Saturday, April 1, 2017

Review: Southern Fried by Tonya Kappes

Southern Fried is the second book in the Kenni Lowry mystery series published by Henery Press. Kenni is a Sheriff in a small town. Her grandfather, and former Sheriff, has come back as a ghost to help her out in policing the town of Cottonwood, Kentucky. She has the help of her new deputy, Finn Vincent, as well.

When one of the local residents is found facedown in a greenhouse, Kenni and her deputy are called to the scene. The body has strange marks on its ankles that correspond to old electrical fencing. And he 's barefoot and his feet are clean. He didn't walk his ownself into that greenhouse. Someone deposited him there.

In spite of it being a small town, there are several suspects and motives to choose from. Finn seeks enlightenment at the local watering hole while Kenni attends a Euchre game where the gossip is hot. Small town investigating seems a little casual, but just right.

The characters in this mystery are interesting and quirky. There's the hard of hearing dispatcher, the feisty florist, and the devastatingly handsome new deputy from Chicago to name a few. Kenni's ghostly Poppa plays the role of a guide and co-investigator, but I think most of the investigation is done smartly by Kenni and Finn.

It has a good pace to it. And it has a good sense of humor. I love the attitude the town has about her dog. If people see him out and about, sometimes they just collect him in their car or truck and drop him back off at the sheriff's office. And there is an undercurrent of romance as Kenni fights her attraction to Finn.

It's a satisfying mystery. It has its twists. And there are surprises at the reveal.

Overall I give this mystery 4 out of  5 stars. If you like small town, southern mysteries,  you will enjoy this one. And to paraphrase Henery Press: if you have enjoyed one of the other mysteries put out by Henery Press, you will most likely enjoy this one as well.

Southern Fried is expected out April 4, 2017.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.