Fixin’ To Die by Tonya Kappes ~ My Cozy Review and a Giveaway

Posted: June 16, 2016 in Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, giveaways, New Release, reviews
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Fixin’ to Die

A Kenni Lowry Mystery #1

by Tonya Kappes

Fixin’ To Die was a hilarious, well-written mystery with entertaining characters and a touch of the paranormal that is sure to please.
~Moonlight Rendezvous

Tonya Kappes have filled her story with the requisite quirky characters and wonderful Southern charm with plenty of humor.
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

Fixin’ to Die by Tonya Kappes is the first book in the brand new Kenni Lowry Mystery Series and I absolutely adored it!
~Brooke Blogs

Fixin’ To Die (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
New Series
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press (June 14, 2016)
Print Length: 179 pages
ASIN: B01D20UR34


My Review

Cozy mysteries are one of my favorite genres and I’m always excited to start a new series.

Having read Tonya’s Ghostly Southern Mystery series and started on her Laurel London series, I knew I’d be reading more of her books. She has so many different ones too. Check them out. I bet you’ll find some you want to read.

Kenni Lowry follows in her grandfather’s footsteps and gets elected as sheriff in the small town of Cottonwood, Kentucky. Crime has been nearly non-existent, until the local doctor is found murdered.

With re-election coming up fast, Kenni has got to prove to her voters that she can do her job, and do it quickly and to their satisfaction.

And that’s Just one part of this story.

Everywhere Kenni goes, it seems someone is urging her to go see her mother. Not something Kenni is looking forward to. They used to have an easy, close relationship. That is, until Kenni took the job of Sherriff. Her mother thinks it’s no fitting job for an eligible single woman and makes her point every chance she gets.  Kenni doesn’t want to deal with the aggravation and you can see where that is going.

Kenni’s also hearing things. A voice no one else hears. It has a familiar ring to it. And when she’s doubting herself and her capabilities to handle a murder investigation, that voice supports her with simple advice. I kept waiting for Kenni to accept that the voice was her long dead Poppa. That he’d come back from beyond to help her. Once she finally did, the story got even more fun.

Kenni is easy to like. She’s funny and outgoing, with just enough tough stuff to make you want to vote for her. I could see her navigating the town in her old jeep, her dog’s head hanging out the window, ears and jowls flapping in the breeze, cruising for trouble and dodging her mother.

Kenni has even more reason to avoid her mother now that there’s a possibility of romance. Boyfriend material is slim to none in the small town until help in the investigation arrives in the guise of the handsome, tall, drink of water,  Officer Finn Vincent. He’s on loan to Kenni until she gets a new deputy, and I think he’s a perfect fit for her, as does her mother. Lots of fun with that. The scene with the towel full of holes in all the wrong places was too funny.

I also loved how genuine the small town felt. Like how Luke shows movies in his basement, using a sheet for a screen. I live in a small town and we sometimes have movies projected onto  a large screen in the park. Everyone brings blankets or chairs and settles in. Doesn’t matter what the movie was, though I liked some that Luke was showing.

I hope you get a chance to read Fixin’ To Die. You’ll get in on a brand new series from the beginning and probably snort and giggle here and there as you get to know these characters up close personal like.

4 Stars



Sheriff Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in her small town in Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but quickly discovers her grandfather’s ghost, who happened to be the town’s retired sheriff, has been scaring off any would be crime. Poppa has come back from the great beyond to be Kenni’s deputy after the beloved town doctor is found murdered.

Ghost or no ghost, time is of the essence. After all, re-election isn’t far away and Kenni doesn’t want to look for a new job anytime soon.

About Author Tonya Kappes


For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been self-publishing her numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plotlines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans. Be sure to check out Tonya’s website for upcoming events and news and to sign up for her newsletter!



Kenni Lowry Mystery Series

Fixin’ To Die

Also by Tonya Kappes

Olivia Davis Paranormal Mystery Series


COLOR ME LOVE (novella)


Magical Cures Mystery Series












Grandberry Falls Series





A Laurel London Mystery Series




A Divorced Diva Beading Mystery Series




Bluegrass Romance Series



Women’s Fiction


Young Adult


A Ghostly Southern Mystery Series





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I have one eBook copy to give away!

To enter, please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win, and answer this question:

“What’s your favorite thing about a cozy mystery?”

