Address for Murder: Mail Carrier Mystery By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway

Jan 11, 2020 | 2020 Articles, Kathleen Costa, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Costa

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Mail and…Murder!

Bernadette Butler, informally known as Bernie, widowed for ten years, loves her job delivering mail to the residents of Sugar Creek Gap. Her route is the downtown area and houses surrounding it with her first stop the nursing home inhabited with seniors requiring all levels of care. Visiting is always a bright spot in her day, and in many ways, an opportunity to push worries out of her mind; her feelings toward her late husband’s best friend is a case in point. Her BFF Iris Peabody volunteers there, and although she’s known for her delicious treats at her Pie in the Face bake shop, she is also known for the “special feelings” she gets about people. She’s not psychic, it’s just a feeling, and her track record is more miss than hit. Case in point: a predicted kiss from a cute boy turned into Bernadette on the ground, and the prom date turned out to be for Iris, not Bernadette. However, the “feeling” something was wrong with Bernadette’s husband Richard turned out to be tragically spot on, and recently her “feeling” about Mac Tabor, her husband’s best friend, was oddly correct, too. So, the two agreed Iris should keep these “feelings” to herself…until today.

Address for Murder earns 5/5 Sparkling Mail Carts…Entertaining Fun!
Recognizing the “B-12!” call coming from the main room at the nursing facility, Bernie is beckoned in by Iris, her long, long-time BFF. The room is filled with serious Bingo fans their attention on their cards. She waves here, she nods there, she chats with Elsbeth Clark who chose residence here rather than with family, and she overhears Luke Macum sharing his serious concerns about his aging uncle: memory loss, hygiene issues, hoarding junk. Lee’s behavior is also causing problems with neighbors, Walter Ward, the real estate agent trying to sell the next-door property, and Carla Ramey, the president of the beautification committee. Walter is upset his livelihood is being impacted by the state of Macum’s property. Carla is spiffing up everything from storefronts to private homes to Bernie’s new mail cart furious that Lee’s house could cost her the crown jewel of her tenure…winning the Make Kentucky Colorful spring campaign. Bernie sees Iris, working her Bingo personae, but she has a look of concern. Bernie doesn’t want to know if she’s had one of her “feelings,” but Iris can’t hold it back, “There’s something about Little Creek Road.”

Little Creek Road sure is something. Mac lives there, and Bernadette’s feelings for him may be turning into something. Mac has two investment properties there being managed for sale by Walter Ward, and the rats in the cellar of one is something. The Front Porch Ladies live there watching and gossiping about all the somethings that catch their interest. Lee Macum, Luke’s aging uncle, lives there, too, and his house is quite something as his hoarding impacts his living condition as well as the look of the area. And the conflict with Luke, Walter, and Carla are something, but…murder?

Entertainment Delivered! Tonya has delivered another engaging drama in her Mail Carrier Mystery series. I am a fan of all of her series because her writing style is entertaining with descriptive language, dialogue that illustrates well the tone and various personalities, and a fun Kentucky flare. But, this series is at the top with a clever mystery exploring selfishness, revenge, and greed, wonderful characters from millennials to baby boomers to senior seniors, and an ending that included some nail-biting peril and “Whew!” satisfaction. Bernadette is a fifty-something widow with realistic fears and challenges entering a more romantic relationship with a close friend; she’s also still a mother, despite her son being an adult himself with the prospect of being a grandma that makes her a character to whom many can identify. Ok, it’s a cozy mystery and amateurs investigate murder with or without support from official channels (Bernie has a love/hate relationship with Sheriff Angela Hafley), but Tonya wraps it up in a quaint small southern town with characters readers might recognize as friends and family and a story that might be found in the headlines. I loved it!

And a Bonus! I love finding extras in my cozies! Tonya has given everyone a little taste of recipes referenced in the story like [Iris’s] Bonbon Cookies, [her mom’s] Chocolate Crinkles along with my favorite Chocolate Chip Blondes with peanut butter and the intriguing…Pepper Cookies! Wow!

Alert! I look forward to the release of book three All She Wrote sometime in 2020. Also Tonya Kappes announced that she’s contract audio versions for her three book Mail Carrier Mystery. Exciting 2020!

Be a Big Tonya Kappes Fan!
USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes is also one of my Top Ten favorite authors. With this soon-to-be, three-book Mail Carrier Cozy Mystery, she has a nine-book Camper & Criminals Cozy series along with exciting ghostly-, magical-, and caffeinated-themed series. For ghosts, she has the popular eight-book Ghostly Southern Mystery and seven-book Kenni Lowry series. Add some magic with the twelve-book Magical Cures Mystery and three-book Spies and Spells series. And finally, get a little caffeinated with her soon-to-be eight-book Killer Coffee Mystery (Dead to the Last Drop set for Jan. 28 release). She also has an enjoyable online presence and various EVENTS enticing fans to gather to talk, share, and partake in the fun!

