Fixin' to Die - Tonya Kappes

Fixin' to Die

By Tonya Kappes

  • Release Date: 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Cozy
Score: 4.5
From 18 Ratings



Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she quickly discovers the ghost of her grandfather, the town’s previous sheriff, has been scaring off any would-be criminals since she was elected. When the town’s most beloved doctor is found murdered on the very same day as a jewelry store robbery, and a mysterious symbol ties the crime scenes together, Kenni must satisfy her hankerin’ for justice by nabbing the culprits.

With the help of her Poppa, a lone deputy, and an annoyingly cute, too-big-for-his-britches State Reserve officer, Kenni must solve both cases and prove to the whole town, and herself, that she’s worth her salt before time runs out.

Books in the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series:

• FIXIN’ TO DIE (#1) 
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all…

Author Bio:

Tonya 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.


  • Fixin’ to Die

    By gengel5
    Nice story of a woman Sheriff who is trying to solve a crime in the small town she lives in. Easy reading but not childish. This is a good book to in read front of a fire on a rainy day.
  • Tonya Kappes' Fixin' To Die

    By Carol M Smith
    Kendrick ( Kenni ) Lowry is the Sheriff in the small, quaint town of Cottonwood, Kentucky much to her parents distress. Kenni was elected two years ago after her grandfather died. The crime rate has been nil until a murder and robbery occur on the same day. As Kenni begins to investigate, she starts to hear the voice of her grandfather, Poppa talking to her. Is she going crazy?? No way!!! Turns out Poppa is a ghost that only Kenni and her ninety pound hound dog, Duke can hear. Up until today, Poppa has been heading off any crime in the area. Now he talks and appears to her to encourage her investigative skills. Along with Poppa and Duke, Kenni is being assisted by Finn Vincent, a State Reserve officer on loan to the department. The characters are well developed, very realistic, some quirky but all very interesting. The supporting characters have many secrets to uncover. The tension was thick with plenty of suspense great chills, thrills with unexpected twists. The murder was uniquely committed. The story contains mystery, intrigue, action with plenty of humor, a hint of romance and a lot of charm Southern style. Y'all need to read this paranormal, Southern flavored visit to Cottonwood and meet Sheriff Kenni Lowry!!! I volunteered to read this eBook. Thanks to the author for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
  • Fixin’ to Die

    By DaneWeimMama
    Adored Fixin to Die! Kenni is such a great character & I love her interactions with her Poppa (who is a ghost) The town of Cottonwood KY sounds like an amazing place to live & the residents are a hoot. I can’t wait to see where the relationship between Kenni & Finn (the new deputy) goes. I love the tension they have between them. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
  • First book in a new series!

    By Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader
    Fixin’ to Die by Tonya Kappes is the first book in A Kenni Lowry Mystery series. Kendrick “Kenni” Lowry is the sheriff in Cottonwood, Kentucky. Kenni was elected two years ago, after the passing of her Poppa, Elmer Sims, who was the previous sheriff. Kenni has been lucky that there has been no crime in Cottonwood since she took office (which is extremely odd even for a small town). But Kenni’s luck has run out. She is called out early to Dr. Ronald Walton’s house (where he also had his office). Dr. Walton was found dead in his home by his receptionist, Toots Buford (only in the South would you find someone with the name of Toots). There is a strange symbol on the doctor’s wrist. Later that day White’s Jewelry store is robbed and the same symbol is on the wall. The two crimes seem to be connected. Kenni goes the grave of her Poppa (her grandfather) and asks for his help since the townspeople are in an uproar. After that, Kenni starts hearing her Poppa’s voice (she thinks it is in her head). Then she actually sees him. At first Kenni believes she is losing her mind, but Poppa soon convinces her that he is real. Poppa is there to help her. Kenni also gets help from the Kentucky State Reserve in the form of Finn Vincent. He is originally from Chicago (so he does not understand the ways of the South-yet). Finn is assigned to help her solve the two crimes. This is especially helpful since Kenni’s deputy just retired, and her only other help is the county jailer, Wyatt Granger. Kenni, Finn, and Poppa set out to find the culprit behind the robbery and murder. Will they be able to find the culprit before he commits another crime? Fixin’ to Die is easy to read, has a good flow, and I like the paranormal element. Kenni Lowry is an acquired taste. Her behavior is a wee bit over-the-top (especially in the first half of the story). Kenni goes around town doing her investigation and accusing the wrong people (angering the citizens and losing their cooperation). Kenni does not read the reports provided to her, question witnesses, or follow-up on forensic evidence (to make sure it arrived and was processed). Kenni does not actually solve the crime as stumble upon the killer accidentally (technically, it is a win). Kenni is not used to crime, and this is an adjustment period for her (and the town’s citizens). I enjoyed Poppa. I found him to be funny and entertaining. I hope the author will enhance his role in future novels in the series. I give Fixin’ to Die 3.5 out of 5 stars. Ms. Kappes did include a romantic element in the story. There is an attraction between Kenni and Finn (she certainly likes to ogle his physique). It will be interesting to see how it progresses. The author did include some outlandish characters like the philandering town mayor and the spoiled, pampered daughter of well-to-do parents. The cozy element is very prevalent in Fixin’ to Die. Kenni has a busy social life, likes to jog, has a dog, and enjoys a good card game. The mystery was good, but I found it easy to solve (I wish the crime had been more complicated). I could identify the killer before I reached a hundred pages. I appreciated the paranormal element in the form of Poppa’s ghost. It greatly enhanced Fixin’ to Die. Overall, Fixin’ to Die is a good first start to a series. With a little tweaking this could be an entertaining paranormal mystery series. I will be reading Southern Fried the next book in A Kenni Lowry Mystery series.
  • Small town sheriff, big time grit

    By JenTer13
    Fixin' to Die, by Tonya Kappes, is set in the fictional small town of Cottonwood, Kentucky. The heroine of the story, Kendrick "Kenni" Lowry, is the sheriff of this hamlet, much to the dismay of her parents. When her grandfather, Elmer Sims died of a heart attack, Kenni did not think twice about throwing her hat in the ring and won the election. For the two years since Kenni took office life has gone very smoothly in Cottonwood. That is until the most unusual early hours of a Monday morning when Dr. Walton is murdered and White's Jewelry store is robbed. All this happening and Kenni is on her own as her deputy has recently retired. Of course there is the jailer, Wyatt Granger, to help, and the Kentucky State Reserve sends assistance in the form of hunky Finn Vincent. With more questions than answers the investigation begins only to lead to more suspects than victims. And then there is the Chinese symbol found at both crime scenes to consider. As the investigation continues, Kenni begins to question her capabilities, especially when she begins seeing and hearing the ghost of her beloved grandfather. As she begins to accept his presence and help, the clues start adding up until finally an unlikely culprit is found. Entertaining with many twists and turns, this book is a fun read for those who love this genre.