A Spice Shop Mystery

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 886 ratings

Assault and Pepper Publisher's Summary

Pepper Reece, owner of the Seattle Spice Shop, thinks she can handle any kind of salty customer - until a murderer ends up in the mix.

After leaving a dicey marriage and losing a beloved job in a corporate crash, Pepper Reece has found a new zest for life running a busy spice and tea shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Her aromatic creations are the talk of the town, and everyone stops by for a cup of her refreshing spice tea, even other shopkeepers and market regulars.

But when a panhandler named Doc shows up dead on the store's doorstep, a Seattle Spice Shop cup in his hand, the local gossip gets too hot for Pepper to handle - especially after the police arrest one of her staffers, Tory Finch, for murder. Tory seems to know why she's a suspect, but she refuses to do anything to curry favor with the cops. Convinced her reticent employee is innocent, Pepper takes it on herself to sniff out some clues. Only, if she's not careful, Pepper's nosy ways might make her next on the killer's list.

©2015 Leslie Ann Budewitz (P)2016 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • Assault and Pepper

    • Spice Shop Mystery Series, Book 1
    • By: Leslie Budewitz
    • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 569
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 516
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 511

    After leaving a dicey marriage and losing a beloved job in a corporate crash, Pepper Reece has found a new zest for life running a busy spice and tea shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Her aromatic creations are the talk of the town, and everyone stops by for a cup of her refreshing spice tea, even other shopkeepers and market regulars. But when a panhandler named Doc shows up dead on the store's doorstep, a Seattle Spice Shop cup in his hand, the local gossip gets too hot for Pepper to handle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good read :0)

    • By SO on 12-09-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • Guilty as Cinnamon

    • Spice Shop Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Leslie Budewitz
    • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176

    Springtime in Seattle's Pike Place Market means tasty foods and wide-eyed tourists, and Pepper's Spice Shop is ready for the crowds. With flavorful combinations and a fresh approach, she's sure to win over the public. Even better, she's working with several local restaurants as their chief herb and spice supplier. Business is cooking - until one of Pepper's potential clients, a young chef named Tamara Langston, is found dead, her life extinguished by the dangerously hot ghost chili - a spice Pepper carries in her shop.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific book

    • By Juliesa on 08-02-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 3

    • Killing Thyme

    • Spice Shop Mystery Series, Book 3
    • By: Leslie Budewitz
    • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nice, clean mysteries with a great history of spices and Seattle.

    • By Cylathia Daniel on 02-05-17

    Regular price: $27.99