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- File Size : 3259 KB
- Publication Date : December 12, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (December 12, 2017)
- Print Length : 299 pages
- ASIN : B071LM71RR
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1250081262
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #871,280 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Shirley, the town's Realtor of the Year, was also Wyatt's suspected romantic interest. Now the residents of Brandywine Creek are speculating that Wyatt is responsible for her death. As the town council moves to suspend the lawman, Piper feels she has to solve the crime to save his reputation, job and possibly his freedom.
The clues lead them toward high-powered real estate tactics and possible affairs. The investigation becomes personal when Piper's shop, “Spice It Up,” is burglarized, and she’s forced off the road late one night. She realizes that someone thinks so is close to uncovering the truth. Enlisting her best friend, Reba Mae’s help she sets out to stop a killer.
Series: A Spice Shop Mystery
Author: Gail Oust
Genre: Culinary Cozy
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Ginger Snapped is a well written, highly entertaining story. Ms. Oust has a great imagination and writes in an easy to follow manner that is both intelligent and articulate. Her characters are fun with quirks and habits that are enjoyable and relatable.
Piper is a bit different. She owns a spice shop that carries everything a person could imagine, whether it is for cooking or used for home remedies, Piper has it all. She is likeable if slightly quieter than expected. When issues arise, she isn’t always the first one to say anything. Quite often she keeps things to herself that might otherwise be shouted from the highest tree by others. She is cautious as well as quizzical all at the same time.
Reba Mae is outspoken, gregarious and an all-around interesting character, more Reba in this book would have been a benefit. Wyatt, is a typical police officer, closed mouth except when he doesn’t want to be, solid and easy to talk to. Other characters are equally entertaining and humorous as the main characters while some are not likable at all.
The setting of Brandywine Creek is detailed only as much as needed to allow the reader to follow the clues, and the many walks Piper and her pet, Casey take. Other businesses are described with enough information to draw upon the reader's imagination.
Although Ginger Snapped is an excellent who-done-it, the unveiling of the killer is a bit too sudden. The clues to the identity of the killer could have been better. All of this aside, the book is a fast-paced, enjoyable read that readers will not want to put down. It is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys writers such as Kirsten Weiss or Karen Rose Smith.
When Shirley Randolph's body is found floating in Police Chief Wyatt McBride's fishing hole, Piper and her friend Reba Mae begin the hunt for the real killer. After being seen a time or two sharing a meal, rumor has it that Shirley and McBride were lovers. Sometimes, what you see is not the whole story and Piper is determined that McBride is innocent.
This is my first foray into a book by Gail Oust. I was provided a copy of Ginger Snapped for my Kindle by the publisher through NetGalley.com for my honest review. The characters are just what you expect in a small town. They care for each other enough to keep tabs on what is going on around town. Piper and Reba Mae are the best friends anyone would like to have. If you enjoy a bit of cliches in your conversation, this book abounds with them. The underlying romance between Piper and Wyatt simmers in the background, keeping the story interesting. As mysteries go, the killer was a surprise and Piper had a whole lot more gumption than a cat has nine lives.