Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cozy Review: Kill 'Em with Cayenne: A Spice Shop Mystery (Spice Shop Mystery Series)

I've finished "Kill 'Em with Cayenne" the 2nd book in her Spice Shop Mystery series by Gail Oust.

Kill 'Em with Cayenne, a brand new finger-lickin’ good mystery from Gail Oust, featuring small-town Georgia spice shop owner Piper Prescott, a smart and spunky amateur sleuth.

Spices are flying off the shelves of Spice It Up!, and Piper Prescott couldn’t be happier. It’s that time of year again — time for the annual Brandywine Creek Barbecue Festival. Soon contestants and BBQ aficionados from all over the Southeast will converge on the town. Many of Brandywine Creek’s citizens plan to participate in the week-long festivities and are busily concocting savory rubs and sassy sauces. Among the locals vying for the grand prize are Becca Dapkins and Maybelle Humphries. The women have been arch enemies ever since Buzz Oliver dumped Maybelle after a thirteen-year courtship and started seeing Becca.

When Becca’s body is found near one of the festival booths, bludgeoned by a brisket, Maybelle becomes one of Chief Wyatt McBride’s top suspects. Determined to help clear her friend’s name, Piper begins her own investigation, much to McBride’s consternation. As the festival draws closer, will Piper and Reba Mae be able to find the real killer and clear Maybelle’s name? Will Piper make it to the annual shag contest with Doug Winters, the mild-mannered vet she’s been seeing? And, who will win the BBQ cook-off?

About the Author

The author of the Bunco Babes mystery series, GAIL OUST is often accused of flunking retirement. Hearing the words "maybe it's a dead body" while golfing fired her imagination for writing a cozy. Ever since then, she has spent more time on a computer than at a golf course. Kill ‘Em with Cayenne is the second novel in her Spice Shop mystery series. She lives with her husband in McCormick, South Carolina.

Product Details
Series: Spice Shop Mystery Series (Book 2)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (December 16, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250011051
ISBN-13: 978-1250011053

My Review:

I really enjoyed the animosity between Becca and Maybelle because the writing was so witty and funny.  Glad that Buzz still cares enough about Maybelle to check up on her at night by driving by her house.

I really love the interaction between Chief Wyatt McBride and Piper because it's funny and you can feel the attraction between them even though she is dating Doug.

Love the recipes at the end and I definitely will try them out!


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