Ax To Grind (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
3rd in Series
Henery Press (September 19, 2017)
Paperback: 256 pages
E-Book ASIN: B0731M7RRM
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?
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? 🙂
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Praise For Ax To Grind (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
by Tonya Kappes
Kenni’s family provides comic relief throughout the book. Her relationship with her Mama was especially entertaining.
~A Cozy Experience
This is a really good mystery novel with a leading female law enforcement officer that i highly recommend to fans of that genre.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
You’ll be glued to the pages waiting to learn whodunit and why.
Ax to Grind by Tonya Kappes is fun, witty, and well-plotted. The mystery is full of twists and turns and a town full of suspects – and I had no idea whodunit until the big reveal.
~Reading Is My SuperPower
Let me say that I read this book in one stand, the quick dialogues, the funny gossiping and the charming neighbour makes this book a funny and interesting read at the same time.
Tonya delivers another winner. And what’s more fun than a mystery about a writer and a missing manuscript.
Every time I hear that the author has a new book out, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I love her quirky characters and the humor she places throughout the story.
I am intrigued with this story and turning those pages as fast as I can…
~My Reading Journeys
I really like Kenni and Finn but I tell you it’s really her ghostly grandfather and her momma that steals the show.
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