Friday, December 27, 2019

The Post-Holiday Shopping Buzz by @LeslieBudewitz

by Pepper Reece 
from the Spice Shop Mysteries 
by Leslie Budewitz

Honestly, where did all these people come from?

It’s two days after Christmas, the capstone of the holiday cooking and shopping season. What are they doing down here, in Seattle's Pike Place Market? They can’t possibly be hungry.

Or maybe they can. Their Hannukkah celebration didn’t include falafel, so here they are.

No doughnuts or cheesecake in the Christmas stocking, so here they are.

Santa ate all the cookies, so here they are.

They didn’t get everything they wanted under the tree, so here they are, eager to buy themselves a present.

Their friends and family are still visiting, and they’ve got to get out of the house. What better way to celebrate the season of love and togetherness by fighting for a parking spot or a seat on the light rail, pushing through the crowds, and scoring a sample cup of my spice tea?

What better way to prepare for ringing in the New Year than by picking up great food – produce, cheese, bread, meat and fish – in the Market?

What better way to celebrate any season than by spicing it up with a little something from Seattle Spice?

Wishing you a spicy New Year, my friends, filled with good food, good friends, and good books! 

From the cover of CHAI ANOTHER DAY, Spice Shop Mystery #4 (Seventh St. Books): 

 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 winner of Agatha Awards in three categories. Death al Dente, the first Food Lovers' Village Mystery, won Best First Novel in 2013, following her 2011 win in Best Nonfiction. Her first historical short story, "All God's Sparrows," won 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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