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Cinnamon Toasted

(Spice Shop Mystery #3)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  360 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Case in point: Piper Prescott's former mother-in-law Melly. Beneath her twin sets and pearls beats the heart of a geek—a geek whose programming changes for the point-of-sale software in Piper's shop have the owners of the program ready to make her an offer she can't refuse. "Trusty" Rusty Tulley and Chip Balboa swing by Brand ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by Minotaur Books
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Patrizia
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho aspettato tanto a leggere questa serie, ma mi sto velocemente mettendo in pari. Spero solo che non finisca col quinto libro...
Un buon cast di personaggi, ben assortito, e belle storie; stavolta non avevo proprio capito chi fosse il colpevole. In più, i libri sono ben scritti e le pagine si svoltano velocemente tanto una è presa nella lettura.
LORI CASWELL
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this third Spice Shop Mystery Piper’s ex mother-in-law gets to spend a lot more time with Piper. You see a dead man has been found at the bottom of Melly’s basement stairs and her home is a crime scene so she is forced to move in with Piper in her apartment above her shop. Of course she could go stay with her son in his McMansion but he his fiancee is doing a bit of redecorating. Then there is the fact that Melly is the prime suspect. The dead man was in town with his partn
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Dawn Michelle
This has quickly become a new favorite series. I really enjoy the characters and the interaction between everyone and I love how sassy the main character is.

With this one, I had no clue who the murderer was and was shocked when they were revealed.
I do wish that they would get Doug and Reba Mae together as they are better suited than he and Piper, but apparently that is not how it is going to go right now. We will shall see now that someone from Doug's past is going to make an appearance in th
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Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Another great outing with Piper and Reba Mae, this is a series that just keeps getting better and better! In this one Melly (Piper's ex Mother in Law) has a couple of people from a software company coming to talk to her about the amendments she made to Piper's point of sale software, this should have meant Melly being on Cloud 9 but things didn't work out quite that way, firstly the money guy reduces the payment they are prepared to make Melly (which she isn't happy about), but that is nothing c ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Author Gail Oust really spices up mystery in this new installment of the Spice Shop Mysteries!

Blending just the right combination of the ingredients mystery, action, and humor, author Oust has created a cozy that is to be savored. CINNAMON TOASTED had me at page one.

This was another title that found me reading much later into the night than I had planned. The excellent story moved at a fast pace with each new chapter being better than the one before. There were twists and turns in the first-ra
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Jessica Robbins
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Mary Ann
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cinnamon Toasted Piper's mother-in-law is super excited that the owners of Trustychipdesign.com are coming and want to buy her fix of their program. She starts prepping for their arrival and takes them all over the town. They offer her less that they said in their letter and she refuses to accept their offer. That night Chip of Trustychipdesign shows up at her house to try and talk her into accepting their offer, but he ends up dead at the bottom of Melly's basement stairs. Melly in a panic call ...more
Jenny
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really love this series, the main character Piper Prescott owns a spice shop in a small town in Georgia. There are a lot of fun eccentric characters. My favorite part is the relationship between Ruby Mae and Piper, it reminds me of the relationship between Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz, so much fun!
Shelley Giusti
Cinnamon Toasted is the third book in the Spice Shop mystery and I found this one to be my favorite so far.Piper is the owner of Spice it up and has more than enough on her plate with Ocktoberfest and the play about to be under way, she is really busy. So when Melly finds the body of their friend Chip in the basement she has to add that to the mix as well as clear Melly's name who has become suspect in the murder.
Piper's is at it again as she tries to find out why chip was killed and who did it
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Cats of Ulthar
Review: CINNAMON TOASTED by Gail Oust
[A Spice Shop Mystery]

CINNAMON TOASTED is a truly delightful, very Southern, cozy mystery, with an empowered female protagonist. I loved all the characters: even the aggravating ones are great fun. Author Gail Oust does draw on Southern stereotypes, but rounds out her characters so they are fully-dimensional, not cardboard cutouts. Even the irritating are understandable, real-life people. The setting is precious. Always, the foundational theme of the wronged
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Imjussayin
Cinnamon Toasted: Spice Shop Mystery 3

In A Nutshell: A savoury cosy mystery with interesting twists. You will not guess the culprit. It's a fun read packed with southern charm. So it's worth the stretch of your imagination that is technically required. But only for those of us in the know. Read and enjoy.

The Plot: Piper's former mother in law Melly is prime suspect when Chip Balboa tech entrepreneur turns up dead. His body is at the foot of her basement stairs. It also looks bad for Melly becaus
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Heather
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Well . . . what can I say about this one? This third installment of Oust’s Spice Shop mystery series was just ok for me. I don’t know whether it was because I just took too long to get through it or if it was just in the writing and the pacing. I can’t decide but it was a bit blah for me.

I enjoyed the first two quite a bit more – because as odd as it sounds – those seemed to take place more in the actual Spice Shop and provide some interesting facts and tidbits about spices while this one did no
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Kenneth Funk
As a computer programmer, I really hate when authors don't do their research before writing about my field. First, there is no way Melly sat in the shop and modified the point of sale software. Melly would have needed access to the source code which was highly unlikely since the package was owned by a company and not open source. Second, if you follow the timeline of the three books in this series, Melly would not have had time to learn to be that good of a programmer. People seem to get the imp ...more
Robyn
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not too bad. The lead female character isn't annoying as other cozies, which is nice.
Plot twist at the end - although it seemed a little random and very left field.

