Playing with Fire by J.J. Cook – Book Review + Giveaway

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playing with firePlaying with Fire by J.J. Cook
A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade #2

Welcome to Sweet Pepper, Tennessee. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s home to the hottest and sweetest peppers in the world—as well as at least one ghost and a hotbed of secrets…

Getting Warmer

Fire Chief Stella Griffin is working to solve the mysterious death of her predecessor, Eric Gamlyn—who also haunts her cabin. Yet the more she learns, the more burning questions she must answer. Just as Stella thinks she has a lead from Deputy Chum, someone snuffs her hopes—and the lawman.

Adding fuel to the fire, Stella’s parents soon arrive—with her ex-boyfriend—hoping to persuade her to return to Chicago. Now Stella is torn between the life she left behind and uncovering what happened to her ghostly friend. But she’d better think fast or more than her investigation could go up in flames…

About the Author

J.J. Cook’s first mystery, That Old Flame of Mine, became an instant bestseller in 2013. Playing with Fire is the second book in that series. They write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.


Playing with Fire by J.J. Cook is the second book in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade series. This is such a fun cozy series. I really enjoy the Sweet Pepper setting. This is the only cozy series I’ve read that involves a fire department, and it really adds an interesting element to the story.

Stella is a wonderful main character. She’s smart, intuitive and strong. She is funny, too. I like getting to follow her story.

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