Murder comes well-seasoned in Ginger Snapped, Gail Oust’s newest novel in the charming, “must-read” (Publishers Weekly) Spice Shop mystery series.
Piper Prescott and Police Chief Wyatt McBride might have gotten off on the wrong foot but, over the past year, their interactions have evolved into a friendship of sorts. And when the body of Shirley Randolph is found floating in a fishing hole, their relationship reaches entirely new territory.
Shirley, the town’s Realtor of the Year, was also Wyatt’s suspected romantic interest, and now the residents of Brandywine Creek are speculating that Wyatt is responsible for her death. As the town council moves to suspend the handsome lawman, Piper springs into action to save his reputation and possibly his freedom. She enlists the aid of her BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, along with Wyatt himself, to help solve the puzzle and find Shirley’s real killer.
Pointing them toward high-powered real estate tactics and possible affairs, the investigation soon becomes personal when Piper’s shop, Spice It Up!, is burglarized, and she’s forced off the road late one night, narrowly escaping serious injury. Realizing that she must be close to uncovering the truth, and that the evidence against Wyatt is no longer circumstantial, Piper resorts to drastic measures to prevent a grave miscarriage of justice.
Friends often accuse Gail Oust of flunking retirement. While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, Gail penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym Elizabeth Turner for Avon, Pocket, Berkley, and Kensington. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery. Hearing the words, “maybe it’s a dead body,” while golfing with friends fired her imagination for the Bunco Babe Mystery series originally published by NAL. In conjunction with Beyond the Page Publishing, the Bunco Babe series has been republished in digital format as the Kate McCall Mysteries complete with new titles and a whole new look. Gail is currently writing the Spice Shop Mysteries for Minotaur/St. Martin’s. When she isn’t reading, writing, or sleeping, she can usually be found on the golf course or hanging out with friends.
Book Review by Bree Herron
I always enjoy visiting a series and feel just at home. Gail Oust creates a homey and yet unique mystery in her latest Ginger Snapped. I was thrilled to have a host of new characters to give the stink eye to and it was neat to solve this mystery.
There isn’t much that a reader won’t love about Piper. She is a cool sleuth. I love that in this book we see a bit more of her feelings for a certain law man, but shh… I give nothing away. Piper is another sleuth that I find to just be easy to go along with. She makes reading fun, and her friends are the best.
I really loved the climax to finding the victim in this story. Piper had some good emotions going on and it was interesting to be kept guessing as to who the victim could be (digital copy doesn’t have summary and I do not read the summaries prior to a review).
The author really knows how to keep a reader involved and on their toes. I am never unsatisfied when reading a mystery from this author. I adore Piper and her spice shop, the community of friends and foes, along with wonderful mysteries.
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**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.
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