That Old Flame of Mine (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Series #1)

That Old Flame of Mine (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Series #1)

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by J. J. Cook
     
 

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Set in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, J. J. Cook’s thrilling new mystery series features Fire Chief Stella Griffin, who solves crime with the help of her predecessor, who just happens to be a ghost…

NO MATCH FOR MURDER

After knocking the lights out of her boyfriend when she catches him cheating on her, Chicago fire

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Set in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, J. J. Cook’s thrilling new mystery series features Fire Chief Stella Griffin, who solves crime with the help of her predecessor, who just happens to be a ghost…

NO MATCH FOR MURDER

After knocking the lights out of her boyfriend when she catches him cheating on her, Chicago fire fighter Stella Griffin hops on her Harley and heads for Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, where she ends up becoming the small town’s fire chief. When her dear friend Tory Lambert dies after her gingerbread-style house is set ablaze, Stella suspects arson and foul play.

As Stella investigates, she gets help from a most unlikely source—the ghost of Eric Gamlyn, Sweet Pepper’s old fire chief. And if that isn’t enough to rattle her, attractive police officer John Trump seems to have taken an interest in her. But Stella’s got to stay focused if she hopes to smoke out a killer before her own life is extinguished.


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"A well-crafted mystery that will keep you guessing until the smoke clears.” —Kari Lee Townsend

“Dark family secrets, a delicious mystery—and a ghost! What reader could ask for more?”—Casey Daniels, author of the Pepper Martin Mysteries

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101619759
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Series:
Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
58,496
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

"A well-crafted mystery that will keep you guessing until the smoke clears.” —Kari Lee Townsend

“Dark family secrets, a delicious mystery—and a ghost! What reader could ask for more?”—Casey Daniels, author of the Pepper Martin Mysteries

Meet the Author

J. J. Cook is a pseudonym for a married couple who writes mysteries, mostly set in the South, with a touch of paranormal and romance.

