Dead As A Doornail

Dead As A Doornail

by Tonya Kappes

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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.

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BN ID: 2940158639883
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Series: A Kenni Lowry Mystery , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 125,228
File size: 945 KB

About the Author

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.

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DEAD AS A DOORNAIL 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This outing with Kenni Lowry was just as enjoyable as the other visits to Cottonwood KY.These books are fun, full of quirky characters, have a touch of the paranormal with the appearance of Poppa's ghost who only shows up if there is a murder, and a well-paced and interesting mystery. Kenni Lowry was enjoying her day off at Tiny Tina's salon. She was trying to relax, when the local nuisance, Lucy Ellen Lowell shows up demanding service. She is known to write and submit reviews to the local paper about any business that she has had perceived problems with. These reviews have caused more than one business to have difficulties. I was not surprised when she is found dead at home by her husband. Even though the coroner says it was natural causes, Kenni knows that this is not just a heart attack, when Poppa shows up. Even more excitement in Cottonwood has Mayor Ryland and Polly Parker getting married and this wedding is not coming together as planned. Polly is bridezilla and has replaced her original maid of honour with Kenni, much to her chagrin. The wedding has a Gone With the Wind theme, and the green dress is hideous. This is where the humour comes in as Kenni is juggling the murder investigation with the wedding festivities. I laughed out loud a few times. The characters in this series are wonderful. From Southern Belle mama, who is funny just because of who she is, to Poppa, who helps solve the mysteries, Kenni's family are always a huge part of the story. She is dating Finn, her deputy and I like how that relationship is moving forward. It is fun to see Kenni explain her thinking of the crimes when Poppa gives her information as she struggles to keep it secret from Finn. There were some interesting twists and turns as always and I definitely didn't see the ending coming. There were several suspects and I was not able to figure out who the culprit was until just before the reveal. Friendships are tested in this story, but everything turns out in the end, and Polly's wedding goes off without a hitch. I listened to this story and it was fun to hear the voices of the various characters. The narrator did a great job with this story and I look forward to listening to the next one.
Mary_F More than 1 year ago
Make sure you are wide awake when you read this one as Dead as a Doornail will keep your eyes glued to the pages. Tonya Kappes does a fabulous job of combining quirky small-town characters, romance, and a good mystery with a surprise ending. In this fifth installment of the Kenni Lowry series, Kenni is juggling plans to visit her boyfriend’s family at Christmas, an unexpected role as maid of honor in a wedding, and working to solve a murder. That’s enough to make anyone’s head spin! Those who enjoy a touch of paranormal added to their books will love the spirit of Kenni’s father. The characters were believable, the story fast-paced and engaging, and the romance sweet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the fifth book in the Kenni Lowry mystery series. It's a series that continues to keep me interested. I love that Tonya Kappes includes southern ways, a great little town, great people and of course a murder in her cozy mystery. It's enjoyable, you'll even chuckle at times, while you join Sheriff Lowry in trying to figure it out right up to the little twist at the end. And of course, there's a very helpful ghost, who happens to be her grandfather, and just a little bit of romance thrown in. Love it! Looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another hit this series is so much fun even with all the murders can't beat that southern charm.Many years ago the city I live in had a lot of the same atmosphere have to love the old south.
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
Another great installation in the Kenni Lowry series! A well thought out plot that gave you a variety of suspects as you untwist the mystery surrounding the murder and a hefty dose of humor as Kenni navigates daily life with her mother always lurking nearby to drive her insane! I was originally given an advance copy of the book to read and review, but downloaded it incorrectly so just as I got to the part where ****Spoiler Alert**** Kenni informed her mom that she was going to Chicago for Christmas with Finn, the book disappeared and I had to wait forever for the book to publish so I could purchase it and finish reading it! It was worth the wait, but now I am once again waiting for another book to be published so I can keep enjoying the series. Great character development with plenty of humor and southern charm to keep you giggling as you follow Kenni as she unravels the mystery and discovers the culprit!
