Monday, April 27, 2020

What’s New on the Spice Shop Book Shelves?

By Pepper Reece 
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.

And if you’ve been in the shop, you know we don’t just sell spice. We’ve got shelves and shelves crammed with cookbooks, chef memoirs, and foodie fiction. Just give us a call or visit our website, and we’ll be happy – delighted, thrilled, overjoyed – to tuck a book or two into your package, along with our herbes de Provence or Italian blend. And if you add a jar of our Chai for Baking Blend or a bag of Assam tea and chai spices, we’ll toss in a germ-free air-kiss at no extra charge!

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!

It’s the Killer Characters’ Spring Fling! Tell me what you’re cooking or reading for a chance to win a bookseller gift card!  

And I'm celebrating independent booksellers! Order a book from an indie -- online or locally -- then pop over to my Facebook page and tell me about it. When the chaos ends and bookstores reopen, I'll choose a winner of a book of mine or a bookstore gift card. 



From the cover of THE SOLACE OF BAY LEAVES, Spice Shop Mystery #5 (Seventh St. Books), coming July 21, 2020: 

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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48 comments:

  1. I’m currently reading Eggs in Purgatory but in general, I’m reading all cozy mysteries I’ve managed to collect on my Kindle or as physical books. Cozies are the best escape ever from the current weirdness! Thanks for your giveaway, Tari H barbie17 (at) gmail ( dot) com

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    1. By my cousin, "Laura Childs," the first in her Cackleberry Club series. Such fun!

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  2. I just finished a few books and am looking for my next one. Not sure what to read next.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. Today I am cooking spare ribs in the crockpot. Thanks for the chance.
    Jess
    maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I've been baking up a storm. Brownies & cookies - chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal to name a few. Thanks for the opportunity.
    ryannaward71 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  5. I love the book cover, Pepper -- your dog with the cup of tea (chai, perhaps?) is wonderful. I just finished Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope series and the first Maisie Dobbs book. bobandcelia(at)sbcglobal(dot)net ~

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    1. Thanks -- I'm in love with Arf myself! The Maisie Dobbs series is wonderful -- that first book is particularly rich. One of the few series I've actually managed to keep up with!

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  6. I have been cooking salmon with kale, chicken stews and reading Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. love the cover - thanks for the opportunity - I have been cooking in corckpot lately. jcook22@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks! Fun to see the Market at night, isn't it?

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  8. I am reading captivating novels which provide an escape. The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons, and The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. I cook health but simple meals with roasted veggies, baked fish and pasta primavera. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Good choices for both the kitchen and the reading chair!

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  9. I just started Shredding the Evidence last night. As for cooking/baking, I made the blueberry cream cheese bread from Death of A Blueberry Tart - and I added lemon zest to the batter. My husband brought home two very large lemons when he went to get the blueberries, so I hd to add some lemon. Thanks for the chance. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I also enjoyed reading Shredding the Evidence. Attending a food bowl festival (virtually) was fun.
    grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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    1. A virtual food bowl festival? What fun! Though you had to bring your own samples...

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  11. I’m finishing up Celtic Mythology Tales of Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes By: Philip Freeman and tomorrow going to start Murder in the Storybook Cottage By: Ellery Adams.

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    1. Oh, her brand-new book -- lucky you! (It hasn't even hit Pepper's shelves yet!)

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  12. Reading something new by someone new at the moment; White Elephant by Trish Harnetiaux. For brunch this morning my husband is making waffles (his specialty) and I am making bacon.

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  13. I have been baking a lot of desserts and freezing them for later. I have been reading a lot while waiting on the baking times.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. I just finished "The Book of Candlelight" by Ellery Adams. Great series, hopefully there are more to come in the series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I hope so, too. I haven't read Candlelight yet, but loved the first two.

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  15. I’m reading Hems and Homicide, the first book in a new series by Elizabeth Penney. I’m enjoying it so far. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

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  16. I just read Lucy Burdette's latest, Key Lime Crime. Another fine read!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  17. I'm almost finished with The Arlington Orders by Elliot Mason. Next up is A Sprinkling of Murder by Daryl Wood Gerber.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. I'm reading Redesigning Happiness by Nita Brooks and I'm making Enchiladas for dinner tonight.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  19. Now I want to go (virtual) spice shopping

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  20. I'm reading Shredding the Evidence! A mystery with a cookbook bookstore and a foodie expo event! Best of both worlds. And making sweet potato friend rice for dinner tonight (from the Inspiralizer cookbook). phyllis(at)evanspr(dot)net

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  21. I'm working on Ellie Alexander's Bakeshop Mysteries. Currently reading Another One Bites the Crust.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  22. 1 of the books I'm reading is Lavender Blue Murder among others

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  23. Sharon GuagliardoApril 27, 2020 at 7:54 PM

    I'm reading the Pet Portraits Cozy Mysteries series by Sandi Scott. Yours sounds really good too. catwoman-1 at comcast dot net

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  24. I've been cooking a lot of fried rice recently. Simple and tasty! mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  25. Just finished Apple Cider Slaying and looking forward to #2 in the series, which should arrive in my mailbox on Thursday! Looking forward to the next Spice Shop book too!

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  26. Currently reading Bookmarked for Murder by V.M. Burns. Really looking forward to the next spice shop book!! mcastor07(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. V.M blogs here on Killer Characters! Thanks for the kind words -- isn't the cover of BAY LEAVES fun?

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  27. Cooking dishes I learned from my Mom.
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  28. I’m finishing Tonya Kappes’ arc of Tents, Trails and Turmoil. legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  29. I love the cover!! I'll be doing a bunch of baking tomorrow since it will be cooler. Muffins and cookies. Thanks for the chance. ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Thanks -- the night view of the Market is fun. A whole lot of baking going on these days!

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  30. I have read Murder in the Storybook Cottage by Ellery Adams (just loved it), Pumpkin Spice Peril by Jenn McKinlay (a delight), Botched Butterscotch by Amanda Flower and Tents, Trails and Turmoil by Tonya Kappes. There are so many delightful cozy mysteries coming out this week. I have been cooking homemade chicken noodle soup (yum). I hope everyone is staying safe and sane! Doodlesink(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  31. I am reading a bunch of cozy mysteries. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. It sounds like a great book, love the title.
    Theresa Norris
    weceno at yahoo dot com

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  33. I'm reading Highland Angel by Hannah Howell. We've been eating a lot of different types of omelets!

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  34. Congratulations to the winner, Jane, randomly chosen by Mr. Kitten! She chose a $10 B&N gift card. Thanks to all of you for joining in the fun. Happy Reading and be well,

    Leslie

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