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Rosemary and Crime: A Spice Shop Mystery (Spice Shop Mystery #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  267 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Murder comes well-seasoned in this charming mystery featuring a smart and spunky new amateur sleuth, small-town Georgiaspice shop owner Piper Prescott

Piper Prescott, a transplanted Yankee living in the South, has got her sass back. She might be down, but don’t count her out. “Change of life?” she asks. Bring it on. Recently divorced, Piper decides to pursue a dream she’s s
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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by Minotaur Books
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Rosemary and Crime is the first book in a new cozy mystery series by Gail Oust who is also the author of the Bunco Babes Mystery series.
This debut introduces Piper Prescott, recently divorced and the mother of a teenage daughter, who is on the verge of opening a spice shop in small town Georgia. Anxious about the store's success she has convinced a local chef to host a cooking demonstration in store but the morning of the launch Piper discovers the body of Mario stabbed to death in the kitchen
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LORI CASWELL
Welcome to Brandywine, Georgia. Piper Prescott has decided to follow her dream and open Spice It Up! A shop that features the best spices from around the world. Her ex-husband predicts the idea will be huge failure but with a little help of her BBF, Reba Mae, and even her ex-mother in-law she is determined to make it a success.

But when she goes to meet with the chef she is featuring at her Grand Opening she finds he is not going to be cooking anything for her or anyone else. She finds him stabbe
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Tillie
Jun 03, 2013 Tillie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cozy mystery lovers
A good cozy mystery reminiscent of Lorna Barrett and Diane Mott Davidson! Piper and Reba Mae are great together. A woman dealing with opening a brand new business, finding a dead body and being the prime suspect, an ex-husband who decided to "trade her in for a younger model", and a teenage daughter who blames her for the divorce.

I really enjoyed the book and recommend it for cozy mystery lovers.
Beverly
This was a 3.5 read for me.

I was in the mood for a cozy mystery to entertain during a dreary winter day and Rosemary and Crime was just the right book. A sassy spitfire protagonist, small-town charm with a biting edge, a staunch flamboyant best friend, savory spices, and a mystery with southern sensibilities had me turning the pages. I feel in love with Piper Prescott from the first page as she becomes a person-of-interest in a murder on the opening day of her spice shop. The well-crafted second
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Sallee
This is the first in what may be a new series by Gail Oust. Set in a small town in Georgia, our main character, Piper Prescott is making a new life for herself after her long marriage ends when she gets traded in for a new model. Starting up a shop called Spice it Up, she is getting ready for her grand opening when the chef who was do a cooking demo using spices from her shop turns up murdered. Piper is the one to discover the body and had unwittingly picked up the murder weapon. She becomes th ...more
Scarlett Sims
After Piper Prescott's husband leaves her for a former beauty queen, she uses all her savings to start up a small gourmet spice shop. But on the eve of the grand opening, an local chef turns up dead--and Piper is the prime suspect!

This follows the "cozy mystery" formula pretty closely, but it was different enough that I enjoyed it more than some. The protagonist has a high school daughter, and that relationship was explored as well as her relationship with her ex-husband, which gave the story a
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Anne
Enjoyable start to a new cozy mystery series which I plan to continue reading.

The basic formula of Rosemary and Crime is standard cozy: Single (divorced) working woman with colorful sidekick BFF accidentally gets involved in a murder and tries, clumsily, to solve it to clear her name. There are a couple of potential love interests, including the hunky new cop in town. I have nothing against sticking to the formula especially if the main character is engaging and the rest of the characters likabl
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Casey
I received this book as part of the First Reads Goodreads program.

I flew through this book. Perfect for snuggling up on the couch with a blanket and a cup of hot tea. My only complaint is the frustrating way Piper handles her situation. There were many ways she could have made life easier for herself, but then again it wouldn't have been as entertaining I suppose.