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
There are only a few mystery series that I return to time and time again. The Kenni Lowry mysteries by Tonya Kappes is one of those. The author has a knack of taking a slightly ridiculous plot line and not only making it realistic but also making it fun and funny at the same time. I’m generally not a fan of paranormal stories; however, Kenni’s Poppa is not only the ghost of her grandfather but is also the old and long-standing Sheriff who prefaced Kenni in her job in Cottonwood Kentucky. Poppa shows up whenever there is a murder in Kenni’s jurisdiction and stays until the mystery is solved. So, when a citizen passes away from what looks like natural causes, Kenni is surprised when Poppa pops up. Poppa gives some reminders of how they worked cases together when Kenni was a child and sometimes helps provide a few clues as well. They work to solve the murder mystery and, each time that Poppa vanishes, Kenni is not sure she will ever see him again. Kenni’s relationship with her Deputy, Finn Vincent, continues to grow deeper and stronger. His invitation for Kenni to spend some time meeting his parents gets Kenni’s mother on her high horse. Kenni will have to choose which love she wants to follow. I’m definitely hoping for a Christmas story that deals with this issue! I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this visit to Cottonwood, Kentucky and it's quirky cast of characters. This is the third book that I've read in this series and they keep getting better. Kenni Lowry, the Sheriff of Cottonwood, has continued to grow as the books have progressed and I enjoy coming back to these stories and the characters in them. Poppa continues to be one of my favorite characters and I love the contributions that he makes to the story. Cottonwood is a small southern town and everyone knows everyone else's business practically as it happens. This makes things both easy and hard for Kenni because there is so much gossip. Is any of it true, if so how much? This story kept me guessing as to the motive and the identity of the killer. I have enjoyed each book that I have read in this series and look forward to the next one. Thank you to Netgalley and Henery Press for providing an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Her grandfather’s ghost only shows up when a murder has been committed, so when Sheriff Kenni Lowry arrives on the scene of Lucy Ellen Lowell’s death she knows it is murder even though it appears she has passed from natural causes. With Finn nearby, all the time know because they are actually dating, it is hard for Kenni to discuss the case with her grandfather. Finn is suspicious about her behavior, “talking to herself” and why she is putting so much effort into this case. She needs some proof to back up what she already knows, that Lucy being Dead as a Doornail was at the hands of a killer. We return to Cottonwood just in time for the mayor’s wedding. His bride is having trouble keeping the maid of honor spot filled so Kenni’s mother volunteers her for the spot and all the duties the job entails. Kenni really doesn’t have time for this especially now that she is investigating a murder. If my mother would have done something like this I would have lost my mind, but this story takes place in the south and Kenni knows she just needs to roll with punches, no matter how ugly the dress is. The story starts out at Tiny Tina’s Salon and Spa where we catch up with Bridezilla Polly and her bridal party. It is also the place to hear all the latest gossip. A very important place in any small town. The way the owner is implicated in Lucy’s murder was very interesting. The author takes us down quite a path to find who did in poor lucy. Twists and turns that lead to a super surprising ending. Small town politics play a role in the story. Kenni has to watch her P’s and Q’s if she expects to be reelected. The mayor was his bride to be happy so he would like the wedding to be Kenni’s top priority and solve the murder after his bride walks down the aisle. I admire the way Kenni juggles everything going on in her life. She is one busy lady. I absolutely love that her “Poppa” is still watching over her and is there when she needs him. I wish it were possible to continue relationships like that with loved ones we have lost. I have enjoyed every book in this series. Tonya Kappes is an excellent storyteller. She makes Cottonwood and its residents jump right off the page. Each visit to this place seems to end way too soon. This was another fun fantastic mystery from this author filled with Southern charm and engaging characters. Well plotted and written and checks all my boxes for a Perfect Escape.