Friday, February 27, 2015

Just a pinch of murder! ASSAULT AND PEPPER #bookgiveaway

By Sandra Piniella from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

ASSAULT AND PEPPER, coming March 3, 2015!

I will tell you, I was not sure what to think when Jane told us she'd found a buyer for the Seattle Spice Shop. I knew the place was in trouble, and Jane, who founded it forty years ago when the Pike Place Market barely escaped the wrecking ball of urban removal, was ready to retire. But, seriously, a woman who spent her whole career bossing secretaries—I know, she calls it HR, but that’s just fancy initials—in a law firm that exploded in one of the biggest scandals Seattle’s ever seen, and she thinks she run a spice shop just because she’s named Pepper? (That can’t be her real name, but she won’t ‘fess up, and I haven’t found any paperwork to spill the secrets. I keep looking.)

There’s more to running this place than you might think. We don’t pre-package our spices—we sell everything fresh. So you come in with a list or a recipe, we’ve got to haul down those big jars or canisters off the shelf, weigh out your order, keeping it all straight—Spanish paprika may look a lot like the Hungarian stuff to you, but I know better, and ring it up. Keep those jars filled and on the shelves in the right place. Keep track of everything we need for blending our spice tea—you would not believe how much of that we sell, or how many sample cups we go through in a day. It’s Jane’s custom blend, and it made this shop. This Pepper gal better not think she’s going to change that, because she’ll have another think coming—believe you me.

We sell more than spices and tea. There’s books, and tea mugs, and pots and infusers and strainers and all kinds of other falderal. Spice grinders, shakers, salt cellars. This isn’t as easy as it looks.
I haven’t even mentioned the other employees. That Tory, she’s a peach, but keeping good people is no piece of cake. The Pike Place Market is wild and wooly, and some folks just can’t handle it.
Me, I’m not going anywhere. If this Pepper Reece wants to run this place the way it should be, she better be prepared to treat me right and do what I tell her.

And if that sounds like a threat, it’s not. It’s a promise.

What advice do you have for a long-time employee of a retail shop, anxious about a new boss?

Leave a comment and your email address by midnight Saturday, February 28 to be entered for a chance to win a signed copy of ASSAULT AND PEPPER!

#bookgiveaway #mystery #cozy mystery 

Leslie Budewitz is the national best-selling author of DEATH AL DENTE, first in the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries set in northwest Montana, and winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and the sequel, CRIME RIB (2014), from Berkley Prime Crime. ASSAULT & PEPPER, first in her Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries will debut in March 2015.

Leslie is the e first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. For more tales of life in the wilds of northwest Montana, and bonus recipes, visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter.   Find her on Facebook or Twitter

147 comments:

  1. Keep an open mind and don't start every sentence with "We always did it this way."

    Sounds like a good series, can't wait to read it.

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  2. Assault and Pepper sounds intriguing! My advise is to be friendly and flexible with any possible changes. That way if any helpful suggestions you give will be taken in a positive way. :)

    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. Sounds like a great new series, I will be checking it out.

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  4. I would love to read this book — thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  5. Change can be good! Book/series sounds terrific.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Ah, yes. Change is harder for some of us than for others, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Love the title, hope to get a chance to read it :)
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. Can I come visit? The place must smell wonderful.

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  8. Keep an open mind. Pepper might actually have some good contributions. Change can be hard, but a combination of the old and the new might make the shop even better.

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  9. Can't wait to read this new series. I agree with those who say to keep an open mind. Change is rough, but it can be a good thing!
    eeyoregirl2009 at aol dot com

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  10. Tread lightly. grammyd01@comcast.net

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    1. and carry a big cinnamon stick! Thanks, Gram!

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  11. One day at a time, Sandra, things usually have a way of working out. patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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    1. Or one bag of spices at a time! Thanks, Patricia!

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  12. Wait and see! afarage(at) earthlink.net

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    1. Waiting is easier for some of us than others, isn't it? Thanks, Alicia!

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  13. This sounds pretty interesting for a New series!

    Madisonbrooks16{at}gmail{dot}com

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  14. I bet Pepper will be looking for help from someone who has had experience. I am sure she will want the best for her new shop. I am so looking forward to this book coming out on Tuesday!

    ElaineE246atmsndotcom

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    1. Right you are, Elaine. That won't necessarily make it easy, though.... Thanks for sharing in the fun!

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  15. I love your other books and can't wait for this series.

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  16. I love spices and am looking forward to this series! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  17. Love the Food Lovers Village series, can't wait to read this one!

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    1. Thanks, Bev! (And BUTTER OFF DEAD, the third Food Lovers' Village Mystery, will be out in July!)

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  18. Sounds fabulous...and I love these Series..
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  19. New bosses are always tough to adjust to---just give it time and try to keep your mouth shut for a while. I really want to read this book. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Sue. Now we'll see if Sandra takes your advice...

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  20. This series is delightful and unique. Best wishes. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, petite -- always make thyme to read!

