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Dead As A Doornail

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Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.

Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes. 

But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body. 

His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!

Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move. 

Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?

It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.

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DEAD AS A DOORNAIL by Tonya Kappes | A Henery Press Mystery. 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.

Customer Reviews

Cozy Mystery with Southern Charm

Sheriff Kenni and Deputy Finn along with the Ghost of Kenni’s Grandfather and former Sheriff are back to investigate a murder. This time the murder victim is Lucy Ellen Lowell. Lucy Ellen seems to have made a lot of people mad by giving them bad reviews in the newspaper, anytime she didn’t get her way. The last bad review was for Tiny Tina’s Salon and Spa just because Tina couldn't fit her in for a mani-pedi and hairstyle. Lucy Ellen showed up without an appointment demanding that Tina was the only one that could fix her hair and nails, but with Polly’s bridal party coming in for pre-wedding treatments Tina just didn’t
I love this series, it is full of small-town southern charm, humor, quirky characters, entertaining storylines, a ghost, romance, pets, and suspenseful mysteries. What more could you ask for from a mystery? Dead As A Doornail has all this and more as you add a wedding and a Bridezilla to the mix. I couldn’t help laugh when Kenni gets roped into being Polly’s Maid of Honor and having to wear a dress that could have been ripped right out of the Gone With the Wind Movie. I was laughing out loud as Kenni’s mother was trying to zip Kenni into a dress that was made for a much smaller person. I knew Polly would be a bridezilla from the start of the book, she even asked the Mayor to ask Kenni not to investigate the murder until after the wedding, I really liked how Kenni handle the Mayor, she was very professional and classy. The mystery had its twist and turns and kept me glued to the story. Every time I thought I had it figured out there was another twist, I was surprised at who the murderer was. For the romance fans, Kenni and Finn make a great couple. He not only respects her as person and boss at work but respects her and stands by her off duty as well. He also knows when to make himself scarce.

I recommend this book to all mystery lovers. As I stated earlier this book really does have something for everyone… comedy, romance, paranormal, and suspense. I was provided with an ARC of this book with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way influenced by anyone.


COTTONWOOD CHAOS!! Lghudson, Mississippi

Cottonwood, KY’s beloved Sheriff Kenni and her Deputy (and boyfriend) Finn are busier than ever trying to keep the peace in the weeks leading up to Polly and the Mayor’s “Gone with the Wind” themed Wedding. In sleepy little Cottonwood, what could possibly go wrong? Better question might be what could possibly go right? Kappes delights her readers with another wild tale of life in a small town. A place where everyone knows everyone else’s business. What they don’t know, they do their best to find out. When a murder occurs by most unusual circumstances, it will take all of the resources available to Kenni and Finn (and of course Poppa!) to crack this case. Cottonwood is home to characters we’ve come to love and a host off new, zany ones who you won’t soon forget! I was provided an ARC of this book by Henery Press & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.

Fifth novel in A Kenni Lowry Mystery series

Dead as a Doornail by Tonya Kappes is the fifth novel in A Kenni Lowry Mystery series. Kenni Lowry is the sheriff in Cottonwood, Kentucky. She is enjoying a spa day at Tiny Tina’s courtesy of her boyfriend, Finn Vincent with her best friend, Jolee. Then Lucy Ellen Lowell barges in demanding an appointment so her nails and hair will be beautiful for upcoming nuptials of Polly Parker and Mayor Chance Ryaland. After a lively disagreement, an unhappy Lucy Ellen leaves and comments that Tina will regret not accomodating her. Lucy Ellen is well-known for her disparaging articles on businesses posted in the Cottonwood Chronicle when she is unable to bully the owner to get her way. Kenni is looking forward to a quiet evening after the gossip of the salon when her mother barges in with Polly Parker and her mother, Paula. It seems that Kenni is Polly’s new maid-of-honor and gets the privledge to wear a large hunter green dress that is reminiscent of Scarlet’s curtain dress in Gone with the Wind (good grief). Kenni is awakened at 4 a.m. with a phone call from Darnell Lowell. He has arrived home and found his wife, Lucy Ellen dead. When Kenni arrives at the crime scene and sees Poppa, she knows that Lucy Ellen was murdered. Chance Ryland and Polly would prefer Kenni to put off her investigation until after their wedding (it is taking attention away from Polly). Kenni will need to work quickly to find Lucy Ellen’s killer before the wedding while handling her maid of honor duties. It is going to be a long week for Kenni Lowry.

Dead as a Doornail is the fifth book in the series, and I suggest reading the books in order. That way you will understand the background on Kenni, her family history, her romance with Finn, and Poppa. Dead as a Doornail contains good writing and has a nice quick pace which makes for an enjoyable read. I appreciate Tonya Kappes conversational writing style. Cottonwood is the quintessential small town where gossip runs rampant, doors are not locked, favors are a way of life and everyone has advice to give on your love life. As sheriff, Kenni finds herself in an unusual position. It will soon be time for re-election and she cannot alienate the voters which is how Kenni finds herself in awkward (and unwelcome) position of being Polly’s maid of honor. Kenni’s mother will having you laughing with her antics and how she manipulates Kenni. Cottonwood has several quirky characters that use charming Southern colloquialisms. The mystery is a nail biter. Dead as a Doornail is a lighthearted cozy mystery that will have readers chuckling frequently and puzzled by the killer’s identity.

Dead As A Doornail
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  • Category: Cozy
  • Published: May 15, 2018
  • Publisher: Henery Press
  • Seller: Henery Press LLC
  • Print Length: 238 Pages
  • Language: English
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