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Rosemary and Crime (Spice Shop Mystery #1)

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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 don’t count her out.  “Change of life?” she asks.  Bring it on.  Recently divorced, Piper decides to pursue a dream sh
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 ther
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
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 stabbe
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?
Jane Reads
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
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.
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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
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