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  21. I'm looking forward to reading this! As for advice, the first suggestion would be to be sparing with it! Certainly respond when asked, but too much 'voice of experience' can be viewed as arrogant and aggressive.
    lizc@mac.com

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  22. Kansan, that is PERFECT advice! But will she listen....

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  23. Super title. Sounds like a great read. Judy

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  24. Keep an open mind when it comes to a new boss and don't be resistant to change. Thanks for the giveaway.
    dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Smart advice, Daniele! Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. Thanks for this great feature and wonderful book. Dealing with bosses is difficult but try to be reasonable and then see what happens. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I think she might take heed of the maxim about honey vs vinegar attracting bees. Unless she's looking to get stung!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Funny -- that adage was just making its rounds in my house last night! Thanks for stopping by, Libby!

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  27. Keep an open mind, but be helpful! Pepper is going to need help running the shop.

    Sounds like a great book, can't.wait to read it.
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  28. I thank you for the opportunity. I would jump in with both feet and follow procedures with the new boss
    cheerful and willing to be of help. its the best way to get along is to be positive. itsacatslife17@yahoo.com

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  29. Working is difficult enough, but adding a new boss, with new ideas, can make working conditions very uncomfortable. All you can do is take one day at a time and hope for the best. ruthmazur46@gmail.com

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  30. And then throw a murder into the mix... Thanks for stopping by, Ruth!

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  31. Sandra, you sound like a hoot! Give Pepper the benefit of the doubt as you can surely trust that she has the store's best interests in mind. Be patient with her as she learns the ropes and be the model employee you undoubtedly are. I imagine buttering her up with a cup of that spiced tea now and then won't hurt either! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win! The Pike Place Market is a special place indeed. I had to remind myself as I read your post that "this is fiction...this is fiction..." as my mind keep saying "let's go to Pike Place soon and check out the shop!" :) kristin409 at comcast dot net

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    1. Smart advice, Kristin! And I admit, as I'm writing, I get awfully thirsty and hungry for the food, drink, sights, and sounds of the Market! Sounds like you know it well.

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  32. This sounds like a great book! And a great challenge / opportunity for Sandra. Wait it out and see what she is like - if she is owner in name only, or is very hands on. She might even want your opinions and help getting acquainted with running the shop if you are patient and respectful. And don't pout or try to be the one "in charge" - I did once, and it sure didn't win any points! But when I allowed my work ethic to speak for me, all went much better...we got along very well when I decided to patient and do the best job I could. You are an asset!!

    So looking forward to reading this! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com.

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    1. Wise words, Mama Cat! Thanks for chiming in!

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  33. My advice is sometimes a change can keep things fresh, so give it a chance. Can't wait to get the opportunity to obtain a copy of this book. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. And fresh matters, in the Market! Thanks for topping by, Robin!

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  34. advice? smile and be yourself. :D open for new ideas but stand for those which are oldie&goodie :D

    spice shop series!!!! wow! can't wait to read it! :)

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    1. Thanks, Emilia! Sandra would do well to listen to you!

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  35. I'd say work hard and be friendly. Looks like a very good book!

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  36. Relax and keep an open mind. The new boss may be the breath of fresh air this place needs to make it even better! Thanks for the chance!
    edtercross7304@yahoo.com

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  37. Ah, yes. Sweep out the metaphorical cobwebs, and start anew! Thanks, Terri!

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  38. would LOVE to read this!!!
    thank you!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  39. Looking forward to the new series. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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    1. My pleasure, Kay! Always thyme for a good mystery!

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  40. My advice would be work hard and be friendly. See where it goes. You never know what will happen. Thanks for the chance! angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  41. As everyone else already said, keep an open mind. Also listen to the new boss's ideas. Even though they may be different than what she is used to, they may be good for the store. Also, tone down the I know it all attitude. There is no better way to get on the bad side of your new boss, snd then she will be even less inclined to ask for your expertice.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like a great series.
    jen.frederick@yahoo.com


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    1. But what if you really do know it all? :) Thanks for chiming in!

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  42. Keep an open mind. There no point in stressing about things you have no control over.

    xzjh04@gmail.com

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  43. Keep your eyes open and your mouth shut! See hoe things work out and remember you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  44. I would do one of two things. Kill her with kindness or fire her on the spot and get it over with.
    I love this author's other series. I look forward to reading this first book in her new series.
    agavigan@cox.net

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    1. Thank you, Annette! I hope you love these stories as much as you my Food Lovers' Village mysteries!

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  45. The new boss is coming into this cold. You've been there, you know the ropes and the customers. Make the new boss comfortable in her new habitat...offer advice if asked but best to show by doing.

    Kathleen Bylsma

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    1. A nice shift in perspective. Thanks, Kathleen!

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  46. This is definitely on by list of books I want to read. The only part I like about cooking is experimenting with spices.
    lizstraw(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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    1. Stick with me, Liz, and we'll experiment our way through the shop!

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    2. Sounds like fun and can't wait to read this.

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  47. Book sounds great. I look forward to reading it. I think it sounds like a great premise for a new series. Good luck. I figure, you write very well so it should be interesting. Thank you for your giveaway.

