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Betting Off Dead By Tonya Kappes: Review/Giveaway

IN THE September 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a signed copy of Betting Off Dead & Tonya Kappes Loves Her Readers bracelet. We also have a link to order it from Amazon.

Maggie Park is thrilled that she has finally experienced her Witchy Hour and discovered her life’s journey. It means that at the age of twenty-eight, she can finally stop working in her family’s Louisville, Kentucky, diner. It’s not that she doesn’t love her Mother Nature-esque witch mother or her plant-magical Aunt Meme, but Maggie truly wished to find her own goal and path in life. Since that seems to be working with Interpol’s Secret Keepers of the Universal Laws, Maggie has had to keep her realization on the down-low from her very opinionated relatives. Part of that deception has been pretending that SKUL spy Mick Jasper is her boyfriend and not her coworker, which is not exactly a hardship on her part.book

Mick returns to ask her assistance in another investigation, this time allegations of horse doping at Churchill Downs. Protecting the integrity of the Kentucky Derby is paramount to those who depend on it for their businesses, and Mick’s usual partner would be known to several of the suspects. To Maggie’s delight, and in spite of Mick’s misgivings, Maggie is being asked to go undercover as his wife and infiltrate the world of horse auctions and racing.

What Maggie lacks in spy training and experience, she more than makes up for with her magical ability to cast spells. Although forbidden from using magic arbitrarily and risk discovery, Maggie doesn’t see a problem with spells that make her investigation a little easier or suspects more welcoming. Another secret weapon is her familiar Vinnie, in the not-so-familiar form of a 1965 AC Cobra muscle car. Wearing a pendant connects Maggie to Vinnie and his on-board dashboard computer, which would be more helpful if he wasn’t always taking very judgmental actions again Mick.

This light-hearted mix of magic and mystery takes full advantage of the ostentatious lifestyle of horse racing owners and bettors. Considering the vast sums of money involved both in wages and in the maintenance of horses, many are willing to kill for what’s at stake. Just as integral to the plot is watching Maggie mature as a woman and as a witch, and both involve separating herself from her very loving but overprotective family. With a motto of “Coven, family, thyself,” finally taking a stand is not easy, especially when her aunt is always at the ready to call in a Spell Circle of her more unique friends. Humor and romance are the highlights of this second of the Spies and Spells series that is at its best when it shines a light on the South, competitive horse racing, and magic.

To enter to win a signed copy of Betting Off Dead & the bracelet, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “betting,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen September 17, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beverlee Smith
Twitter: @CactuspareBev
September 10, 2016 at 8:50am

Sounds kinda goofy….a laugh here and there is what we all need from time to time.


2 Linda September 10, 2016 at 10:58am

Loved this book….a fun read!


3 Sheri O'Neill
Twitter: @spo1966
September 10, 2016 at 11:01am

Great review! I love Tonya and her books ?


4 Barbara Hawk
Twitter: @angelhwk68
September 10, 2016 at 11:02am

Sounds awesome! On my tbr, can’t wait to read! Loved the first book! Thanks for the chance!


5 Kim Wright
Twitter: @Pinkim95
September 10, 2016 at 11:04am

Can’t wait to read this…


6 Robyn K September 10, 2016 at 11:06am

I love Tonya Kappes books. She is a phenomenal author. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com


7 Jamie Witko
Twitter: @WitkoJamie
September 10, 2016 at 11:08am

Loved this book! And I absolutely love Tonya! Her words are magical! Making me feel as if I’m inside the book with the characters!


8 Jamie Witko
Twitter: @WitkoJamie
September 18, 2016 at 8:08pm

Forgot my email jamie_witko@yahoo.com


9 Donna Harms September 10, 2016 at 11:19am

This is an awesome series by Tonya! Love her books! fuades3@yahoo(dot)com


10 Joy Hejl
Twitter: @joyhejl
September 10, 2016 at 11:26am

This is a very enjoyable read. Love Maggie and her family


11 Jacquelyn Vargovich
Twitter: @authorjvargovich
September 10, 2016 at 11:29am

Sounds like a great book 🙂


12 Julie Richardson September 10, 2016 at 11:43am

Love her charming cure series. Have to check this one out too. Sounds awesome!


13 Sandy Duncan September 10, 2016 at 11:50am

Love this book. Congrats Tonya!!


