Friday, October 16, 2020

Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz

I received a finished paperback copy of Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz through the Goodreads Giveaways program for FREE.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz.

Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz is cozy mystery novel set in Seattle, Washington. It's the first novel in 'A Spice Shop Mystery' series. I really enjoyed the plot, storyline, characters, and flow of this cozy mystery novel. I didn't guess whodunnit and why until the very end, which is a definite plus in my book. 

My favorite part of Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz was the setting of Seattle, Washington and Pike Market Place more specifically. I briefly visited Seattle, Washington 12 years ago in 2008 and loved visiting Pike Market Place as well as the Space Needle with my husband. 

Below is the plot summary for Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz from Goodreads:
The Agatha Award-winning author of Crime Rib is proud to introduce Pepper Reece, the owner of the Seattle Spice Shop who thinks she can handle any kind of salty customer—until a murderer ends up in the mix…

After leaving a dicey marriage and losing a beloved job in a corporate crash, Pepper Reece has found a new zest for life running a busy spice and tea shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Her aromatic creations are the talk of the town, and everyone stops by for a cup of her refreshing spice tea, even other shopkeepers and Market regulars. But when a panhandler named Doc shows up dead on the store’s doorstep, a Seattle Spice Shop cup in his hand, the local gossip gets too hot for Pepper to handle—especially after the police arrest one of Pepper’s staffers, Tory Finch, for murder.

Tory seems to know why she’s a suspect, but she refuses to do anything to curry favor with the cops. Convinced her reticent employee is innocent, Pepper takes it on herself to sniff out some clues. Only, if she’s not careful, Pepper’s nosy ways might make her next on the killer’s list…
I am giving Assault and Pepper by Leslie Budewitz a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!