Guilty as Cinnamon go inside Books This was yet another situation where I loved the first in a cozy series but with the second the spark did not hold up I did not finish this and won t be con
Guilty as Cinnamon go inside Books This was yet another situation where I loved the first in a cozy series, but with the second the spark did not hold up. I did not finish this and won't be continuing with the series.For some reason, the main character of Pepper came across in this book as pushy and crabby. It felt like she spent a lot of time feeling sorry for herself, and blaming other people for it. I can't even quite put my finger on it, but I just didn't connect to Pepper in this book the way I did in the first book.I also missed the spice shop, its lore and info about spices and the whole spice shop vibe that was a big feature for me in the first book. Because the murder took place in a restaurant, and the main suspect was the chef from another restaurant, the locations and focus were much more about the running of, and situations in a restaurant which wasn't as interesting for me. I kept waiting for Pepper to go back to her shop so we could talk about spices instead of bitchy sous-chefs and backstabbing in the restaurants.It always disappoints me when a cozy series starts off well, but then doesn't maintain its charm for me in subsequent books. On to the next.. Murder heats up Seattle s Pike Place Market in the next Spice Shop mystery from the national bestselling author of Assault and Pepper.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 workMurder heats up Seattle s Pike Place Market in the next Spice Shop mystery from the national bestselling author of Assault and Pepper.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 Now stuck in the middle of a heated police investigation, Pepper must use all her senses to find out who wanted to keep Tamara s new caf from opening before someone else gets burned INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES. The best Books Guilty as Cinnamon RECIPES!I loved the first book in the series so much that I went out and bought the second one while reading the first. I rarely do this. I have plenty of books on Mt Git'r'Read, but I really wanted to have this one handy when I was ready to visit Pepper again. RECIPES!The story is a little busier this time, quite a few more characters [and suspects] than last time, but it's all excellent.The ex, -husband and -boyfriend, are here and Pepper is sifting through her feelings in that arena. Pepper is uber-busy with expanding the Spice Shop and updating the with the blessing of the Historic Society. Lots of hoops and she still needs to hire more and better help. And solve a murder. The setting remains excellent, the characters superbly fascinating, and I love the spice tips throughout. A great thing about this series is that Pepper is a strong woman to emulate and admire. She has foibles, yes, but it makes her human. She is a brave woman to take on the monumental task of buying the business of her dreams and turning it into a profitable venture. She makes it her own, admits to mistakes, and she's kind. Not the walk-on-me type...rather that mama-bear kind that protects those around her and kicks butt of the dodgy and deceitful. She reads excellent mysteries and looks up to Brother Cadfael, a favorite of mine.And there are the recipes! Highly recommend.