Thursday, October 27, 2016

Market News, by Pepper Reece #giveaway

Market News
by Pepper Reece, from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

One lucky reader will win an Assault & Pepper mug and a gingerbread man tea infuser! Leave a comment below to enter.  

Vinny Delgado, the Market wine merchant, and Hal Hitchcock, Seattle’s foremost Ghost Scholar, will once again conduct Spirit Tours of the Market, visiting with spectral beings and toasting them with their favorite beverages. Tours run October 23-30. No tours will be conducted on October 31, as the vaporous entities are expected to be otherwise occupied. See Vinny for ticket info.

Run, don't walk, to Mary Jean’s Chocolates, Down Under! Her new salted hibiscus blossom truffles reach Space Needle-like heights in deliciosity! Mary Jean has also joined the faculty of Changing Courses, Seattle’s intensive culinary training program for those in need of a second, or third, chance. And she’s sourcing the cocoa for the Seattle Spice Shop’s yummy new line of spicy cocoa rubs for steaks and other foods.

The Market Craft committee will interview candidates for vendor openings on November 15. Applications are available in the Market Master’s office. Submit the application and five samples of your work, along with a price list and photos of your display and additional work by November 1.

The Seattle Spice Shop welcomes Cayenne Cooper and Matt Kemp to the staff! Bring your fresh finds and cooking challenges to Cayenne, a trained chef, or Matt, an experienced eater, for a dash of spicery genius!

Discovered a new taste treat lately? Dish, dish in the comments!

Leave a comment, with your email address, for a chance to win an Assault & Pepper mug and a gingerbread man tea infuser! (US addresses only) Contest closes at midnight, Friday, October 28.   

From the cover of KILLING THYME, Spice Shop Mystery #3 (October 2016): 

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. After Bonnie is murdered only days later, Pepper is determined to uncover the truth. 

But as 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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65 comments:

  1. I can't wait to get my hands on the new book! I love Pepper and the whole gang!
    Awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  2. Wow awesome giveaway!!! New to this author!!! Liked and shared. Mindy Velasquez,

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  3. Awesome mug and gingerbread man! Pepper and her friends are fun to read about! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  4. Thanks so much for offering this! Cozy mysteries are so much fun!!

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  5. Wonderful giveaway thank you for the review I'm looking forward to this one.
    Penney penneyw(at)sbcglobal.net

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  6. I'm starting this series soon! Very excited for winter, it will be my excuse to stay home and read...ha, ha. It's worth a try! I hope you meant Friday, October 28th... konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Have yet to read any in this series. Hope to change that soon. The synopsis given are most intriguing. When they said variety is the spice of life I am certain that spice is what they wee talking about. Have a pot roast recipe that calls for allspice, orange peel, and bay leaf that is out of this world. Yummm. Della at deepotter at peoplepc dot com

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    1. Della, what an interesting flavor combo for pot roast -- not your usual bay leaf and thyme. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Our brother in law sent gray sea salt caramels last year at Christmas, they were so delicious! Thanks for the cute giveaway!
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    1. Ohhh, sea salt caramels! To die for -- almost. :) Have you tried using Celtic gray sea salt in cooking? It adds quite a flavor punch to soups and stews.

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  9. Sounds amazing. I love tea and would love to try the caramels/
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  10. Love this series. Haven't found anything new to try lately, but I am always looking for new and tasty recipes. mcastor07@gmail.com

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    1. Melissa, be sure to visit Mystery Lovers' Kitchen -- www.MysteryLoversKitchen.com -- in your search for new recipes! 10 mystery writers who love to cook, and Sunday guests. I post on the 1st, 3d, and 5th Tuesdays, alternating with the terrific Cleo Coyle.

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  11. What a lovely giveaway! My favorite dessert is Spice Bars. kristilewis.lrc@gmail.com

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    1. Ooh, what spices? Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice? Raisins and oatmeal and -- and I'm making myself hungry! Thanks for joining in the fun.

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  12. I'm heading for Starbucks---I'm addicted to the pumpkin lattes. But our local store has something with some pepper in the cafe mocha for a little heat---I may have to try that instead. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. A touch of cayenne, most likely! Try it and let us know how you like it!

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  13. It looks great and thanks for the chance to win it :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  14. Looking forward to reading your newest book. Am really enjoying this series.

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  15. Wonderful giveaway and delightful feature. I enjoy lemon citrus flavor in chicken and fish. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Good combo, Traveler! We just found a Pacific NW blend at World Spice in Seattle with lemon thyme, lemongrass, and other ingredients -- great for fish. I hope to make and share my own version sometime this winter.

