by Pepper Reece, from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
Fish. You know, they don’t actually smell bad, unless they’ve gone bad. And I should know. Every day for the last — gosh, nearly a year now, since I bought the Seattle Spice Shop in the Pike Place Market — I’ve been walking by the Market’s four fish markets. I’ve become something of an expert in the sights and smells of the fishmongers’ stalls.
If you’ve been to the Market, you’ve probably stood near the entrance on Pike Place, by Rachel, the bronze pig that serves as the Market mascot as well as its piggy bank and the perfect place to snap a picture of your kids, and watched men throw fish under the big clock. “Salmon for St. Louis!” they’ll cry after one of them takes an order and finds out where it’s going. “Halibut for Helena! Crab for Colorado!” If they ever miss and drop a chunk of coho or send a slab of sole the wrong direction, I’ve never seen it.
But there are other fish sellers in the Market, too, less flamboyant but just as tasty. They’ve each got their specialties – their fish niche – and their following.
And their sources. Much of the fish sold in the Market comes through Fishermen’s Terminal, part of the Port of Seattle. There’s a particular fisherman who docks there who’s becoming particularly close to my heart ...
At Seattle Spice, we’ve got all the herbs and spices you need to accentuate those flavors and fill your kitchen with the sweetest scent of all: Good food, made with care and served from the heart, for the people you love.
Come on in. We’re open. You never know what the Catch of the Day might be.
Got a favorite fish or a way to prepare seafood? We’ve been playing with seafood blends I bought on my last trip to Seattle, and I’m especially fond of a lemon-basil blend on flaky white fish!
"A treat for the senses." --- librarian and reviewer Lesa Holstine, on the Spice Shop Mysteries
From the cover of CHAI ANOTHER DAY, Spice Shop Mystery #4 (Seventh St. Books, June 2019):
Seattle Spice Shop owner Pepper Reece probes murder while juggling a troubled employee, her mother's house hunt, and a fisherman who's set his hook for her.
As owner of the Spice Shop in Seattle's famed Pike Place Market, Pepper Reece is always on the go. Between conjuring up new spice blends and serving iced spice tea to customers looking to beat the summer heat, she finally takes a break for a massage. But the Zen moment is shattered when she overhears an argument in her friend Aimee's vintage home decor shop that ends in murder.
Wracked by guilt over her failure to intervene, Pepper investigates, only to discover a web of deadly connections that could ensnare a friend - and Pepper herself.
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. Her first historical short story, "All God's Sparrows," is nominated for the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story; read it on her website. A past president of Sisters in Crime and a current board member of Mystery Writers of America, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.
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