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Overview: Pepper Reece is hoping her new spice shop will revitalize her life. After all, she’s recently lost her job in a law-firm’s HR department, and a husband. Things are looking up, until an old pan-handler named Doc is found dead on her shop’s doorstep–so to speak. The detectives aren’t acting like it’s natural causes, especially since they’ve arrested one of her employees. Did Tory kill Doc? Pepper doesn’t think so, and she’s out to prove it.
Story Telling: Oh boy! We have a cozy mystery here. Something that can so easily go wrong when you forget the mystery. Good thing that didn’t happen here.
Likes: Sam was a pretty good guy. I liked Tag as well. He seemed to be very devoted.
Doc wobbled along the fine line of trying to get his daughter to support herself while working toward her dream, and trying to live her life her way.
Dislikes: Honestly, it was Pepper. We clashed. I thought that she was a little too…um…flighty?
Favorite Character: Marianne Finch tried to mend bridges between her step-daughter and her husband.
Favorite Quote: Marianne’s explanation about Doc’s attitude is a good one. “He’d done so much for her. Paints, brushes, canvas. Private lessons. But he wanted her to be practical, to be abler to support herself.
Favorite Scene: Pepper’s talks with Marianne were some of the best parts.
Conclusion: This is a good mystery. Especially if you don’t’ mind the more…flighty…characters.