Ginger Snapped: A Spice Shop Mystery
by Gail Oust
Ginger Snapped: A Spice Shop Mystery
5th in Series
Minotaur Books (December 12, 2017)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Kindle ASIN: B071LM71RR
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 has written five Spice Shop Mysteries for Minotaur/St. Martin’s. Her favorite pastimes are reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends.
Review of Ginger Snapped
Review (4.5 Stars): What a delightfully charming series!! Piper and Police Chief Wyatt McBride have slowly becomes friends over time and all that is about to change when Chief McBride becomes the number suspect for Shirley Randolph’s death. As Piper searches for clues to help Wyatt, she quickly finds that the killer will do whatever it takes to keep their secrets safe including possibly adding Piper’s name to their list of victims. Will she be able to unmask a killer before it is too late?
This is the first book that I’ve read in this series and I absolutely adored Piper and her best friend, Reba Mae. Piper is a smart, sassy heroine that will keep you on your toes and you will love this quirky cast of memorable characters. Ginger Snapped was a fun, well-written mystery that will keep you coming back for more and I can’t wait to start reading the first book in the series to see what fun I’ve been missing with these fabulous characters.
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