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Assault and Pepper

(2015)
(The first book in the Spice Shop Mysteries series)
A novel by

 
 
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…

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Praise for this book

"A potpourri of spices, a mélange of murder—Pepper and her crew serve up a tantalizing mystery and a fragrant treat for the senses." - Connie Archer

"Leslie Budewitz writes her new Seattle Spice Shop Mystery, Assault and Pepper, with a dash of humor and a half-turn of charm that will leave readers smiling." - J J Cook

"There's a savvy new amateur sleuth in town, and her name is Pepper Reece. Assault and Pepper is a smart blend of zesty characters, piquant spices, and scrumptious food. Set against the intriguing Seattle backdrop, this well-plotted whodunit is the perfect recipe for a great read." - Daryl Wood Gerber

"An iconic Seattle setting, a smart and capable heroine, and a spicy investigation… what mystery reader could want more? Budewitz combines it all with effortless finesse." - Victoria Hamilton

"Parsley, sage, rosemary and…murder. Assault and Pepper, the scintillating first book in Leslie Budewitz’s new Spice Shop Mystery series will add zing to your reading." - Barbara Ross


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Used availability for Leslie Ann Budewitz's Assault and Pepper

Paperback Editions

March 2015 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Assault and Pepper (A Spice Shop Mystery)
Author(s): Leslie Budewitz
ISBN: 0-425-27178-1 / 978-0-425-27178-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


June 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Assault And Pepper (A Spice Shop Mystery)
Author(s): Leslie Budewitz
ISBN: 1-4104-7986-2 / 978-1-4104-7986-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Assault and Pepper (Spice Shop Mystery)
Author(s): Leslie Budewitz
ISBN: 1-5159-0814-3 / 978-1-5159-0814-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


June 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Assault and Pepper (Spice Shop Mystery)
Author(s): Leslie Budewitz
ISBN: 1-5159-5814-0 / 978-1-5159-5814-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


December 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Assault and Pepper: Spice Shop Mystery Series, Book 1
Author(s): Leslie Budewitz
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   


December 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Assault and Pepper: Spice Shop Mystery Series, Book 1
Author(s): Leslie Budewitz
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Assault and Pepper (A Spice Shop Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Leslie Budewitz
Publisher: Berkley
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU