Fixin' To Die

Fixin' To Die

by Tonya Kappes

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Fixin' To Die by Tonya Kappes

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

"Packed with clever plot twists, entertaining characters, and plenty of red herrings! Fixin' To Die is a rollicking, delightful, down-home mystery." – Ann Charles, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Deadwood Mystery Series

"Southern and side-splitting funny! Fixin' To Die has captivating characters, nosy neighbors, and is served up with a ghost and a side of murder." – Duffy Brown, Author of the Consignment Shop Mysteries

"A Southern-fried mystery with a twist that'll leave you positively breathless." – Susan M. Boyer, USA Today Bestselling Author of Lowcountry Book Club

"This first book in a new series promises to be fun for both cozy mystery buffs and ghost aficionados." – For The Love of Books

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.

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, paranormal mysteries.

Books in the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series:

• FIXIN' TO DIE (#1)

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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157745622
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Series: A Kenni Lowry Mystery , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 42,181
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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.

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FIXIN' TO DIE 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Very enjoyable! Lots of twists and turns!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Sheriff Kendrick (Kenni) Lowry, granddaughter of the late sheriff Elmer Sims, was elected sheriff in Cottonwood Kentucky, two years earlier. Now that her deputy has retired she works alone. This is not usually a problem as there has been almost no crime in her two years in office until now. There is a murder and a break-in in just one day. The town must call in someone to help. Finn Vincent arrives from the Kentucky State Reserve. Kenni also asks Wyatt, the jailer, to also be part of the investigation. The stress seems to have gotten to Kenni as she begins hearing things. I enjoyed this book a lot. I laughed out loud at the colloquial sayings used in the story as well as the down home southern expectations, especially Kenni's mother who wants her to get married and settle down with a good man and have children. The way the other characters in the story was well done. There were many townsfolk but they were introduced relatively gradually with enough information to get to know them. Kenni and Finn work perfectly together. I loved their chemistry and could not help but laugh when he schmoozed all the other ladies in the book. young and old. I had no idea who the murderer was which always makes for a good mystery in my mind. Usually in a cozy mystery, the protagonist is an amateur sleuth and this one is actually the sheriff, but as she is relatively new to the role and all the other aspects of a cozy mystery are there, it definitely fits the genre. I am already reading the second one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such an enjoyable southern mystery. The characters and the town are charming. It had me chuckling through it all. But it was also a well written mystery with plenty of possibilities as to whodunit that take you right up to the very end. I'm looking forward to reading more about Kenni, Poppa and seeing what happens with Finn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the storyline and for me to read it in 2 days showed that I didn't get bored. It actually had me laughing out loud on some of the parts. Would I refer the book "Yes"!!! I'm looking forward to reading the next book I this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had me on the edge of my seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first time reading this author. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Tonya Kappes' Fixin' To Die Kendrick ( Kenni ) Lowry is the Sheriff in the small, quaint town of Cottonwood, Kentucky much to her parents distress. Kenni was elected two years ago after her grandfather died. The crime rate has been nil until a murder and robbery occur on the same day. As Kenni begins to investigate, she starts to hear the voice of her grandfather, Poppa talking to her. Is she going crazy?? No way!!! Turns out Poppa is a ghost that only Kenni and her ninety pound hound dog, Duke can hear. Up until today, Poppa has been heading off any crime in the area. Now he talks and appears to her to encourage her investigative skills. Along with Poppa and Duke, Kenni is being assisted by Finn Vincent, a State Reserve officer on loan to the department. The characters are well developed, very realistic, some quirky but all very interesting. The supporting characters have many secrets to uncover. The tension was thick with plenty of suspense great chills, thrills with unexpected twists. The murder was uniquely committed. The story contains mystery, intrigue, action with plenty of humor, a hint of romance and a lot of charm Southern style. Y'all need to read this paranormal, Southern flavored visit to Cottonwood and meet Sheriff Kenni Lowry!!! I volunteered to read this eBook. Thanks to the author for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
jaws_1976 More than 1 year ago
A southern cozy mystery with a small town sheriff as the heroine, Kenni has her hands full with solving her first murder. Little does she know that help is going to come in the form of a handsome law man and from the ghost of her Poppa! This was a good story with great characters and a believable mystery with a shocking twist. Well done!
