It made me so happy to see Killing Thyme (A Spice Shop Mystery #3) by Leslie Budewitz on the October releases! This series has made me feel so at home in a place I've never been and has a heroine that I adore. That, and you seriously can't go wrong with anything from Leslie Budewitz.
From the back of the 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?
It is always so much fun to be back with Pepper and her friends, family, and even her ex. Oh, and let's not leave out Arf. Pepper is my kind of heroine, really, intelligent, and not perfect in all of her guesses. I loved getting to see all of my old favorites and was thrilled to meet the new additions to the shop crew. The pacing is as beautiful as the setting, and the reveal came before I was able to figure it out.
The mystery was complex as with the last last part. I really thought it was skillfully intertwined into the world that has already been established rather than thrown on top - that is fabulous. It felt purposeful, yes still cozy. Each time I think Leslie Budewitz has outdone herself and I'm always amazed to see she continues to grow as a writer. Her ability to craft a deep mystery takes this beyond genre writing.
In the back of the book you will find delicious recipes, including a cheese spread and ginger snaps! Both are on my list to make. You can pick up this series right here as it is a complete mystery, or use the time between now and its release on October 4th to catch up with the other parts, which I also fully recommend.
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