Will probably read again! It's so refreshing to read cozies where the lead character doesn't give off the impression of being a total...nimwit? :D
Cathi
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read a couple of books in this series by Gail Oust. I love the characters and the trouble they get in to. I would like to read more about Piper and the two possible love interests in her life - Doug the vet and police chief Wyatt, as well as her ex husband. Piper has a good relationship with her ex mother in law and her best friend Reba Mae. They are full of adventures!
Jolene gregel
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm usually pretty good at figuring out "who done it" before the end but this time it came as a complete surprise to me. Love that. I can't wait to read the next one.
Diane Large
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed this series. It's a fun cozy mystery and I like Piper and the spice shop.
Crystal
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun light cozy mystery. It is a quick enjoyable read.
Brenda Schneider
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the story, it did drag in a few places. A quick easy read.
Joy
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Light weight summer read in January! Fun and fast - recommend!!!
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
Review originally appeared on Brooke Blogs. I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes. However, this review contains only my honest opinion.

4.5 Stars

Cinnamon Toasted by Gail Oust is the third installment in her Spice Shop mystery series. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I was quite pleased. Piper owns Spice It Up! – a spice shop in Brandywine Creek, Georgia. She’s juggling life as a business owner, a mom of teens, and a 40ish year old woman when som
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Susan
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm struggling with the rating for this book. It's a good mystery as far as the plot goes. I like some of the characters. But the author has a tendency to write in a condescending fashion and to make some of the characters seem ignorant. For example, why does a former big city cop think that a receipt is necessary to confirm an alibi based on a credit card purchase? Frankly, I'm getting a little tired of authors writing law enforcement professionals as idiots. Oust doesn't go that far, but it's ...more
Deana Dick
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have never laughed so hard reading a book like I did with this one. Piper owns a spice shop called "Spice it Up."She had a daughter and is divorced . Her ex-husband seemed to have wandering eyes, so he took up with someone else. Meely , his mother is a nice older lady who has designed something that could make her rich.

She is expecting two gentlemen to meet with her at the house to discuss business. Things don't go well and she turns down their offer. But little does she know that her life sh
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Andrea Guy
I read the first book in the Spice Shop Myster series and absolutely loved it. Somehow I missed book two, so I'm going to have to go back and catch up. Gail Oust has really created a fun cozy Southern Mystery series. As a Northerner, I always find books set in the South to be great, its like a different world to me.

This book is such fun. I really love Brandywine Creek. Oktoberfest is happening and a local theater group is putting on Steel Magnolias. Piper's friend Reba Mae has a part too. Reba c
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Michael Brown
Follows the standard formula: busy store owner has obnoxious ex husband; spends too much time dealing with outside matters because she can not stop being nosey; has a friend/enemy relationship with local law; has made enemies in town due to her snooping and false conclusions about people. Not a bad read but will probably stop after next book as the main character just does not keep me interested enough to stay with this cozy series.
JoAn
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cinnamon Toasted by Gail Oust is the third book in her Spice Shop Mystery series; and my favorite so far in this series.

Piper Prescott's Spice It Up! shop is doing well in Brandywine Creek now. She has plans to expand her inventory to include additional kitchen items along with her world-wide spices. Her ex-mother-in-law, Melly, who helps at the shop part time has also developed her own interests in computer programming. Who knew that Melly was a geek under the sweater sets and pearls? She is so
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Chelsey Wolford
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I decided to take some time off from reading and reviewing near the holidays, but this cozy mystery was just what I needed to get back into the swing of things! Gail Oust has been one of my favorite authors since I discovered her first Spice Shop Mystery novel. What I loved most about getting back into this series is to see how much the secondary characters are developing. This story focuses more on Piper’s ex-mother-in-law, Melly, and I must say that I LOVE her character. Melly is actually the ...more
Sharon
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gail Oust is one my favorite cozy authors. I find all the characters in her spice shop mysteries delightful. In Cinnamon Toasted Piper's ex-mother-in-law is suspected of murdered when the body of Chip Balboa is found dead in her basement. Piper knows there is no way Melly Prescott is capable of murder and is on the case with her BFF Reba to find out who did it. The mystery itself was the weakest point of the book. I did not feel there were enough clues to give the reader a fighting chance to fig ...more
Sunsettowers
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a fun, though somewhat slow moving, cozy mystery. The protagonist, Piper, owns a spice shop, and gets pulled into a murder investigation when her former mother-in-law is accused of killing a software developer. The spice shop is a unique and interesting setting, and Oust weaves in information about spices and baking well.

The flaw in this book is, as I've mentioned above, that it sometimes seems to drag a little. The side plots about Piper's teenage daughter trying to figure out what to
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A Holland Reads
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I have read by this author and I am glad I got the chance to continue on with this series. Somehow I missed the second book in the series so I will have to go back and read it. As with most of the cozies I read I love how they make each series a different theme and I enjoy reading about spices in this series and learning more about them in each book. The things that Piper and her BFF Reba get into will make you chuckle.I also like how Piper gets along with her ex mother i ...more
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