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Betting Off Dead

(Spies and Spells #2)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  86 reviews
And their off!
Gambling on horse racing is Kentucky's number one sport but when Kentucky Derby Thoroughbred picked to win the Derby, Rails and Nails, ends up poisoned, SKUL special agent Mick Jasper and rookie witch Maggie Park, who keeps her witch powers a secret, are called in to investigate a world of illegal gambling where a run for the roses can prove to be deadly.
Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published August 29th 2016 by Krew Publishing
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Debi Paglia
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down! Betting Off Dead is the 2nd book in the Spies and Spells Series. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Maggie Park's life is, at times, boring, stressful, comical and a little dangerous! You see, Maggie is a witch. She lives in Old Louisville, Kentucky, in a beautiful Victorian home with her mom, sister and grandmother, all witches. While keeping the fact that they are witches a secret and trying to discover what she wants to do the rest of her life, Magg ...more
Christine Lee
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Betting off Dead by Tonya Kappes is the second Spies &Spells novel. Maggie is a witch raised in the mortal world. She is unique, in that instead of an animal familiar, she has Vinnie, a sports car. Turns out this plays directly into her witchy hour and her destiny to help SKUL, a special crimes agency.

This book was wonderful; absolute 5-star read. I couldn't put it down!
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Author Tonya Kappes has another wonderfully written hit on her hands!

BETTING OFF DEAD, book 2 in the Spies and Spells Mysteries is an absolutely enchanting installment to this fun series. Author Kappes certainly knows how to draw a reader in and entertain them from the first page until the last!

The characters in this series are fantastic! I really clicked with lead character Maggie Parks. Not because I am a witch who was raised by mortals, but because I tended to always see things differently th
Skye Noir

And their off! Gambling on horse racing is Kentucky’s number one sport but when Kentucky Derby Thoroughbred picked to win the Derby, Rails and Nails, ends up poisoned, SKUL special agent Mick Jasper and rookie witch Maggie Park, who keeps her witch powers a secret, are called in to investigate a world of illegal gambling where a run for the roses can prove to be deadly.

Betting Off Dead was a witchy delight! Maggie was determined Maggie Park was still reeling from her Witchy Hour. Mick Jasper

Betting Off Dead is the 2nd book in the Spies and Spells Series by the prolific Tonya Kappes. This addition to the series is captivating and charming. Maggie has experienced her “Witchy Hour” revealing what her life journey is destined to be. By all indications, including verification by her coven, Maggie Park will be a spy for SKUL, a government spy agency, – partnered with the handsome Mick Jasper. Set in Old Louisville, Kentucky, Maggie and Mick are assigned to investigate an illegal horse do ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Witch and her Car?

Welcome to book two of the Spies and Spells series by Tonya Kappes. A wizard with stories, she has woven another exciting tale.
This is the story of Maggie Park, spy with a very particular skill set. Maggie is moving along with her career choice of being a super spy along with her car (familiar) Vinnie and her very interesting family.
This story moved very quickly and kept me on the edge of my seat a good bit. I truly believe you will enjoy the ride.
Sheryl Booth of Booth Talks Books
I can’t imagine that keeping one’s identity, as a witch in a southern town in Kentucky can be very easy. Southern ladies love to gossip you know. I know. I have lived in Kentucky most all of my life. That’s why I am pretty impressed with how clever Maggie Parks and her family have been, hiding out in Belgravia Court in Louisville all these years. Perfect setting to become a spy, right? Let’s just pile more secrets on. Anyway, if it weren’t for that flying owl, Miss Kitty, and a few other things, ...more
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I LOVED Betting Off Dead book two of the Spies and Spells Cozy Mystery Series by Tonya Kappes. It has mystery,witches, ornery neighbors and family, as well as southern charm and pizzazz. I love the small town setting and the way Tonya Kappes describes it you could picture walking in the streets of Belgravia Court.

This book grabs you right from the start and keeps your interest as well as keeping you guessing till the very end. It is a fun, fast, at times laugh out loud book that you won't want t
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Now that Maggie has experienced her "Life Journey" revelation, it appears that she will be a spy for SKUL - with the luscious Mick Jasper as her partner in this story set against the backdrop of the horse racing world in Kentucky. I like that the author writes about the state she lives in - I have never visited this area and appreciate the glimpses we see into life there. I love the author's witticisms - they are the key to why I enjoy her books so much. My new favorite from this book is "melt o ...more
John Presler
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Maggie's life is not running exactly smoothly.Lillith no longer works at The Brew, so Maggie is working double shifts. Now SKUL needs her help with a case, so she will have to find a replacement to work at the diner.

The feud between Auntie Meme and Mrs. Hubbard starts escalating when a vase that Auntie Meme ordered online disappears from her front porch. Auntie Meme is cretain that Mrs. Hubbard is responsible, b
Barbara Flowers
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Spies and Spells series is a witch cozy with a twist and another really fun series from Tonya Kappes. Complete with a cast of slightly off-beat, but very likeable characters, this series is set in Louisville, Kentucky and centers on Maggie Parks and her family - all of whom just happen to be witches.

As Maggie stays busy trying to hide the family secret from an extremely nosey neighbor and helping out at the family owned diner, she is again recruited to work with the super secret agency SKUL
Rima Aiello
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review.
Betting Off Dead is the second installment in this series. We find ourselves again immersed in the life of the lovable Maggie as she tries to navigate through her life, work, and family. She is pulling double shifts at the family business, trying to find her her way, plus being tapped again by Skul to assist with a case.
The twists and turns throughout the story definitely keep you on your toes with just enough laugh ou
Kerri Wenzel
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Park has been asked to help SKUL once again. This time she's recruited to investigate illegal gambling on horse races.
Hilarity ensues as she tried to keep her witch powers (as well as her family's) a secret all while figuring out her feelings for agent Mick Jasper and who's poisoning horses.

