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A Ghostly Suspect By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway


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by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either an ebook or print copy of A Ghostly Suspect, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Welcome to Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky!
Emma Lee Raines has a special talent, not one she chose or practiced or one for which she could earn accolades. Thanks to a falling plastic Santa Claus, the subsequent concussion left Emma Lee with the ability to see and communicate with the dead, really, the “murdered” dead. The ghostly apparitions come, often at inopportune moments, to plead for Emma Lee to uncover what happened, find the killer, and help them cross over. Sometimes they are helpful, and sometimes they’re more of a nuisance. All in all Emma Lee has been successful with several investigations, often with some personal peril, but she is tired of the ruse, the pretending that nothing’s wrong, and she’s not suffering from Funeral Trauma nor is she just plain crazy.

A Ghostly Southern Mystery

1- A Ghostly Undertaking (2015)
2- A Ghostly Grave (2015)
3- A Ghostly Demise (2015)
4- A Ghostly Murder (2015)
5- A Ghostly Reunion (2016)
6- A Ghostly Mortality (2017)
7- A Ghostly Secret (2017)

A Ghostly Suspect earns 5/5 Jars of Sweet Tea…Clever and Engaging!

mysteryIt’s literally been two years since Emma Lee Raines last saw the ghostly appearance of a recent murder victim. She has been relishing in her “ghost-free” existence, building a pre-need funeral business, and making Eternal Slumber the go-to place to send loved ones off to the next world. Friend, psychic, and very much alive Debbie Dually pops in frantically spreading incense around and interrupting Emma Lee’s meeting with her preneed clients. Debbie had helped Emma Lee to understand her role may be that as a “Betweener,” but oddly today she is emphatic about having Emma admit she really sees “murdered dead people.” Her emotional confrontation with Emma Lee is partly witnessed by the antagonistic sheriff Trevor O’Neill, and when Debbie’s body is later found, that confrontation is all the evidence the sheriff needs to haul in Emma Lee.

This is my favorite series in the Kappes Universe, and this eighth book didn’t disappoint: clever mystery with a twist adding psychics and a few extra ghosts, humorous predicaments, perils, and a few misunderstandings. I enjoy Kappes’s use of the first-person narrative sharing Emma Lee’s perspective including her fears and frustrations over her…gift? curse? I love Zula Fae Raines Payne, Emma’s granny, who is strong and independent, but she’s not willing to recognize or be open-minded to the truth about Emma Lee’s ability. There is romance for Emma with Jack Henry Ross, former sheriff and now with the state police, and although Jack Henry has learned of Emma’s gift, there continues to be conflicts over how she should proceed with her investigations into suspicious deaths. The unique side of Kappes’s work is the southern flair she adds. As she herself is a Kentucky “belle,” she can weave into the story and her characters the manners, mores, and mystique of being southern. From how to behave to settling down, from gossip hierarchy to sweet tea, the culture seems to be a character of its own. Missing? Zula’s Sweet Tea recipe…it’s gotta be more than just sugar added. It soothes and inspires. Just saying…

Be a Big Tanya Kappes Fan!
Tonya Kappes is one of my Top Ten favorite authors of some exciting ghostly, magical, and caffeinated themed series, all for which I am an eager fan! For ghosts she has the popular seven-book Ghostly Southern Mystery and seven-book Kenni Lowry series. Add some magic with the eleven-book Magical Cures Mystery and three-book Spies and Spells series. Get a little caffeinated with her six-book Killer Coffee Mystery, and for lots of fun, she has the six-book Camper & Criminals Cozy series. Under her pen name Maymee Bell, she has introduced the delightful two-book Southern Cake Baker Mystery. Something for every cozy taste!

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Become a Member at the Website – Tonya Kappes

To enter to win either an ebook or print copy of A Ghostly Suspect, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “suspect,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 13, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via comment please include your email address and if entering via email please include your mailing address (in case you win). BE SURE TO STATE WHETHER YOU WANT PRINT OR EBOOK. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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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 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. 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.

{ 69 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Glen Davis July 6, 2019 at 9:19am

Sounds interesting. Count me in!


2 Shari July 7, 2019 at 6:46pm

Love her books!!


3 Dianne Casey July 6, 2019 at 1:37pm

I love this series! Looking forward to reading “A Ghostly Suspect”.


4 Brenda Gallop July 7, 2019 at 10:20am

I love ghost stories..


5 Jeannie Huffman July 7, 2019 at 12:17pm

I would love to win a print copy!! Woodstock216@gmail.com


6 carrie Meyer July 7, 2019 at 12:19pm

My favorite series of Tonya Kappes!!!


7 Michelle F July 9, 2019 at 8:29pm

Glad there is a new installment of the Ghostly Southern Mystery series- I would love to win a copy ?