I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Reba Mae and her relationship with Piper. I wish Oust had spent more time on the Chief and elab
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Kathy
From the first page, I immediately was totally enthralled with this book. Piper Prescott is a transplanted Yankee, divorced from a well-known local family and owner of a new spice store, and owning it is her big dream in life. From her grand opening where her guest cook never does make it because Piper finds him dead at his restaurant shortly before to the finale of the story, this book intrigues and captivates the reader. As I said Piper discovers the dead body of the town famous chef, who is n ...more
Sharon
Divorced Piper Prescott is getting ready for the grand opening of her new spice shop in Georgia. She's enlisted the local chef to do a cooking demo who ends up dead. The new police chief in town, Wyatt McBride, has Piper as suspect number one. It's up to Piper and her best friend Reba to clear her name. There was lots to like in this light hearted mystery. Piper is feisty and the cast of secondary characters were a hoot from Miss Melly, the prim and proper ex-mother-in-law to ex-husband C.J. Pre ...more
Lynda Birch
Piper Prescott is recently divorced and she has invested all her money from the divorce settlement into opening a spice shop in her adopted town of Brandywine Creek, Georgia. Key to the opening of the store is a cooking demonstration to be given by the local celebrity chef. Unfortunately, hours before the opening, Piper finds chef Mario dead on the kitchen floor of his own restaurant. To make matters worse, Piper has touched the murder weapon and other key evidence at the crime scene making her ...more
Kat
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Shana M. Garrity
I rcvd this as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. This was definitely a cozy mystery with drama of family, gossipy town people, work, relationships and more. I flew through this book and thoroughly enjoyed it as a nice beach read or travel book!!!! Looking forward to more...
Andrea Guy
This was such a fun read. Gail Oust's writing is a bit like JoAnne Fluke and Leslie Meier. It is a wonderful small town cozy, filled with quirky characters and down home fun.

Piper and her BFF, Reba Mae will really find their way into your hearts. They are such opposites, with Piper running Spice It Up and Reba Mae running a beauty parlor.

What I loved about Rosemary & Crime was how quickly things happened. A lot of cozy mystery series start out slow, introducing the reader to the cast of char
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Anastasia
Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust introduces Piper Prescott, recently divorced and about to open her new spice business, Spice it Up. Unfortunately on the day of her opening, she finds the chef who was to give a cooking demonstration at her shop murdered and she becomes the prime suspect. To avoid being arrested and to save her business she decides it is up to her to find the real murderer.
I enjoyed getting to know the people in Brandywine Creek, a town in Georgia, as well as Casey, a lovable dog
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Chaitra
As far as cozies go, this wasn't bad. Piper's not my favorite detective ever, but I also didn't think she was dumb as bricks. The South Carolina peachy keens were a bit much at times, but I'm partial to the South. So that was alright too.

The mystery wasn't much though, and while the killer didn't come out of the left field, the motive did. Piper, who was doing pretty well until when she should have known the killer, drops the ball a bit too. I also don't think a spice shop in hick town us would
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Nancy
Southern Cozy Mystery with Spice

Piper Prescott, newly divorced, put everything she got from the divorce into an upscale spice shop in Brandywine, Georgia hoping to turn her life around. It's the grand opening and a major attraction is the most famous chef in town. He makes wonderful meals, but he also has a temper. He agreed to prepare a roast and demonstration the preparation for Piper's opening, but she's not quite sure he'll show.

On the morning of the opening, she goes to the Tratoria, his r
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Missa
This book served it's purpose as a quick, fun read. Piper Prescott is certainly a more believable ameteur sleuth than those in several other cozy mysteries I have read. There were plenty of suspects with viable reasons to be on the suspect list and the revelation of the real killer did not come out of left field. I have read a couple of books where the killer has turned out to be someone that was not on anyone's suspect list at all with some outrageous motive that seems completely illogical.
I lo
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Joan
I really enjoyed reading this cozy mystery. Piper Prescott is a recently divorced woman who decides to use her divorce settlement to open a gourmet spice shop in her home town of 20 years in Brandywine Creek, GA. Her grand opening plans go completely out the window when she finds the body of the temperamental chef who was going to do a cooking demo in her store. She becomes the prime suspect of the investigation by the new chief of police, Wyatt McBride.
The small southern town cast of characters
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Laura Salas
This was a charming mystery, especially if you like culinary cozies, which I do. The main character, Piper, is a spice shop owner (finally, descriptions of good food that don't propel me toward the local cupcake shop!)--a nice change of pace from reading about cakes, brownies, biscuits made with 3 pounds of butter, etc. The murder victim is a chef, so the culinary aspect is definitely a big part of the story.

The story revolves around Piper's struggling new business, her relationship with her ex
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Pamela
Piper Prescott, recently divorced, is opening a spice shop. For her grand opening she has gotten Mario Barrone to do a cooking demo, only he is killed the night before. And Piper finds the body.

