Sunday, October 1, 2017

Ax to Grind -A Visit from Sheriff Kenni Lowry's Mama - Guest Post, Giveaway, & Review

I'm getting out of the way as Kenni Lowry's mama takes over Cozy Up With Kathy Today. You can read all about her in the Kenni Lowry Mystery series by Tonya Kappes. 

I tell you, being Sheriff Kenni Lowry's mama is a hard job. I mean, it was hard just being her mama, but the mama of the sheriff. Now that's somethin' I've got to live up to and it's hard. You know all them henny hens, that's what we call all the gossipy old ladies in Cottonwood, they call me when someone dies or some crime happens because they think I've got some inside scoop. Even if I did, I can only give them a tidbit just to give them somethin' to chew on.

Let me tell you, being a southern woman is not all it's cracked up to be. Not only do we all stayed dolled up all the time, join multiple committees, belong on several clubs, and live in pearls. . .we also have to cook.

I'm not talking any old recipe. I'm not talking just throwing things together.  I'm talking making from scratch cooking. You see, your cookin' abilities will make you or break you on the societal chain.
It's a competition of sorts, but no one would ever have the gall to call it what it is. We send days making several of the same casserole or dish and bring the best one. I know, because I do the same thing. I didn't win the big Cottonwood bake off and have my pot pie featured on the Cooking Channel for just throwing stuff together.

Now, go on and get out of here. I've got a southern chicken pot pie to make for Beryle Stone's repass. And I can't sit here all day gabbing about nothin'.

Oh, yes! That Beryle Stone. Mmhhmm, the big author with that huge box office, Academy Award winner from the 60's. She's a citizen of Cottonwood and she came back here to retire. Unfortunately, she died. So sad.

But I did hear from the girls in the Auxiliary group and down at Tiny Tina's Salon, which meant I heard it in two different places and it can't be rumor, that Beryle had written a tell all book. And it's about the people in Cottonwood. Tell all! She's gonna spill her guts and everyone in town is dying to get their hands on it.



AX TO GRIND by Tonya Kappes
The Third Kenni Lowry Mystery 

Cottonwood, Kentucky is abuzz. Not only are tourists and fans flocking to the town for the estate sale of late author Berlye Stone, but with election for Sheriff not yet two years away campaigning as begun in earnest. Sheriff Kenni Lowry gets a bad feeling when Berlye's assistant demands higher security measures until Berlye's most recent manuscript, a book which is a tell-all about the real residents of Cottonwood, can be found. When the assistant is found dead behind the antique store with another woman injured inside Kenni knows she has to act fast. It's a good thing she has Deputy Finn Vincent and the ghost of her Poppy, Cottonwood's last Sheriff, to help her!

The Kenni Lowry Mystery series is filled with Southern charm and gossip with just the right touch of danger. Kenni Lowry is a woman I'd be right pleased to not only call my friend, but my Sheriff. She's competent and knows how to do her job and deal with the residents of her small town. Yet she doesn't have all the answers and can fall victim herself, professionally and in matters of the heart!

AX TO GRIND is a great addition to the series as Kenni is faced with another murder and accused, not only of not being able to keep her town safe, but playing kissy face with her deputy! There are plenty of laughs, especially from Kenni's mama, and lots of fun, such as saving Hettie from mysterious critters and doing a little matchmaking. Tonya Kappes includes the right amount of police procedure, a little romance, and a lot of gossip to create a great mystery.

Follow this link to enter the Rafflecopter for the wonderful Southern tote shown above:


  1. Thanks for the heads up on another great read. Nice post
    Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

  2. Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for stopping by Mrs. Lowry! I finished Southern Fried not too long ago in anticipation of this and can't wait to see what's in store for us.