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Being maid of honor in a wedding isn’t in Sheriff Kenni Lowry’s job description. Neither is wearing a hideous green dress. But, it’s quite the big deal, being the Mayor’s wedding and all, so she will suck it up and do her part. Or maybe not. Called to the scene of a dead body, Kenni runs into her grandfather. He’s long shed his mortal coil but returns to help Kenni when its a case of murder. Which she now knows this to be. I’m enjoying seeing how Kenni grows in her role as Sheriff. It seemed to me she used to think of her job as not a permanent thing, and second guessed herself often. Now, she’s strong, confident and darn good at her job. And the relationship between Kenni and Deputy Finn is steaming right along. They’re getting very close and I enjoy their encounters throughout the book. While Finn has no idea that the ghost of Kenni’s grandpa is helping her with the case, he is suspicious when she appears to have conversations with herself and acts on clues that seem to come out of thin air. With plenty of suspects to choose from, the mystery wasn’t easy to solve. When the culprit is revealed its like that box of chocolates, you never who you’re gonna get. I sure had fun following along as Kenni, her grandpa and Finn got to work. The quirky and endearing character’s, funny encounters and situations and convoluted mystery are something I’ve come to expect and look forward to in this series and Tonya delivers again.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
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.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Kenni Lowry’s adventures as sheriff in a small Kentucky town continue to be entertaining and hilariously endearing. Solving crimes is one thing, but dodging an overzealous Mama and the town’s gossip mill is where all the delightful sass comes to the surface. Making it even better in my book is the delicious romance between Kenni and her swoony deputy Finn Vincent – a northerner who fits in pretty darn well despite his Yankee roots. I love everything about this series – from the sweetly-snarky-Southern asides to the familiar-to-me setting to the quirky characters that sum up life in a small Kentucky town to a T. The mystery is very well-plotted and layered, and the sassy humor is delightful. Kenni’s ghostly assistant (her late Poppa, formerly the sheriff of Cottonwood) is a wonderfully creative technique that allows us (and Kenni) to see behind closed doors and investigate two places at once. And, of course, who doesn’t love Duke the dog! In Dead as a Doornail, the quirky characters are out in full force – and it kicks off in a beauty shop where of course all kinds of trouble is just waiting to happen. On top of trying to solve a murder, Kenni is wrangled into being the maid of honor for a bride she barely tolerates, thanks to her Mama’s scheming. Between the two incidents – the murder and the wedding – is a whole passel of both hilarious and touching moments as well as the kind of moments that make you grit your teeth in one of those painfully awkward grins on Kenni’s behalf. Kappes’ writing voice is stellar, as always, with just the right amount of sweetened-up snark and wry observations. Bottom Line: Small town Southern sass meets a feisty sheriff determined to prove herself to her hometown, even if that means secretly accepting help from her deceased Poppa who used to hold the job. The continued subplot with her Poppa adds affection, humor, and clever case-solving to the mix – and now that it’s beginning to intersect with Kenni’s romance subplot with Finn it adds even more layers to the story’s flavor. Cottonwood KY comes brilliantly to life with Kappes’ talented pen, and I can’t wait for more adventures with Kenni, Finn, Poppa, Duke, Betty, Mama and the whole gang! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as I do the series, I think with each new book it becomes my favorite. When a woman ends up dead after throwing a fit about having her nails done for the upcoming wedding of the Mayor, Kenni and Finn are on touchy ground when a few of the suspects are friends. This mystery had many twists, just when I thought that I had it figured out a new surprise would appear. The characters are fun and likable. Kenni is a strong woman who does what needs to be done, she puts up with some harassment but when push comes to shove, Kenni wins. I will definitely continue on with this series and eagerly await the next. *I was lucky enough to receive this book and this is my honest opinion.
You_Had_Me_at_Cozy More than 1 year ago
A not-well-liked victim, a lot of gossip, a bridezilla, and a long list of possible suspects make this Kenni's hardest case yet! How will Poppa help Kenni with the case? Does Kenni finally tell Finn about Poppa? What big step do Kenni and Finn take in their relationship? You will have to read it to find out! This is a well-written mystery masterfully entwined with several other story lines. It will keep you on your toes, just the case does with Kenni!
