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Cinnamon Toasted

(Spice Shop Mystery #3)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  461 ratings  ·  82 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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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
Cinnamon from Ceylon.

Piper is back in the third Spice Shop Mystery. Her former mother in law, Melly, has reworked a computer program that could bring her lots of money. The company representatives show up in Brandywine Creek to discuss the deal and one of them ends up dead at the bottom of Melly's cellar stairs. Of course Piper can't keep her nose out of the investigation.

This is a good solid series that I enjoy reading. I love all the information about the different spices and the yummy recipes
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
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
Jessica Robbins
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Mary Ann
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Cinnamon Toasted Piper's mother-in-law is super excited that the owners of 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
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cinnamon Toasted is book 3 in Gail Oust’s A Spice Shop Mystery series. In this installment, Piper Prescott, the sleuth, owner of the spice shop, ex-wife and a mother, is busy as ever. Not only with her business to run, an Oktoberfest in town, her ex-MIL getting involved in a business opportunity, she now also has a dead man in Melly’s basement and it is not looking good for Melly. Piper investigates, sticking her nose in where it doesn’t belong trying to clear Melly’s name and find the real kill ...more
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!
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great mystery, lots of suspects and lots of close calls for Piper. Enjoyed the book and all the
plots to find out who killed Chip. Such a surprise in the end.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brandywine Creek, Georgia shopkeeper Piper Prescott is flourishing like her spice shop, Spice It Up!

When ex-mother-in-law Melly finds a dead man at the bottom of her basement stairs one morning the first person she calls is Piper.

Piper knows Police Chief Wyatt McBride suspects Melly of murder and in spite of ex-husband CJ’s lawyering skills, Piper is determined to figure out who the real killer is before the other strangers leave town.

Piper’s relationship with veterinarian Dr. Doug Winters plods
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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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
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
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
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
Barbara Nutting
May 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
This book was just like the first one - same descriptions, same plot and same dialogue! Just change the victim and the murderer and fill in the blanks. And now eye drops are the poison du jour. For that the book only gets 2 tiny stars.

I’m weary of the triangle romance that isn’t going anywhere and how can a small town have all these murders within a few months? Piper just lets her daughter walk all over her, she picks up a wet towel Lindsay has thrown on the floor and carefully folds it and puts
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Piper Prescott's, former mother-in-law, Melly, has developed some computer software that has aroused the interest of Chip Balboa and Rusty Talley. They are visiting Brandywine Creek to offer to buy her product. Apparently, the offer they have now made to her is far lower than the initial one discussed and she has said no thank you. Unfortunately, Chip is found dead at the bottom of her cellar stairs and Melly is the prime suspect. Piper and he best friend, Reba Mae, are out to clear Melly's name ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piper has trouble with poking her nose in other people's business. At first (earlier in the series) it was okay but her habit of continually getting into trouble and always going after the wrong person is getting slightly old. I will finish the series since I bought the 5th book but if any more come after it, I might have to give them a pass. This trope is well trod and getting a bit boring, to be honest. I'm also not liking her quasi flirting with a certain officer of the law when she's pretty ...more
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!
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
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.
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. ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun light cozy mystery. It is a quick enjoyable read.
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. ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read. The most surprising character is Melly. She's been changing and it's for the better. ...more
Good goddman this was painful to get through

Rusting awful.
Bleeding terrible.
I did not like it, at all, not even a little bit. Nope, nuh huh, nope.
Renee Myers
I enjoyed Gail Oust’s book
Easy read with a nice plot
On to my next spice shop mystery Kill ‘em with Cayenne
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really lithos book. It held my interest and I read it quickly. Great series!
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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