It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Elves, Evergreens, & Evidence

Posted December 20, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christmas, clean, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2023, mystery/suspense, Tonya Kappes / 31 Comments

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Reads 2023

today’s 1st book: Elves, Evergreens, & Evidence

We are continuing this year’s blog series spotlighting (over 70 this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads! This is the 7th year for the Christmas Reads Giveaway series, and I think I get more excited about it every year 🙂 Christmas is only FIVE DAYS away! So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage (wassail anyone?) and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! And no doubt you know the drill by now – there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Elves, Evergreens & Evidence by Tonya Kappes

SERIES: A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery #34
Cozy Mystery (Clean)

PUBLISHER: Tonya Kappes Books
RELEASE DATE: November 26, 2023
PAGES: 192


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mama’s derby pie

by Tonya Kappes, author of Elves, Evergreens & Evidence

I’m not sure if you know The Daniel Boone National Forest is a real national park in Kentucky. There are a lot of caves, caverns, waterfalls, and hiking trails along the Appalachian trail. I truly do love living in Kentucky and we have so many wonderful state parks, but The Daniel Boone takes the cake!

I do have fond memories of camping there as a child and as I’ve taken my own family. And those memories and the ones we are making today in our very own travel trailer involve food.

That’s why I put recipes in the back of each book. I’m so happy and proud to share a recipe near and dear to my heart.

My mom’s very own Derby Pie.

Now…my mom obviously didn’t name the pie, but a true story is about the Kern family from Prospect, Kentucky. They created the Derby pie and it’s rumored that so many family members had different names for the unique pie that they all wrote their names for the pie on a piece of paper and put them in a hat. The winner was pulled from the hat: Derby Pie!
And it’s so fitting because the Kentucky Derby is so popular especially during the holidays!

Through the years, everyone has put their own little touch on the pie and below you can make my mom’s variation of the delicious treat!

You can grab the recipe posted below:

Mama’s Derby Pie

(from my mama~Linda Lowry)

My mama’s Derby Pie is smack your mama good! It’s a southern pie with walnuts and chocolate chips. You can use pecans in substitute for the walnuts, but I really like my walnuts!

½ cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
½ cup flour
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup Walnuts or pecans (your choice not both!)
¾ cup chocolate chips (or more if you really want it gooey!)


Mix in the order that’s written under the ingredients. This is very important. Pour the mixture into an unbaked 9 inch pie shell. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

Also, a couple of years ago I hosted a cookie contest for my readers. They all gave me permission to put all of their cookies in a holiday Christmas cookie recipe book and you can download your FREE copy today! Grab it here

Tonya Kappes

Amazon All Star Author Tonya Kappes has written more than 180 southern cozy mysteries, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists, including USA Today and a Woman’s World Book Club pick twice. Best known for stories charged with southern charm, emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband in northern Kentucky. Now that her four boys have flown out of the nest, Tonya writes full-time in her camper! Connect with Tonya at her website.

Elves, Evergreens & Evidence giveaway

Tonya Kappes is offering a print copy of Elves, Evergreens & Evidence to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Elves, Evergreens & Evidence by Tonya Kappes? Have you ever had Derby Pie?

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31 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Elves, Evergreens, & Evidence

  1. Janice Moore

    I’d like to read about untangling Christmas mysteries in this setting!
    I used to make Derby Pie when we lived in Louisville, KY during seminary days in honor of Derby Day! The recipe looks pretty similar! Yum!

  2. Steph

    I have to say the title was the first thing that captured my attention. I enjoy Christmas cozy mysteries so this one looks perfect. As for Deby pie, I have never had it or even heard of it.

  3. Jen K

    Well, I’m not sure about jumping into a series at #34, but it sounds so good and I’ve been eyeing this series for a while now. And never heard of Derby pie before.

  4. Kasi Walas

    I’m excited to read ‘Elves, Evergreens & Evidence’ by Tonya Kappes because it seems like the perfect blend of cozy mystery and holiday cheer. The title itself suggests a fun and festive story, possibly with a dash of humor and intrigue. Kappes is known for creating charming and quirky characters, and I’m looking forward to seeing how she weaves them into a Christmas-themed mystery. The idea of combining holiday elements like elves and evergreens with a mystery to solve sounds delightful and is just the kind of light-hearted read I enjoy during the holiday season.

    As for Derby Pie, I haven’t had the pleasure of trying it yet, but it’s definitely on my list! I’ve heard it’s a deliciously rich mix of chocolate and walnuts in a pie crust, often served at Kentucky Derby parties. It sounds like a sweet and indulgent treat that would be perfect for special occasions or as a festive dessert during the holidays.

  5. Kay Garrett

    ELVES, EVERGREENS & EVIDENCE sounds like a fabulous book and one I know I would love to read and reveiw. Tonya Kappes never disappoints with each and every book to deliver awesome books to her readers. LOVE the title!

  6. Leslie Price

    I’ve never had Derby Pie, but it sounds delicious. I’m an avid camper and would love to read a story set in a campground- so fun!

  7. Donna E H Durnell

    I like Tonya’s stories. And though I’m not really a camper, my daddy was. I always thought he and mama might have liked to be campground hosts.
    I don’t think I’ve ever had Derby pie, at least not by that name. But I love pecan pie. And chocolate chip cookies. Have to believe pecans (or walnuts as that’s what hubby likes) and chocolate just go together.

  8. Betty Curran

    I love cozy mysteries and this sounds like a good one. I downloaded the cookie cookbook and will be trying the Derby Pie. I’m a big fan of gooey desserts and this one looks great.

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