Facebook – Author Tonya Kappes
Join the “Cozy Krew”
Become a Member at the Website – Tonya Kappes

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying year 2 of retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband of 26+ years.

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52 Comments

  1. Thank you for the review and the contest. I would love to win a print book, please. Love Tonya!

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  2. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. Print book would be great. The story interests me.

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    • hi. Tonya writes some wonderful stories. this sounds like another one. i would love a print copy if i win. sparkle40175(AT)hotmail(DOT)com. (1532 amber ct., radcliff, ky 40160)

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  3. Sounds like a super book – thanks for the chance to own it – trwilliams69 (at) msn (dot) com

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  4. Thanks for a chance to win a print copy of this book. I’m always looking for authors I have never read before.

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  5. This book looks so good thank you for the opportunity

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  6. I love reading cozy mysteries and life doesn’t get much better than reading one written by Tonya Kappes! This storyline sounds great and I love the cover. Thank you for the chance.

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  7. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

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  8. Great review I love Tonya Kappes books I would love a print copy. Thanks for the chance.

    Tighefan42atgmaildotcom

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  9. Thank you for your contest and a chance to win. My husband and I love Tonya Kappes books.

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  10. I would love to win a print copy! This sounds so good. Thanks for the chance. Woodstock216 at gmail.com

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  11. Love Tonya’s books

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  12. Love Tonya! Thank you for the chance!!

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  13. I love Tonya and her books. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

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  14. This sure sounds like fun. I’ve read and enjoyed others by this author. Would love a print copy.
    kozo8989@hotmail.com

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  15. Thanks for the chance. I’d like a print copy if I win

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  16. I just adore Tonya and her books??

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  17. Having a postal carrier as the main character is perfect as a carrier would be all over town and would talk to everyone. Can’t wait to read it. Print copy please.
    scarletbegonia5858(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I enjoy Tonya Kappes books very much. Thank you for offering this contest and letting us take part in it. ??

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  19. I enjoy Tonya Kappes books very much. Thank you for offering this contest and letting us take part in it. ??

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  20. Would love to win this book. I just finished reading Stamped Out.
    Thank you for a chance. Would love the book in print form.

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  21. The book sounds great and I love reading Tonya’s books, if I win I would love a print copy. Thanks for your great generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  22. Love this series

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  23. I am excited to read this and hopefully I will win a print copy!

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  24. Would love to win a print copy! Thank you for the chance and the fantastic review!

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  25. I would love to win a print copy.

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  26. I would love to win this book.

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  27. Tonya Kappes, a true Southern Belle, has come up with another great series. My fingers are crossed my name is chosen. I would love a print copy to put with her other books I have.

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  28. I love Tonya’s books! Would really like to read a print copy.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Sounds like a fun book, I love cozy mysteries! If I win, I’d prefer a print copy. Thanks for the chance!
    farmermomwife at gmail dot com

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  30. Sounds like a fun book by a talented author. Thanks for the review and the opportunity.

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  31. Great review… I adore Tonya’s books! I would really love a Paperback for my collection. Thank you so much for the opportunity ??
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. Sounds like a fantastic read! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  33. I’d love to win a print copy of Tonya’s book. Her books make me feel so good!

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  34. This sounds like a fun story, thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. I would love to have the ebook. janestarcher(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. Looks like a good books! Really cute cover! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  37. I love that you have these great contests to win your books. I love your books

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  38. thanks for the contest!sheliarha64@yahoo(dot)com

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  39. Love Tonya’s books, Would love to win one.

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  40. Thank you for the giveaway! Fun new series! I love me some Tonya Kappes!!!!

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  41. I would love to read this book. My sister in-law and her mom were both letter carriers. Her mom has passed on and I think it would remind me of her, good memories. Thank you so much for this chance!!

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  42. Haven’t read this series, but it sounds like one I would enjoy.

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  43. I want to read this book.

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  44. Yes please, I’d love to win this book. In the mail this week I received a Birthday Month card from Tonya… So it would be like her giving me a pressie for my birthday.

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  45. Running late – sorry.
    I’d love a print copy if I get
    picked. Tonya’s books are
    always fun. thanks
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. I would love to win a print copy of this book. Thank you for the chance.

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  47. I would love a copy- mobi is fine! Thanks for the chance!! somesmartcookle at aoldotcom. cookle has an L, not an i.

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  48. We have a winner!

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