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Curried Away: A Spice Shop Mystery
     

Curried Away: A Spice Shop Mystery

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by Gail Oust
 

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Piper Prescott, proprietor of Spice It Up!, has persuaded Doug Winters, the mild-mannered vet she’s been dating, to demonstrate Indian cuisine at her shop. But before Doug’s presentation of classic chicken curry is completed, Ned Feeney, local handyman, bursts in with news of a murder.

Sandy Granger, the director of a local production of Steel

Overview

Piper Prescott, proprietor of Spice It Up!, has persuaded Doug Winters, the mild-mannered vet she’s been dating, to demonstrate Indian cuisine at her shop. But before Doug’s presentation of classic chicken curry is completed, Ned Feeney, local handyman, bursts in with news of a murder.

Sandy Granger, the director of a local production of Steel Magnolias, was found strangled in the third-floor balcony of the Brandywine Creek Opera House. Sandy, it seems, had not endeared herself to cast or crew. Complaints about her ran the gamut from her management style to her lack of people skills. Everyone connected with the production falls under suspicion, including Piper Prescott’s BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, who made it well known how unhappy she is that she was cut from the cast.

When the spotlight for the dastardly deed shines on Reba Mae, Piper rushes to her friend’s defense. Who among Sandy’s detractors was angry enough to wrap a silk scarf around her neck—and pull tight? Will Piper succeed in solving the case before she becomes the killer’s encore performance? And will she ever learn just how to prepare the perfect curry? As delicious as it is charming, this entry in Gail Oust’s mouth-watering Spice Shop Mysteries, Curried Away, is sure to delight both old fans and new.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/31/2016
Early in Oust’s charming fourth Spice Shop cozy (after 2015’s Cinnamon Toasted), handyman Ned Feeney stumbles on the dead body of the heartily disliked Sandy Granger in the Brandywine Creek, Ga., opera house. Sandy was directing a local production of Steel Magnolias and had earned the wrath of many of the players, but who wanted the woman dead? Piper Prescott, owner of the Spice It Up! shop, might have stayed out of this one if the evidence hadn’t pointed toward her BFF, Reba Mae Johnson. Police chief Wyatt McBride doesn’t want to hear what Piper thinks, so she’ll have to clear Reba Mae’s name on her own. Rampant gossip, a plethora of ladies who are themselves perfect stand-ins for the cast of Steel Magnolias, and Piper’s ailing relationship with aspiring chef Doug Winters all blend nicely together until a somewhat flimsy motive leads to a killer. Three appealing recipes, one for spicy chicken curry, round out the volume. Agent: Jessica Faust, BooksEnds. (Dec.)
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A Library Journal Pick of the Month!

"Blending just the right ingredients of humor, mystery, and action, Oust bakes up a delightful and tasty Southern cozy in her fourth series outing (after Cinnamon Toasted). Paige Shelton and G.A. McKevett fans with eat this one up." —Library Journal (Pick of the Month)

Praise for The Spice Shop Mysteries

“Oust does the formula proud, adding a kick to this mystery/romance that’s so piquant it might have come straight out of Piper’s shop.” —Kirkus Reviews on Cinnamon Toasted

“Tasty . . . Plenty of spice lore adds flavor to this amiable mystery.” —Publishers Weekly on Kill ’Em with Cayenne

“A quality first in a Southern cozy series . . . This is a must-read for fans of Carolyn Hart’s Death on Demand series, as well as those who like culinary mysteries.” —Publishers Weekly on Rosemary and Crime

“Highly recommended!” —New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews on Rosemary and Crime

