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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.
Cinnamon Toasted by Gail Oust is the third installment in her Spice Shop mystery series. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I was quite pleased. Piper owns Spice It Up! – a spice shop in Brandywine Creek, Georgia. She’s juggling life as a business owner, a mom of teens, and a 40ish year old woman when something else lands on her plate: a dead body at her ex mother-in-law’s house. Piper’s amateur sleuthing comes into play as she tries to find out who killed Chip before Melly, her ex mother-in-law, ends up in the slammer.
Even though I have not read the two previous books in this series, I was hoping I would be able to easily follow along with the story. The author does a good job of setting up characters and the town of Brandywine Creek, so that even new readers to the series can jump right in and enjoy the mystery. Cinnamon Toasted by Gail Oust was an enjoyable read. It was a well-plotted cozy, that had many viable suspects, keeping me guessing until the end. Piper is a character who is easy to like. She has an adorable sounding dog named Casey. I loved my visit to Brandywine Creek, and I will be adding the earlier books in this series to my TBR. Oust pens a cozy mystery that includes many of the things I love about cozies: the mystery starts right at the beginning; the characters are easy to like; the setting is somewhere you would like to visit; the mystery has enough twists to keep me guessing without feeling overly suspenseful.
I definitely recommend Cinnamon Toasted by Gail Oust for anyone who loves cozy mysteries or just a good mystery in general. It was a book that I didn’t want to put down and one that made me want to go back and read older books in the series. I found the spice related tidbits and recipes interesting and a good inclusion with the story.
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