Recently divorced from her lawyer husband, who dumped her along with his scruples to chase ambulances and a twenty-four year old in a short skirt. Piper invests her divorce settlement in starting her own business — Spice It Up! — in the small town of Brandywine Creek, Georgia. Her grand opening isn’t quite so grand when she discovers the local chef stabbed to death. Not only are her fingerprints on the murder weapon, but her alibi has vanished without a trace. The case looks like a slam dunk to brand new chief of police, Wyatt McBride.
I liked the characters. Piper has a quirky hairdresser side kick and there are a lot of colorful characters in the town where Piper opens her new business. Although I enjoyed it and would read more of the books in this series, I did find at 310 pages that it was a little long for a cozy mystery and could have been condensed somewhat. If you're intrigued by the delicious recipes concocted with an array of spice mixtures you can find some recipes on Ms. Oust's web site.
What are your favorite cozy mystery series?