Friday, January 27, 2017

Five Things You Should Know About Me -- Pepper Reece -- #bookgiveaway

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

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of KILLING THYME, the newest book in the series!

1. I did not bribe my elderly neighbor or his children to give me the red apothecary that now occupies the back corner of the Seattle Spice Shop, no matter what my ex husband, Tag, says.

2. My childhood home was not a commune. It was simply a cooperative household founded by two hippie couples eager to stamp out poverty and injustice, provide temporary housing for others working on social justice programs, and raise their children together. And raise a few chickens, although when the neighbors complained, we ate them. Okay, maybe it was a commune. But a small one.

3. I got my nickname from my grandfather when I was only three. On a summer visit, he named me for his favorite baseball player and manager, Pepper Martin of the St. Louis Cardinals. But while I admit to a certain feistiness, and a love of baseball, I have never pulled home plate off the field and thrown it at an umpire.

4. My favorite food is fresh, creamy brie and sun-dried tomatoes on warm, toasted bread served with a slightly tannic Pinot Noir. Today, anyway. I’ll probably pick something completely different tomorrow.

5. When I was a kid tagging after my mother on her weekly visits to the Market, or in the fifteen years I spent working HR for a major Seattle law firm, I would never have imagined that running a spice shop in the Market was the perfect job for me. But it is. Come by for a visit, and with one taste, I’ll make you a believer, too.

What new-to-you spice or blend are you eager to try? Leave a comment below, with your email address, for a chance to win a signed copy of KILLING THYME, the newest in the series. The winner will be chosen at noon, Sunday, January 29. (US and Canadian addresses only, please.)


From the cover:   

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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79 comments:

  1. I'd love to try a different blend of vanilla or cinnamon than I'm used to using. Love the spice shop mysteries! mcastor07@gmail.com

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    1. Penzeys and the Spice Merchants make some interesting blends, though I haven't tried them yet. The Cinnamon Toast blend from World Spice in Seattle is wonderful!

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  2. Love this series. Love her conflict with Tag.

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    1. Sweetheart or scoundrel -- oh, that Tag! Glad you like the books!

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  3. I haven't tried anything with turmeric that I know of so want to try some dish that has it. Thank you for the chance. Lady(dot)Janel(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. That's what's in the big bowl in the top photo, at the Wednesday Market in Arles, France. A pinch can add a beautiful color to a rice dish, and it has medicinal properties as well.

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  4. I've been adding Turmeric to my chicken soup when I make it. I like the color it adds and I'm told it is quite healthy. I also started using cayenne when I do breading for fried chicken breasts. We love that little kick it adds to the dish.

    I've been reading this series from the beginning and really enjoy the stories and the characters. Please let me win so I can add it to my home library.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Oh, yes! Mr. Right adds a little cayenne or smoked paprika to his baked chicken and fish -- love it.

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  5. I'd like to use saffron. Thank-you for the opportunity.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

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    1. Ah, the delicate threads of the Spanish crocus! Enjoy!

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  6. I'd like to learn about and try the Mediterranean way of spicing dishes. annelovell12@yahoo.com

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    1. Lots of oregano, to start! I share your love of Mediterranean food -- visited a lovely Med restaurant in So Cal a couple of weeks ago. Oh, the lamb!

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  7. A spice which I would enjoy greatly is ginger which is very healthy.elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I wonder if the health benefits outweigh the sugar and oil in Pepper's gingersnaps?!

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  8. A lovely post. I would like to try turmeric which is unique and appealing as well as a beneficial spice. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I love smoky foods, so I'd love to try any smoked spice or blend. I use a lot of (too much?) smoked paprika when I cook, but haven't tried any other smoked spices. I'm hoping to find some time to get down to our town's new-ish spice shop and check it out. And I'm really eager to read Killing Thyme! Thanks for the fun facts about Pepper and the great giveaway! aleonardi (at) my.com

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    1. Smoked paprika is fabulous, isn't it? Thanks for the kind words.

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  10. I'm a spicy food gal! Such a fun post!

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    1. You're just plain a spicy gal, aren't you?! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. So many spices have health benefits as well as providing flavor to foods, especially ginger and turmeric. I would love to incorporate turmeric into some dishes. mlarkin at rmrgroup dot com.

