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Peppermint Barked by Leslie Budewitz

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Also by Leslie Budewitz:

Peppermint Barked, July 2022
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The Solace of Bay Leaves, November 2020
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As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles, June 2018
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Butter Off Dead, July 2015
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Assault And Pepper, March 2015
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Crime Rib, July 2014
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Death Al Dente, August 2013
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Books, Crooks And Counselors, October 2011
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Peppermint Barked
Leslie Budewitz

Spice Shop Mystery
Seventh Street Books
July 2022
On Sale: July 19, 2022
240 pages
ISBN: 1645060543
EAN: 9781645060543
Kindle: B09JPHR9CH
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Mystery Cozy | Mystery Culinary | Holiday

As the holiday season lights up Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market, Pepper Reece’s beloved Spice Shop is brimming with cinnamon, nutmeg, and shoppers eager to stuff their stockings. Add to the mix a tasty staff competition—a peppermint bark-off—along with Victorian costumes for this year’s Dickensian Christmas theme, and Pepper almost forgets to be nervous about meeting her fisherman boyfriend’s brother for the first time.

But when a young woman working in her friend Vinny’s wine shop is brutally assaulted, costumed revelers and holiday cheer are the last things on Pepper’s mind. Who would want to hurt Beth? Or were they looking for Vinny instead?

The vicious attack upsets everyone at Pike Place, but none more than Pepper’s own employee, Matt Kemp. At first, Pepper is baffled by his reaction, but his clandestine connection to Beth could hold the key to the assailant’s motive. Or perhaps it’s Vinny’s ex-wife who knows more than she’s letting on . . . and what about the mysterious top-hatted man with whom Pepper saw Beth arguing that morning?

As the secrets of the market come to light, long-held grudges, family ties, and hidden plans only further obscure the truth. Is it a ghost of the past rattling its chains, or a contemporary Scrooge with more earthly motives? As Pepper chases down a killer, someone is chasing her, and in the end, the storied market itself may hold the final, deadly clue.

Seattle Spice Shop

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