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Guilty as Cinnamon

(A Spice Shop Mystery #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,078 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Murder heats up Seattle’s Pike Place Market in the next Spice Shop mystery from the national bestselling author of Assault and Pepper.

Springtime in Seattle’s Pike Place Market means tasty foods and wide-eyed tourists, and Pepper’s Spice Shop is ready for the crowds. With flavorful combinations and a fresh approach, she’s sure to win over the public. Even better, she’s work
Mass Market Paperback, 287 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Berkley
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Guilty as Cinnamon is the second book in Leslie Budewitz's 'A Spice Shop Mysteries' cozy series. The books take place in Seattle's Pike Place Market revolving around Pepper's spice shop. I've wanted to read some of Budewitz's books for a few years and decided last December to pick up this series. It's a fun one and I see great improvement between the first two books. I'm thrilled I selected this one and already ordered the third to read next week.

In this caper, Pepper's having a few staffing an
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Overdose by a ghost pepper? Say it isn’t so! Oh! But it more than an overdose, It’s MURDER!

Someone really turned up the heat on Chef Tamara Langston. She was currently working for Pepper’s ex, but he fires her when he learns she is close to opening a restaurant of her own. He also blows up at Pepper too because she knew and didn’t tell him. When Pepper discovers Tamara dead in her new restaurant space Alex quickly lands at the top of the suspect list and behind bars. He asks P
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in the series so much that I went out and bought the second one while reading the first. I rarely do this. I have plenty of books on Mt Git'r'Read, but I really wanted to have this one handy when I was ready to visit Pepper again.
The story is a little busier this time, quite a few more characters [and suspects] than last time, but it's all excellent.
The ex, -husband and -boyfriend, are here and Pepper is sifting through her feelings in that arena. Pepper i
This was yet another situation where I loved the first in a cozy series, but with the second the spark did not hold up. I did not finish this and won't be continuing with the series.

For some reason, the main character of Pepper came across in this book as pushy and crabby. It felt like she spent a lot of time feeling sorry for herself, and blaming other people for it. I can't even quite put my finger on it, but I just didn't connect to Pepper in this book the way I did in the first book.

I also m
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
3.5 stars. Lots of twists and turns in this one and lots of characters to keep track of too. Love the Seattle market setting and Pepper is a very likeable main character as well.
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
"GUILTY AS CINNAMON has the perfect medley for a mystery!"

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Linda Smatzny
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The main character is Pepper Reece who owns a spice shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Pepper goes to the building where a young woman is planning to open a new restaurant and discovers her body. Pepper feels compelled to ask questions and find the woman's killer especially because the cause of death is ghost chilies which Pepper carries in her shop. The book was an easy read.
Donna Townsend
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“You are a magnet for trouble,” intones a frustrated Homicide Detective Tracy, partner of Detective Spencer. Indeed, Pepper Reece, the spikey-haired owner of the Seattle Spice Shop, is exactly that. Somehow, much to the annoyance of the local police, dead bodies and ghosts and trouble swirl about her. Her shop is one of two in the Market area which supply spices, seasonings and teas to the public and local restaurants. Many of her friends and clients are chefs who own eateries or work in the bu ...more
Rosemary K
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pepper Reece is the owner of the Seattle Spice Shop. She loves her new life. She has reinvented herself after her divorce. She enjoys interacting with her customer and is a good friend and employer. However, this trait puts her in danger. She has found a body - again. Tamara Langston is starting a new restaurant. Her current employer, Alex Howard., is livid and fires her. Now she's dead and he's the prime suspect. He asks Pepper for help. Now someone is stalking her. Will the killer strike again ...more
Deborah Almada
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am new to books by Leslie Budewitz, this is the first of her books I have read and will say that I received a copy of this book for an honest review. I was intrigued by the idea of a spice shop and also the setting in Seattle at the Market. I was not disappointed, I really liked this book and will order the first book in the series because I am now hooked. Many things made me happy in this book, I was happy for once to see a character that owns a business that actually seems to do some work, I ...more
Doward Wilson
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A strong plot and main character make this a compelling read! Pepper Reece owns and runs a spice shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market. When a customer and fledgling friend is murdered as she works in setting up her new restaurant, Pepper finds the body and feels responsible for bringing the killer to justice. The spice business and market setting bring all the elements together for a fascinating adventure that make this series so enjoyable. The twisted plot has identity theft, monetary theft, rev ...more
PennsyLady (Bev)
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Guilty As Cinnamon
A Spice Shop Mystery #2

