Saturday, December 27, 2014
Wishing you a Spicy New Year!
By Pepper Reece from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
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Whew. I’m pooped. My second December as owner of Seattle Spice and busier than ever. I am so grateful and my feet are so tired. And my hands smell of cinnamon. Not that that’s a bad thing!
When my life blew up a couple of years ago—when I stumbled over my now-ex husband, Mr. Bicycle Cop, practically plugging coins into Miss Meter Maid (I can’t bring myself to say “parking enforcement officer”) and then the job I loved, managing staff HR for a huge law firm, disappeared when said law firm imploded in a scandal of court-ordered sanctions, embezzlement, and criminal charges—well, when all came tumbling down, I hardly imagined finding salvation in cinnamon and bay leaves.
But that’s the magic of spice. And of Seattle’s Pike Place Market, a place where anything can happen. It’s been such a joy to help make our customers’ holidays more festive with spices for their cooking and baking, from amchur and anise to thyme and zatar. And we do a big business in gifts, like bags of Vietnamese Cinnamon Sticks or lavender from Sequim (said skwim) over on the Olympic Peninsula, or jars of Puget Sound Sea Salt.
Now it’s time to pour a hot mug of my spice tea, put my feet up, and relax with a good book. I hope you can find a few minutes this week to do the same.
Wishing you a happy—and spicy—New Year!
If you get a few minutes to join me with tea and a good book this week, what will you be reading?
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Also a lawyer, Leslie won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for BOOKS, CROOKS & COUNSELORS: HOW TO WRITE ACCURATELY ABOUT CRIMINAL LAW & COURTROOM PROCEDURE (Quill Driver Books), making her the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction.
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