Seattle Spice Shop owner Pepper Reece probes murder while juggling a troubled employee, her mother's house hunt, and a fisherman who's set his hook for her.
As owner of the Spice Shop in Seattle's famed Pike Place Market, Pepper Reece is always on the go. Between conjuring up new spice blends and serving iced spice tea to customers looking to beat the summer heat, she finally takes a break for a massage. But the Zen moment is shattered when she overhears an argument in her friend Aimee's vintage home decor shop that ends in murder.
Wracked by guilt over her failure to intervene, Pepper investigates, only to discover a web of deadly connections that could ensnare a friend - and Pepper herself.
Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, fun, and mystery in the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and the Food Lover's Village Mysteries, set in northwest Montana. Leslie’s first mystery, DEATH AL DENTE, won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. She also won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction. Her first historical short story, “All God’s Sparrows,” set in Montana Territory in 1885, is nominated for the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story. The 2015-16 president of Sisters in Crime and a board member of Mystery Writers of America, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, Don Beans, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Squirt, a.k.a. Mr. Kitten, an avid bird-watcher.