Library Journal
12/01/2016
A transplanted Yankee in Brandywine Creek, GA, Piper Prescott has forged a new life after her divorce. She's running her store, Spice It Up, and dating a new boyfriend, veterinarian Doug Winters, whom she has persuaded to demonstrate how to make chicken curry at her shop. But before Doug can finish preparing the meal, local handyman Ned Feeney bursts in with shocking news: the strangled body of Sandy Granger had been found in the Brandywine Creek Opera House. While directing a local production of Steel Magnolias, Sally had managed to infuriate the entire cast and crew. Yet when Piper's best friend Ruby Mae Johnson becomes the prime suspect, Piper has to investigate to clear Ruby's name, much to the dismay of the dashing sheriff, Wyatt McBride. An intrepid amateur sleuth, Piper is determined to help her friends and family. VERDICT Blending just the right ingredients of humor, mystery, and action, Oust bakes up a delightful and tasty Southern cozy in her fourth series outing (after Cinnamon Toasted). Paige Shelton and G.A. McKevett fans will eat this one up.
Kirkus Reviews
2016-10-05
Mayhem erupts in Brandywine Creek, Georgia, when the director of a community theater production is found strangled.All right, so maybe hairdresser Reba Mae Johnson couldn’t remember all her lines. That’s no reason for Sandy Granger to snatch the plum part of Truvy Jones out of Reba’s well-manicured hands. Her best friend, Piper Prescott (Cinnamon Toasted, 2015, etc.), condoles with the ousted Reba while counting out bags of cardamom at her shop, Spice it Up! But once Sandy’s body is found backstage at the opera house, her Hermès scarf knotted way too tightly around her neck, the amateur sleuth feels obliged to investigate, if only to shield Reba from imminent arrest by Brandywine Creek’s intrepid, and very handsome, police chief, Wyatt McBride. Piper is kind of at loose ends anyway, since her frequent companion, gentle veterinarian Doug Winters, is busy catering to the every whim of his teenage daughter, Madison. Piper soon discovers that Reba is far from the only member of the Steel Magnolias cast with a grudge against Sandy. Bunny Bowtin, Jolene Tucker, Wanda Needmore, Dorinda Kunkel, and Mary Lou Lambert are all spitting mad at their director. So it should be a walk in the park to find out who did Sandy in—if only there weren’t a brutal murderer lurking out there, too. Oust takes some pretty ordinary ingredients and lets her spicy heroine give them just a little more bite.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250081254
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/13/2016
Series:
Spice Shop Mystery Series , #4
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
118,465
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

GAIL OUST is often accused of flunking retirement. Hearing the words “maybe it’s a dead body” while golfing fired her imagination for writing a cozy. Ever since then, she has spent more time on a computer than at a golf course. She lives with her husband in McCormick, South Carolina.

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Curried Away: A Spice Shop Mystery 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Dollycas 4 months ago
Dollycas Thoughts This 4th installment of Gail Oust’s Spice Shop Mysteries finds the town in rehearsals for a production of Steel Magnolias. The director, Sandy Grainger, is pretty demanding and most of the cast and crew is ready to quit. When she tells them they will be rehearsing over the Thanksgiving weekend everyone was upset. But when she cut Reba Mae Johnson from the cast Reba Mae doesn’t hold back and really tells Sandy off in front of everyone. So when the overbearing director is found dead, Reba Mae is the prime suspect. Piper quickly goes into sleuth mode to prove her friend’s innocence and catch the real killer. I have enjoyed this series from the start. All my favorite characters are back and there is plenty of drama over and above the murder mystery. Several characters are evolving in new and unexpected directions. One was very expected but I am so happy with the way the author is handling the whole situation. As for the murder, there are so many suspects, we find Piper and Chief McBride get a pretty testy with each other. The town is also up in arms when the killer is not caught immediately. The sales of pepper spray increase and several woman demand Piper to convince the chief to hold a self-defense class. He has the investigation to conduct and tries to get out of holding the class by scheduling it at a time when thinks no one will show up. He was in for a big surprise. Guess who becomes his demonstration partner? As always this author cooks us up a tasty mystery that I am pleased to recommend highly. I am not a big fan of curry, but I really loved this story. There is some information about curry in the back of the book along with recipes for Spicy Chicken Curry, Cranberry Nut Mini Muffins and Gingerbread.