By Leslie Budewitz

I love taking time for a good cozy mystery.
Spice Shop #2 fit the bill.
The book begins with a historical note and a "Seattle Spice Shop
A perfect touch for new readers and I would imagine a nice
reminder for the seasoned reader.
Our humorous, high spirited heroine is Pepper Reece.

When "a young chef named Tamara Langston, is found dead, her life extinguished by the dangerously hot ghost chili—a spice Pepper carries in her shop", Pep
MaryElizabeth Gross
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this cozy mystery book.I felt like I
was there in Seattle going throu it with
Pepper.The relationships Pepper has with
her employees , her friends,her ex they're
all a tight knit group .
I enjoyed trying to solve the mystery along
with Pepper. Leslie Budewitz is one of my
new favorite authors.
The recipes at the end of the book are great.
I would love to work in Pepper's Spice Shop
and help her solve her mysteries.
I received a free copy of this book for a
honest book review.
K.A. Davis
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
GUILTY AS CINNAMON, the second book in “A Spice Shop Mystery” series, finds Pepper Reese getting ready to expand her spice shop located in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. She’s starting a bridal registry in addition to several chefs purchasing her wares for their local restaurants. A soon-to-be new restaurant owner, Tamara Langston, arrives at the Spice Shop to make a few purchases and discuss sourcing her herbs and spices. She learns that Tamara, a sous chef for Pepper’s ex-boyfriend, Alex, hasn’t ...more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Guilty as Cinnamon by Leslie Budewitz, Pepper Reece owns the Seattle Spice Shop in the Pike Place Market, where she has developed a clientele of restaurants to supply with the spices they use in their cooking. One day she helps Tamara Langston as she prepares to open her own restaurant as a competitor of her boss, Alex Howard, as Tamara gets everything prepared before she is ready to tell her boss. But Pepper's problem employee tells Alex anyway, and when Pepper goes to the location of Tamara ...more
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Read a couple of other books by this author in another series and found them "middling". This one was better than those for 2 reasons. One is locale. I love books set in Seattle, for some reason. The other is the touch of "woo woo" in this one. A good ghost can rescue a story, for me anyway. Not in a hurry to read any more of these, but if there are ghosts again I'm more likely to pick one up!
April Schilling
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pepper is ready for the tourists that usually come for springtime in Seattle. Her Spice Shop is a huge hit in Pike Place Market and she's working on some new things to bring in even more customers. So when Tamara Langston comes to Pepper and asks her to be the chief herb and spice supplier for a new restaurant she plans to open, Pepper is thrilled. Everything is going well until Pepper finds Tamara dead and it's revealed that the dangerously hot ghost chili that Pepper carries in her shop is to ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this second installment in the Spice Shop series.

The characters in this series are wonderful and I love each of them. I believe them to be well-rounded and yet, so far in the both books in the series, we see development amongst the main charcters, so they're not stagnant.