Someone is framing Piper for the murder and failing that they are trying to kill her. So Piper and Reba Mae her best friend decide to investigate. Wyatt McBride is the new police chief and is under a lot of pressure to solve the crime, but he refuses to arrest Piper.

Throw in Piper's ex CJ, her teenage dau
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ChrisGA
Didn't receive the First Reads copy I won but luckily I found it at the library.
As someone who is long past her 20s and 30s, I thoroughly enjoyed a heroine in her mid-40s. Piper lives by the motto hanging in her shop--"If life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Her husband of 20+ years dumped her for a young bimbo, and her daughter is spending little time with her, preferring her father's wealthy lifestyle and the "cool" stepmother to Piper's limited funds and living above the shop. Yet Piper is
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Fanficfan44
This is the first in a new series with a Spice Shop Theme. The protagonist, Piper, is a transplanted Yankee divorcee contending with an arrogant ex-husband, a moody teenage daughter, and opening a new business, into which she has poured all her money so it must succeed. She stumbles across a body of a fellow business owner and the mystery begins. Piper is a good character, reminiscent of Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy. In fact this book reminds me very much of the style of the Goldy Bear series, so ...more
Kai
Rosemary and Crime started with Piper Prescott, a newly divorcee, who decided to open her store "Spice it Up". With all the planning and preparation, she gets into an argument with the local chef about the freshness of her juniper berries for the cooking demo at her Grand Opening.

When she found the local chef's body at his restaurant, she became the prime suspect in his murder. It didn't help when Wyatt McBride, the new police chief in Brandywine Creek, kept stopping at her shop and taking her
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Linda Baker
Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust combines three of my favorite things: a plucky heroine, quirky supporting characters and food! Piper Prescott, a transplanted Yankee living in a small Georgia town, suddenly finds herself dumped by her husband of 20 years for a much younger ex-pageant queen. So, making lemons out of lemonade, she takes her divorce settlement and fulfills a longstanding dream, opening her own gourmet spice shop. It's a risky plan, since adventurous gourmet cooking is not exactly th ...more
Rhonda
4 STARS

I like Piper Prescott. She is starting a business after her divorce. She is feisty. A good mom. Her best friend is Reba Mae Johnson. She is a character you want things to workout for her and you want to see what happens next in her life.

The plot is the day of her Spice it Up grand opening. She goes to the restraint where the chef works who is going to be doing a cooking demonstration and make sure everything is going as planned. She finds the door open and the chef is dead on the floor.
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Christine
Piper Prescott is recently divorced, but is starting to move on with her life. One major step she is taking is opening a new spice shop in Brandywine Creek, Georgia. Unfortunately, Piper's grand opening has all the wrong kind of excitement when the local chef Piper hired to do a cooking demonstration for the shop is murdered. As a relative newcomer in the town and a lead investigator that seems to have a grudge against her, Piper becomes the number one suspect. Now it’s up to her to clear her na ...more
Chelsey
This exciting new mystery series from author, Gail Oust, is light, quick, charming, and totally satisfying! The brand new heroine in the cozy mystery world is Piper Prescott, who after just coming through a divorce decides to use the money she received from her recent divorce settlement to open up a lifelong dream of her hers called Spice It Up! Piper has worked long and hard to prepare for opening night, and even goes out of her way to get one of the most famous local chefs, known for his woman ...more
Laura Thomas
Fresh out of a divorce, Piper decides to go into business for herself, opening a spice shop. When Mario, the chef who was supposed to do a cooking demonstration for her grand opening is murdered, Piper becomes the prime suspect.

She discovered the body. She handled the murder weapon. And she was seen arguing with the victim earlier.

The fun begins when Piper and her best friend Reba Mae, a delightfully colorful gal, decide to do their own sleuthing. They are caught doing a stake out by the hunky C
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Tammy-&-Michelle
Piper Prescott is a timid, divorced mother of two living in a small town called Brandywine Creek. Using the majority of her divorce settlement she has opened a gourmet spice shop. As her grand opening approaches, she makes arrangements with Mario Barrone, the local chef, to do a cooking demonstration. On the morning of the opening however things spin out of control when she finds Mario dead. With all of the evidence pointing at her she has to not only prove she didn't kill him but also find the ...more
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