Six Feet Under (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
by Tonya Kappes
Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth. And let me tell you, this broth is in trouble. Get ready for a Southern showdown.
The residents of Cottonwood, Kentucky are sent into a tizzy when the Culinary Channel comes to town to film an episode of Southern Home Cookin’ with celebrity chef Frank Von Lee.
Especially Sheriff Kenni Lowry.
Her mama’s award-winning chicken pot pie is what brought Frank to town, and they don’t make hair in the South bigger than her mama’s ego after the news.
When Frank Von Lee is found dead from food poisoning and the most likely culprit is Mama’s chicken pot pie, Kenni’s poppa, the former sheriff, comes back from the Great Beyond to assist in the investigation.
But nothing’s prepared Kenni for such a personal tie to a case, and she finds herself pushing the limits of the laws she’s sworn to protect.
This book’s so delicious it’ll make your mouth water and leave you hankerin’ for more.
The synopsis is right, “This book’s so delicious it’ll make your mouth water and leave you hankerin’ for more.” Those television people are in town and you just know there is going to be trouble.
Sheriff Kenni Lowry’s mama makes a scrumptious chicken pot pie and celebrity chef Frank Von Lee from the t.v. show Southern Home Cookin’ has come to town to check it out. He is also visiting another recipe contestant in a nearby town before he makes his final decision of which one to feature on his show. It is very surprising when the chef is found dead in his hotel room with a chicken pot pie nearby. Kenni’s mom becomes the prime suspect, and it is going to take everything Kenni and her ghostly grandfather can do to clear her of the crime. Some of the things they uncover are pretty shocking.
While reading this book I was reminded of a series of books written by J. J. Cook (Joyce and Jim Lavene), the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries. In that series, like this one, the protagonist is assisted by her grandfather that happens to be a ghost. I have been missing those authors and that series. As I get further and further into this series by Tonya Kappes the feelings I had about the Lavene’s stories are rallying with this one.
This time with Kenni’s mother seemingly the only suspect, she is removed from the case, with her now boyfriend Finn taking it over. That doesn’t mean Kenni is done investigating, she just needs to be a little more careful so the mayor doesn’t get wind of what she is doing. I love the interplay between Kenni and her Poppa. He has had her back since she became sheriff. But, it is getting harder and harder to keep his ghost a secret. There are too many times she has been caught talking to “herself”. All the characters Ms. Kappes has created in this story are interesting and the main ones are very engaging.
The plot lines this time are full of goodies, fraudulent handicapped parking passes, a pop-up botox clinic, the antics of Kenni and her mama checking out the other recipe contestant (be prepared to laugh out loud), and the murder of chef Frank Von Lee. Tonya Kappes twists it all together to make one heck of a story.
Filled with Southern charm, humor, delightful characters, a smidgen of romance, and a well-plotted mystery Six Feet Under is an absolute must-read.
If this is a new series to you, start and the beginning, sit back, read and enjoy. You can thank me later 🙂
About the Author
For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been publishing numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plot lines and quirky characters but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.
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