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  12. I love learning new ways to use spices, and, for the first time, have discovered the joys of really fresh flavors. bobwiesmann(at)gmail(dot)com.

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    1. Pepper's mission! I hope you enjoy the recipes in the Spice Shop books!

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  13. I love this post I use ginger a lot - more than my family wishes I did! but I love it. Would love these books thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Hmm, ginger beef, gingersnaps, ginger tea. Gingered pumpkin apple soup. I think I need more ginger recipes! Suggestions???

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  14. I use alot of spices when I cook and bake. Being a diabetic the use of spices is a art for sure! Thanks for sharing your blog and contest! ♡

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    1. Veronique, yes -- herbs and spices are definitely your friend!

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  15. I can't think of anything specific I'm wanting to try right now but as I was reading the first 2 Seattle Spice Shop books I had lists of ideas going all over the place! I'm so excited to read this one...I'm trying to force myself to wait until closer to summer when our trip to Seattle is planned. :) It's silly I know but I'm excited! Thanks for the chance to win too!
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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    1. Oh, novels as travel guides! Enjoy the trip -- lucky you!

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  16. This is a great series leading me into an entertaining reading adventure and spice lesson. Thanks...
    kat8762@aol.com

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  17. Hi, I haven't read your books...yet....now, having read your intro, I'll be looking out for them and reading. Besides, I love the titles!

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    1. Aren't they great? They've been a lot of fun to brainstorm.

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  18. Ah, spices and herbs. Where would our taste buds be without them?
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  19. Loved the post. It looks so interesting. Would love to read. Been experimenting with spices off and on for awhile. Our favorite blends I have been working up here at home. Buying the organic spices and herbs to use. Really working on that. One we tried a few months ago that we just loved was Herbes de Provence. Had a harder time than expected to get the lavender in a really good organic food grade type. My adult son for some reason really loves using a lot of Lawry's Seasoning salt. Finally located the recipe for it. It has turmeric in it. And sugar. Which I did not put in. He didn't really notice the difference. I just mixed it up and put it in the Lawry jar. Have yet to read one of your books and am so hoping this will be an early start. Your books are on my TBR. But things are a little slow. My son said he was going to give me some money to spend at the book store. So I am hoping they will have some of the Spice Shop books. Thank you for the early chance at one of your books. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

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    1. Hey, Della, love your enthusiasm for spice blends -- and for making your own. Love, love, love herbes de Provence -- the lavender is so much fun! Good eyes, spotting that hidden sugar -- sneaky you!

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  20. I've recently been addicted to making homemade soups from scratch. I've been experimenting with cumin, chipotle and fresh parsley. (Lately I've been putting parsley on everything!) I can't wait to read your newest book. I love all the titles! jamuller312@gmail.com

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  21. I'd like to try to add more cinnamon & turmeric to my cooking.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Another vote for turmeric! I think I should play with it a bit, and post a recipe or two over at www.MysteryLoversKitchen.com, where I share Tuesdays with the amazing Cleo Coyle.

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  22. Have used fennel once or twice - need to find new recipes using it. Also have been trying to use ginger in more cooking.

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    1. I love fennel! And there was a time when I had no idea what to do with it. Guilty as Cinnamon includes a recipe for baked breakfast sausages with fennel seed, and Killing Thyme a salad with fennel that I just love! And the fennel fave in our house, Tuscan Bean Soup with Asiago Toasts, and fennel! Enjoy!
      http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com/2016/11/tuscan-bean-soup-with-asiago-toasts.html

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  23. I would like to try smoked paprika. I see it used quite a bit on the cooking shows and I had a hard time finding it in the grocery store. I finally found it at Menards. Can't wait to try a recipe with it.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, it's a treat -- and yes, I think you're more likely to find it at a spice shop or specialty store. Enjoy!

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  24. I would like to try smoked paprika. I see it used quite a bit on the cooking shows and I had a hard time finding it in the grocery store. I finally found it at Menards. Can't wait to try a recipe with it.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Not sure, but I do like to put Mrs. Dash on my food! I don't really experiment with spices. The paprika in the previous comment makes me think of Chicken Paprikas which I get at Tony Packo's in my neighborhood.

