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Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she quickly discovers the ghost of her grandfather, the town's previous sheriff, has been scaring off any would-be criminals since she was elected. When the town's most beloved doctor is found murdered on the very same day as a jewelry store robbery and a mysterious symbol ties the crime scenes together, Kenni must satisfy her hankerin' for justice by nabbing the culprits. With the help of her poppa, a lone deputy, and an annoyingly cute, too-big-for-his-britches State Reserve officer, Kenni must solve both cases and prove to the whole town - and herself - that she's worth her salt before time runs out.

©2016 Tonya Kappes (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Beatrice
  • 26-05-18

Better than I expected

This is a well plotted mystery with well developed characters. The story moved a bit slow but not enough for me to get bored. I hope the next book doesn't move slowly because I already bought it.

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  • Penny
  • 22-03-18

A GREAT BOOK !!!!

A great story, author and narrator. can't wait to start the next book. would recommend this book

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  • Elisabeth
  • 11-04-17

problematic cozy

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The women acted very juvenile. "Oh, he's so hot"! Really, adult women who can't act professionally when having to work with a good looking guy. That is just bad writing unless of course you think women are idiots.

Would you recommend Fixin' to Die to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not.

What aspect of Hillary Huber’s performance would you have changed?

The narration was very good.

Do you think Fixin' to Die needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think it has possibilities as a series if the main character just wasn't so dumbed down. It is a nice idea with the grandpa ghost helping out his granddaughter who has become sheriff.

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A fun little cozy with some problems. I mostly enjoyed this but there were some negative aspects. First off, it was totally obvious very early on 'who did it'. I never suspected anyone else. Then the women in the story who were supposed to be adult professionals become juveniles when in the presence of a handsome man. Finn (Mr. Handsome), has come to town to help in the investigation of a major crime. The sheriff can't concentrate on her JOB because Finn raked his hand through his hair, or he was wearing sunglasses that made him look 'hot'. You have got to be kidding me. All of the women seem to become stupid around a handsome guy. Have they never seen a good-looking male before? It would be helpful if Sheriff Kenni was more intelligent and better at her job, The mystery is solved, but it is a fluke as opposed to rational deduction.

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  • Kathleen C.
  • 10-04-17

“Fixin’ To Die” earns 5/5 Hot Brown Sandwiches!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES! I love audiobooks, and this one doesn't disappoint. Hillary Huber provides the perfect tone, various entertaining southern accents, and the suspense and emotion that greatly enhances the already engaging mystery.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kenni is my favorite character, although I'm not sure I could be as accommodating as she is with people thinking a woman's place is somewhere else. She is a delightful, strong-willed woman who tries hard to follow some of the proper southern lady conventions, but dressed in her brown uniform her mother dislikes and her position of power as sheriff tends to put her in conflict with those demands. She has to ignore it when told a crime scene is not the proper place for a young lady or the threats that a ‘person of interest’ might report her to her mama for her tone. She has good instincts, and her relationship with her mom is familiar. I like her sense of humor, too.

What does Hillary Huber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hillary Huber, the narrator, greatly enhanced my experience with her marvelous voice talent. Her skill puts you right in the middle of Cottonwood portraying Kenni’s strong spirit to Poppa’s deep tenor. Her ability to create a wide range of southern drawls from strength to annoying, Hillary’s skill is perfect to bring Tonya’s characters alive…even Poppa!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Fixin' to Die" where southern charm might lead to murder.

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The series is wonderful...The idea of a former sheriff’s ghost, albeit Kenni’s grandpa, is not silly…it’s not hocus pocus! It blends well with the investigation to uncover motives, opportunities, and means like one's inner voice might, and these interactions between Kenni and her Poppa are delightful and endearing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-01-17

Had to get past the narrator which was a struggle.

What did you love best about Fixin' to Die?

The story and the characters were interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fixin' to Die?

When Kenni realizes she is attracted to Finn Vincent.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator's voice was hard to listen to. The main character was suppose to be a woman about 26-27 years old, but the voice sounded like a 45-55 year old woman with a smoker's ruined voice.

Any additional comments?

It was a bit irritating how long Kenni took and her inner dialogue, which seemed chapters long, before realizing her Poppa was "real".

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  • A grateful parent
  • 29-12-21

A Charming New Sheriff is in Town

Tonya Kappes' Fixin' to Die is a welcome addition to the cozy mystery genre. With an original cast of characters (dead or alive) and enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the end, this book had me turning pages until well after my bedtime. Highly recommend!

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  • J@YD944
  • 07-04-21

Kentucky Wonder

Having read another of this author’s series & liked it, I decided to give this series a try. A murder has been committed & this is something new for the recently elected the small town Sheriff. I’ll admit that this story has some very interesting & different aspects that I didn’t anticipate. There are several twists & turns along the way & I was a bit surprised by the identity of the murderer. Guess I will be buying Book 2!

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  • D. Holbrook
  • 25-11-19

Loved Tonya Kappes and loved this book!

I always love, love, love anything by Tonya Kappes. As always, this book did not disappoint! I love reading about Kentucky girls, a good mystery, and ghosts. This book had all three! Kudos, Tanya! You outdid yourself!

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  • Counting Stars in Texas
  • 05-08-19

Too easy to figure out

I really, really wanted to like this book, but I had it figured out almost from the beginning. I might have liked it better except for the narrator. She was very monotone. I love to listen to books while I drive, but I could not listen to this one. The narrator's monotone voice almost put me to sleep. I love southern murder mysteries, but this one was just too predictable. There could have been a bit more humor mixed in and more interesting characters to make a more fun read.

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  • Miss W Book Reviews
  • 08-01-19

Fantastic Southern Mystery with great narrator!

Welcome to Cottonwood, Kentucky Y'all !
Fixin' to Die is Book 1 in the Kenni Lowry Series. I listened to this book on audio and let me tell you the narrator Hillary Huber is fantastic! How does she do all those voices?

We meet Kenni Lowry who is the sheriff in Cottonwood. She comes to discover that the ghost of her grandfather (the previous sheriff) has been having a hand in the low crime rate by scaring off criminals. I mean he is a ghost, right?

Cottonwoods favorite doctor is murdered the same day as a jewelry store is robbed and boy does Kenni have her hands full!!! Good thing she has some help with some great characters that are so well developed and again, the narrator does such an amazing job with the voices.

The story and mystery is so complex with layer upon layer. I didn't guess who did it! I bet you won't either. I am so looking forward to reading (or listening) to the next book in the series.