Loved the story from the get-go! This is the third story in the Spice Shop series. There are recipes in the back which are the ones she discusses in the novel. It is the same wonderful setup with several mysteries to solve and one minor issue to resolve. In this case: several deaths, old history, a bracelet, and a reviewer all complicate the lives of those who work at the Pike Street Market and in the Spice Shop in particular.
Pepper Reece is once again up to her eyeballs in murder and mayhem while managing her spice shop. Her mom is in town and they go to the Pike Street Market where they discover a newcomer is actually an old friend. Sadly, this woman is murdered in a matter of days and Pepper's mom is considered a suspect.
To make matters worse, when her friend holds an open house party to show off her renovations, her friend also shows off a beautiful bracelet she discovered in the back recesses of her house. It is while she shows off her home that someone steals the bracelet. And Pepper realizes that the murder and the missing bracelet have a shared past that casts a long shadow over the group of friends and family members. The question is whether or not Pepper can come up with the answers while dishing out her favorite recipes involving thyme.
Another book in this series and it is just great! I love the recipes in the back of the novel as they are something to look forward to once I've read the story. Ms. Budewitz does an outstanding job making this book a standalone in a series. Already I'm drooling over the prospects of reading the next book in this series as the characters continue to flourish and grow with each story. So enjoy killing time by reading this book!
In Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Spice Shop owner Pepper Reece is savoring her business success, but soon finds her plans disrupted by a killer in the latest from the national bestselling author of Guilty as Cinnamon.
Pepper Reece’s to-do list is longer than the shopping list for a five-course dinner, as she conjures up spice blends bursting with seasonal flavor, soothes nervous brides fretting over the gift registry, and crosses her fingers for a rave review from a sharp-tongued food critic. Add to the mix a welcome visit from her mother, Lena, and she’s got the perfect recipe for a busy summer garnished with a dash of fun.
While browsing in the artists’ stalls, Pepper and Lena drool over stunning pottery made by a Market newcomer. But when Lena recognizes the potter, Bonnie Clay, as an old friend who disappeared years ago, the afternoon turns sour. To Pepper’s surprise, Bonnie seems intimately connected to her family’s past. After Bonnie is murdered only days later, Pepper is determined to uncover the truth. But as Pepper roots out long-buried secrets, will she be digging her own grave?