Judy_G_D More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It was fun & intriguing to read about Sheriff Kenny, her ghostly "Poppa," her new, hot deputy, & her various friends & family. The mystery was done well, & the book was written with charm & "sass" that made the dialogue very natural. There were several interesting twists along the way to keep it fresh. My only complaint- I truly didn't understand the family relationships for most of the book. Kenna's mother & "Daddy" didn't like her being a sheriff like her dead "Poppa?' I kept wondering if Kenni's mother had an affair that resulted in Kenny, especially with lines like "Your a Sims by blood if not in name." It was almost the end before I found out her "Poppa" was her Grandfather. A little more background would have helped, but overall, I loved it.
HeyerF4n More than 1 year ago
Fun Mystery Read The first book in a new series, Kenni Lowry is the sheriff of a small Southern town. Her grandfather was the the former sheriff before he died, and when she starts to hear his voice she thinks she is going crazy, when she then starts to see him too, she freaks out. It takes awhile for her to accept that the ghost of her grandfather is dropping in and out of her life and helping her with a murder case. With plenty of suspects, red herrings, small town politics and a hot new deputy this is a fun mystery read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Adored Fixin to Die! Kenni is such a great character & I love her interactions with her Poppa (who is a ghost) The town of Cottonwood KY sounds like an amazing place to live & the residents are a hoot. I can’t wait to see where the relationship between Kenni & Finn (the new deputy) goes. I love the tension they have between them. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
Kenni Lowry is the sheriff of Cottonwood, a charming little town with eccentric residents. When the local doctor is found murdered and the jewelry store is robbed, Kentucky State Reserve Officer, Finn Vincent, is sent to help. Finn is originally from Chicago, so it was funny to see his reaction to this quirky little southern town. I had fun trying to solve the murder and robbery mysteries while getting to know the residents of Cottonwood, KY. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see if a relationship begins between Kenni and Finn. I was given a copy of the book by the author and voluntarily reviewed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a fun southern mystery story....with a ghost thrown in.
Guitarmomma19 More than 1 year ago
I loved this fun read with its interesting twists that I really wasn't expecting. The southern charm speckled throughout the book is perfect and I loved every single minute of it. Sheriff Kenni has had releative quiet in her peaceful town of Cottonwood, Ky until a murder and robbery disrupt the peace. Now she is in a hurry to solve them both or risk losing her job as sheriff. When Doc Walton is murdered in his home time is of the essence. And with no deputy to help her, in comes Finn from the reserves to help. But Kenni didn't expect him to be so handsome, or willing to become entangled with the lives and community of the people in Cottonwood. Neither did she expect her dead grandpa to show up and help her along the way. Was she crazy?? Was the job really too much for her?? Relenting to seeing and talking to him, she pursues her leads and goes about doing her best to solve the crimes. And forget about her attraction to the city cop. But things aren't always what they seem. When clues begin adding up against a certain person she must look at all things and think outside the box. And when the truth is revealed it is something she never expected. Surviving dangerous situations, precarious town loyalty and an attraction to her partner Kenni shows them what she is made of. And with her Poppa's help they will keep the town safe and sound for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Kenni Lowry. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read Southern Fried...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this book to preview and share my thoughts. Every series she has is unique and you really get the feel for the places and very quirky people. The start for this series is about a woman sheriff who faces her first real crime spree starting with murder. Because her deputy has recently retired Kerri calls in an officer from the the reserves to help out but her real help comes from the ghost of her grandfather, the former sheriff. You come to know her family and the town's people as Kerri tries to unwind a murder and a theft. Are they connected, who was involved in both crimes, who do you think is Guilty? You aren't really sure everything you learn is right, you aren't sure who to trust but by the end you'll know you can't wait for your next chance to delve deeper into the inhabitants of this fictional hamlet. You really can't miss with this author's books, with this new series you have a good place to begin or if you are already a fan, a new world of unique characters to get to know better. I think you'll have fun being in this world!
paytonpuppy More than 1 year ago
The first book in this series has everything that you want in a mystery – a really good mystery, a well-developed plot, interesting characters and a ghost. Kenni Lowry is the first female sheriff of Cottonwood, Kentucky and wants to prove herself to the town. Her grandfather was the previous sheriff and with zero crime rate she enjoys the small-town life. When the town doctor is found murdered, Kenni reaches out to Finn Vincent with the Kentucky State Reserve for help with the investigation. During the investigation, Kenni also receives unexpected help from the ghost of her grandfather. The ghost part is not over played, but adds to the unique story line. The cast of characters are engaging and Kenni is very serious about solving this case as well as safeguarding her town. I thought I had the murderer figured out, earlier on, but was wrong. Ms. Kappes’ writing flows so seamlessly that you are well into the book without realizing it and you don’t want to stop until the mystery is solved. I thoroughly enjoyed “Fixin’ to Die” and can’t wait to begin the second book in the series, Southern Fried, due out in April. (by paytonpuppy)
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
