In Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Spice Shop owner Pepper Reece is savoring her business success, but soon finds her plans disrupted by a killer in the latest from the national bestselling author of Guilty as Cinnamon.
Pepper Reece’s to-do list is longer than the shopping list for a five-course dinner, as she conjures up spice blends bursting with seasonal flavor, soothes nervous brides fretting over the gift registry, and crosses her fingers for a rave review from a sharp-tongued food critic. Add to the mix a welcome visit from her mother, Lena, and she’s got the perfect recipe for a busy summer garnished with a dash of fun.
While browsing in the artists’ stalls, Pepper and Lena drool over stunning pottery made by a Market newcomer. But when Lena recognizes the potter, Bonnie Clay, as an old friend who disappeared years ago, the afternoon turns sour. To Pepper’s surprise, Bonnie seems intimately connected to her family’s past. After Bonnie is murdered only days later, Pepper is determined to uncover the truth. But as Pepper roots out long-buried secrets, will she be digging her own grave?
About the Author
National bestselling author Leslie Budewitz writes the Spice Shop Mysteries (Guilty as Cinnamon, Assault and Pepper) and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries (Butter Off Dead, Crime Rib). She fell in love with Seattle’s Pike Place Market as a college student, and still misses prowling its streets and alleys, sniffing out tasty treats and sensory delights. Leslie won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel for Death al Dente, first in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, and won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure. She loves to cook, eat, hike, travel, garden, and paint—not necessarily in that order. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, Don Beans, a doctor of natural medicine, and their Burmese cat, Ruff, an avid bird-watcher.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another great visit to the Seattle Spice Shop with owner Pepper and her merry crew, but while the bridal registry is in full swing and the new spice blends including cocoa are delicious there is a killer on the loose that is dredging up the past in a big, bad way! Can Pepper figure out the mystery before someone does in her family or will she be the next one to go! This is a wonderful series with a great cast of characters that are well developed with personality galore. The plotting is great as you think you have it figured out, but there are enough twists to keep you guessing while staying true to the storyline. I love that the main character is in her early 40's and has started her life over by buying the spice shop and figuring out how to be single. Even her dog has a great personality! Kudo's to the author for great imagery and development of not only the characters and plot, but the setting as well. I'm so glad that I have discovered this author and can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Pepper Reece continues to promote her spice shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market, providing variety spice packets to the local butcher, and setting up wedding registries for Bridezillas and their mothers. Setting out for lunch in the local Market, Pepper and her mom explore a new pottery shop, recommended by one of Pepper's helpers. But to her surprise, the owner, Bonnie Clay, turns out to be an old acquaintance of her mother's...one her mother thought was long dead under a totally different name. Circumstances intervene shortly thereafter, resulting in not only a theft of a valuable bracelet from her friend's home, but also to the murder of Bonnie. Is there a connection between the two crimes? And what is the connection with Pepper's mother? This story kept the reader guessing until the final twist is revealed. One of the things that intrigued me about this particular story was the throwback to the 80's and protests and communal living. I attended college in the mid-70's so this era is very familiar to me and proved interesting reading. I enjoyed the relationship between Pepper and her friends/helpers, as well as that of her mother. Her dog, Arf, is totally adorable. I look forward to reading the next book in this series to follow Pepper's next adventure. Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
This is a great cozy mystery with more than one plot line to follow while learning about the Seattle market area and spices. Since I am in Pepper's mother's generation, I could relate to the storyline from the past and appreciated how the author combined present and past into a clever mystery book. The supporting characters are a valued part of the story and that works well for those who have read the first 2 books. I hope there will be a book 4.
I received a copy of this book and voluntarily offer this review. Another visit to Seattle with spice shop owner, Pepper Reece, and a full and exciting trip it is. Pepper is prepared for a fun and busy summer...getting the shop bridal registry into full swing, developing new blends, pitching her wares to vendors and a visit from her mother from her current home in Costa Rica. Cayenne, one of Pepper's latest hires, is enamored of the work of a Market potter and suggests selling some pieces in the shop. Unfortunately, that's against Market rules so Pepper packs up the items and she and her mother, Lena, head out with a stop at the potter's stall on the way to lunch. As soon as they meet the potter, Bonnie Clay, Pepper can tell something's up. Lena greets Bonnie but calls her Peggy and says she thought the woman was dead. Bonnie says she thought Lena was living in Guatemala. There are weird vibes, but Lena's not giving anything away to Pepper. Pepper's BFF, Kristen, hosts a get-together at her finally-finished remodeled house...the same house Pepper's family and Kristen's lived in together in the 70's. Bonnie agrees to go but doesn't get very social. Kristen shows off her "find" from the remodel, a beautiful diamond and sapphire bracelet, but has no idea where it came from. After the party, the bracelet is missing. Pepper looks for Bonnie at the Market the next day, but she's not there. Pepper knows Bonnie's landlord so she calls Josh to ask him to check. He calls back to say she was right to worry and he'd called 911. Pepper rushes to the building and manages to peek in a window to see Bonnie on the floor, surrounded by dark liquid which is definitely not glaze. This twisted tale involves the protest movements in the 70's, multiple identities and more. Soon it's apparent Pepper's getting too close as she and people she meets are targeted by someone. Lena knows more than she's telling, and even Kristen is holding back from Pepper. Secrets from over 40 years ago are coming to light, affecting Pepper's relationships with those she holds most dear. Oh, and throw in a food critic known for being vicious in her reviews at times, plus Pepper trying to figure out her relationship with Ben. This is a wild ride. As always, there are recipes and tips on spices to inspire you.