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Tonya Kappes

by Kathleen Costa


Happy Trails Campground is at full capacity with full-timers and tourists enjoying a campfire, s’mores, and stories of hidden treasure. The annual John Swift excursion entices everyone with treasure maps and a trove of silver yet undiscovered. One of the treasure hunters provided a dramatic tale about Swift and his counterfeiting efforts back in the late 1700s.

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by Kathleen Costa


Whispering Falls has its mystical shops, magical residents, and even a university at which Judy teaches a class on magical cures. Residents serve the many tourists who visit, even though the tourists are unaware of the true magic that lies beneath the surface.

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by Kathleen Costa


It’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.

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by Kathleen Costa


Mae West (cute name fits her personality) is pleased to receive recognition for her success with reenergizing the campground and it’s positive impact on the revitalization of the town of Normal, Kentucky, and very excited to be asked to bring her expertise and experience into the high school classroom.

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by Cynthia Chow



This week we have reviews & giveaways of some more fun mysteries that have been released this summer. We have fashion, food and libraries-A Passion for Haunted Fashion: A Haunted Vintage Mystery by Rose Pressey, Bear Witness to Murder: A Shamelessly Adorable Teddy Bear Mystery by Meg Macy, Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery by Maymee Bell, Murder Made to Order: An All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery by Lena Gregory, and Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert.

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by Kathleen Costa



In June 2016 with Fixin’ to Die, Tonya Kappes brought us cozy fans a very entertaining series with a paranormal twist.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Tonya Kappes


Tonya Kappes has penned one of my favorite series ‘percolating’ lots of fun. The Killer Coffee Mystery follows Roxanne ‘Roxie’ Bloom who, after a not-so-amicable divorce, has moved back to Honey Springs, Kentucky, to open up The Bean Hive, the town’s first coffeehouse. First published in January 2017, Scene of the Grind has Roxie being adopted by her new Schnauzer Pepper and rekindling her relationship with former summer sweetheart Patrick Cane.

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by Kathleen Costa


“Can you help me?” It has been six months since the ghost of a ten-year-old girl entered Emma Lee’s life, at the same time Emma Lee had been struggling to find some normalcy in the wake of her own family tragedy. As a ‘Betweener,’ one who sees dead people, she discovers young spirits can be very challenging, and the little ghost cat…no help at all. When she finds a twenty-year-old article about a girl gone missing…things start to fall into place.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Tonya Kappes


Kenni Lowry continues to perform her sheriff duties in Cottonwood, Kentucky, despite the challenge she faces for her job in the upcoming election. Over the past year the town has been lucky to live with only minor lapses in law and order while Kenni has been in charge, but when her first murder occurred, that wasn’t the most shocking. Her Poppa, himself having passed away several years earlier, showed up to help with her investigation!

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by Kathleen Costa


The Bean Hive has the perfect location on the boardwalk serving the best treats and hot coffee with a marvelous view of Lake Honey Springs, and seeing a smile on her customers’ faces is why Roxy Bloom didn’t miss being a lawyer. Her coffeehouse with all of its locally sourced ingredients and high quality coffees and teas make this the ideal place for locals and tourists alike.

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by Kathleen Costa


The Kenni Lowry series by Tonya Kappes is a marvelous adventure following Sheriff Kendrick “Kenni” Lowry as she patrols Cottonwood, Kentucky. Along with Kenni, we meet Duke (hound dog pal), her staff, some of whom are very quirky and the State Police Reserve officer Finn Vincent, a handsome transplanted Yank. We also meet the citizens of Cottonwood, some more quirky than others, and…Poppa.

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by Kathleen Costa


Roxanne Bloom, Roxy to her friends, found herself at a crossroads leaving a law practice and ex-husband behind. Her Aunt Maxine, with whom she spent many a wonderful summer, told her about the plans to revitalize the Honey Springs boardwalk prompting Roxy to follow one of her dreams. She attends barista school and cooking classes, rents one of Aunt Maxi’s buildings on the boardwalk, and opens ‘The Bean Hive,’ the area’s first coffeehouse.

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by Kathleen Costa


After being hit on the head by a falling Santa decoration, “Emma Lee Raines sees dead people,” not the most acceptable of talents, but she finds herself being hounded by recent murder victims desperate for answers that will allow them to cross over. She has had to keep quiet about this “Funeral Trauma,” as it is referred to by her doctor and others, since no one seems to be sympathetic. But that’s very hard when you have a very distraught ghost vying, often annoyingly, for your attention. She has shared her ability with her hunky boyfriend and county sheriff and a psychic who says she has the gift of a “Betweener.” And with every new betweener client, Emma Lee is off on a new murder investigation.

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by Sunny Frazier


We start off this month with two new series.
Death of a Toy Solider is the first in the Vintage Toy Shop mysteries by Barbara Early.

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