"This book is a good read with the usual "m" words of any paranormal mystery: Murder, Mystery, Motives, Messy relationships, and unique to this book, a Motorcycle and accidents. The ending is satisfying, but leaves the reader with a hint about the story in the next book of this series." - Meritorious Mysteries
"This book was so difficult for me to put down, and even more difficult for me to have it end. I could have continued reading this series forever! Oh, to live in that same small town tucked away by the great Smoky Mountains, and to have neighbors such as these, would ensure that I would be a happy camper forever." Cozy Mystery Reviews
From the Author
Sweet Pepper, Tennessee
By J.J. Cook
From the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries
That Old Flame of Mine
Sweet Pepper, Tennessee is the home of the hottest, sweetest peppers in the world. Hot peppers, particularly Tennessee Teardrop peppers, have been grown and packed here for a hundred years. The entire economy of this small town, population 5,026, depends on growing and packing the peppers that are shipped all over the world.
At the entry to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the sun is hot and the mountains provide the shade to make the peppers their best. The soil is perfect.
Every year, the town celebrates their heritage with the Sweet Pepper Festival. It's a three-day celebration of everything pepper. There are people dressed as peppers, pepper-eating contests and pepper recipe contests. Miss Sweet Pepper presides over the event with her court. The streets are cleared and thousands of tourists flock here on the first weekend in October.
The event follows the hot summer of tubing and kayaking down the Little Pigeon River and happens before the cold winter months when skiers come to the area to try their skills against the mountains.
Sweet Pepper is a town rich in tradition, which includes strong beliefs in the area's folklore. Tales of the ghosts that haunt the mountains aren't looked at as unreal. People here believe that Fire Chief Eric Gamlyn haunts the old cabin that he built, the one no one has ever been able to live in, until Chicago firefighter Stella Griffin came to town.