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  16. I am captivated with this intriguing book and the special giveaway which is so appealing and lovely. Thanks for your great post and chance to enjoy this. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. Just started reading this book,and as she always does, Leslie Budewitz has hooked me from the first chapter! Can't wait to see what develops for Pepper this time around!

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    1. Some seriously good trouble, I hope! Enjoy!

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  19. I love your book covers since that is the first thing that catches my eye about a book. Then I look to see how the cover ties into the story and decide if it's a yea or nay. Thanks for the wonderful info provided on your blog about Leslie. robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Isn't that red apothecary fun? And you might remember the red lamp from Assault & Pepper. I adore my covers!

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  20. I just finished Killing Thyme and loved it! The plot was excellent, and I didn't guess the killer. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  21. Cute giveaway!!! parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

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  22. It really is time (thyme?) to start drinking hot tea.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  23. I would love a tea infuser I've never tried one before thank you for the chance to win one debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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  24. I'm looking forward to reading more about Pepper and the Seattle Spice Shop. Your books have really piqued and broadened my interests in spices, and I just got some Aleppo Pepper from World Spice Merchants that my family is loving. Would love to try some loose tea, so your tea infuser and mug would be wonderful! Thanks so much for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Thanks, Celia! World Spice also carries some loose teas, though I admit, I haven't tried them yet.

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  25. Spirit Tours of the Market sounds like fun. Thanks for the giveaway. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. There are ghost tours, but I doubt they include toasts with the sipping type of spirits!

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  26. Sounds great!
    kckendler at gmail dot com
    Thank-you for the opportunity.

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  27. Great series - great giveaway!
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  28. Thank you for the contest. The book sounds great.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  29. I always love finding new tasty treats!!! I haven't found anything new lately. I loved the first two in this series. I haven't read the third one yet, but I bought it when it came out. Thanks for the chance to win the mug and this adorable gingerbread man tea infuser!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  30. Great post. I haven't read this series yet, but I'm looking forward to reading it soon. THanks for the great giveaway.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Thanks for all the lovely posts and taste combinations -- and for the kind words about my books!

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  32. sounds like a good story

    pailofpearls@gmail.com

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  33. Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Yes and I'm taking the book w/me! Yes I am - yay !

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  34. I love the cover. It is on my tbr list. mommatoodle @ msn dot com

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  35. This looks like a fun book and to think there are two before this I would have to order? This is a great giveaway, I drink tea every evening when I ready my current cozy before bed. Georgia
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  36. Can't wait to read this one. I loved the first 2 books! Thanks for the fantastic giveaway. I love mugs & the tea infuser fits my favorite drink perfectly. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  37. Thanks for the opportunity. Our new treat is gourmet chocolates. We have a new vendor who makes the most delicious dark chocolate treats. Luckily, she only comes once a week. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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    1. LOL! Pepper endures several visits with Mary Jean the Chatty Chocolatier in Killing Thyme -- turns out the woman has some merits besides her truffles!

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  38. Really no new taste treats. Think I'm rather a stick in the mud when it comes to trying new things -- unless recommended or made by someone I trust.

    Love this cover -- wish I had that red cabinet piece. Will be looking forward to reading this installment of the Spice Shop Mysteries

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    1. Donna, I think of a fondness for old favorites as being a creature of good habits. :) And I hope you love the return trip to Seattle!

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  39. opps - email: donna [dot] durnell [at] sbcglobal [dot] net

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  40. I like the cover and the title. Great post! I'm looking forward to reading this book 😊
    lorih824(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. Love these mysteries they always tickle my fancy. Such an amazing giveaway, Thanks ever so much for this chance. lindamay4852@yahoo.com Linda May

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  42. Happy Halloween! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  43. Sounds like a good read. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. I have not yet read anything by Leslie Budewitz, but I'm always on the lookout for a good cozy mystery. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I need a new addition to my mug collection.
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  45. Leslie I love this series!!! Food. And Mystery. What not to love!!!
    Oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  46. Sounds really good.
    pmettert@yahoo.com

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  47. Waiting to hear from the winner before I share the news with all of you!

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  48. Congratulations to Darlene Peterson, who will be sipping ea from a Spice Shop mug made with a gingerbread man tea infuser all the long winter, up in the Northwoods of Minnesota!

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  49. Thank you, Leslie. With the temperatures falling here in Minnesota, a good cup of tea or hot chocolate is a necessity of life.

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