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Dead as a Doornail By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway


FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Costa
& Tonya Kappes

This week we have a review of Tonya Kappes latest mystery Dead as a Doornail, and then a fun Soothing Oatmeal and Honey Smoothing Mask from Tonya, and some DIY from Kathleen. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Dead as a Doornail, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

Dead as a Doornail: Kenni Lowry Mystery By Tonya Kappes
Review by Kathleen Costa

Welcome to Cottonwood, Kentucky!
“In the South, it’s better when the food is fried and the secrets kept buried!”

In June 2016 with Fixin’ to Die, Tonya Kappes brought us cozy fans a very entertaining series with a paranormal twist. Her five-book Kenni Lowry Mystery series follows Sheriff Kendrick “Kenni” Lowry as she investigates crimes and misdemeanors in Cottonwood, Kentucky, and along with some quirky residents, she works with hunk Deputy Finn Vincent, bloodhound Duke, and her grandfather and former sheriff. Calling her “Kenni-bug,” her Poppa has been an invaluable source in bringing to justice those who have committed murder, but she’s the only one who knows it. Poppa died of a massive heart attack a bit back, Kenni became sheriff, and whenever a murder has occurred…Poppa shows up. It is a delightful twist that just works well and has garnering an average of 4-1/2 stars from a huge fan following. And rightfully so…

Dead as a Doornail earns 5/5 ‘Perfectly Posh’ed Nails…Murderously Fun!

mystery book cover
When you’re the only salon in town, you are everyone’s destination for all things mani/pedi and gossip. But, Lucy Ellen’s tantrum over not getting preferential treatment on a day when there are no available appointments can only lead to trouble…another negative review? bad mouthing around town? boycotting? Lucy Ellen has made trouble for everyone around Cottonwood lodging complaints with the police department, criticizing a shop for not carrying a specific high-end product, cancelling appointments without notice, demanding service without an appointment, and then the article in the newspaper revealing a ‘small-town fraud.’ There seems to be no easier solution. Lucy Ellen is found dead, and despite plenty with motives, her death appears to be from natural causes. However, Kenni knows when the ghost of her grandfather and former sheriff shows up, it’s a sign of murder. Forestalling a quickie funeral, Kenni, with Poppa in tow, needs to first find evidence of murder…then a killer!

Cool! I am an eager cozy mystery fan, and Tonya Kappes is one of my Top Ten favorite authors. Her signature steady pace and clever mystery is always entertaining, and the references to Southern culture, mores, and libation and culinary delights always make the work unique.) Check out the history and recipe from The Brown Hotel — Louisville’s Culinary Legend “The Hot Brown.” Can you claim Kentucky taste buds?)

She has created a plethora of well-developed characters with Kenni showing positive professional and personal growth, but with a quirky mother/daughter dynamic and continued “goo-goo” eyes for her subordinate, the side stories enhance the entertainment. And a ghost? Tonya does that really well by making it fit into reality. No hocus-pocus or juvenile Casper the Friendly Ghost here. She almost makes the “beyond the veil” character akin to that inner voice we all engage with when reviewing events or emotional dilemmas.

Be a Big Tanya Kappes Fan…Like, Visit, and Follow!
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A Day at the Spa…Southern-style with Tonya Kappes

Dead as a Doornail opens with Kenni enjoying a relaxing pedicure at Tiny Tina’s salon and spa.

Tonya: I love OPI “You Don’t Know Jacque,” but I don’t go to the salon enough to have it as a gossip session…BUT. The opening scene is something that really did happen when my sister went to get a pedicure at one of those general Asian salons in the mall. This lady rushed in. It was just like the book. Only instead of it being Kenni, it was a mall cop woman. It was soooooo funny!

Tiny Tina’s Mask Soothing Oatmeal and Honey Smoothing Mask

Tonya: I’ve used this mask. It’s rough at first, but soft skin after. I like it because it’s all natural.


Relaxing at Home…DIY Delights
By Kathleen Costa

The opening scene is quite the “grab your attention” moment bringing to my mind the wonderful scents, relaxing massage, worry-releasing experience, and gossip sessions I’ve had at my favorite spa. But, if you’re not able to make it “out” to the spa, you can make it “in” with these marvelous easy DIY products. Head over to my favorite website evermineOccassions to check out several DIY ideas for health and wellness. Some of my favorite in-home spa ideas for you or as a gift just can’t be missed. Don’t forget to add one of Tonya Kappes delightfully entertaining cozies!

