Cinnamon Toasted

Cinnamon Toasted

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Peppered with the perfect amount of humor, romance, and suspense--plus recipes!--
spice shop owner Piper Prescott's taste for cracking down on small-town crime in this savory new series is always a rollicking good time.

Beneath her twinsets and pearls, Melly, Piper Prescott's former mother-in-law, is a techno geek at heart who has just received an offer from a major software company that she can't refuse. News in Brandywine Creek, Georgia, spreads faster than Piper's own cinnamon honey butter, and soon Melly is the toast of the town. Especially when one of her new corporate investors, Chip Balboa, comes to town for Oktoberfest. Soon cloves and cardamom are flying off Piper's shelves...


But all that changes when Chip's corpse turns up at the foot of Melly's basement. Questions quickly heat up when hunky police chief Wyatt McBride arrives on the scene. Why did it take Melly so long to report the incident--is it because she and Chip exchanged red-hot words before he turned up dead? Piper knows that Melly would never hurt a fly on a sticky bun, and she enlists the help of her BFF Reba Mae to clear her name. But can they sniff out the real killer before Melly gets burned...for good?

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781250096708
Characteristics: 324 pages ;,17 cm.

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drvining
Nov 06, 2018

Agree with the other reviewers that this is a lightweight read, not in a good way. Absent character development, plot, common sense. But beyond that, and the reason I'll return the other title of this series unread, is the main character and perhaps the writer seem to have a class prejudice. The heroine's friends and family are all handsome/beautiful, others are less so. And she gives not a care when a man is injured in her kitchen. Too formulaic with nothing to offer the reader. And laughable- a wealthy couple is giving an over-thre-top party but 1) it's a pot luck (wha??) and 2) our heroine stews about not getting an invitation but then inexplicably gets a verbal one when all the others were written. Author throws in details like that for no purpose.

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Cheekym00
Sep 07, 2018

Very lightweight read - so fun enough but no real characters, drama or suspense. The weird thing was the obsession with listing spices from different characters' recipes, some of which really would not add to those recipes.
Read, enjoy, forget.

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smichal
Jul 02, 2018

It had a good surprise ending (identifying the killer). But the rest of the book really dragged and it didn't have much plot development. Also it followed the formula of 1 woman sleuth being interested in 2 men (the hunky policeman and the dependable veterinarian). but for me was the "hare brained schemes". You don't have to portray woman as idiots who stumble across clues.

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