    I like how the newest book has a lighter cover than the previous ones so they don't all look alike.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(com)

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    1. Aren't the covers fun? The same artist also did the covers for my Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, and for Barbara Ross's Maine Clam Bake series, which has a very different look. Love his covers!

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  26. love cover..would love to read book..
    greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl! The expression on the dog's face cracks me up every time!

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  27. My mother never cooked with spices so I don't know how! Would love to learn how to use any spice. mommatoodle at msn dot com

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    1. Stick with me, sister, and you'll learn a trick or two!

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  28. I love the basics Rosemary, thyme, parsley, sage, etc.and I guess really I am a plain eater not much on spices other than those...might try to expand out to cinnamon...thank you for the contest..
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. Cinnamon is a wonderful spice -- extremely versatile. Try a dash in your morning coffee, for starters! (Can you tell what I'm sipping right now?!)

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  29. In our family, we grew up cooking with French Cajun spices, from my mother's side of the family and Italian spices, from my father's side of the family. So spices have always been important in my cooking. That is the one thing I immediately notice sometimes, in my travels to other parts of the country, how bland food can be. I want to run into the restaurant's kitchen and tell them to try a little Tony's or just a bit of garlic, lol. Spices make such a difference in every dish.

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    1. Your part of the country has such a rich food culture -- I LOVED eating in New Orleans last fall, and brought home several yummy spice combos. < rubbing my hands together, thinking up something for tonight! >

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  30. I would love to try saffron but it is so expensive even in small amounts. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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    1. It is. Maybe a bit of saffron rice next time you're in a Mediterranean restaurant?

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  31. I've been wanting to try turmeric.
    donna (dot) durnell (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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    1. If this were a contest, turmeric would win!
      Oh, wait, it is a contest ...

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  32. I have been trying to find smoked paprika for some time & would love to try other smoked spices. I enjoy most spices & herbs & want to try & expand my knowledge & collection of all of them. Really enjoy your books & have picked up lots of ideas from your stories. Thanks for the chance to win. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Doward. Smoked paprika is a revelation. You can almost smell the open fire and hear the Gypsy music when you add it to a dish!

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  33. I have the cinnamon toast blend from World Spice Market and love it too. I also ordered turmeric and Aleppo pepper to try for the first time. I think I would love any cayenne blend, and you're right, Leslie, that Penzey's has wonderful spice blends ~

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    1. Oh, glad you tried it, Celia! Blends are so much fun -- a world of flavor in a jar!

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  34. Ginger is what I'd like to use more of. Love the books and covers. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Donamae! The covers are so much fun!

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  35. I'm a garlic & pepper person, go figure Italians..yep that's me, don't let the married name fool you...nani_geplcs@yahoo.com is the email i use all the time :)

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  36. I'd like to experiment with some of Middle Eastern herb/spice blends, like harissa!
    fillmore(dot)carol614(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I loved these books, from the cover to the content! I am partial to books about my home... but also mysteries, and food... You got me three ways. That was to buy the 1st book... But now I am HOOKED.

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  38. We've been experimenting with spice blends for mulled wine. Taste testing is fun. cheers@Marjimmanor.com

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  39. Turmeric, garlic, ginger and cayenne pepper are key ingredients to a great anti inflammatory soup I just started making last year. Health issues, still not entirely sure what is going on, but I have found that this soup does help and it tastes great! We use a lot of spices in our house and always looking for something new to try. I love Pepper!
    Thank you for the fun books and the great giveaway. konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Love dill and parsley. The book sounds great!

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  41. I'm looking for a new combination of spices that includes turmeric and black pepper to add to my breading mix for eggplant. I'll add your latest book to my to-read list .

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  42. I would like to find more recipes that use tumeric because it's supposed to be so healthy.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  43. Not as adventureous as I use to be. Finding out I have a lot more allergies than I use to. However, I try to add cinnamon to a few more things. Helps the body to regulate your sugar a bit and adds a nice fragrance to the kitchen.

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  44. I enjoy finding different spice blends to use in my dishes when I cook. The best are the ones that don't require any additional salt added to them to work. Thanks for sharing information on Leslie Budewitz's newest book. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. AND THE WINNER IS ... Sharon Berger, aka Traveler. Thank you all for playing along! May all your reading wishes come true.

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  46. turmeric would be nice to try never had it or curry thank you debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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