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    1. Thanks, Melody, and I hope you find your missing note!

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  48. What fun!!

    Be patient & open to new ideas.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. That's the key to much in life, isn't it? Thanks, Mary!

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  49. Great title to read. Zeta@iwon.com

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    1. Thanks, Zeta -- I think the title's a perfect match to the story!

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  50. Thank you for sharing - this looks like a great book. griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  51. Looks so good. Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Virginia! Let's spice this winter up!

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  53. Keep a smile on your face and do your job well Pp92596 at outlook dot com

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    1. Smile, even when you want to cry! Thanks, Robin!

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  54. Eagerly wanting to read this!

    Tennisace50(@)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Linda -- always thyme for a good mystery!

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  55. I'm excited about this new series. My advice is to just keep working hard and try not to be nervous - you might love your new boss!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  56. So looking forward to reading Assault and Pepper. I'm sure it will be so good that just about everyone will love it. Thanks for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  57. Cooperate, don't be independent and headstrong like I was.

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    1. Ooh, sounds like a story lurks behind that comment! Thanks, Helen!

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  58. Email address: mmamacitagrita@gmail.com

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  59. I've never worked in retail, and I really can't say I've had new bosses -- unless I was the one that moved. But I think I can imagine what it might be like - stressful! So my advice would be to keep calm and wait to see what happens. Yeah, much easier said than done. :)
    Still want to read the book. :)
    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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    1. Donna, I hope you enjoy your introduction to retail -- on the page!

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  60. I've been on the other end of this as a new boss coming in to an already well established local store and let me tell you, the new 'boss' can be just as nervous as the employees - maybe even more so considering she'll be walking in to a group of people that have known each other and worked together for a while. That alone can be quite intimidating so, hopefully you'll give Pepper a little slack and maybe even a little help in adjusting to a new environment...a friendly smile is always a welcome sight! Good luck to Pepper and the whole gang!
    Londonandlisa@gmail.com

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    1. Wise and thymely advice, DarkandStormy -- thanks!

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  61. I would love a chance to read this one! It looks so good!

    Kimberlee
    girllostinabook@hotmail.com
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    1. Thanks, Kimberlee! I hope you'll find it a yummy read!

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  62. Looking forward to reading this one.
    dotkel50@comcast.net

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  63. Vera Wilson said:

    All change not bad. Be friendly and try to be helpful. Working together could become fun. Give each other a chance. Thanks for the contest.

    snoopysnop1 at yahoo dot com

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  64. I have been introduced to several authors of this pass year and Leslie is definitely on my short list of authors to check out. I'm looking forward to checking out Assault and Pepper. (Already added to my GoodReads TBR list.) :D

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Killer Characters is a great way to meet new authors and new books -- thanks for stopping by.

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  65. New bosses are tough. I would say lay back and talk tot he boos but do not offer advice as yet.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. So hard, when you've worked somewhere nearly 20 years. You worry, what will happen, will I still love it, will I still have a job. Some of us adapt to change more easily than others.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  66. It's tough I know. Once I had someone who was hired who was not supposed to be my boss and told me I would do what he told me to do. We worked for different companies who were linked together some. He wanted me to become a glorified secretary and he just be a boss. He got mad that he actually had to work, he quit a week later. Not all situations are that bad. I just knew what kind of person he was.
    My advice is to keep an open mind. They may be really good to work for. he is just as nervous and everyone else coming into a new job.

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    1. Thank goodness that problem resolved itself so quickly with his resignation -- obviously not the right guy for the job!

      And yes, as the new owner, Pepper's got her own doubts and nervous worries. These two need each other!

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  67. Looking forward to this book since the info first came out. Leslie is a new author to me, and I'd love to win this

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! I hope you enjoy the virtual trip to Seattle!

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  68. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance. :-)

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  69. Do your best to be open minded and not defensive. I can hardly contain my excitement. I made the "mistake" of buying the very first Food Lovers' Village book before any of the others were out. I've been pre-ordering and waiting with my nose pressed up against the glass for each and every new release. This series looks fantastic!!

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  70. Oh, Lisa, thanks for brightening my morning -- working on the edits for the 3d Food Lovers' Village book today!

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  72. Looking forward to Assault and Pepper. Sounds like a great book! Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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  73. This sounds like a series I will want to try. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of Assault and Pepper.

    twbooks(at)cox(dot)net

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  74. With a new boss, don't sweat the small stuff but if it's important to the business, tactfully let them know and why. I'm not a good person to reconmend things. I tended to stir the waters. Thanks for this opportunity.

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      Thanks for stopping by!

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  75. This is my kind of cozy. Food is great subject!!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  76. Ruff the Cat has pushed the button on the random number generator. Congratulations to Robin Driscoll, winner of a signed copy of ASSAULT AND PEPPER! Send your mailing address to leslie@lesliebudewitz.com by midnight Tuesday, March 3.

    Thanks to all who commented for sharing your advice for Sandra, and your love of the cozy mystery!

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