Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Hot Peppers and Coke for Breakfast
By Stella Griffin
from That Old Flame of Mine
By J.J. Cook
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...
Starting over isn't easy.
I never really thought about it until I moved to Sweet Pepper, Tennessee.
That's not the only thing I never thought about - there's grits (what is it?), ghosts (a woman who lost her head in a carriage accident and others) and hugging.
Back in Chicago, I don't recall a single member of my battalion hugging me when they thought I'd done a good job. Firefighters are tough.
I don't mean with their family. I hugged my Dad plenty of times and he's a firefighter. I mean on the job.
Here in Sweet Pepper, where I'm the official fire chief now, everyone hugs. They hug when a fire is out and when there's no fire. They hug when it rains and when the sun is shining. It's hard to get used to.
I don't want a reputation of being a hard guy, you know? A little pat on the back is fine now and then.
And there's the Sweet Pepper Festival. Cooking? Really? We're not talking about cakes from boxes either! They want new recipes that involve hot peppers - stuffed peppers, candied peppers, chocolate peppers. It's all I can do to make a Pop Tart.
Lucky for me, I have an ace in the hole. My ghost, (and I mean that in the most personal way possible), Eric Gamlyn, the former fire chief, knows about making hot peppers! It's amazing, right?
You just never know when you hop on your Dad's vintage Harley, like I did, where the road is going to take you. In my case, it brought me to Sweet Pepper and a whole new life.
Now, I just have to get used to it!
That Old Flame of Mine
The Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries
Coming April 2013