8 Sonya Steele July 7, 2019 at 12:19pm

I love Tonya Kappes books!


9 Casey Cline July 7, 2019 at 12:20pm

I would love to read this! Thank you for the opportunity. I would prefer a print copy. ?


10 Marcia July 7, 2019 at 12:27pm

Love, love, love Tonya’s books! This is the only one of her series I have yet to start. Would love a print copy for my collection. Email is makennedyinaz@hotmail.com. Thanks!!


11 Nicole
Twitter: @steelergrrl43
July 7, 2019 at 12:42pm

I’m in love with all of Kappes series and just started this one but I’m excited for the chance.


12 Cindy Burns July 7, 2019 at 12:43pm

I need to catch up but I love this series!


13 Cheryl Arcemont
Twitter: @teddi1961O10
July 7, 2019 at 12:45pm

Unfortunately for me, I have yet to read any of this series. I have to save some Christmas money this year because I know I don’t just want one book – I need them all so I can binge read the whole series! I love all of Tonya’s books so there is no reason I wouldn’t fall in love with this series! Thank you for the giveaway!


14 Jeanne Fullam July 7, 2019 at 1:03pm

Your books are so much fun


15 Tonya Kappes
Twitter: @Tonya
July 7, 2019 at 1:19pm

Thank y’all so much!! xoxo


16 Jerry Pierson July 7, 2019 at 1:53pm

My husband and I love Kathi Daley’s books. Thank you your giveaway and a chance to win an e-book copy of A Ghostly Suspect.


17 Betsy Pauzauskie
Twitter: @betsypauzauskie
July 7, 2019 at 1:57pm

WOW! You made this sound soooo good! And, love your cute rating of 5/5 Jars of Sweet Tea! The fact this is your favorite book in this series makes it a must have . . . plus the fact that I enjoy paranormal stories! Southern charm is icing on the cake. I’d love a paperback. Thank you for your informative review!


18 Cindy norman July 7, 2019 at 2:02pm

I love this series


19 Tammy Hudson
Twitter: @Tighefan42
July 7, 2019 at 2:17pm

This was a great read . I would love a print copy thanks for the chance.



20 John Presler July 7, 2019 at 2:26pm

Great series – Thanks for the chance to win!


21 Lynn Russell July 7, 2019 at 2:30pm

Love Tonya Kappas books. I would love the ebook.


22 Janet Swindell July 7, 2019 at 3:02pm

I just love Tonya Kappes books! Always a fun read with great


23 Joanie Hinton July 7, 2019 at 3:03pm

I have just started this series; really like it!!!


24 Adrienne Asher
Twitter: @adrienneasher65
July 7, 2019 at 3:49pm

Love Tonya Kappes books, especially this series !


25 Cathy July 7, 2019 at 4:02pm

Sounds great, thanks for the chance! cgstratman(at)hotmail(dot)com


26 Janet Overstreet
Twitter: @jdsoverstreet
July 7, 2019 at 5:30pm

I’m excited about this latest book in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series. Emma Lee is such a great character. But I have to say I live all of Tonya’s books. She creates and brings to life such wonderful, interesting, funny and lovable characters. Just start one of her books and you don’t won’t to put it down until you finish it.


27 Mary Cheverie
Twitter: @Mcheverie1
July 7, 2019 at 6:33pm

I would love the print version. Please contact me if I win and will give you my address. Thanks for the opportunity.


28 Natalie Daniels
Twitter: @nataliemarie71
July 7, 2019 at 7:40pm

I would love a chance to win! Thank you for the opportunity!


29 Robin Gardner
Twitter: @RobinEgg
July 8, 2019 at 4:13am

My TBR pile is getting bigger!


30 Brittany Harris July 8, 2019 at 4:28am

I love this series so much! Definitely excited!


31 Terri Echols July 8, 2019 at 5:05am

Sounds like a fun read!


32 Paula Adams
Twitter: @qnofdnile
July 8, 2019 at 6:17am

Love this series. Love the cover. Thank you for this chance! pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com


33 Jo Anne Vincenti July 8, 2019 at 7:03am

would love to read, sounds so good – thanks for the chance – if I win would love a ebook – jody.714@hotmail.com


34 DOWARD WILSON July 8, 2019 at 10:51am

One of the best series I’ve read.


35 Raelene Cowley
Twitter: @grannyrae/57
July 8, 2019 at 2:37pm

Love Tonya’s books!! She makes them so interesting that they are really hard to put down once you start reading them! My husband says I don’t get enough sleep because I read half the night!!! Oh well ?


36 Kathleen Walsh
Twitter: @quackers50
July 9, 2019 at 4:07am

Would love to read this book. Sounds good!