Giveaway ends June 23rd.



June 14 – Moonlight Rendezvous –  REVIEW


June 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

June 15 – Shelley’s Book Case – REVIEW, GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

June 15 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW, INTERVIEW

June 16 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY

June 16 – fuonlyknew – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

June 17 – Bubble Bath Books – REVIEW

June 17 – Mystery Playground – Drinks with Reads

June 18 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY

June 18 – Community Bookstop –  REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

June 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 20 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

June 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

June 21 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW, GIVEAWAY

June 21 – Bab’s Book Bistro – GUEST POST

June 22 – Book Babble – REVIEW

June 23 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my! – REVIEW


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  1. miki says:

    i love the setting and to see if i can guess teh culprit early ( and so far i LOVED all i’ve read from Tonya)
    thank you for the contest


  2. Mary Preston says:

    I agree about the setting. I always love the cast of characters.


  3. Lelia T says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

  4. yvonne473 says:

    This one has been on my radar for awhile. I love the small town feel of cozy mysteries (probably because I’m from NY) and love to try and guess whodunit. Thanks for the giveaway.


    • fuonlyknew says:

      I live in a small town. I swear I know some of the characters portrayed in cozies:)

  5. Judy Weaver says:

    I like the way people come together to help each other. The settings are usually small town, which I love.

  6. Jayme M says:

    I love the plot twists!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Me too. I’m following those clues, making guesses, and sometimes I’m right and sometimes I’m wrong. It’s all good fun.

  7. Susan P says:

    I’m reading this book now and loving it!

  8. Deb Forbes says:

    I love the small town and quirky characters that are easy to picture being friends with.

  9. Amanda Adkins says:

    I love everything; the small town, the cast of characters, and the who done it!

  10. Joy Hejl says:

    I love stories set in small towns and strong female characters like Sheriff Kenni.

  11. Peggy Mongrue says:

    Kenni Lowry for President! I love this new character (and series). I could live in Cottonwood.

  12. leanne says:

    I love trying to figure out who did it. While drinking coffee.

  13. Terri Walsh says:

    I love a good mystery!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I do too. I get excited to see if I’m right and have a lot of fun getting my answer.

  14. Terri Crossley says:

    I love that small town feeling and all the crazy characters! I love Tonya Kappes books! Thanks for the chance!

  15. Dianne Jessie says:

    I love getting to know the characters and their families!

    diannej at mpinet dot net

  16. I love getting to know the main character and their family/friends!

  17. Cricket says:

    So far I have loved everyone of her books.

  18. Kathleen Costa says:

    I love cozy mystery books because they offer more than a “murder.” I enjoy the culinary references, helpful tips on hobbies or facts and history on a specific location. Although with reading sometimes quirky stories, I google and gain some bit of fun information. You won’t find recipes in a Tom Clancy or Stephen King novel!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Good points. Themes are so fun in cozies and I also love it when the animals have roles too.

  19. Christine Lee says:

    Cozies are just that–cozy, fun, and greatly entertaining.

  20. kim hansen says:

    They are fun to read.

  21. Donna Harms says:

    Because they tend to have charming characters around their mysteries that you fall in love with and want more of… I have the ebook so you don’t have to include my name…good luck to everyone, if you haven’t read it yet, you will love this book! <3

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I do love the fun characters, and living in a small town, I can relate so well to them.

  22. girlfromwva says:

    love a cozy mystery because they are usually based in small towns, have a host of characters who are sometimes eccentric, and the characters intertwine.

  23. Elisa says:

    Great story love Kenni, love cozy mysteries

  24. SUCH a fun read!!

  25. I’m glad to see you enjoyed this one! I have this and the the first book in her Ghost series and am really looking forward to reading both of them.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      You are going to have some fun! I want to try some books from her other series too.

  26. Tonya Kappes says:

    So AWESOME!! Thanks for having me!!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      My pleasure for sure! Looks like a lot of people feel the same way about your books:)

  27. yaritza says:

    Love that it keeps me guessing on who might be the killer plus it’s an adrenaline rush.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Especially if we guess early on and it turns out we picked the right villain! LOL

  28. Amy says:

    I love the characters and the small town feel.

  29. Jessica F says:

    I love cozies because you get a hint of mystery and romance with no gory details or suspense. They’re usually filled with great characters in settings I could see myself living in. Tonya’s books always deliver!

