from the Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
Strange times in Pike Place Market, a place that prides itself on being the longest continually-operating public market in the country, and on closing only two days a year, Easter and Christmas.
But here at Seattle Spice, we’re busy keeping the salt and pepper flowing, the coriander cooking, and the oregano on thyme. Many of our commercial customers are food producers—butchers, bakers, picklers, and jam makers—and they’re working long hours to keep their products on store shelves, real and virtual. Others are restaurants, many focusing on takeout or delivery. We’re still sending our monthly Spice Club packages and doing, as they say, land-office business, shipping our spices and blends all across the country. Market staff has set up locations for easy curb-side pickup.
Here’s what we’re reading, at the end of the work day:
Drinking French by David Lebovitz – Lordy, some days. I mean, really, what a great life this former California pastry chef’s created! His latest travail? Traveling around France, drinking cocktails and chocolate chaud and on and on. Cheers!
The Diva Spices It Up by Krista Davis – Need I say more? I adore the Domestic Diva mysteries. Not only can Sophie cook and sleuth, she loves vintage dishware as much as I do!
Lavender Blue Murder: A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs – One of my favorite authors brews up trouble in this delicious mystery named for one of my favorite herbs.
Deep Fried Revenge: A Farm to Fork mystery by Lynn Cahoon – Murder at the State Fair. So tasty!
Shredding the Evidence: A Cookbook Nook Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber – If I didn’t love the spice shop so much, I think I’d run a bookstore. And one that specializes in cookbooks? Well, it’s great to have a dream job in reserve, in case this one doesn’t work out!
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Pepper Reece never expected to find solace in bay leaves.
But when her life fell apart at forty and she bought the venerable-but-rundown Spice Shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, her days took a tasty turn. Now she’s savoring the prospect of a flavorful fall and a busy holiday cooking season, until danger bubbles to the surface ...
Between managing her shop, worrying about her staff, and navigating a delicious new relationship, Pepper’s firing on all burners. But when her childhood friend Maddie is shot and gravely wounded, the incident is quickly tied to an unsolved murder that left another close friend a widow.
Convinced that the secret to both crimes lies in the history of a once-beloved building, Pepper uses her local-girl contacts and her talent for asking questions to unearth startling links between the past and present—links that suggest her childhood friend may not have been the Golden Girl she appeared to be. Pepper is forced to face her own regrets and unsavory emotions, if she wants to save Maddie’s life—and her own.
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. 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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