And the Winner Is …

Wow. What a tournament! We started with 32 of the top Cozy Mystery Protagonists. They went head to head for your votes through the month of March to determine “who would solve the crime first.” Your votes determined who would move onto the next round.

Want to relive the magic? Check out our March Madness Pinterest Board for all of our tournament posts.

Two worthy contenders faced off in our final round. Over 400 of you voted. Emma Lee Raines, Tonya Kappes’ protagonist from the Ghostly Southern Mystery Series took on Violet Waverly, Amanda Flower’s sleuth in the Magical Bookshop Mystery Series.

Who came out victorious? Drumroll please …

Your winner, of the 2017 Cozy Experience Protagonist Showdown is:

Emma Lee Raines!

Congrats to Emma Lee for being your TOP sleuth and to Tonya Kappes for creating such a wonderful character. There are currently six books in the Ghostly Southern Mystery Series. The series follows Emma Lee Raines, a young funeral home director who has a gift for being able to communicate with murdered ghosts. She helps bring them justice, so they can cross over and find peace.

We reached out to author, Tonya Kappes, to get her thoughts on Emma Lee taking home the top prize. Here is what she had to say,

“As a writer, I strive really hard to make the reader feel as if my protagonist is their good friend. I want the reader to root for them to solve the crime. Emma Lee has truly become one of those protagonists that readers love. She’s a good southern gal with the heart of gold that leaves my readers laughing, crying, and sleuthing through her entire journey.” – Tonya Kappes

Thank you to everyone who voted and joined in the fun. It was wonderful to chat about these wonderful characters and books with you all throughout the entire month.

Have you read any of the Ghostly Southern Mystery Books? If not, this is a great series to add to your reading list for sure!

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Kathleen Kendler
Kathleen Kendler
4 years ago

Congrats, Tonya Kappes!!!!!

Janet
Janet
4 years ago

Yes! Congratulations Emma Lee

Becky Wilhoite
Becky Wilhoite
4 years ago

Yay! Go Emma Lee!! Congratulations Tonya Kappes!

Penney Wilfort
Penney Wilfort
4 years ago

Congratulations!!!
Penney

Joy Hejl
Joy Hejl
4 years ago

Way to go Emma Lee!!! Congrats Tonya Kappes!

Holly LaFrance
Holly LaFrance
4 years ago

Congratulations Tonya Kappes.l!! I love this series.

Bev
Bev
4 years ago

Congratulations Tonya!!!!

Yolanda
Yolanda
4 years ago

Congratulations Tonya!!!

Jayme M
Jayme M
4 years ago

Congratulations Emma Lee and Tonya!!

Yaritza
Yaritza
4 years ago

Congratulations Tonya and her wonderful character Emma Lee.

Sue Balk
Sue Balk
4 years ago

Way to Go Emma.?

Deb Forbes
Deb Forbes
4 years ago

Congratulations Tonya. This is one of my favorite series

girlfromwva
girlfromwva
4 years ago

congrats!!!!

Ginger Heruska
Ginger Heruska
4 years ago

Congratulations Tonya and Emma. I haven’t read any of this series but I’m going to put them on my want list. 🙂

Linda Paterson
Linda Paterson
4 years ago

CONGRATULATIONS EMMA AND TONYA KAPPES!! One of my favorite series! ?