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    Tell All Death

    "A Murder She Wrote" tale in the town of Cottonwood where gossip travels faster than lightning. Kappes' third in the Kenni Lowry mystery series. Did not feel lost even though this was my first to read although the town folk uniqueness and history was somewhat diminished. Kenni Lowry is a female sheriff with a ghost consultant who also happens to be her grandfather. Jessica Fletcher is absent as the detective but Berlye Stone a recently deceased author makes up the plot with the sale of her estate and her unpublished TELL ALL manuscript. When Stone's assistant is murdered the sheriff with the help of here charismatic deputy Finn must race for answers. "A copy of this book was provided by Henery Press via Netgally with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read and the comments here are my honest opinion."
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    Great mystery with Southern charm

    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.
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    Third A Kenni Lowri Mystery novel!

    Ax to Grind by Tonya Kappes is the third story in A Kenni Lowry Mystery series. Kenni Lowry is the sheriff in Cottonwood, Kentucky. It is time to start her re-election campaign and her mother is pulling out all the stops (imagine giant sign and a bull horn—just for starters) since Kenni’s former deputy, Lonnie Lemar is running against her. Kenni is at an award ceremony honoring her dog, Duke when she is approached by Cecily Hoover, Beryle Stone’s assistant. Beryle, a famous author, passed away a week ago and her estate is to be auctioned off. Beryle had finished a tell-all book that will expose secrets and Cecily is afraid someone will try to steal it. The one problem is Beryle hid the manuscript and Cecily has been unable to locate it. Before the book can be found, Cecily turns up dead in the alley behind Ruby’s Antiques and Paige Lemar is unconscious inside. Poppa, Kenni’s grandfather, returns to help her with the case. The killer obviously does not wish the manuscript to see the light of day (much less be published). Kenni along with Deputy Finn Vincent (and let’s not forget Poppa) dig into Beryle’s past to find Cecily’s killer. Ax to Grind may be the third installment in A Kenni Lowry Mystery series, but it can be read alone. The author provides the necessary background on Kenni as well as summaries of what occurred in the first two books in the series. I found the book to be a slow starter, but the pace picked up the further I got into the story. The zaniness factor was ramped up in Ax to Grind (much to my disappointment). Kenni’s mother needs to be reined in (my mother thought her antics were hysterical, and she told me I lack a sense of humor). If I was Kenni, I would change my house locks (using an out-of-town locksmith) and get an untraceable phone number (to thwart her mother). The mystery was cleverly set up, but I wish there had been a good twist to surprise me. I identified the killer before the third chapter in the book. There are a limited number of suspects and there are big clues that point to the killer. Most readers will be able to solve the crime before the reveal. I love the paranormal element (Poppa) and wish there was more of it in the story. I feel that Poppa would be a great resource to Kenni if used properly. A Kenni Lowry Mystery series portrays what life is like in small Southern towns. For those readers who enjoy light, comical cozy mysteries, pick up a copy of Ax to Grind.
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