Have you ever had a moment in your life when you hear a little voice in your head that tells you to stop and then a hair splits on your neck? This very thing happened to me about six months ago when I was sitting at my cushy desk at my cubicle in the Kentucky State Reserve Office.

Just in case you didn’t know or never been to Kentucky, the state is made up of many small towns. Most of these small towns don’t have a police station and is served by the county sheriff, which generally consists of an elected sheriff and a couple of deputies. The Kentucky State Reserve is a very special law enforcement department that is there to assist the sheriff’s departments when they are in need of extra people.

When a homicide came across my desk from the sheriff of the small town of Cottonwood, I got a little excited. There’d not been a murder in Cottonwood in years and I’ve been a little bored sitting behind the desk so I jumped at the chance to go offer my assistance. I’d been on the Chicago homicide department before I’d taken the Kentucky State Reserve job and how hard could be?

Six months later and the murder solved, Sheriff Kendrick Lowry, Kenni for short and yes she’s a woman, asked me to stay since her deputy had just retired and the town is in need of a deputy since they only have one.

There’s just one problem, the sheriff, she’s a she and a pretty, single she. There’s not much to do in Cottonwood. You can only eat so many times at Ben’s Diner or go see a movie in the makeshift movie theater in Luke Jones basement.

With the carnival in town and a night off, I asked Kenni to go with me. Funnel cakes, caramel candied apples are just the sweet treat I need to get up the nerve to ask her on a real date. The only thing romantic where I could ask her to go on a date was to ride the ferris wheel. It was perfect. The night was warm and the citizens turned out for the big festival. Everything was set.

Just as I was about to ask her out, dispatch calls over the two-way. Another dead body. . .


Southern Fried is the second novel in the “Kenni Lowry” mystery series.

In the South, it’s better when the food is fried and the secrets kept buried…After the dead body of a beloved Cottonwood resident is found tangled up in an electric fence, Sheriff Kenni Lowry has a hunch that somethin’ ain’t right. Her investigation heats up with a fierce cook-off competition, a euchre game where the intel is sweeter than the brownies, and a decades old family recipe that may just be the proof in the pudding.

The icing on the cake: Kenni is fighting an attraction to her recently sworn-in deputy sheriff, and election season is hot on her tail. When the killer comes after who she holds most dear, even her poppa’s ghostly guidance might not be enough to keep her and her own out of the frying pan.

“Kappes captures the charm and quirky characters of small-town Kentucky in her new mystery. . .a charming, funny story with exaggerated characters. The dialect-filled quirky sayings and comments bring those characters to life. Best of all, for a mystery reader, the culprit was an unlikely suspect, but the solution made sense.” – Lesa’s Book Critiques (on Fixin’ To Die)

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For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been publishing numerous mystery with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plot lines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.

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