about the real residents of Cottonwood, can be found. When the assistant is found dead behind the antique store with another woman injured inside Kenni knows she has to act fast. It's a good thing she has Deputy Finn Vincent and the ghost of her Poppy, Cottonwood's last Sheriff, to help her! The Kenni Lowry Mystery series is filled with Southern charm and gossip with just the right touch of danger. Kenni Lowry is a woman I'd be right pleased to not only call my friend, but my Sheriff. She's competent and knows how to do her job and deal with the residents of her small town. Yet she doesn't have all the answers and can fall victim herself, professionally and in matters of the heart! AX TO GRIND is a great addition to the series as Kenni is faced with another murder and accused, not only of not being able to keep her town safe, but playing kissy face with her deputy! There are plenty of laughs, especially from Kenni's mama, and lots of fun, such as saving Hettie from mysterious critters and doing a little matchmaking. Tonya Kappes includes the right amount of police procedure, a little romance, and a lot of gossip to create a great mystery.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
I was captivated and turning the pages all the way to the very end when Who Really Did It was revealed. And just sayin it's a good thing I am not a cop because I was totally taken by surprise. But that's a good thing because that makes Ax To Grind a 5 star read for me! 5 stars aren't given away here easily. Congratulations to Kenni, Finn, Poppa and all the other quirky characters. And of course to the amazing Tonya Kappes. Thank you Tonya for visiting the blog and providing the readers with this amazing series! Ax to Grind was a twisty turny ride all the way to the end. As we follow along with Kenni, her ghost Poppa and the ever present Finn to catch the killer. We take a twisty turny ride Kenni in the end as she rushes along with Kiwi the bird that see's and tells only a little bit of what she has seen. In the end Kiwi along with sweet and Hattie and the victim of the axe eilding murder the story goes awry and takes a wild and crazy turn. I hope I have your interest peeked enough to give this book a try! I loved Axe To Grind. And btw I mentioned in my previous post I was turning pages to find out Who Dun It and if the sizzle turns into flames. The answers are Who Dun It is revealed. And the sizzle...well Finn tells Kenni 'We make a good team'. We'll have to read the next one to see where that goes! Ax To Grind is a 5 star book perfect for any reader. There is no language and no bedroom scenes. I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The series is charming. I like the characters. The mysteries need to be more intricate.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Set in the small southern town of Cottonwood, Kentucky, Ax To Grind is the third in the Kenni Lowry Mystery series. Having enjoyed the first two books and formed strong attachments to many of the charming and eccentric characters, I was psyched to see what was happening now. The town’s celebrity author, Berlye Stone, recently passed away and there’s to be an estate sale for all of her belongings. Sounds exciting. Even more thrilling is that there’s supposed to be an unpublished manuscript, Berlye’s last book, hidden in her belongings. You can imagine what comes next. Yep. Kenni and her sexy deputy, Finn, answer an alarm and discover Berlye’s estate executor, dead. The race is on to find the manuscript before bodies start piling up. Seems the tranquility Cottonwood has been enjoying has come to a deadly end. I just love Kenni. She’s a pickle and such a southern rebel. She defies the stereotype southern belle, choosing to serve the law and dish it out when necessary. She loves her family, her sweetie and four-legged companion, Duke, and wishes her deputy Finn, might be a sweetie of the two-legged kind. Almost forgot the ghost. Kenni’s Poppa is still hanging around and uses his knowledge to help her solve the case. She keeps forgetting not to talk to him in public as the town spies her talking to herself and think she’s a bitty around the bend. As with most small towns, there’s plenty of characters in all guises to keep you entertained and laughing out loud. The mystery keeps you guessing, and the brush with romance adds some titillation to the story. Tonya delivers another winner. And what’s more fun than a mystery about a writer and a missing manuscript. If you haven’t read the first two books, no worries. You can jump in here and get the skinny about the town and characters fairly quickly. I’d recommend you read them though. Why miss out on all that fun.
Guitarmomma19 More than 1 year ago
I am just loving this series! The suspense is throughout, the danger is surprising and effective. And this one kept me guessing until the very end!  Another murder has hit Cottonwood and Kenni is once again under scrutiny. But with Finn and the help of her grandpas ghost she will solve this, or die trying.  A bestselling author is dead. And being from Cottonwood she has vowed that she wrote a tell all. And everyone is on edge. What will she reveal?? Someone in town wants the secrets kept and they will do anything to keep them.  Filled with deadly and scandal inducing secrets this tell all will reveal all. But will it be found or will everyone that knows about it die? Kenni sure has her hands full solving this one and I loved every minute of it! 
