Welcome! Tonya Kappes has written more than fifty southern cozy mysteries. Her stories are charged with southern charm, emotion, humor and flawed characters. Tonya's books have garnered reader praise and glowing critical review. Tonya Kappes lives with her husband in northern Kentucky where she now writes full time since her four sons have flown the coop. Join the Tonya Kappes Cozy Krew Online Group on Facebook where she holds contests and shares updates about new releases. There is also the Tonya Kappes Books page on Facebook. You can find out more about the author, her books and sign up for her newsletter by visiting her website.
Holiday Roast Mortem by Tonya Kappes returns us to Honey Springs where Christmas is rapidly approaching. Roxy Bloom Cane and her husband, Patrick will be hosting dinner for their family and friends at The Bean Hive on Christmas Day. Roxy is busy with the preparations along with handling the influx of tourists who stop by for coffee and pastries. Patrick and Roxy have had little time together lately, so they have a date night at the Watershed. Unfortunately, Ryan and Yvonne Moore are seated nearby, and they bicker loudly throughout the meal. On the way home, they see Ryan’s car go off the road and into Lake Honey Springs. Patrick dives into the frigid waters and pulls out the couple. Yvonne survives, but Ryan does not make it. Sheriff Spencer Shepard drops by the next morning to inform Roxy that Ryan’s death was not accidental. Yvonne is the primary suspect and she hires Roxy to defend her. Then Roxy learns that her ex-husband, Kirk represents Ryan’s estate and is pushing for Yvonne’s arrest. Roxy leaves the coffee shop in the hands of her employee, Bunny while she begins asking questions around town. She soon begins to wonder if Yvonne is as innocent as she claims. Can Roxy wrap up the case in time for her Christmas Day celebration?
Holiday Roast Mortem by Tonya Kappes is the seventh A Killer Coffee Mystery. Each book can be read on its own, but why would you not want to read each book in this entertaining series. Holiday Roast Mortem is a fun holiday cozy mystery where Roxy gets an opportunity to dust off her lawyer skills. When Yvonne Moore is suspected of killing her husband, Ryan, she requests that Roxy represent her. Yvonne was seen arguing with her husband the previous night by Roxy, Patrick and a restaurant full of diners. There are also rumors swirling around town that Ryan was having an affair. Roxy believes Yvonne is innocent until a shock has her doubting her instincts. Holiday Roast Mortem has Tonya Kappes’ trademark writing style which is engaging and easy to read. It is like talking with an old friend when I read one of this authors books. I quickly became engrossed in the story and the pages flew by as I tried to figure out who killed Ryan Moore. There is plenty of holiday happenings with the town decked out its finest decorations for tourists plus Roxy and Patrick are decorating their tree. Roxy has planned an elaborate feast for her friends and family for Christmas Day which is being held at The Bean Hive. There might be one less guest after Aunt Maxi tries to steal Bunny’s beau. The mystery was interesting. I liked the method of murder which suited the season. There are several viable suspects and good clues to help readers solve this whodunit. There is an adorable bunny who needs a home and Roxy believes the local bookstore would be the perfect place for it to reside. She just needs to convince the store’s owner. Holiday Roast Mortem is a happy holiday cozy mystery with choice coffee, a beautiful bunny, tasty treats, a conniving killer, dating disharmony, and tree trimming.
Holiday Roast Mortem is available on Amazon* (Amazon UK). You can find a complete list of the books in A Killer Coffee Mystery series here. They are all available on Kindle Unlimited. Thank you for visiting today. I hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving (for those of you in the United States). I will return on Friday with my review of The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox. Take care, safe driving and Happy Reading!
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