Monday, December 23, 2013

Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust

Piper Prescott may be setting up her spice shop in a charming little town in Georgia, perfect for a cozy
mystery, but she'll have to be prepared to be a murder suspect. A divorced woman, mid-forties with a new business, and a smirking ex-husband running around with a hot young babe, is the ideal patsy for a murderer. Gail Oust sets Piper up perfectly to be the primary suspect in Rosemary and Crime.

On the eve of the opening of her new shop, Spice It Up!, Piper should be relaxing and preparing for the next day when chef Mario Barrone would demonstrate cooking lamb at the opening of her new shop. Instead, she's running around at night, trying to save a puppy. But, the next day when she finds a knife outside Mario's restaurant, and then finds the body of the chef, she also finds herself a murder suspect. Piper's confident she has an alibi in the vet, but when the new police chief Wyatt McBride can't find the vet or the pup, she realizes she's in trouble.  Now, Piper's fingerprints are on the weapon; she had an argument with the dead man; and her alibi has disappeared. And, it seems only her BFF, her best friend Reba Mae, thinks Piper's innocent.

Everything Piper had was sunk into her new shop. Now, she's ostracized by people, unless they're gawking at her. No one is buying spices. She decides to take matters into her own hands. "Seems I had a choice to make. I could either sit meek as a mouse - or I could take matters into my own hands and do a little investigating on my own." Reba Mae tries to talk her out of it, but, instead Piper talks her friend into being her sidekick. They thought first they'd be Cagney and Lacey. Instead, they are much more like Lucy and Ethel, as Piper herself admits.

Gail Oust has written a typical cozy mystery that launches a series. The heroine of the series ends up a suspect in a small town. Just recently divorced, there's no romance yet, but there are hints of a rivalry between two men for her affection. It's Piper's relationship with Reba Mae that sets this series apart. That friendship between "Lucy and Ethel" will continue to get the two into trouble, even when Reba Mae is oblivious. Read Rosemary and Crime to discover Brandywine Creek, Georgia where Piper Prescott runs Spice It Up! You'll want to explore the town, and murder, with Piper and Reba Mae.

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Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust. Minotaur. 2013. ISBN 9781250011046 (hardcover), 310p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.


Beth Hoffman said...

This sounds like a fun read, and the cover is terrific!

Lesa said...

Isn't that a great cover, Beth? And, you're right. It's just a fun book.

SandyG265 said...

My library system has this book. I'm going to check it out.

Lesa said...

Great, Sandy. I hope you find it to be fun.

Karen C said...

Sounds like fun. Adding, she said with a sigh - that TBR is huge!

Lesa said...

And that wishlist only grows larger, Karen, when no one gets you books!