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
This is a slow burning detective novel that will appeal to Midsomer Murders and Agatha Christie fans. It also has a touch of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and Lassie about it, as the sheriff, Kenni Lowry, is greatly helped out by the ghost of her grandfather, Poppa, and her dog, Duke. The small-town atmosphere of Cottonwood, with its gossiping “henny-hens”, rivalries and jealousies is well depicted, with everyone knowing (or thinking they know) everyone else’s business. Some people, though, are prepared to kill to keep their secrets hidden. Plenty of red herrings, and the murderer’s identity (and motives) come as a complete surprise. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
When famous author Beryle Stone dies it is leaked that she has written a tell-all book to be released upon her death. The manuscript is missing and someone is doing whatever necessary to find it, including murder. Like all good mysteries this story has a well written plot that keeps you guessing until the end. But, it also has some great characters like Sheriff Kenni Lowry's mom who "knows no boundaries" when it comes to her daughter, Poppa's ghost who appears when Kenni needs help with a case and Duke the dog. This is the third book in the Kenni Lowry Mystery series but could easily be read as a stand alone.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Tonya Kappes’ Ax To Grind Best Kenni Lowery murder, mystery yet!!! Kendrick ( Kenni ) Lowry is the Sheriff in the small, quaint town of Cottonwood, Kentucky. The town is jumping due to an estate sale about to be held in the home lived in by Cottonwoods famous author, Beryl Stone. There is a unfinished, unpublished manuscript that is hidden. It is going to be an expose of all the town people's hidden secrets. Where is it hidden? Who holds the key to the mystery? Who will get to it first??! The author's assistant ends up clobbered to death with an axe near Ruby Smith's antique store. The wife of a former deputy who was once the housekeeper for the deceased author, is found inside the store in critical condition. Kenni and her deputy, Finn Vincent get right on the investigation to find the culprits. Kenni's grandfather Poppa's ghost is back with her. He appears when she needs to be encouraged in her investigative skills. Up to now only Kenni and her ninety pound hound dog, Duke can see and hear Poppa. But now Kiwi, the town Inns' green macaw mascot seems aware of Poppa's presence. Kiwi is a great addition to the story. Duke is presented with the Paws of Distinction Award by the town for helping on the last case. Kenni has competition in the upcoming election. The retired deputy had decided to run against her causing tension among the town residents. Great creative characters will entertain the reader. The story contains suspense, mystery, secrets, intrigue, fast paced action with plenty of humor, euchre games, the Henny-hens, charm Southern style and a hint of romance. I highly recommend this book!!! I volunteered to read an Ax To Grind. Thanks to the author for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good mystery, good characters and a fun read. Truly enjoyed this installment of her southern town sheriff .
MarshaJo More than 1 year ago
Really like this series and the southern aspects of it... the way they talk (all those saying's,) the food they eat, the things they do, and let's not forget their loyalty! ;) The characters are fun and... ummm... interesting. ;) There is a paranormal/supernatural bit, but not the vampire and werewolf type. The mystery was suspenseful enough and there were plenty of culprits. There were a couple other scenarios/situations (aside from the mystery itself) that will undoubtedly lead us into future books. This is book 3 in the series, but can be read as a stand alone (but you will get better understanding of the characters and their history if you read the previous books... at the very least, the first book (Fixin' to Die.) It is clean and safe for all ages. It is easy to read and can be read pretty quickly.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
This series keeps getting better and better. It is still election season and Kenni must keep up appearances as well as keep down crime. Her ghost partner/grandfather Poppa is still trying to figure out how things work and how he is able to assist Kenni in her town duties. Deputy Finn is feeling more in his comfort zone, both as a law officer in a small southern town, and as a man with interest in Kenni beyond being his boss. If you have not read the previous books in this series I strongly suggest you grab them as well but you can read this as a stand alone. There is so much going on that you won't have time to miss what came before. Did I mention Kenni's meddling mama? A local town celebrity has passed away. Rumor is she has written a tell-all novel that identifies people and secrets. Could they be secrets worth killing to keep quiet? Murder is never welcome but so not needed during an election period! Figuring out who has the motive takes teamwork -- even the local inn's parrot helps out. A surprising hero pops up at the end. You'll be glued to the pages waiting to learn who dunit and why.
shobeteener More than 1 year ago
This is a part of a series but it is easily can be a stand alone. Though I do think if you read the books in order you'll get more out of the series as a whole. Kenni is sheriff of Cottonwood. She gets help from her deputy Finn Vincent, her dog Duke and the ghost of Poppa (her grandfather) who was the Sheriff years ago. Famous author Beryle Stone passes away and rumors are flying that she left behind a manuscript that is a 'tell all' about some of the town's residents. Now resident's are trying to find the manuscript and it takes a nasty turn when Beryle's assistant, Cecily is murdered and the former deputy's wife is found critically injured at the scene. I loved the twists and turns of this book. I love a story that has me trying to figure out what is going to happen next and who's responsible. I was just as curious as everyone else as to what is in that manuscript. The whole time this is going on the sparks are flying between Kenni and Finn. I'm seeing a possible hook up here.