KTempleton More than 1 year ago
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 have the time. The next morning Lucy Ellen is found dead and the murder weapon seemed to be Tina’s custom-made nail polish. All though Tina is the number one suspect, and all evidence is pointing to her Kenni has her doubts and there are several other people with a motive. 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.
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
COTTONWOOD CHAOS! 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.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
Kenni is called out in the early morning hour for what looks like a natural death but with the help of her ghostly sidekick, aka papa, she knows better. Who would want to kill Lucy Ellen and why? The evidence points to an obvious suspect but when that lead ends up having an alibi Kenni must dig deeper into who the killer could be and what exactly made them a killer. She quickly learns that there were quite a few people who didn't mind the the death of Lucy Ellen at all. The mayor seems to want the investigation to go away, his upcoming nuptials is what he wants everyone focused on. There are several people who ended up on the wrong end of her column, outing them for wrongs she perceived they committed against her. Lets not forget the ladies of the hunting club, always trying to one up each other especially Alma. Tag along and see how she deals with being the maid of honor at the mayors wedding, her budding relationship with her deputy Finn, and her ghostly helper. This is such a fun series that will have you laughing the whole way through and leave you wanting more.
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
Dead as a Doornail is a fun read filled with humor and southern charm. I love that Kenni uses small town gossip along with the help of her Poppa to solve Cottonwood's murders. Every time that I think I have the case solved, Tonya Kappes takes it in a completely different direction. This is my favorite Kenni Lowry Mystery so far. I voluntarily read & reviewed a complimentary Advance Reader Copy.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
I am officially hooked on the Kenni Lowry Mystery series, in which this is the fifth intriguing offering. Escaping to Cottonwood, Kentucky is now officially one of life’s not-so-secret pleasures. If anything occurs in this little town, Sheriff Kenni Lowry hears it through the grapevine. The author brings unique characters, witty dialog, action, and surprising plot twists that keep a gal up late trying to solve the mystery before Kenni does. Kenni is in Tiny Tina’s Salon and Spa for a very rare mani-pedi when Lucy Ellen barges in, begging Tina to squeeze her in, or at least sell her one of Tina’s specially-mixed nail polishes. Because of a bridal party, she can’t be seen today, and threatens to put a bad review in the local paper. Very early the next morning, Lucy Ellen’s husband, Darnell, returns early from preparing their hunting cabin to find his bride of 45 years, dead. Kenni arrives to find her Poppa’s ghost, who only comes back when Kenni needs a sounding board to help solve a murder. Poppa had been sheriff when he was alive, and got his granddaughter interested in helping him solve crimes by playing “what-if”. When he “visits” now, only Kenni and her deputy hound, Duke, can see or hear him. He doesn’t want her to tell anyone, including her boyfriend, Deputy Finn Vincent – even though this could cause trouble for the couple in the future. Lucy Ellen was definitely murdered, the coroner learns when he finds her wish to be an organ donor. Her organs have all been compromised; the lady was poisoned. With no smoking gun or evidence, Kenni has a challenging case, as the person who looks most guilty finally gives an alibi that checks out. There may be many other suspects, maybe even those who Lucy Ellen gave bad reviews about in the Chronicle. Kenni is also challenged by a very trying bride-to-be, Polly Parker, whose wedding to Mayor Chance Ryland will make her “first lady” of Cottonwood. Her maid of honor, a new mother, is unable to attend, and someone suggests Kenni for maid of honor even though they are not friends. Kenni’s loving mother paid for the less-than-flattering Civil War era gown that is a couple sizes too small. The bride doesn’t want to ask her life-long best friend because…well, because. This is a fast-paced mystery with lots of suspense, wit, and humor. In her spare moments, there’s sweet romance, too. Kenni’s interactions with Poppa, the bride-to-be, and her mother Viv, are some of the finer moments. Southern gals have to listen to their mommas, but there are times Viv is over the top. Just ask Kenni about “happy fat”. The characters are unique and some might be called eccentric; most could easily step off the page and into any neighborhood that can treasure a true Southerner. The mystery is intensified by plot twists such as secret affairs and how the killer plotted against Lucy Ellen. I couldn’t figure out who the bad guy/ gal was! The killer was a complete surprise to me as it was someone not high on the list of suspects. It took a stroke of luck and good observation for the real culprit to get tossed in the slammer. And the old Southern maid of honor gown? I’m not telling! All I’m saying is that I highly recommend Dead as a Doornail to Kenni Lowry fans and fans of well-written Southern cozy mysteries with good friends, intriguing investigations, and romance. Bet you can’t read just one! From a grateful heart: I received an e-ARC from the author and NetGalley, and was not required to post a review.
