Saturday, August 27, 2016
The Seattle Spice Shop staff dish on their names #bookgiveaway
from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
To celebrate the upcoming release of KILLING THYME, the third in the series, on October 4, I'm giving away a signed copy of GUILTY AS CINNAMON, second in the series. Leave a comment below to enter!
Cayenne: I was named for Tabasco. No one believes that, but it’s true. My grandparents moved from New Iberia, Louisiana to Seattle in the early 1940s, so my Pops CHECK could work at Boeing during the War. Everybody missed the smell of spice in the air, so when I came along, everybody teased about calling me Cayenne. They were all kind of shocked, or so I hear, when my parents took them seriously. But I like it. And I’ve never met another one.
Matt: I’m the oldest of four boys, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Sandra: I changed my last name, Piniella, when I married Mr. Wrong, and the first thing I did after kicking him out was to change it back. I knew Mr. Right was right for me when he said he would never expect me to give up my identity.
Kristen: My mother adored the Kristin Lavransdatter novels by Sigrid Unsed, published in the 1920s, but popular with hippie chicks in the early 1970s. My dad, who hadn’t read them, misspelled it on my birth certificate.
Pepper: Everyone assumes I was named for the shop, but I’ve only owned it a year and a half. My grandfather Reece nicknamed me Pepper after his favorite ball player, Pepper Martin of the St. Louis Cardinals, who apparently had a fiery temper. I don’t, but according to my granddad, I was a little fireplug as a toddler. Only my closest relatives, Kristen, and my ex-husband Tag know my real name. If you want to find out, read KILLING THYME!
How did you get your name?
Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of GUILTY AS CINNAMON, second in the series! The winner will be chosen on Monday, August 29.
And if you'd like a dozen bookmarks to share with your bookclub or mystery-loving pals, or more to share at a library, drop me a line with your mailing address at leslie at lesliebudewitz dot com!
From the cover of KILLING THYME. coming October 4 and available for pre-order:
At Seattle Spice in the Pike Place Market, owner Pepper Reece is savoring her business success, but soon finds her plans disrupted by a killer…
Pepper Reece’s to-do list is longer than the shopping list for a five-course dinner, as she conjures up spice blends bursting with seasonal flavor, soothes nervous brides fretting over the gift registry, and crosses her fingers for a rave review from a sharp-tongued food critic. Add to the mix a welcome visit from her mother, Lena, and she’s got the perfect recipe for a busy summer garnished with a dash of fun.
While browsing in the artists’ stalls, Pepper and Lena drool over stunning pottery made by a Market newcomer. But when Lena recognizes the potter, Bonnie Clay, as an old friend who disappeared years ago, the afternoon turns sour. To Pepper’s surprise, Bonnie seems intimately connected to her family’s past. When Bonnie is murdered only days later, Pepper is determined to uncover the truth.
But when Pepper roots out long-buried secrets, will she be digging her own grave?
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.
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