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Rosemary and Crime

(Spice Shop Mystery #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  824 ratings  ·  176 reviews
Murder comes well-seasoned in this charming mystery featuring a smart and spunky new amateur sleuth, small-town Georgia spice shop owner Piper Prescott

Piper Prescott, a transplanted Yankee living in the South, has got her sass back.  She might be down, but dont count her out.  Change of life? she asks.  Bring it on.  Recently divorced, Piper decides to pursue a dream shes
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by Minotaur Books
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Dawn Michelle
This is a totally new series for me; I had not even heard of the series or the author until I stumbled across an ARC for the new one on NetGalley. I requested it, was accepted and now I have to read all four of these books before December; why YES, I am a glutton for punishment; why do you ask? LOL

Thankfully, I really enjoyed this book. I like the characters a lot [except the ones you are not supposed to like re: CJ the ex-husband who is a skirt-chaser and a slimy lawyer to boot] and while
Across the square, a Confederate soldier atop a concrete pedestal stared sightlessly at a couple enjoying ice cream on a wrought iron bench.

Piper Prescott has opened a small spice shop in Brandywine Creek, Georgia following her divorce from her husband, CJ. He is the local boy while she is a Yankee transplant. Temperamental chef, Mario Barrone is scheduled to cook a leg of lamb for her grand opening. The night before the opening, Piper discovers and injured dog behind her shop. The next morning
Millie Taylor
Feb 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Okay. We'll start with what I *did* like about this book. I liked Casey, the dog.

Yep. That's it. Just the poor little pupper that Piper found at the beginning of the book.

This is my first book by Gail Oust and if the other books that she's written are like this one, I won't be reading any more. I haven't been so irritated with a book in a long time. There have been books that I've thrown across the room and, while I didn't do that with this one, it's only because it's a library book. In the
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
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I enjoyed the relationship of Piper and her BFF Reba Mae but really, really hope that the author is not setting up a long-term romantic triangle amongst the main character, Piper Prescott; Doug Winters, the vet; and Wyatt McBride, the police chief.
I have suffered through a similarly frustrating love triangle scenario over the course of many years and multiple books featuring JoAnne Fluke's main character Hannah Swenson and Norman, the dentist; and Mike, the cop. Amazingly similar in nature,
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'd been curious about this series since a new one had recently come out but it was such a long-running series, I decided to start at the beginning and read this one when I found it on the Overdrive library app. I quickly became engrossed in this little Georgia town with all its quirky, gossipy characters. It was definitely a well-written, well-thought out plot and I didn't guess the killer until the author started the reveal. The showdown was pretty exciting.

Piper Prescott had just gotten
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
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
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Okay, but not the best. The MC was annoying and there were a few other minor problems with it. I'll probably read at least the next one, and from there, who knows?
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
AUTHOR Oust, Gail
TITLE Rosemary & Crime
DATE READ 02/21/19
FIRST SENTENCE Across the square, a Confederate soldier atop a concrete pedestal stared sightlessly at a couple enjoying ice cream on a wrought iron bench.
GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF Cozy Mystery/2013/Minatour/310 pgs
CHALLENGE Author Alphabet O 14/26; GR 2019 Reading 27/111; Cozy Challenge (Snoop A) 4/10
CHARACTERS Piper Prescott/ recently divorced and new business
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Piper is divorced but not letting that get her down (although she wishes CJ her ex would stop overriding her decisions re their daughter!), she has sunk all the money she got from the divorce into a spice shop and the grand opening is the next day, well it would be grand if she hadn't had a public argument with the chef who was going to do a cookery demonstration to signal the opening and the use of spices, a chef that she then finds dead! Not only did she find the body she had picked up what ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was fast moving, funny at times, and good character choices. Piper fulfilled her dream of owning her own business. She was able to create a Spice Shop and loved it.
However, a murder occurs and she is the one to find the body. She is the prime suspect and her and her BFF become sleuths to find out who the real murderer is. There are many suspects since the victim was not liked due to his bad temper and personality. Piper needs to clear her name before
the culprit
Caitlin Copp
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2018
Piper Prescott has used the money from her divorce settlement to set up a spice shop in Brandywine Creek, GA. For her grand opening a local chef has agreed to come in and do a cooking demonstration. Piper finds him with a knife in his back and not only is she out her opening act but her finger prints are on the murder weapon! The characters are great and I really enjoyed getting to know them. I am looking forward to reading more in the series.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
An easy, light and enjoyable mystery-esque read. Super cheesy at times, but lots of great quips that make this a fun story to get lost in.

