by Detective Michael Tracy, from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
I love my job. Homicide, Seattle P.D., going on twenty years. If it didn’t sound so boastful, I would say I was born to do this: to investigate, to probe, to bring the worst of the worst to justice. But it’s exhilarating, in a way, solving crimes and making this great city of Seattle even better.
I will admit, the job does get rough sometimes, and this case—well, this one was just plain baffling. Tamara Langston, age 32, young chef with aspirations of running her own joint. More than aspirations—she had a building, a plan, and a partner.
But—and this was particularly weird—no history. It was as if the woman just sprang to life, so to speak, when she turned up dead.
And then, that darned Pepper Reece got involved again. Well, involved from the start—she found the body. And I had a hunch she wasn’t telling us everything. My partner, Detective Cheryl Spencer, says I’m just put out because Pepper solved a crime last fall when we couldn’t. There’s a bit of truth to that—nobody likes getting shown up, especially by Jane Q. Public.
Pepper ought to know better than to stick her nose into police business—after all, she was married to a cop for I don’t know how long. Although considering who she was married to—well, we just won’t go there. Detective Spencer has this look she gives me that says I’m letting my personal stuff interfere with the job, and even though she isn’t here right now, while I’m talking to you, I can feel her giving me that look.
It’s not one you forget. Just like this case. All kinds of twists and turns, and some of that personal stuff tossed in.
But I still love this job. If I ever stop loving it, that will be the day I quit.
What’s the best job you’ve ever had?
GUILTY AS CINNAMON (Spice Shop Mystery #2, December 1, Berkley Prime Crime)
From the cover ...
Pepper Reece knows that fiery flavors are the spice of life. But when a customer dies of a chili overdose, she finds herself in hot pursuit of a murderer…
Murder heats up Seattle’s Pike Place Market in the next Spice Shop mystery from the national bestselling author of Assault and Pepper.
Springtime in Seattle’s Pike Place Market means tasty foods and wide-eyed tourists, and Pepper’s Seattle Spice Shop is ready for the crowds. With flavorful combinations and a fresh approach, she’s sure to win over the public. Even better, she’s working with several local restaurants as their chief herb and spice supplier. Business is cooking, until one of Pepper’s potential clients, a young chef named Tamara Langston, is found dead, her life extinguished by the dangerously hot ghost chili—a spice Pepper carries in her shop.
Now stuck in the middle of a heated police investigation, Pepper must use all her senses to find out who wanted to keep Tamara’s new café from opening—before someone else gets burned…
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