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The Secret of A Spicy Jalapeno

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Beyond the urban sprawl of a Pacific Northwest city lurks the peculiar little town of Providence and in it, an organic farmer named Joe Parker. Joe’s lurid story, or rather this particular piece of it, begins when Sheriff Caine fashions the big idea to grow jalapenos, albeit with questionable methods. The gritty scheme is plucked from the undercurrent of the sheriff’s self ...more
Paperback, First, 230 pages
Published March 7th 2011 by BB Books Original Paperback Trade Co.
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Jaidis Shaw
May 30, 2011 Jaidis Shaw rated it it was amazing
The Secret of a Spicy Jalapeno by Charlie Courtland is a truly unique story that will leave you wanting more! In the small town of Providence, the crime rate is climbing and the local jail is feeling the strain from the full cells. When given the ultimatum to either raise taxes to build an addition onto the jail or early parole inmates, Sheriff Caine sets a plan in motion to not only keep his town safe and the crime rates down, but to make a little profit. In order for the secret plan to take pl ...more
Sep 12, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book! It was well written and kept me wanting to read it till the end (which I did). Some books you can put down and start reading something else. Not this one. I loved the main Character Joe. I was drawn to him. It is a different take on a horror tale. But I didn’t feel it was that horrific. In fact I gave it to my sister to read and she hates horror tales and she loved it also. It’s all about a little town and how the crime rate is rising and how they deal with that cri
Apr 26, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it
When I received this book I really did not know what to expect. I am pleasantly surprised and must admit the book is one of the most unusual books I have ever read. The author has quite the imagination to write such a distinctive story. I would rate this 4.5 however since there is no such rating available I will have to reluctantly settle on four stars ONLY because I wish it was a longer story.

In the small town of Providence, Sheriff Caine is contemplating a way to deal with the degenerates of s
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Apr 04, 2011 Sarah (Workaday Reads) rated it liked it
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Joe Parker grows jalapenos on the local sheriff's farm. His secret to growing them is based on questionable methods that the sheriff concocted. When Vera is delivered to the farm to hide from her drug dealing ex-boyfriend, Joe's life is turned upside down.

This story is something quite different from what I normally read. I did enjoy it though. Getting past the gruesome growing of jalapenos, there was a surprisingly sweet romance between Joe and Vera.

Technically, I found a few incidents in the be
May 16, 2011 Tami rated it really liked it
Haven't received yet, just received notice I had won. 4/28/11
Received last night, hopefully start soon. 5/4/11
Started Saturday and finished last night. 5/16/11

Overcrowding has hit the small town of Providence's jail. The Sheriff doesn't like the idea of early release of criminals so he comes up with a plan to help clean up the city and grow a great Jalapeno. Joe is an organic farmer that helps the sheriff out. Vera is caught up in a drug operation and is put on the Jalapeno farm to protect her u
Apr 25, 2012 Alexandria rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mature adults
Loved this book and never set it down start to finish. Charlie Courtland has a way of defining her characters so well that I felt as though I was right there in Providence town. I could visualize each person and setting. This could be a TV series for sure. Can't wait for the next episode! May the saga continue.
Michele Tater
Jul 07, 2011 Michele Tater rated it it was amazing
Book Title: The Secret of A Spicy Jalapeno
Author: Charlie Courtland
Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 9781460977156
Reviewed by Michele Tater for the Couch Tater Review

Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

From the beginning pages of this book I was stunned. It starts with a concept so unreal that it gives the reader a shock to the system, in a good way. It proved that there are still stor
C.C. Jackson
May 31, 2011 C.C. Jackson rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I was a little taken back when first started reading it, but I must say that it turned out to be surprisingly entertaining. Charlie Courtland is amazing. Once I got over the immediate shock of what I was reading about, I found myself falling in love with Joe and Vera. I couldn't help but pull for them to get together throughout the entire book. Joe's quirkiness kept me smiling and the gruesome truth of his occupation kept me with my nose buried ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Nakota rated it it was amazing
just finished this book interesting for the mature reader this author knows how to tell a tale i give this 5 plus stars
Mar 17, 2014 Randall rated it it was amazing
good for the mature reader great story fun to read
Edwin Barryington
Mar 17, 2014 Edwin Barryington rated it it was amazing
for the mature reader great story
Elizabeth Whitehead
May 23, 2011 Elizabeth Whitehead rated it liked it
I received this book as a "GoodReads" first reads book.
It definitely was not what I expected! That being said it was quite funny at times, probably because it was so off the wall. Definitely GALLOWS type humor. I wasn't sure at first - but after completing the book I decided that I do like it, it was a completely different type of book than I would normally pick for myself but sometimes it opens up new worlds of reading when you read something new and different.
Darcia Helle
Plot recipe: Start with a few completely original and unforgettable characters and a large heaping of twisted gruesomeness, mix in a generous dash of humor, then add a splash of an unexpectedly sweet romance. That is what you'll find in The Secret of A Spicy Jalapeno. The story is crazy, horrid and often graphic but, like a bad car wreck, I couldn't make myself look away. If you're looking for a story to make you laugh while you cringe, this one's for you.
Dec 19, 2011 Lance rated it really liked it
I kept thinking of the old horror movie, Motel Hell as I read this book. It reminds me of the first "novel" that I wrote (but have not published) in many respects. Without giving the secret of the book away (something that is done almost immediately in the book) I will say that Courtland does a nice job of developing creepy characters and telling their story.
Doris Devarowing
Nov 07, 2013 Doris Devarowing rated it it was amazing
I read the first two books by Charlie Courtland and could not put them down. so i had to read this one as well. This story started out a bit gruesome and yet very intriguing. Charlie can certainly spin a tale. Held my interest from beginning to end. Can not wait for more books by this author.
Oct 23, 2012 iola rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-must-read
awesome story. not for the meek or weak of heart. mature readers only . charlie is a great story teller. form the very first page held my interest and i could not put the book down. suspense, a little gruesome but very enjoyable.
can not wait for charlie next book ....
Apr 20, 2012 Sue rated it liked it
Fast read. Unique plot. Entertaining!!
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