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
Tonya Kappes is a phenomenal author. Sheriff Kenni and the crew are great characters and I love how Kenni's father visits her at the right times to help her out. I also love Duke the dog, and Cozmo the cat. I highly recommend this book and this series.
KimberlyDawn55 More than 1 year ago
Ax to Grind is the third book in the Kenni Lowry Mystery series. When Cottonwood's most famous author dies, her possessions are put up for auction. In them is an unpublished manuscript full of gossip about Cottonwood residents. But when her assistant gets killed, the murder mystery revolves around the final tell-all manuscript. There are enough potential suspects and curves to keep you guessing until the end. I really enjoyed this story, and I highly recommend it.
Pugmom76 More than 1 year ago
Well bless your heart! You want to take a romp through Cottonwood, Kentucky? Go right ahead. Oh, be careful of the ax wielding killer who murdered Beryle Stone's assistant and almost killed Paige, Lonnie's wife (that no good Sheriff wannabe!!). Also, make sure you don't do anything in this town that you wouldn't want gossiped about and put in a tell-all book!! Oh, and don't forget Poppa the ghost! But that's ok, only Kenni can see him! And it's a good thing too because he helps her solve mysteries! All in all, this book is a great read so grab a glass of sweet tea and a plate of mama's beans and cornbread and sit back and enjoy this 3rd book in the Kenni Lowry mystery series!! I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this book is the third book in the Kenni Lowry Mystery series written by Tonya Kappes. Bestselling author Berlye Stone, the most famous citizen to ever come out of Cottonwood, Kentucky, has died and put all her worldly possessions up for auction, but not without leaving one more manuscript 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. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
Ax to Grind is the 3rd book in the Kenni Lowry Series by Tonya Kappes. Sheriff Kenni Lowry is surprised and happy to see her grandfather’s ghost. She is not surprised because she sees his ghost but that she is seeing his ghost without a crime having occurred. His ghost usually does not appear unless there has been a major crime committed. She loves spending time with her grandpa even if he is a ghost, but she has her hands full with her re-election, her feeling her Deputy Vincent, and her mother’s “help” of dealing with both election and Deputy Vincent. When a body is found, Kenni has to put her feeling and everything else on hold until the murder has been solved. Can she solve the murder,enjoy working with her grandpa, and work through her feelings for Vincent without losing the election before it even starts? I love this series. The characters are great and the setting is full of small town charm. Being a southern from a small town I can really relate to the characters; how everyone knows everyone and gossip spreads like wildfire. I love how Mrs. Kappas writes her characters to be smart and witty and full of southern charm without being too over the top and stereotypical. I love the touches of dialect she includes this adds to the hilarity of the story. Although this is what I enjoy and can relate to, you do not have to be a southern to understand or enjoy this book. The book is well written, great story line, full of twist and turns, and great pace. True to cozy genre there is no bad language and no graphic sex or violence. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good mystery with a touch of humor. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book, above is my honest opinion.
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
This is the third story in the Kenni Lowry series, and at this point I am totally hooked. The people of Cottonwood feel like dear friends, and I enjoy reading about the latest happenings. This time around, Kenni, her dog Duke, her new deputy Finn and her Poppa's ghost are trying to find a killer who is trying to keep a tell-all manuscript from ever getting published. The story is well told, with plenty of action and suspense, along with just enough humor to take the edge off. **I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher, with no expectation of a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
This series has quickly become one of my favorites by Ms. Kappes. When an author dies, rumors fly about a tell all manuscript that she was writing about the people of Cottonwood and everybody wants to find it. When the assistant ends up dead, and another victim is found in a coma, Kenni has her hands full. Between a murdered, the manuscript, and past histories unfold, this story takes you on some twists that I didn't see coming. I was kept guessing until the end, and it was an ending that I didn't see that one coming. I love the characters in this series, Kenni is strong and likable, there are some quirky characters but they are not so over the top that they become unlikable. I love the setting of Cottonwood, the small town shines through with each turn of the page. I definitely will continue on with this series. I was lucky enough to have received an ARC copy of this book, and this is my honest opinion.