Tonya Kappes Books

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Tonya Kappes is a bestselling American author that writes novels in the cozy mystery genre. She also writes women’s fiction. Her stories are filled with quirky characters that must overcome equally bizarre obstacles.

Order of Blossom Bay Shorts Series

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1 Murder by the Bay (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
2 Romance by the Bay (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Bluegrass Romance Series

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1 Grooming Mr. Right 2013 Description / Buy
2 Taming Mr. Right 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Camper & Criminals Cozy Series

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1 Beaches, Bungalows, and Burglaries 2018 Description / Buy
2 Deserts, Driving, & Derelicts 2018 Description / Buy
3 Forests, Fishing, & Forgery 2018 Description / Buy
4 Christmas, Criminals, and Campers 2018 Description / Buy
5 Motorhomes, Maps, & Murder 2019 Description / Buy
6 Canyons, Caravans, & Cadavers 2019 Description / Buy
7 Hitches, Hideouts, & Homicides 2019 Description / Buy
8 Assailants, Asphalt & Alibis 2019 Description / Buy
9 Valleys, Vehicles & Victims 2019 Description / Buy
10 Sunsets, Sabbatical and Scandal 2020 Description / Buy
11 Tents, Trails and Turmoil 2020 Description / Buy
12 Kickbacks, Kayaks, and Kidnapping 2020 Description / Buy
13 Gear, Grills & Guns 2020 Description / Buy
14 Eggnog, Extortion, and Evergreen (Short Story) 2020 Description / Buy
15 Ropes, Riddles, & Robberies 2020 Description / Buy
16 Paddlers, Promises & Poison 2021 Description / Buy
17 Insects, Ivy, & Investigations 2021 Description / Buy
18 Outdoors, Oars, & Oath 2021 Description / Buy
19 Wildlife, Warrants, & Weapons 2021 Description / Buy
20 Blossoms, BBQ, & Blackmail (Short Story) 2021 Description / Buy
21 Lanterns, Lakes, & Larceny 2021 Description / Buy
22 Jackets, Jack-O-Lantern, & Justice 2021 Description / Buy
23 Santa, Sunrises, & Suspicions 2021 Description / Buy
24 Vistas, Vices, & Valentines 2022 Description / Buy
25 Rangers, RVs, & Revenge 2022 Description / Buy
26 Adventure, Abduction, & Arrest 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Divorced Divas Mystery Series

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1 Bead of Doubt (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
2 Strung Out to Die 2012 Description / Buy
3 Crimped to Death 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Ghostly Southern Mysteries Series

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1 A Ghostly Undertaking 2013 Description / Buy
2 A Ghostly Grave 2015 Description / Buy
3 A Ghostly Demise 2015 Description / Buy
4 A Ghostly Murder 2015 Description / Buy
5 A Ghostly Reunion 2016 Description / Buy
6 A Ghostly Mortality 2017 Description / Buy
7 A Ghostly Secret 2017 Description / Buy
8 A Ghostly Suspect 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Grandberry Falls Series

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1 The Ladybug Jinx 2011 Description / Buy
2 Happy New Life (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
3 A Superstitious Christmas (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
4 Never Tell Your Dreams 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Holiday Cozy Mysteries Series

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1 Four Leaf Felony 2022 Description / Buy
2 Mother's Day Murder 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Hudson Hollow Series

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1 Wrapped Up in a Weeping Willow 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Kenni Lowry Series

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1 Fixin' To Die 2016 Description / Buy
2 Southern Fried 2017 Description / Buy
3 Ax To Grind 2017 Description / Buy
4 Six Feet Under 2018 Description / Buy
5 Dead as a Doornail 2018 Description / Buy
6 Tangled up in Tinsel 2018 Description / Buy
7 Diggin' Up The Dirt 2019 Description / Buy
8 Blowin' Up A Murder 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Killer Coffee Series

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1 Scene of the Grind 2017 Description / Buy
2 Mocha and Murder 2017 Description / Buy
3 Freshly Ground Murder 2017 Description / Buy
4 Cold Blooded Brew 2018 Description / Buy
5 Decaffeinated Scandal 2018 Description / Buy
6 A Killer Latte 2019 Description / Buy
7 Holiday Roast Mortem 2019 Description / Buy
8 Dead to the Last Drop 2020 Description / Buy
9 Frothy Foul Play 2021 Description / Buy
10 Spoonful of Murder 2021 Description / Buy
11 Barista Bump Off 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Laurel London Mysteries Series

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1 Checkered Crime 2014 Description / Buy
2 Checkered Past 2014 Description / Buy
3 Checkered Thief 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Magical Cures Mysteries Series

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1 A Charming Crime 2012 Description / Buy
2 A Charming Cure 2012 Description / Buy
3 A Charming Potion (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
4 A Charming Wish 2013 Description / Buy
5 A Charming Spell 2013 Description / Buy
6 A Charming Magic 2013 Description / Buy
7 A Charming Secret 2014 Description / Buy
8 A Charming Christmas (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy
9 A Charming Fatality 2015 Description / Buy
10 A Charming Ghost 2015 Description / Buy
11 A Charming Death (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
12 A Charming Hex 2016 Description / Buy
13 A Charming Voodoo 2016 Description / Buy
14 A Charming Corpse 2018 Description / Buy
15 A Charming Misfortune 2019 Description / Buy
16 A Charming Blend (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
17 A Charming Deception 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Mail Carrier Cozy Mysteries Series