Stephanie Rose is a gardener who lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she has grown over 100 edibles, 400 perennials, and countless other plants in her small urban yard; a hobby that continues to grow with each season. Stephanie writes DIY garden projects, yummy recipes, and crafty goodness at Garden Therapy where she hopes you will find something to inspire you to get outside for a little, well, garden therapy. Check out her “Eucalyptus Mint Spa In a Jar” and her “Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub.”

Stacy Dutton is the Art Director at Evermine. She is a new mother and lover of stationery, pie, and dark chocolate. Check out her homemade “Vanilla Coconut Sugar Body Scrub” and her “Lavender Bath Salts.”

Check out other Henery Press mysteries on their website.

To enter to win a copy of Dead as a Doornail, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “doornail,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 30, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Check out our new mystery podcast that launched on June 5.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

You can also use this link to purchase the book on Amazon. If you have ad blocker on you may not see the link:

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 a 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 her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Faith Creech June 16, 2018 at 10:59am

Thanks for the review. This book sounds good. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance to win.

faithdcreech at gmail dot com


2 Marci Konecny
Twitter: @Marcikonecny
June 16, 2018 at 11:57am

I already sent an email, not entering again. I just want to say thank you for this awesome Magazine!


3 Linda May June 16, 2018 at 6:00pm

Love her books & this looks like another awesome book, Thanks for your generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com


4 Renee Collins
Twitter: @DrReneeCCo
June 17, 2018 at 3:59am

Tonya books always entertain and keep you guessing!


5 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
June 17, 2018 at 5:04am

I’m a Tonya Kappes fan but have not read any in this series. Thank you so much for this chance. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com


6 Nora-Adrienne Deret
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
June 17, 2018 at 6:22am

Tonya’s books are always a fun read. I’d love to win a copy since the local county libraries I have access to do NOT carry her books.
A recent post from Nora-Adrienne Deret: June Will be Bustin’ Out All Over! And So Will The New Books!My Profile


7 Debbie Price June 17, 2018 at 8:18am

I am going to the check out all of the scrub recipe and the garden therapy website. Thank you for these and for the book review.


8 Diana Fahrenbruck June 17, 2018 at 12:59pm

Thanks for chance to win!!! Montanasprout@icloud.com


9 Dianne Bahn June 17, 2018 at 12:53pm

I’d love to win and read this book.


10 girlfromwva June 17, 2018 at 1:14pm

would love to win this book by Tonya Kappes. sounds like a great soothing oatmeal mask.


11 girlfromwva June 17, 2018 at 1:15pm

email addy is sparkle40175AThotmailDOTcom


12 Heidi Pergolski June 17, 2018 at 1:16pm

I love Tonya’s books! Each series is so different from the other and always with a cast of characters you fall in love with! Thanks for the chance!!


13 Angela Sanford
Twitter: @Collegegirl40
June 17, 2018 at 1:22pm

I love Tony’s books. I love reading the blog and all of the rips. I am going to try the oatmeal mask. Thanks for the chance


14 Angela Sanford
Twitter: @Collegegirl40
June 17, 2018 at 1:23pm

That is supposed to be “tips” not Rips. Sorry.


15 Debra Fitzpatrick June 17, 2018 at 1:25pm

This sounds like something I must read


16 Karen B June 17, 2018 at 1:55pm

Sounds like a book that I want to read! Thanks.


17 Jill Broussard June 17, 2018 at 2:03pm

Looking forward to reading another great book from Tonya! Thankyou for the opportunity. minishoes(at)msn(dot)com


18 Tonya Kappes
Twitter: @Tonya
June 17, 2018 at 2:11pm

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!


19 Marlene Ezell June 17, 2018 at 2:50pm

Thanks for the review and the chance to win the book. Tonya Kappes never fails to entertain.


20 Casey Brooks
Twitter: @caseyb669
June 17, 2018 at 2:51pm

I love Tonya Kappes! Can’t wait to try her scrub recipe next week when my sisters, nieces & I get together. kcby1960@aol.com


21 Paula Jacobson June 17, 2018 at 3:21pm

I love all of Tonya’s series. This is such a good one too.


22 Jenny Zakoski June 17, 2018 at 5:57pm

Great review! I’ve read the first two books!


23 Maryann Anderson June 17, 2018 at 6:02pm

Would love to win one of your books Tonya. They sound like so much fun and full of adventure.