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That Old Flame of Mine 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
TessT More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read so far this year! I don't think you will regret buying this one.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
That Old Flame Of Mine is the first book in A Sweet Pepper Mystery series by J. J. Cook(Joyce and Jim Lavene) For me, this was a wonderful story. A well plotted mystery, interesting characters, some you will love and some you may not like so much, and a ghost that you have to enjoy. I can't leave out Hero, the fire station's Dalmatian puppy. Stella Griffin is on medical leave from the Chicago Fire Department and has decided to head to Sweet Pepper, TN to organize and train their volunteer fire department. Shortly after arriving Tory Lambert gives Stella a file she has put together over the years on her husbands alleged accidental death by fire. A lot of residents feel that Ben Carlson, the owner of the pepper plant, forced the finding so that the Sweet Pepper Festival could go on without the residents and visitors worrying about a killer being around. Then Stella learns that Ben Carson is her grandfather, that she never knew she had. The next day a call comes in that Tory's house in on fire. While the fire fighters are attacking the fire, Stella and John start searching for Tory. They find her in a closet, dead. Stella sees things that point to murder and not death related to the fire while investigating the fire scene. One evening as she is riding her Harley home one night she crashes it and doesn't know if she was hit or hit someone. She wakes up in s strange home and is being cared for by a private nurse. She soon learns that the home is her grandfather's. The grandfather that she didn't know she had. The grandfather is none other than Ben Carson. With all of this going on, Stella also has the ghost of Eric Gamlyn to deal with. Eric was the previous fire chief and died in a silo fire, losing his life to save another fire fighter. Stella is learning to deal with having a ghost around, but then it is nice to have the lights on when you come home and have the door magically open for you. With a little help from Eric, Stella and John, they start looking for clues to help solve Tory's mysterious death and that of he ex-husband. John has a problem with the Carson being Stella's grandfather, but are able to put those feelings aside and are able to work together to solve the mystery. I think this is going to be a fun series and am looking forward to the next.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
aAfter knocking the lights out of her boyfriend when she catches him cheating on her, Chicago fire fighter Stella Griffin hops on her Harley and heads for Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, where she ends up becoming the small town’s fire chief. When her dear friend Tory Lambert dies after her gingerbread-style house is set ablaze, Stella suspects arson and foul play. As Stella investigates, she gets help from a most unlikely source—the ghost of Eric Gamlyn, Sweet Pepper’s old fire chief. And if that isn’t enough to rattle her, attractive police officer John Trump seems to have taken an interest in her. But Stella’s got to stay focused if she hopes to smoke out a killer before her own life is extinguished. Dollycas’s Thoughts As the daughter of a firefighter I was thrilled with this book. My dad passed away 25 years ago and it still seems like yesterday. I wish he would haunt his old firehouse, maybe he does? He did not die on “a scene” but he was a chief too just like Eric Gamlyn and I so wanted to be a firefighter and work side by side with him. At that time female firefighters were few and far between. Ladies were on the auxiliary and handled bake sales and delivered food and drink to the big fires. I would have loved Stella’s life even with the crummy boyfriend. The story is so well written and full of wonderful real characters. The drill/practice sessions ring true to me as someone who has observed many. Chief Eric’s haunts struck my heart. Another firefighter lost too soon with so many plans and dedication. Stella has a lot on her plate in Sweet Pepper and with a bit of “help” she comes out on top. A sassy, smart, sleuth that this reader plans to enjoy tagging along with for a very long time. J.J. Cook has written an extraordinary debut. This book will be burning up bookstore shelves.  It’s hotter than a 5 alarm fire!! Respond and extricate your copy as soon as possible.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Nice clean read with light suspense. Great characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read, a real page turner and one of the best series I have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
macarman More than 1 year ago
JJ Cook sure knows how to tell a story. Big city girl now fire chief. Stella moved to Sweet Pepper after an injury and a bad break-up with her boyfriend to find the cabin she's living in is supposed to be haunted. Her Irish background and Father's tales lead her to the belief that they are only tales.  Stella is flabbergasted to find out she was wrong when she hears and can finally see the ghost of the old fire chief Eric Gamblin. What ensues after that? Murder and mayhem of course, it wouldn't be a JJ Cook novel without that in the mix. You must read That Old Flame of Mine by one of the most talented authors of our time.
Dude1993 More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic new series. The author keeps the mystery going all the way to the end. I just ordered the next one in the series and I can't wait until it arrives.
misstree1963 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story.  Stella is a great lead character that I can see becoming a strong voice in the town of Sweet Pepper.  The mystery was nice and complex and I didn't figure it out until almost when Stella did!  Throw in a hunky ghost, some rich relatives, quirky towns people and a cliff-hanger ending, and I was hooked. I am really looking forward to the second book in this series! 
maggietoussaint More than 1 year ago
Stella Griffin's temporary job to get the fire brigade in Sweet Pepper, NC, is supposed to be an easy gig while she recovers from injuries sustained in her Chicago firefighter job. But her cabin and the firehouse are haunted by the ghost of the town's last fire chief. Generations old secrets abound, along with mysterious incidents and fires, and Stella's gotta dig deep to figure it out. A strong debut by a talented author team. Recommended.
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Tiggedy2 More than 1 year ago
When Chicago fire fighter Stella Griffin catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she decks him. Between that and recovering from a shoulder injury, Stella needed a change of scenery. Jumping on her Harley she heads to help the town of Sweet Pepper, Tennessee get it's fire brigade back up and running as their temporary fire chief. The brigades first official call is to the home of Stella's friend Tory Lambert, who tragically is found dead in her burning house. Things don't look right to Stella. Did Tory die of foul play in an arson fire? Sweet Pepper's old fire chief is helping Stella with her investigation, but there's one catch - Chief Eric Gamblyn is a ghost! Stella has to stay focused, but it can be hard with ghost Eric and police officer John Trump, who has more of an interest in her than just being one of her volunteer fire fighters, vying for her attention. But Stella has to find a killer before she's the next to die. Author J. J. Cook - AKA husband and wife team Jim & Joyce Lavene, have a real winner on their hands.This is a fantastic book!.I wasn't sure at first that I would like a ghost with my cozy (though I love ghost stories and watch true ghost shows), but it worked and I really enjoyed it. Stella is a strong protagonist and not only because she's a fire fighter. She's intelligent and insightful, as well as kind and caring. I love that she has the respect of her volunteer fire fighters. Many stories would have at least one or two men disrespecting her authority what with it being a small town. I also like the way she excepts ghost Eric Gamblyn. If all ghosts were like him, I'd want one too! Eric is a good sounding board for Stella. The two play well off each other. Policeman/fire fighter John Trump's feelings for Stella are at war with his feelings for her family, but he seems a good pairing for her. And with a supporting cast of fire fighters Ricky, Petey, Banyin, and Bert, local war hero Tagger, Police Chief Rodgers, who is not a supporter of Stella, and a host of Sweet Pepper locals, THAT OLD FLAME OF MINE is a must read and has left me burning for more! ATTN: Recipe lovers - Look for the great pepper recipes at the back of the book!
wswkins1954 More than 1 year ago
It was sort of interesting but since it is the first it had to introduce everyone. Maybe they will get better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago