Cinnamon Toasted (Hardcover)

A Spice Shop Mystery (Spice Shop Mystery Series #3)

By Gail Oust

Minotaur Books, 9781250011060, 320pp.

Publication Date: December 15, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Mass Market (10/4/2016)
MP3 CD (7/19/2016)

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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.

About the Author

The author of the Bunco Babes mystery series, GAIL OUST is often accused of flunking retirement. Hearing the words "maybe it's a dead body" while golfing fired her imagination for writing a cozy. Ever since then, she has spent more time on a computer than at a golf course. She lives with her husband in McCormick, South Carolina.

Praise For Cinnamon Toasted: A Spice Shop Mystery (Spice Shop Mystery Series #3)

"Oust does the formula proud, adding a kick to this mystery/romance that's so piquant it might have come straight out of Piper's shop."-Kirkus

"Someone is willing to kill for computer software in Oust’s genial third mystery featuring Piper Prescott (after 2014’s Kill ’Em with Cayenne), the owner of a spice shop called Spice It Up!... The insatiably curious Piper gets in the way of the good-looking police chief, but of course she’s unstoppable. Cozy fans will enjoy the Oktoberfest backdrop."—Publishers Weekly

“Tasty... Plenty of spice lore adds flavor to this amiable mystery.” —Publishers Weekly on Kill 'Em with Cayenne

“[A] quality first in a Southern cozy series... The practical, vulnerable Piper turns to her colorful BBF, Reba Mae Johnson, for help in proving her innocence. Two possible love interests add spice-and that's not counting Piper's former husband. This is a must-read for fans of Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series, as well as those who like culinary mysteries.” —Publishers Weekly on Rosemary and Crime

“Piper's real-life problems as she negotiates her peril, along with some sassy small talk from Reba, will have fans of Oust (Shake, Murder, and Roll, 2011, etc.) looking for the sequel.” —Kirkus on Rosemary and Crime

“Struggles with her teen daughter and problems trying to keep business going add dimension to the story of Piper's sleuthing efforts. A strong cast of secondary characters add to the appeal. Fans of Jenn McKinlay and Ellery Adams will want to add this series to their reading lists.” —Booklist on Rosemary and Crime

“Gail Oust has crafted an excellent mystery, chock full of savory treats including a charming small town atmosphere and a lively, engaging heroine, accented with a sprinkling of delicious spices. Truly a cut above -- and highly recommended!” —Donna Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Hen of the Baskervilles on Rosemary and Crime

“Gail Oust has whipped up a killer read featuring the snappy new amateur sleuth Piper Prescott. Added into the mystery mix are a sweet puppy, a troublesome ex, a charming new beau and a smokin' hot chief of police. Rosemary and Crime is a character-driven zip zap of a tale with a robust mystery that readers will relish.” —Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of Book, Line, and Sinker on Rosemary and Crime

“A down-but-not-out divorcee deals with a new life, an appealing but challenging teenage daughter, and murder, teeming up with a spunky dog in a delightful Southern romp. Fast, freewheeling, and fun.” —Carolyn Hart, national bestselling author of What the Cat Saw on Rosemary and Crime

“A delicious new mystery series guaranteed to make you hungry for more. Gail Oust's warm, witty characters bring southern charm to life.” —Krista Davis, national bestselling author of The Diva Digs Up the Dirt on Rosemary and Crime

Rosemary and Crime is a custom blend of humor and suspense with an added dash of flavorful characters. Piper Prescott is a tasteful addition to the world of amateur sleuths. Gail Oust has created a delicious new addition to the world of cozy mysteries. I'm definitely adding her to my must-read list.” —Jacklyn Brady, national bestselling author of Arsenic and Old Cake