The plot had lots of twists and turns in it that kept me guessing right up until the end. I didn't have a clue who had actually committed the crime until it was finally revealed. I made a few guesses, but I
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 in the Spice Shop Mystery Series by Leslie Budewitz. I love the theme of a spice shop. I use a lot of spices and herbs in my own cooking and enjoy reading about them. In this book, a customer of the spice shop is killed with one of the shop’s products. Pepper’s ex-boyfriend is implicated and calls her for help, which is how she begins looking into the crime. This one includes hidden identities, abused spouses, corruption in the restaurant business, murder and maybe even ghosts to ...more
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Not my circus, not my monkeys." One of my favorite phrases that I hadn't heard in awhile so it made me smile when I read it. I enjoyed following along as Pepper Reece the owner of the charming Spice Shop did her own investigating of the people and places in Seattle's Pike Place Market. There were so many twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I loved her adorable dog Arf and how he is an important part of the story. The quotes about various spices were the perfect way to introduc ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Living so close to Seattle as I do picturing the setting and knowing the pulse of the cities foodie reputation I found this mystery story so plausible, so realistic that it was a very refreshing and had me longing for a 3 hour road trip just so I could be at the Seattle Market myself. I will admit though that I only liked the first story Assault and Pepper, I enjoyed it but I found it really hard in the first story to picture Seattle as a "cozy city" but with Guilty As Cinnamon It really sold me ...more
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love Pepper and her friends, they work together in a Spice shop, that Pepper got and worked so hard to achieve and make it work, selling spices and other spices to friends and restaurants. Pepper loves a good mystery especially the ones she always seems to find.

This is the second book in the series, and this is the first book i have read by this author.

This is a terrific read, and planning on reading the first book in the series called Assault and Pepper.
I received this book from the author in e
Apr 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Like the first one, Assault and Pepper, the setting and characters were great. I love the recipes in the back and there were parts that were really good. It was not an easy flowing book. There were parts I had to reread several times to understand what the author was trying to say. Because I love the characters so much I might read the next one, but am still unsure. Arf was the star and got this book a three star rating from me. I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
Mary Ann
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, kindle-e-books
Pepper is helping a friend, Tamara, set up the spice needs for her new restaurant. As she is working in her shop one day, another friend, Alex - Tamara's current boss, storms in furious that she had not forewarned him that Tamara was planning on leaving to start her own place. When Pepper figures out who told Alex, she fires her on the spot. This starts a set of problems for her. She finds another dead body, her ex-husband, Tag, is still trying to get back with her and Alex is arrested for the m ...more
Dawn Michelle
Not as good as the first one - the MC all of the sudden has developed stupid [spice based] idioms [much like the other series she writes] and there were a couple of moments of vulgarity that was unexpected and very much unlikable. Thankfully, there was only a couple of moments and then nothing, so I was grateful.
The mystery was good [if somewhat convoluted in its execution] and I was surprised as this character is barely mentioned. The red herrings were good in this one.
I will read the next o
Nancy H
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
When someone is killed using ghost chilies from Pepper's spice shop, she is determined to find the killer while she still runs her spice shop. Other problems ensue with her staff and the staff of nearby restaurants, as well as with her ex-boyfriend Tag, who just happens to be one of the cops helping to investigate this murder. There are many people who could have done it, and Pepper and her faithful dog Arf must untangle the threads to find the true killer.
N.N. Light
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent cozy mystery! Colourful characters and a decent plot with a few twists.

My Rating: 5 stars
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ghost peppers as a murder weapon--
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Guilty as Cinnamon
A Spice Shop Mystery #2
By Leslie Budewitz
ISBN 9780425271797
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie


Murder heats up Seattle’s Pike Place Market in the next Spice Shop mystery from the national bestselling author of Assault and Pepper.

Springtime in Seattle’s Pike Place Market means tasty foods and wide-eyed tourists, and Pepper’s Spice Shop is ready for the crowds. With flavorful combinations and a fresh approac
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I know I’ve stumbled across a good book when I am sad to come to the end of the story and to leave the characters behind. I thoroughly enjoyed Guilty as Cinnamon by Leslie Budewitz. Guilty as Cinnamon is Book Two in the Spice Shop Mysteries series. The story revolves around Pepper Reece, the owner of the Seattle Spice Shop and the murder of a chef getting ready to open her own restaurant. The book includes a checklist of characters, which I like because sometimes I need to go back and review a c ...more
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