I think my rating would have been a 4, but I did not entirely enjoy some of the stereotypical comments about characters gender roles, appearance and weight... seemed shallow in the character development to focus on, however they dont wreck the easygoing storyline so its easy to deal with for what the book is.

I definitely liked the characters enough to check
Jane Reads (Jane in SC)
I enjoyed Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust. It is an excellent start to a new series, the Spice Shop Mysteries.

Piper Prescott is recently divorced, after being married to attorney CJ Prescott for 20+ years. He decided to trade up for a newer model -- or beauty queen, rather -- twenty-four-year-old Amber Leigh Ames. Piper put her entire divorce settlement into beginning her dream business of a spice shop, Spice It Up!, in Brandywine Creek, Georgia.

For the big draw of the Grand Opening of Spice It
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Really cute cozy mystery. I loved the fact it takes place in the south, it makes for fun characters. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series. The main character and her best friend are a hoot.
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, first-reads
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
Shana M. Garrity
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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...
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was okay though it took me a while to get into it. I'm sucker for a dog so good thing she added one to the story - it was what kept me reading. Haven't decided if I will be reading more of the series.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Similar to Janet evanovich books. This was a quick, easy read with some suspense and lots of entertainment .
Aug 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was painful to finish. The author uses EVERY stereotype existed as characters: the gossip hairstylist, the short-tempered red-head, the cheating husband, the dumb beauty queen, the dumb teenager, ect. The narrator compares every person to tv show character or person from pop culture. There's even a chubby, "dark-skinned" woman named Precious...I struggled after that. The whole town too seems too stereotypically southern. Every person was using like five southern-isms a sentence. Even the ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery, but didn't guess whodunit. I enjoyed the plot and the characters, particularly the friend who ran the beauty parlor. Some of Piper's lines were funny, particularly when she was aggravated.

I felt sure there would be recipes in the back of "Rosemary and Crime" because so many recipes were talked about in Piper's spice shop, Spice it Up, but there weren't. I think I'm still going to classify this as a culinary mystery.

Reading about Piper's 16 year old daughter
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recently divorced Piper Prescott has invested all of her money into opening a spice shop in small town Brandywine Creek, Georgia. Piper has even persuaded the temperamental chef next door to do a cooking demonstration at her shop on opening day using her spices. When Piper visits the chef's restaurant shortly before the grand opening festivities are set to begin, she finds the chef dead on the floor of his kitchen. Unfortunately, Piper inadvertently picks up the murder weapon before calling the ...more
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Piper Prescott is down on her luck. Recently divorced because her husband wanted the "younger model" she's decided to try her luck at owning her own business. Opening a spice shop in Georgia with all of her divorce money is a risk, but Piper is determined to make it work. Hiring a local chef to do a cooking demo at her grand opening is part of Piper's plan to get people in the door. But, it all goes to hell when she discovers her chef dead and she mistakenly handled the murder weapon. Now, she's ...more
Julie Trapp
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Piper has divorced her husband, and fulfilled a dream by opening up a spice shop with the divorce money. Her grand opening is spoiled as the unpopular, but very good, chef she hired to give a cooking demo is found stabbed to death that morning. Unfortunately, Piper found him, her prints were on the murder weapon and they had had a very public argument the day before. So, she is the #1 suspect. Her BFF Reba Mae Johnson, kind of white trashy and owner of a hair salon, is going to help her find the ...more
Joni Harris
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think I found my new series! This mystery was a lot of fun to read, and the main character, Piper, is a well written character that I look forward to reading more about.

Piper discovers a murdered chef of a restaurant near her spice shop. She becomes the prime suspect of the murder, so Piper and her friend, Reba Mae, decide to do some sleuthing of their own to clear Piper's name. The chemistry between Piper and the chief of police, Wyatt McBride, is obvious in the writing. The author does a
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
There are some advantages to being a divorcee. One being that you can do what you have always wanted, like opening a boutique spice shop. Our new heroine, Piper Prescott, did just that. She remains in a small Georgian town, Brandywine Creek. She remained in town as her daughter is there and something is up with her ex-husband.

The Guest Chef gets murdered and our Piper is looked at as the main suspect. Why? Because she helped rescue an injured dog. Wow, huh?

The story continues on as Piper and
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Recently divorced by cheating husband, Piper Prescott, purchased an old building in the little town of Brandywine Creek, Georgia. She plans to have a spice shop on the first floor and live above it. One night just before the opening of her shop, she finds a little dog stabbed but still alive in the field behind her shop. She rushes it to the vet and it survives. The next morning she finds the owner of the restaurant across the street stabbed to death. And Piper becomes the chief suspect. ...more
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