14 JeNie September 10, 2016 at 12:00pm

Full of fun and laughter! Great read.


15 Krystal Downey September 10, 2016 at 12:02pm

I truly enjoyed reading this book. An easy fun read.


16 Judy Tucker September 10, 2016 at 12:04pm

This sounds like I’d enjoy it
I was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.


17 Judy Tucker September 10, 2016 at 12:06pm

This sounds like I’d enjoy it
I was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.. I can laugh and relate to horse scent.


18 Jane Geiger September 10, 2016 at 12:17pm

It’s on my TBR list, but I love the bracelet!


19 Tami Schafer
Twitter: @GrandmaTamiX6
September 10, 2016 at 12:21pm

Love this lady and her books great to light up life


20 Donna Peterson September 10, 2016 at 12:24pm

Thanks for the great review!! Can’t wait to read it!


21 Stormi Johnson September 10, 2016 at 12:31pm

This sounds so good! Thanks for the giveaway!

A recent post from Stormi Johnson: Audiobook review of The Accidental ScotMy Profile


22 Jess d September 10, 2016 at 1:00pm

Sounds like another great read. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com


23 Samantha McCarthy September 10, 2016 at 2:02pm

Love Tonya’s books!!!


24 Sarah Roth September 10, 2016 at 2:18pm

I can’t wait to read this. Loving all your books!!!


25 girlfromwva September 10, 2016 at 2:30pm

would love to win a copy & the bracelet! love Tonya’s books; so much fun!


26 Dianne Casey September 10, 2016 at 3:03pm

Sounds like an amusing read! Maggie Parks sounds like quite a character. Can’t wait to read.


27 Lorena Keech September 10, 2016 at 3:45pm

Sounds amusing. And these days, light is about all I can deal with.


28 Donamae Kutska
Twitter: @donamaekutska
September 10, 2016 at 5:22pm

I need this book! It sounds like fun! I love horses. Magic is always interesting.


29 Jane September 10, 2016 at 5:26pm

Great article love Tonya kappes and love to read her books.


30 DJ September 10, 2016 at 6:14pm

Awesome! Sounds like a great book!


31 Donna Durnell September 10, 2016 at 8:47pm

A touch of suspended belief should be good for one occasionally. So reading about Maggie & her familiar (a car no less) should do me some good — laughter, relaxation, and solving a mystery, what could be better?…

donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net


32 Kelli Jo Calvert
Twitter: @Kellijoc23
September 10, 2016 at 9:07pm

I love the Spies and Spells series!!


33 Louise Meyer September 10, 2016 at 11:25pm

I thoroughly enjoyed your review and Betting Off Dead#


34 K'Tee bee
Twitter: @Kkttb
September 11, 2016 at 1:23am

I love Tonya Kappes books and would love to share this with my book club. And of course, the bracelet is fab. Kh38668 at yahoo dot com


35 Felicia Rupe September 11, 2016 at 2:03pm

I live Tonya Kappes’s books. Sounds like another awesome read.


36 peggy clayton September 11, 2016 at 2:56pm

Tonya Kappes books are just so funny and good love them. This is a great giveaway as it is a print book plus the bracelet. ptclayton2@aol.com


37 Jamie Witko
Twitter: @WitkoJamie
September 11, 2016 at 4:11pm

Absolutely love this book! Tonya has a ‘magical’ way with words that make me feel as if I’m standing with the characters watching their exchanges! jamie_witko at Yahoo dot com


38 Carole Rodriguez September 12, 2016 at 8:34am

Sounds like a fun and entertaining book


39 K. Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
September 13, 2016 at 9:33am

love to laugh. Adding to my TBR.


40 KarenM September 13, 2016 at 3:43pm

What a terrific cover. I read this genre occasionally, so it is nice to have a heads up about a new to me author.

karen 94066 at aol dot com


41 Karin September 17, 2016 at 10:55am

We used to live near the Washington PA Race Track (The Meadows) and I heard many stories about the betting, but none about killing!!!
kce 1976 at hotmail dot com


42 SHELLEY S September 18, 2016 at 3:20am



43 Brenda October 29, 2017 at 3:43am

Sounds like another great book of Tonya’s


44 Jeanine Carlson October 29, 2017 at 10:31pm

I’d love to win a paperback! My email is somesmartcookle @ aol dot com. it’s cookle with an L, not an I. Thanks!


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