Friday, November 27, 2015
Don't Tell Her I Said So -- GUILTY AS CINNAMON -- #bookgiveaway
SEASON'S READINGS! To celebrate the holidays and the launch of GUILTY AS CINNAMON, the second Spice Shop Mysteries, next week, I'm offering TWO signed copies! Leave a comment below for a chance to win.
By Sandra Piniella, from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
Lordy, what a year it’s been! I tell you. First, we get a new boss—Pepper’s a doll but don’t tell her I said so; I’ve got a reputation to protect. Then she sets about “rebranding” the Spice Shop, a fancy word for getting new stationery and business cards. Well, that logo—an old-fashioned glass salt shaker sprinkling salt onto the waves—is just about the cutest thing ever. And Pepper herself came up with it, not that annoying graphic designer who’s all about “hip!” and “modern!” and “new!” As if a big part of the Pike Place Market’s appeal isn’t its history and traditions. Pepper, bless her, manages to balance them both.
But don’t tell her I said so.
And then, a body on our doorstep. I like to died; I almost did, when they took our girl away in handcuffs. Handcuffs, for that sweet thing. Okay, I could smack her for shutting us out and keeping too many secrets, but I understand why. And Pepper. Well, she rose to that occasion like bread in a hot oven. I never would have thought she would find the killer before the police did and bring our girl home in time to---well, I won't spill that secret, if you don't already know. But sure enough. Pepper was loyalty and brilliance personified.
But don’t tell her I said so.
There is one tiny thing I fault her for. I know, hiring is a—well, it rhymes with witch, but don’t tell her.... I suppose she didn’t have much choice, and some women are good at fooling people. That one sure did. If you press me, I’d have to admit, she fooled me, too—for about five minutes.
But she’s gone now, thank goodness. All that happened afterwards—well, you’ll just have to read GUILTY AS CINNAMON for the whole story. Pepper handled it all beautifully.
And you can tell her I said so.
Readers, as the Spice Shop readies for Christmas, I’m celebrating the launch of a new book, GUILTY AS CINNAMON, by offering TWO signed copies. Leave a comment to be entered -- PLEASE include your email address! Ruff the Cat will count your entry twice if you tell us something you’re looking forward to this holiday season! Contest open till midnight Saturday, November 28.
GUILTY AS CINNAMON (Spice Shop Mystery #2, out December 1, from Berkley Prime Crime)
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…
From the cover ...
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…
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. She fell in love with the Pike Place Market as a college student in Seattle, and still makes regular pilgrimages. 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.
Connect with her on her website or on Facebook.