*A Spice Shop Mystery***BY LESLIE BUDEWITZ**

**ABOUT 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**

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?

*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?

**ABOUT THE AUTHOR:**

**Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and her native Montana in her Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime.**

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**eslie is also a lawyer. She graduated from Notre Dame Law School, practiced in Seattle for several years, then returned to Montana, where she still practices civil litigation and employment law. Her first book, Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure, won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction and was nominated for the 2012 Anthony and Macavity awards.**

**A true believer in the power of writers helping other writers, Leslie is an active member of Sisters in Crime and is a founding member of the SinC chapter for new and unpublished writers, the Guppies. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America, the Authors of the Flathead, and Montana Women Writers.**

**Leslie loves to cook, eat, hike, travel, garden, and paint—not necessarily in that order. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, Don Beans, a musician, writer, and doctor of natural medicine, and their Burmese cat, Ruff, an avid bird watcher.**

**SOME OTHER BOOKS BY LESLIE BUDEWITZ:**

**PRAISE FOR**

*SPICE SHOP MYSTERIES:*

*“A dash of humor and a half-turn of charm that will leave readers smiling.”*—J.J. Cook, national bestselling author of the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade mysteries*—Suspense Magazine*

“Pure enjoyment.”“Pure enjoyment.”

*—Connie Archer, national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mysteries*

“A tantalizing mystery and a fragrant treat for the senses.”“A tantalizing mystery and a fragrant treat for the senses.”

*—Daryl Wood Gerber, national bestselling author of the Cookbook Nook Mysteries*

“A smart blend of zesty characters, piquant spices, and scrumptious food.”“A smart blend of zesty characters, piquant spices, and scrumptious food.”

*—The Billings Outpost*

“A solid entry to the mystery genre thanks to Budewitz’s great descriptions, evocative setting and engaging mystery.”“A solid entry to the mystery genre thanks to Budewitz’s great descriptions, evocative setting and engaging mystery.”

*—Booklist*

“This engaging cozy makes the most of its Seattle location, effectively weaves facts about spices and their uses throughout the narrative, and boasts the feisty Pepper at its center. Sure to appeal to fans of Susan Wittig Albert’s China Bayles herbal mysteries.”“This engaging cozy makes the most of its Seattle location, effectively weaves facts about spices and their uses throughout the narrative, and boasts the feisty Pepper at its center. Sure to appeal to fans of Susan Wittig Albert’s China Bayles herbal mysteries.”

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