  30. Carole Sauer says:

    I read some pretty dark stuff, so I like to pick up a cozy between these darker reads to ‘cleanse the palate’ and throw open the blinds and bring back in the light.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Exactly. That’s how I became addicted to them though. LOL Love your description:)

  31. Jenni Cornell says:

    I like the funny cozies the best. There is enough serious crime in the real world! I want to escape all that, not wallow in it!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I like the darker stuff but need a break from it now and then. I always have a stack of cozies to grab whenever I want to smile.

  32. Becky Wilhoite says:

    Can’t wait to read my copy! Cozies are my favorite. I sent you a friend request on Goodreads. :-)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’m a cozy addict. LOL Thanks for friending me. I’ll be sure to friend you too!

  33. I have this one coming up to review for the tour. Not read her books but always wanted too so excited to be trying one. :)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I have a feeling you’ll like this one, Stormi. I’m reading another one of hers right now and will be sharing my review this month.

  34. Robyn K says:

    I love the way the characters interact with each other.

  35. Karen Hansen says:

    I love the characters, the town etc. I really like the combo mystery and paranormal.This is a great new series.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I didn’t pay attention to the blurb and the paranormal bit caught me by surprise. A fun surprise too!

  36. holdenj says:

    I like a bit of humor and that the gore, for the most part, is ‘off stage’! Thanks!

  37. servedogmom says:

    Unique characters in novel settings.

  38. diannekc says:

    I like cozies because they are fun reads and keep you guessing until the very end.

  39. fuonlyknew says:

    So many wonderful comments. Thanks for sharing!

  40. hollier says:

    I love Tonya’s books!! Each one is wonderful!

  41. Meredith Miller says:

    I like that it’s a clean story, usually in a homey atmosphere. They are usually books you can share with any of your friends for a pleasant, enjoyable read.

  42. Lin Casteel-Butler says:

    The bad guys always get caught!

  43. Linda Herold says:

    I love cozy mysteries! They aren’t heavy on bedroom scenes or violence and they have fun, quirky characters!!

  44. I love the feeling of community in a cozy series. I feel like I live there and know everyone!

  45. Sheryl Booth says:

    I am so excited for this book! Congrats Tonya!

  46. Jeannie D. says:

    Loved the book, and love the small town setting.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I like small town settings too:) Living in a small town myself, the setting makes me feel at home.

  47. Debbie Wilks says:

    Great new series by Tonya Kappes! All of her books are fabulous and this one is southern charm/comfort and cozy mystery at its best.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I feel the same way. I live in a small town on the Gulf Coast and that makes this one even more fun!

  48. Cricket says:

    I love all of Tonya’s books. I am just getting started in Fixin’ to Die an so far I love it. It always great when a book starts off right away with action.

  49. Mare F says:

    Escaping with old friends or meeting new ones.

  50. heathercm2001 says:

    I love that cozy mysteries are easy to curl up and get cozy with. The mystery is always fun, but they are relaxing too. :)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I know. They’re lighter and allow you to relax and just have fun. I’m addicted to them. LOL

  51. Kim Templeton says:

    My favorite thing about cozy mysteries are the characters, they are usually more relatable. Also cozies are usually more humorous that traditional mysteries which make it great for me as a reader to be able to unwind and enjoy reading.

  52. Just started it early this morning and just now finished it! I love Tonya Kappes’ books! I can’t wait till number two in this series!!! Tonya’s always make me laugh and are so hard to put down!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Her characters are so fun, aren’t they! I’m looking forward to following this series along with her others I’ve read.

  53. you are new author to me and so i like to chck out you an will do the sites

  54. Wanda downs says:

    Cozys are such fun and entertaining reads

  55. NicoleG says:

    I love the characters in cozy mysteries. Many of them seem like people I’d like to be friends with, share a cup of coffee or wine with, and help solve a mystery or two!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I know just what you mean. I swear I recognize some of them from my own small town!

  56. Holly LaFrance says:

    Love the characters. Kept me going until the end. Another great book by Tonya!

  57. argolk725 says:

    I had so much fun reading this book. As the others have commented, I loved the characters and the story was really good. I couldn’t put the book down. Thank you for writing about the book and introducing others to Tonya Kappes.