I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz
Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
Published by Berkley Pages: 304
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Dara Rosenberg
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Also by this author: Guilty as Cinnamon (Spice Shop Mystery, #2), Death al Dente, Crime Rib, Butter Off Dead
The Agatha Award-winning author of Crime Rib is proud to introduce Pepper Reece, the owner of the Seattle Spice Shop who thinks she can handle any kind of salty customer—until a murderer ends up in the mix…
After leaving a dicey marriage and losing a beloved job in a corporate crash, Pepper Reece has found a new zest for life running a busy spice and tea shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Her aromatic creations are the talk of the town, and everyone stops by for a cup of her refreshing spice tea, even other shopkeepers and Market regulars. But when a panhandler named Doc shows up dead on the store’s doorstep, a Seattle Spice Shop cup in his hand, the local gossip gets too hot for Pepper to handle—especially after the police arrest one of Pepper’s staffers, Tory Finch, for murder.
Tory seems to know why she’s a suspect, but she refuses to do anything to curry favor with the cops. Convinced her reticent employee is innocent, Pepper takes it on herself to sniff out some clues. Only, if she’s not careful, Pepper’s nosy ways might make her next on the killer’s list…
What I thought of this book.
Pepper Reece became the owner of a spice shop after a divorce and lose of her corporate job. She is up for just about anything or so she thought at least until a murder happens at her door. The older panhandler known as doc.
When one of her own employees is accused of murdering him, she sets out to prove that she didn’t do it. She just can’t believe that Tory would have killed anyone even after she finds out who doc really is and other things.
It does seem that there are a few others out there who have a reason to want doc dead, but Pepper just can’t figure out who it might be. The police would rather she stay out of things, especially her ex-husband who is a cop. Though it seems that even though he was a jerk he still has a soft spot for her and doesn’t want to see her get hurt.
It took me a bit to get into this one but I am not sure if it was because it was a narrator I wasn’t used too and I just wasn’t keen on her voice at first or the pacing, but once I got into it I started to enjoy it. It has a good mystery and interesting characters. I learnt a lot about spices I didn’t know before so I always like it when that happens.
I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good cozy!
This is my first time listening to Dara Rosenberg and she is okay but I think I might need to listen to a few more to decide what I think about her.