K_Kendler More than 1 year ago
I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from the Henery Press via Netgalley. These are my own opinions and I voluntarily am providing this review. So Lucy Ellen isn’t the nicest person in town but being nasty doesn’t mean you should die. Many people had a beef with Lucy Ellen but my pick for next to knock off would have been Polly. She can drive you bonkers in a heartbeat. She certainly had a way of getting under people's nerves. Lucy Ellen just didn’t write bad reviews of places she frequented, she also picked on individuals in her reviews. So join, Kenni, Finn and Poppa as they try to solve the murder and get Polly Parker married off to the mayor. I liked that there were a few suspects to sort through, humor and of course the sugar sweetness of the south in all the scenes. MS Kappes never disappoints. I was engaged the entire time and liked the interaction between Kenni and Poppa and Kenni and Finn. It was interesting to get to know a little more about Betty. I thought the Tina in jail scenes were adorable. Thanks to Ms Kappes, Henery Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this wonderful book.
Marshathereader More than 1 year ago
Dead As a Doornail is the fifth Kenni Lowry series by Tonya Kappes, and this series just gets better. While taking a rare day off to get pampered at Tiny Tina's salon, she witnesses a meltdown from the town's chronic complainer, Lucy Ellen. Lucy Ellen expects an appointment for a manicure now, on her terms, and when she doesn't get it, fireworks erupt! After she stomps out, the neighborhood salon gossip starts and rumors swarm like bees. When Lucy Ellen is found dead , all of this comes back to Sheriff Kenni. When Poppa, her grandfather's ghost, shows up, Kenni knows it was murder. Kenni is out to find out who did it in Cottonwood before the wedding of the century between the Mayor and Polly Parker (who there is tension between). Between getting named as the replacement maid of honor for the wedding, fittings, dinners, and dealing with the cast of characters in Cottonwood. Kenni has her hands full. Kappes excels at developing the townspeople of rural Kentucky with mystery and humor. She keeps you guessing until the end. I did not want to put it down once I started. You will want to read all of books in this series! I was given an advanced copy from netgalley for my honest opinion.
BBarber More than 1 year ago
I received this ARC for a honest review. HAHA! Yes this book had my laughing out loud at all the stuff going on in the beginning. Kenni has found herself in a all new predicament. You know mama is the root to all evil for her. If I didn't know better she is trying to give Kenni a ulcer. You would think that all this was over the Mayor and Polly's wedding. Nope Kenni has also added to mama's list of things to complain about. It seems that Kenni and Finn have taking there relationship to a new level. I approve. With luck not going well for Kenni people should stop getting murdered. Tomorrow is another day. Kenni has finally taking a day off. Well she had to cash in her gift certificate for her spa day at Tina's. In walk Lucy. She is a piece of work. She shows her butt when they can't make time for her because of the wedding party needing a practice run on their nails before the wedding. In cottonwood you know you make Lucy mad she will bad review you in the paper the next day. She let Tina's have it. To take the cake Kenni gets a call to say Lucy is dead. If it was just her passing then it would have been fine but Poppa shows up and now we know it was a murder. I thought this could be a easy case. We do have the wedding to think about. Not so. Kenni has a short list with Tina right at the top. Everyone seems to be mad at Kenni for some reason or other. She has to solve this case quick. Toward the end you think she has it when something comes up and she has to look at everything in a different way. I loved this book. I think Kenni has become one of my favorite to read about. It only took two days to read this book. Less then that if you count the hours and not the fact I had to sleep. I hope everyone that loves a good mystery finds these books and enjoys them as much as me.
