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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Cinnamon Toasted by Gail Oust

Cinnamon Toasted: A Spice Shop Mystery
(Spice Shop Mystery Series)

Cozy Mystery

3rd in Series
Minotaur Books (December 15, 2015)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250011060
E-Book ASIN: B00Y7S5222
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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.

What I Thought:
This was a very good book that caught my attention and kept it till I closed the back cover.  I really enjoy visiting Brandywine Creek and Piper and all of her eccentric friends.  Piper always seems to get herself mixed up in a murder investigation, and this time, her ex-mother-in-law, Melly, is the prime suspect.  Piper and her BFF, Reba Mae, get themselves into some sticky situations trying to find the real killer.  When all of Piper's theories prove wrong, she wonders if she will ever find out who the killer is and clear Melly's name.  This one was a huge surprise.  I loved the writing in this cozy, and I feel like I know the characters personally.  I look forward to reading more about Piper and her friends.  Great job, Gail.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

About The Author

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 is currently writing the Spice Shop Mysteries for Minotaur/St. Martin’s.  When she isn’t reading, writing, or sleeping, she can usually be found on the golf course or hanging out with friends.
Author Links
Links:  www.gailoust.comGail Oust Author on Facebook, and Goodreads.
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  1. Cinnamon Toasted sounds like a fun cozy!

  2. I think I'll really enjoy reading this book---and gain weight while eating lots of cinnamon rolls while reading.

  3. I have to add this book to my reading list.