Friday, February 27, 2015
Just a pinch of murder! ASSAULT AND PEPPER #bookgiveaway
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?
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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.