24 Penny Harper
Twitter: @Scoobyspenny10
June 17, 2018 at 7:29pm

I absolutely love her books. They have kept me hooked from the beginning. Great characters , storyline and most of all awesome Author.


25 Heidi Pergolski June 17, 2018 at 8:03pm

I love Tonya’s books! Each series is different from the other and each have a cast of characters you end up loving. I would love the chance to win this book!!


26 Donamae
Twitter: @donamaekutska
June 17, 2018 at 9:38pm

Here’s hoping, and the face mask sounds great. Thanks for the chance. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com


27 Jeanine Carlson June 18, 2018 at 12:37am

Ahh, another of Tonya’s books that I need in my collection! Thanks for the chance! somesmartcookle @ aol dot com.
cookle has an L, not an i.


28 Judy Weaver June 18, 2018 at 7:49am

I know this will be a great read. Love Tonya’s books! jawdance@yahoo.com


29 KarenM June 18, 2018 at 12:35pm

I have never done a spa, but I just have to pop in to thank Kathleen for her adoption of California and her many years as a teacher.


30 Danielle Hammelef
Twitter: @dhammelef
June 19, 2018 at 7:02am

Thanks for the chance to win a fun book to read this summer. I love mysteries and the cover is so bright and fun.


31 Jessica Morris June 19, 2018 at 7:33am

Love this series and Tonya!!! ?


32 Janet Graham
Twitter: @JanetGraham
June 19, 2018 at 7:59am

I love Tonya’s books. they all have that Kentucky voice and attitude.


33 Jane Starcher June 19, 2018 at 8:48am

I have read all of Tonya’s books and always anticipate the next one.


34 Carrie L Meyer June 19, 2018 at 9:06am

I enjoy Tonya’s books so much. I come from a very Southern background, but was raised as a city girl in Chicago. Her books always make me feel like I’m surrounded by family!


35 Kay Tuck June 19, 2018 at 9:18am

I would love to win this book. It sounds so great. Thanks for the chance to win. Kay


36 Jeannie Otterness June 19, 2018 at 10:35am

“Dead as a Doornail” sounds like a fun book to read! I can’t wait to be able to read it!! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!!! My email address is sanfordo11@yahoo.com.


37 peggy clayton June 19, 2018 at 12:34pm

Love to win as I love her books once you start them you can’t put it down also love the covers. ptclayton2@aol.com


38 Cheryl Arcemont
Twitter: @teddi1961O10
June 19, 2018 at 5:01pm

I love reading Tonya Kappes newsletters, Facebook pages, and every book I can get my library to carry! I appreciate the opportunity for a chance to win Dead as a Doornail. Thank you!


39 Barbara Cameron
Twitter: @mitzisSlave
June 20, 2018 at 12:10am

I’m a huge cozy fan, but I’m new to Tonya Kappes. Her books sound right up my alley, as I love the southern sleuths. Wasn’t sure about the ghost element, so your review was a big help in my deciding to give her a try.
Thanks. And thanks for the chance to win.


40 Maryann Anderson June 20, 2018 at 6:30am

Sounds like a great book to read. Thanks for the review and for the chance to win a copy!


41 Dianne Casey June 20, 2018 at 3:54pm

I love Tonya’s books! They are such fun reads. Would love to read “Dead as a Doornail”.


42 Marge June 20, 2018 at 6:27pm

I’m looking forward to this book. I find Tonya’s books to be great escapism. Entertaining, with quirky characters to take the reader on an adventure in “Who done it?”.Cozy fun!


43 Penny Harper
Twitter: @Scoobyspenny10
June 21, 2018 at 9:21am

I absolutely love this series. For me the character Poppa has special meaning. My children called my daddy Poppa. It always makes me smile hearing Kenni talk to her Poppa. My dad passed 10 years ago. Keep this series coming please.


44 Renee Collins
Twitter: @DrReneeCCo
June 27, 2018 at 3:51am

Tonya’s Books are always entertaining! If I’ve accidentally entered twice, I apologise…and yes, I do live in States…just over in UK ?? right now!


45 Betty Williams June 29, 2018 at 7:37am

Love your books


46 peggy clayton June 29, 2018 at 8:37am

I would love to read this book as her books as just so good and then I will review on goodreads and amazon! ptclayton2@aol.com


47 Joy Yerkie June 29, 2018 at 1:40pm

Would love to win! Thank-you for the opportunity!


48 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
July 9, 2018 at 11:28am

We have a winner!


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