Narrator: Hillary Huber
Series: Kenni Lowry #7
Published by Dreamscape Media on October 15, 2019
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Length: 7 hours, 7 minutes
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Everyone in Cottonwood loves the new bakery, Sweet Shop. Until a Cottonwood resident is found dead with a half-eaten donut in her hand.
Sheriff Kenni Lowry has her hands full. With a new murder in town and a new deputy to train, she’s not sure if she’s ever gonna get this booger solved.
Sheriff Elmer Sims comes to the rescue, stepping up as Kenni’s ghost deputy. As the ex-dead-now-ghost deputy and Kenni’s Poppa, there’s clues beyond the sprinkles in the donut that only he can see.
Add to Kenni’s stress, Finn Vincent’s, Kenni’s hunky boyfriend and new sheriff of Clay’s Ferry, parents have come to town to meet Kenni and her parents. And Kenni’s mama ain’t too happy. As they say in the South, nobody’s happy if mama ain’t happy.
Following the aborted trip to visit Fin’s parents for the holidays, things had settled back into routine for southern small town Cottonwood. But, then a funeral is disrupted by a theft followed by a murder. What might top all that is when Fin’s parents arrive for a visit and religious war of the parents ensues. Never a dull moment in this series and I was eager to listen in as the talented Hillary Huber gave voice to the latest installment.
Diggin’ Up the Dirt is the seventh in the Kenni Lowry paranormal cozy mystery series. Each book has a standalone mystery, but they are connected by the ongoing build of circumstances in Kenni’s life.
For the first third of the book, I enjoyed business as usual with an eccentric small town’s doings and new mysteries to poke into. The shock of Fin’s parents and him being Catholic on the sensibilities of Kenni’s mama Vivien who was Baptist to the core was amusing.
But, I have to say the sudden downturn of Kenni’s thoughts put me off the story. I don’t mean her worry about any deep relationship struggles from the religious differences and getting along with parents. No, it was the way she suddenly decided that Fin was stabbing her in the back and angling for her sheriff’s position in the next election even faking a relationship with her to step over her into the job. What?!? Repeatedly she made several moments about her and needing to close the case all on her own. Then in the homestretch, she suddenly snaps out of it and all is well. Not that I wanted things between her and Fin to stay unfixed, but after all her stewing and behavior, her turn around gave me whiplash.
As to the murder mystery, I enjoyed the set up and how there were a few possible motives and suspects. This was one I latched onto the culprit soon after things got rolling and I had the how and why, too. But, I still enjoyed seeing Kenni put it together and get there in the end. Her mama Vivian was a hoot and stole the show so many times.
So, this won’t be a favorite in the series and I really want the needless drama gone, but I liked where it left things and I still love the overall story and series. Hilary Huber was lights out great with the southern accents and drawling storytelling style. Those who like a light paranormal cozy mystery should give this a go.
Hilary Huber gets that slow southern drawl for Kenni and voices the other colorful characters well. I enjoy the way she captured the essence of these light and fun mysteries and consider her the voice of the series.
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