This is the second book in the Spies and Spells series. It isn't terribly necessary to read Spies and Spells first. Kappes does a good job covering and explaining to those readers that pick up this bo
Donna Harms
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tonya Kappes knows how to captivate you and make you laugh and feel apart of the characters she creates. Maggie Parks was called in to do another case for SKUL. This is her life journey and although her family isn't to keen on this and try to interfere in humorous ways, she doesn't let them stop her. The case involves going undercover on a doping case for race horses. Maggie also gets put into danger by a surprising turn of events? Will Mick and Maggie solve the crime? Will Aunt Meme and Mrs. Hu ...more
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a great continuation to the series. I loved that the story evolved around Kentucky Derby. I love horses. I loved the continuation of the bickering between Maggies aunt and her neighbor. They just can't get along. I enjoyed reading again about the smoking hot Mick Jasper. I see a relationship building up between Maggie and Mick. I was expecting a little more action throughout the book. The first book in this series had many scenes that got intense but didn't feel it on this one. Hoping t ...more
Sally Hannoush
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm happy to revisit some of these cooky characters from the first book. One character in particular shocked me! You'll have to read this book to see who did a 180! I love Vinnie- the car- He is a perfect familiar for Maggie. Her aunt is just as much as a hoot in this book as the last one- and her circle. Book club- right! Horse racing is something I don't know anything about so it was fun sneaking a peak in that kind of life- sport. This was a fun story- and that's what I'm going with!
Misty vassar stockton
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Parks has a 1956 AC Cobra as her familiar Mick Jasper is an sexy sulk agent together they partner up for a new case as husband and wife at Churchill down to find out who is doping up the horses and Whodunnit Maggie also came out to her family as her life journey and what it was they weren't happy but in the end they all came along and helped her in the fun and adventure of this book this is Book 2 and spies and spells I love this book
Kelli Jo
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What fun to be in Louisville again with Maggie and Mick! This time, Maggie knows that her life's calling is to work with SKUL and Mick, but she hasn't heard from them in months. Then out of the blue, Mick appears, and summons her to speak with their boss at SKUL - they want her to work on an illegal horse doping ring that could affect the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown. Can she and Mick figure it out before it's too late? Read and see!!
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I always love reading anything by Ms. Kappes, and this one definitely did not disappoint. Betting off Dead is the second book in the series, but can easily be read stand alone. I love the rich characters, especially Auntie Meme. Set in Kentucky and chock full of Southern charm, this was a book I couldn't put down. A loveable witch with a talking car, can't wait for more!
Shanon Millman
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Betting Off Dead was a fun read. It was formulaic and there were no real surprises, but I found myself anxiously awaiting my before bed reading. Maggie has found her life's path and is off to another adventure with SKUL and Mick Jasper. It will be fun to see where the next book takes them. If you need a fun afternoon weekend read, settle down with Betting off Dead.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tonya Kappes successfully mixes interesting characters, a spy organization, humor, witches and a talking car into a story you won't want to put down. It was the perfect read for a lazy summer day.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Diana Blick
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Could be it's not my thing

I want to like these books, I really do. Tanya Kappes is from my home state and Louisville is featured in these books. But unfortunately, the story line is just a shade sillier than I like and the characters are cartoonish. And surely to heaven a girl from Kentucky should know that horses neigh, not bray. At least twice in the story, a thoroughbred makes a noise normally attributed to donkeys and mules. That's right. Horses neigh; donkeys bray. I also don't see a lot of
Sue Ross
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where's Freeway?

It's like Bewitched and Hart to Hart (I'm dating myself here) met. You have the witch family trying g to blend in. Not an easy thing to do with a nosey neighbor. Then you have the spy part. A witch who can't let people know what she is and a handsome detective who knows something is amiss with his partner but not sure just what. Together these to must break a gambling ring set to mess up the Kentucky Derby. You will laugh out loud as you read the antics that go on. This is a real
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maggie is called back to work undercover for SKUL with Mick as his wife, when his normal partner, Sherry is already known by some of the people they are investigating in a possible horse doping ring in Kentucky. And Maggie looses a lifelong friend.

Another fun and fast paced tail from Tonya Kappes with the expected many twist and surprise finale.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

It’s an old car and that’s what I’m going with!!! I wish that I had a Vinnie. My Babe wasn’t half as good. You can’t trust anyone when you are talking Kentucky Derby. Maggie has her hands full in this one. I enjoyed the story very much and highly recommend this book.
Brandy Barber
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good book

I like where we are going with this book. I was disappointed in abrem. I thought he was a better friend. Lots of fun laughs. Can't wait to see if things steam up with Mick.
Tami Schafer
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun

It's always enjoyable to read more of this fun quirky family ! There was a couple sad spots but lots of quirk lol . Here's hoping Maggie and Mick get some alone time if Vinnie will allow 😁
Roslyn Donohoe
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great as always.

This author writes a great story as always. Well worth the read. Take a chance. You won't be disappointed.
She deserves the 5 stars.

Loraina Snowden
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spies and spells #2

Definitely a good paranormal read that is fun and not complicated. Enjoyable and characters that are interesting to say the least.
Deborah J
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like this series and the characters. It is a fun, easy read.
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