THERE'S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN! Great new series! This book is full of interesting, quirky characters that keep you entertained. A great plot involving a crackerjack new sheriff in town attempting to solve her first murder and break in all at the same time. Nothing like living in your Grandfather's shadow or under the watchful eyes of your Small Town Southern Mama & Daddy! Everyone around is either pulling for you to do good or remind you that you chose a man's job. Old family secrets are buried deep but always have a way of surfacing. The new sheriff may decide she's glad to have the help of the Reserve Officer on loan. Great read!
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
I loved this first in a new series! Keeps you guessing until the end. Tonya Kappes is great!
KelliJo More than 1 year ago
Crime has been basically non-existent in Cottonwood since Kenni Lowry took over as Sheriff - and she's pretty proud of that. Then, out of the blue, the town doctor is murdered and there's a break in and theft and the jewelry store - all in one day! And if that isn't enough, she can suddenly see the ghost of her grandfather who used to be Sheriff!! She's sent help in the form of a sexy State Reserve officer and they go a fun romp through small town Southern USA to find the culprit. This one will have you coming back for more!!
TessT More than 1 year ago
A brand new series by Ms Kappes is sure to be a winner. Fixin' To Die is the 1st book in the Kenni Lowry mysteries. Kenni is the sheriff in Cottonwood KY., a smart sassy lady who can use her mouth or her fire arm to keep the peace. Who killed Doc Walton was the question that needed to be answered. Ms. Kappes shows her love for small towns in almost every book. She was raised in a small town and stated that her memories help her write about fictitious Cottonwood. I am a big fan of Ms Kappes, I love the emotion and humor that she puts into each book. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Tonya Kappes and her offbeat paranormal mysteries for a while now, so I was excited to see a new series coming out. This is an author who does a wonderful job with slightly offbeat, yet incredibly down to earth characters. Plus she totally has the unique southern small town vibe nailed down. Even though there is some form of paranormal going on, she makes them seem almost believable. It's one of the reason I keep going back to her work. Which is why it pains me so, that I had a hard time getting into the beginning of this book. It just wasn't flowing for me. It wasn't until well into chapter 6 (about 25%) that I really became engrossed and fully committed to the book. I'm hoping it was the fact that we spent most of that time going around the town and getting to know it's inhabitants, and basically laying most of the groundwork. I just wasn't sure if I was going to like Kenni or not. It took a bit for me to really warm up to her. In the end, I was elated to see that I had figured out who the bad guy was. I didn't have the motive, but that was a tricksy surprise that Kenni didn't figure out either, until the big reveal. Overall, I did enjoy this book and happily look forward to the next Kenni Lowry book. I gave this book 3 stars. Netgalley and Henery Press provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Joey442 More than 1 year ago
Kendrick Lowry was the sheriff in Cottonwood. She was actually head of the Cottonwood Police force which consisted of just her after her deputy retired. Since there was virtually no crime for the first two years she was sheriff it was fine that she was the only one. Things changed quickly when there was a murder and jewelry store robbery in the same day. She quickly found out that investigating in real situations was way different that learning about it in the police academy. She was glad when Finn Vincent with the Kentucky State Reserve, was called in to help. Along with him and her dead Poppa's ghost she felt like she could handle the investigation. I really enjoyed this story set in a small town in Kentucky. It's well written and easy to follow the plot. I was surprised when I found out who the killer was. I love books where I can't figure it out too early. I don't usually read paranormal books but I liked the ghost in this book. It was fun to learn that Poppa (the sheriff before he died) was now scaring off criminals so Kenni wouldn't be put in dangerous situations. The characters were great. Kenni is a strong woman who sometimes feels she's taken on more that she can handle which I can relate to. Finn was a very competent, handsome man. He was good at his job and helped Kenni without thinking about it. The secondary characters added a lot of interest to the story. I especially liked Poppa. Kenni's mother was a typical southern mother who want her to get a "real" job like go to beauty school and be a hairdresser. If you like cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist, you'll like this book. Please note I received a copy of Fixin' To Die from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
girlfromwvaKY More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a new series by Tonya Kappes called (the) Kenni Lowry Mystery (series). It is a cozy paranormal mystery. I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Kenni Lowry is the sheriff of the little town of Cottonwood, Kentucky. She has thought that the zero crime rate is because she is the sheriff. She soon finds out that the town's previous sheriff, her late grandfather, is the reason behind her success. He has been scaring any would-be criminals off since she was elected by appearing to them as a ghost. When the town's beloved doctor is found murdered on the same day as the jewelry store is robbed, there is the same unexplained symbol at each of the crime scenes. Kenni must fulfill justice in her little town by catching the perpetrators behind the crimes. Does the symbol that is found at each place tie the crimes together? Can she solve both cases and prove to the whole town that she is worthy of being sheriff before time runs out?