37 Margaret July 9, 2019 at 4:15am

I would love to read, sounds interesting


38 Danielle Hammelef
Twitter: @dhammelef
July 9, 2019 at 4:19am

Mysteries are so much fun to read and have always been my favorite genre. I haven’t read this series yet, so thanks for the chance to win a copy to read and review! dhammelef (at) yahoo (dot) com


39 Margo Sue
Twitter: @MargoSue
July 9, 2019 at 4:37am

Would love a print copy!


40 Barbara Hackel
Twitter: @BarbaraHackel
July 9, 2019 at 4:45am

I love this series! This book sounds terrific! (And it is, I’m sure!)
I can’t wait to read it!!


41 Kay Garrett
Twitter: @arkieclown
July 9, 2019 at 5:43am

Thank you for your review on “A Ghostly Suspect” By Tonya Kappes. Always enjoy this author’s book when I get a chance to read one. I’ve not had the opportunity to read this one. It sounds amazing, but I’d expect nothing less from Tonya. 🙂

Appreciate the chance to win a print copy of “A Ghostly Suspect”.


42 Marlena Maier
Twitter: @marlenamaier
July 9, 2019 at 5:44am

Love Tonya, thanks for the chance!



43 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
July 9, 2019 at 5:46am

I’ve just started reading this series. I love it! Thanks for the chance – if I win would love a printed copy to get friends hooked on the series. kckendler at gmail dot com


44 Michele R July 9, 2019 at 5:52am

Awesome series! Tonya writes the best stories. I can’t wait to read her new book!


45 Christina Riggs July 9, 2019 at 6:09am

I’d love to read your book.


46 Grace Henley
Twitter: @GraceHenley8
July 9, 2019 at 6:36am

Would Love to Win a Copy, I Love Your Books!! Thank you for this Chance!!


47 Karina Thibodeau
Twitter: @ThibodeauKarina
July 9, 2019 at 6:47am

I love Tonya’s books. Thank you for the chance.


48 Roxy July 9, 2019 at 6:50am

Love the books, would like a printed copy for my collection, thanks


49 SandyG July 9, 2019 at 7:03am

Thanks for the chance to win a copy
sgiden at verizon(.)net


50 Jeannie Murphy July 9, 2019 at 7:34am

bring it on, I’m always in for a good ghost story.


51 Linda Wilmoth July 9, 2019 at 7:44am

I have not read any of the ghostly series, but have loved the other books.


52 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
July 9, 2019 at 7:47am

Yes please, I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. I WANT THIS BOOK!!!


53 MaryJane Hopper
Twitter: @CarvingLady
July 9, 2019 at 8:26am

Another great book from Tonya Kappes!


54 Sandy Garvey July 9, 2019 at 10:10am

Tonya’s books make me laugh. Please enter me. Thanks for writing such good books.


55 Kathleen Bylsma July 9, 2019 at 9:12am

Fie on Gravatar. Greed is ugly.
Sorry, Tonya 🙁
This is my favorite of your series!


56 Randi Robinson
Twitter: @wvteddy
July 9, 2019 at 9:16am

I love Tonya and I love this series! I would love to win this book.


57 denise July 9, 2019 at 10:29am

Love Tonya’s books. sent an email.


58 Jane Geiger July 9, 2019 at 12:19pm

Love Tonya’s books! Can’t wait for this one!


59 johnna smith
Twitter: @johnnabooks135
July 9, 2019 at 12:47pm

really fun series


60 Jane Starcher July 9, 2019 at 2:13pm

I love Tonya’s books. This sounds like a great series.


61 Robin Coxon July 9, 2019 at 4:43pm

Thank you for hosting Tonya Kappes and her latest book, A Ghostly Suspect. This sweet southern belle is a hoot to know and her writing includes her charm in each one.


62 Vicki Boyd July 9, 2019 at 7:11pm

Would love an opportunity to win the giveaway
Thank you so much


63 Senta Jenkins July 10, 2019 at 7:02am

Can’t wait to read this one!


64 sue Hieber July 10, 2019 at 8:15pm

On boy, oh boy, I want to win! I love tonya!


65 Linda Kwolek
Twitter: @Kwolek21
July 11, 2019 at 7:26pm

I love your your newsletter, coffee with Tonya.
Linda Kwolek


66 Debbie Rhoades
Twitter: @Ctlcprncs1
July 13, 2019 at 3:21pm

I love Tonya’s books, anything she writes, and would love to read this one! Thank you very much for the chance!


67 Linda Kish
Twitter: @Linda
July 13, 2019 at 7:06pm

I would love the chance for a print copy. It sounds terrific.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com


68 Nora-Adrienne
Twitter: @NoraAdrienne
July 18, 2019 at 7:35am

I would love to win this book and add it to my shelf with other Tonya Kappes books.
A recent post from Nora-Adrienne: August, can it get any hotter? I know the books will!My Profile


69 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
July 22, 2019 at 10:26am

Thanks for entering, we have a winner!


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