"Chai Another Day" A Spice Shop Mystery By Leslie Budewitz: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

The uncomfortable fall heat, not to mention the aches of just having passed forty, have Seattle Spice Shop owner Pepper Reece seeking relief through a yoga class and massage given by therapist Seetha Sharma. Unfortunately, Pepper’s hopes for a stress-free future are dashed when the building’s first floor vintage store owner Aimee McGillvray discovers a bloody body in her shop. Pepper is further alarmed that while the amiable Detective Spencer is on out on medical leave, a much grumpier and suspicious detective has taken her place. Feeling responsible for her friends and upset that once again murder has visited her beloved Pike Place Market, Pepper surprises no one when she begins looking into the death of the late designer, Joelle Chapman.

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A law firm human resources manager until her divorce, Pepper uses her former occupational skills to question and “read” those closest to the victim. Pepper soon discovers that she has her own personal connection with the widower, whose misconduct as an attorney nearly destroyed their entire firm. Pepper can’t help but wonder if Justin Chapman’s misdeeds may have led to his wife’s death, although complicating matters is the will left by the Pacific Imports founder that had Joelle struggling to make a profit in order to receive the benefits.
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What the author so vividly depicts in this series is her love and appreciation for Seattle and the Pike Place Market. Although it has become a huge tourist attraction, niche stalls and exotic shops give it the air of a multi-ethnic and diverse community. It’s what makes unexpected attacks on Seetha so personal and contrary to their philosophy, especially since the Market couldn’t exist without the many immigrants who own the shops and work within them.

Out-of-character behavior from her assistant, the appropriately named Cayenne Cooper, has Pepper again relying on her professional human resources talents to empathetically determine the cause. Pepper has created a genuinely delightful community within the Pike Place Market, with the Flick Chicks meeting monthly to enjoy movies, unique cuisine, and their bond of friendship. Her own much closer bond with fisherman Nate Seward is also hitting a critical point that has her questioning whether their relationship is strong enough to survive his long absences. Mouthwatering recipes celebrating chai spices and Seattle’s seafood enhance the setting of the novel’s Pike Place Market and help readers to appreciate its many flavors. Pepper’s compassion, humor, and adoration of her community make her a warm and very engaging heroine of this spicy series.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. This definitely sounds interesting. Most series don't put a new detective in the middle of things. Count me in!

  2. A new series for me. Sounds good.

  3. Oh this is a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing about the author and her book. I love how she used real places to put her story. I would love to read one of her books. quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

  4. Yayy! I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  5. I’d love to read this! Legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

  6. I have visited Seattle once, unfortunately it was for work and I didn't get to see much of the place. Thanks for the chance to take a literary trip back there. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  7. Great series. Would really like to read "Chai Another Day".

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  9. I have the first three books in this series and am anxious to read this one! Thanks for the review and the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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