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Old rivalries heat up in the fourth Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade mystery from the national bestselling author of In Hot Water.
Fire chief Stella Griffin has been put in charge of judging the annual recipe contest, but Eric—her resident ghost and true culinary genius—has vanished. Before she can track down his latest haunt, she’s called in to investigate a local moonshine distillery that was set ablaze, making her realize there’s more than pies and cakes cooking in Sweet Pepper.
As rumors of a revived whiskey war ignite, Stella turns to the town’s elders to help her find answers. The past might have some clues as to what has sparked the present fires. But when following a lead lands her in buried rubble, Stella realizes she must extinguish this case fast or she might be going down in flames.
Sweet Pepper Hero by J.J. Cook is the fourth book in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery series featuring the feisty fire chief Stella Griffin. This is a series I am planning on re-reading earlier books and catching up on the books/novellas I have missed. I’m hoping to do that this year for the Finishing the Series reading challenge I’ve signed up for. 🙂
In this installment, Stella is facing a lot of issues. The ghost she lives with is missing, and she’s not sure how to get him back. A fire/explosion at an illegal moonshine distillery has Stella and the police scrambling to find out what happened. Stella is also having culinary issues with preparing and keeping a journal of recipes for the annual festival contest. Without her ghost, Eric, there to help in the kitchen, things are a little out of Stella’s league.
This is a great cozy. It has all the elements I look for in a cozy: great lead characters, quirky supporting characters, an awesome small-town setting, and a well-written mystery to keep me guessing ’til the end. The story kept me interested all the way through. If you haven’t tried this series, you should. I love the paranormal elements, the foodie elements and the fire department connection.
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