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1 Stamped Out 2019 Description / Buy
2 Address For Murder 2019 Description / Buy
3 All She Wrote 2020 Description / Buy
4 Return To Sender 2020 Description / Buy
5 First Class Killer 2020 Description / Buy
6 Post Mortem 2021 Description / Buy
7 Deadly Delivery 2021 Description / Buy
8 Red Letter Slay 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Olivia Davis Paranormal Mysteries Series

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1 2011 Description / Buy
2 Color Me Love (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
3 Color Me a Crime 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Small Town Romance Short Stories/Novellas

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1 A New Tradition (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
2 The Dare Me Date (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Southern Magical Bakery Series

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1 Southern Magical Bakery 2021 Description / Buy

Order of Spies and Spells Series

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1 Spies and Spells 2016 Description / Buy
2 Betting Off Dead 2016 Description / Buy
3 Get Witch or Die Trying 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Tonya Kappes Standalone Novels

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1 Carpe Bead'em 2011 Description / Buy
2 Tag. . .You're IT 2014 Description / Buy
3 Snowplace Like Home (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Tonya Kappes Non-Fiction Books

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1 The Tricked-Out Toolbox ( With: Melissa Bourbon) 2012 Description / Buy
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When Tonya isn’t writing, you can find her gracing various workshops and writer’s groups with her presence. She does what she can to teach aspiring authors about the marketing aspects of publishing.

Her bibliography is filled with so many books that it often comes as a surprise to her fans when they learn that Tonya wasn’t even a reader at 30, let alone a writer. The author was a later bloomer.

She was in her early thirties when her marriage ended. The divorce sapped her of her mental strength and she withdrew from her social circle, becoming a recluse. Tonya wasn’t sure where life would take her.

The notion of pursuing a publishing career never occurred to her. Everything changed when she joined a book club. Tonya was in graduate school at the time. The invitation to join the book club came from a classmate.

Tonya had no reason to honor that invitation. After all, she had no interest in reading. But the classmate in question won the author over by informing her that the book club was planning to serve wine and chocolate to its members.

Tonya attended that first session, not only for the wine and chocolates but because she wanted to socialize with her peers. It was for these same reasons that she kept coming back. Finally, months later, she bought a book. It took her weeks to finally read it. But once she did, it changed everything.

Tonya was blown away by the novel’s ability to distract her from the woes of her life for several hours at a time. This transformed the author into an avid reader. Her passion for novels grew in the years that followed.

Her personal life also changed. She entered another marriage, one that constituted a husband and four boys. Her dedication to the book club never wavered. If Tonya was to lay the blame for her publishing career at the feet of one person, it would probably be her husband.

Even though Tonya wasn’t a writer, she loved to tell stories, and her friends and family had noticed this talent. After picking up one of her novels and reading a few pages, Tonya’s husband told her that she could tell better stories than the author who had written the book.

Not long after, the people at her book club mentioned Tonya Kappes’ talent for telling stories. Some of them went so far as to encourage her to write fiction. After discussing the issue with her husband, she finally took the leap, using the opportunity that her son’s football practice gave her to write her stories.

Before long, Tonya was a successful self-published author with multiple novels under her belt. She eventually transitioned to traditional publishing, though she prefers self-publishing because it gives her so much control over her work.

Tonya Kappes Awards

The author’s novel ( was a ‘Next Generation Indie Book Awards’ finalist.

Best Tonya Kappes Books

When she started, Tonya thought she was a romance writer. But over time, it became clear that she was best suited for mysteries. Some of the best books in her bibliography include:

Beaches, Bungalows, and Burglaries: Mae West’s amazing life came crashing down around her when her husband was arrested for ripping people off with his Ponzi scheme. By the time the FBI was done, the only valuable asset left in Mae’s hands was Happy Trails, a tourist camping ground in a small Kentucky town.

Mae was certain that she could sell the vacation spot and retire. But then she visited Happy Trails and realized that it wasn’t quite as valuable as she expected. Even worse, her husband had swindled the townspeople and they hated her for it. When Paul escapes from prison and then dies, Mae becomes the prime suspect.

Sunsets, Sabbatical, and Scandal: One of Normal, Kentucky’s beloved residents is dead. Someone murdered him. Murder is hardly new to the town. However, the identity of the victim has people worried. Everyone is on high alert. People are looking to detective Hank Sharp to provide quick answers. Hank, for his part, is hoping that the Laundry Club Ladies will shed some light on the mystery.

When Does The Next Tonya Kappes book come out?

The next book by Tonya Kappes is Mother's Day Murder and will be released on June, 2nd 2022. It is the newest book in the Holiday Cozy Mysteries Series.

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