DanieleK More than 1 year ago
Small town sheriff Kenni Lowry and her ghostly grandfather are at it again in this entertaining fifth installment in the delightful Kenni Lowry mystery series. In DEAD AS A DOORNAIL, local pain-in-the-backside Lucy Ellen Lowell dies after a rousing public fight with salon owner Tina. When the cause of death is revealed, Tina shoots to the top of the suspect list. However, there are plenty of folks around town who disliked Lucy, and Kenni, along with her deputy/beau Finn and Poppa, must investigate to uncover the truth, especially as the body count rises. Author Tonya Kappes has created a great setting for this series in Cottonwood, Kentucky, home to a slew of appealing, quirky characters and more gossip than you can take in. I really like Kenni. Her ability to remain objective with people she has known her whole life is no easy challenge, and most of the time she does it well. She is feisty and intelligent. Finn makes an admirable sidekick and better boyfriend. But, of course, Poppa steals every scene he is in, and I love Kenni’s faithful hound Duke. Duke always plays a key role in Kenni’s investigations. The characters central to this tale are as zany as you would expect, and it certainly seems that Lucy Ellen got what she deserved. Kudos to Kappes for utilizing an unexpected murder weapon. The mystery is solid with sufficient twists and turns to keep me guessing for much of the book. The pace is steady throughout, and the dialogue laugh-out-loud funny at times. As always, I greatly enjoyed my time in Cottonwood, and I look forward to many more adventures with Kenni and crew. I recommend DEAD AS A DOORNAIL to any cozy mystery reader, especially those who enjoy a Southern setting and a cast of offbeat characters. I received an ARC of this title from the author and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Dead As A Doornail by Tonya Kappes was another adventure with Kenni and her Poppa in this fifth book in this series. Ms. Kappes never fails to both intrigue and entertain me as I was caught up completely in her book from page one. I truly want to visit Cottonwood, KY and meet the lovely and often quirky residents that make up this small community. The plot flowed swiftly and I just kept turning the pages to find out how this mystery played out. The twists kept me guessing right up to the end as the victim had made plenty of residents of Cottonwood unhappy with her negative reviews. I confess that I never guessed who the killer was until the reveal. On a sweet side note, Kenni and Finn's romance seems to be heating up now. Humor, "southernisms", a well-crafted small town and characters, and a mysterious murder all made this a book I couldn't put down. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Henery Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
Another fun Cozy Mystery. I really do enjoy the relationship between Finn and Kenni. This was a clever murder. I really didn't figure out who it was until the end when it was told to me. This book is a quick, fun read. I am glad the whole wedding nonsense is over with. I look forward to Christmas with Finn and Kenni.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
Sherift Kenni Lowry and her dearly departed Poppa are on the case again! Not that she isn't thrilled each time her grandfather's ghost returns to help her solve a case, he only appears when a murder needs solving. Who has time for a murder investigation when Kenni's close friend has teamed up with her Mama and volunteered Kenni to be the best maid in a major town wedding? With a bridezilla throwing around Tara-sized expectations and a major gun show on the side. There is so much going on, yet author Tonya Kappes creates the strangest murder weapon imaginable and makes it a multiple homicide. Kenni would much rather be relaxing with recently proclaimed boyfriend, and deputy, Finn, and best dog, Duke. I do love Duke. The dialogue is clever as well as colorful. The characters as quirky as can be. The plotline strong and twisty and unusual. Who dunnit and why are not simple to solve. This is a series to enjoy from the beginning, even tho each book stands well enough as an individual read.