Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Case in point: Piper Prescott's former mother-in-law Melly. Beneath her twin sets and pearls beats the heart of a geek a geek whose programming changes for the point-of-sale software in Piper's shop have the owners of the program ready to make her an offer she can't refuse.Read more...
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Case in point: Piper Prescott's former mother-in-law Melly. Beneath her twin sets and pearls beats the heart of a geek a geek whose programming changes for the point-of-sale software in Piper's shop have the owners of the program ready to make her an offer she can't refuse. "Trusty" Rusty Tulley and Chip Balboa swing by Brandywine Creek just in time for the town's annual Oktoberfest, which has cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom flying off Piper's shelves in record numbers. News spreads faster than a text message, and Melly is the toast of the town.
But it isn't long before Melly's status changes to public enemy number one when Chip's body is found at the foot of her basement stairs. Questions start to pile up when handsome police chief Wyatt McBride arrives on the scene and the coroner sets the time of death for the previous evening. McBride wants to know why it took Melly so long to report the incident especially after she admits to arguing with Chip about the contract he wanted her to sign. Piper knows Melly would never hurt a fly, so she enlists the help of her BFF Reba Mae to clear her name but can they find the real killer before Melly gets sent away for good? A mouth-watering entry in Gail Oust's delicious Spice Shop series, Cinnamon Toasted is sure to delight cozy fans of all stripes."
- ISBN-13: 9781250011060
- ISBN-10: 125001106X
- Publisher: Minotaur Books
- Publish Date: December 2015
- Page Count: 320
Series: Spice Shop Mysteries
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-10-19
- Reviewer: Staff
Someone is willing to kill for computer software in Ousts genial third mystery featuring Piper Prescott (after 2014s Kill Em with Cayenne), the owner of a spice shop called Spice It Up! in Brandywine Creek, Ga. Pipers former mother-in-law, Melly Prescott, has surprised everyone, including her pompous ass of a son, by becoming a whiz at software design. Now shes designed a program fix worth a lot of money. But Mellys in real trouble when one of the out-of-town software buyers who calls on her is found dead in her basementand it turns out hes been there for 12 hours. The insatiably curious Piper pokes around and unearths plenty of other suspects, all of whom had reason to want the victim dead. She gets in the way of the good-looking police chief, but of course shes unstoppable. Cozy fans will enjoy the Oktoberfest backdrop, though most will have a good idea of whodunit long before all is revealed at the end. Agent: Jessica Faust, BooksEnds. (Dec.)