Seattle Spice Shop owner Pepper Reece probes murder while juggling a troubled employee, her mother's house hunt, and a fisherman who's set his hook for her.
As owner of the Spice Shop in Seattle's famed Pike Place Market, Pepper Reece is always on the go. Between conjuring up new spice blends and serving iced spice tea to customers looking to beat the summer heat, she finally takes a break for a massage. But the Zen moment is shattered when she overhears an argument in her friend Aimee's vintage home decor shop that ends in murder.
Wracked by guilt over her failure to intervene, Pepper investigates, only to discover a web of deadly connections that could ensnare a friend - and Pepper herself.
Where Leslie Talks Cooking and Spice
Cooking, for me, is a creative endeavor just as writing and painting are. I love bringing a new recipe to life, or recreating at home something I’ve eaten in my travels.
But the best part is the sharing. Whether at a dinner party for eight, holiday brunch for fifteen, or just my hunny and me, I find great joy in providing good, healthy, fun food for the people I love. And when it makes them smile, that makes me smile, too.
Pepper Reece, the main character in my Spice Shop Mysteries, loves cooking as much as I do. A few years back, when her marriage ended and she lost her job, both months after turning forty, she bought Seattle Spice Shop in the famed Pike Place Market. She didn’t get her name from her job—she acquired it as a toddler—but she is convinced that her name was her destiny, and that “Mistress of Spice” is the job she was always meant to have. She takes great delight in helping her customers—whether they’re new or experienced, home cooks or professional chefs—find just the right spice to make a dish sparkle. Like me, she adores smoked paprika. In Chai Another Day, the 4th Spice Shop Mystery, an employee of a vintage home shop run by a friend of Pepper’s is murdered in the shop. While making a delivery—including smoked paprika—to Edgar, the head chef at Speziato (Italian for spicy) just down the block, Pepper discovers that Edgar may have seen something critical to solving the murder. And when she and her boyfriend return for dinner, including Baked Paprika Cheese, she’s drawn even deeper into the mystery.
Ahh, the magic of spice!
Let's Get Cooking!
Edgar's Baked Paprika Cheese from CHAI ANOTHER DAY by Leslie Budewitz
Pepper Reece, the Mistress of Spice at Seattle Spice, met Edgar when he was a sous chef at a restaurant near Pike Place Market run by a man she once dated—the man who taught her not to date her customers. Now, he’s head chef at Speziato, an Italian restaurant. Edgar and Pepper agree that smoked paprika is a true delight. This smoky, gooey appetizer is easy, tasty, and attractive, perfect for a night in or a night out!
4 ounces goat cheese, shaped into a disc about 1 inch by 4-5 inches
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
8-10 slices of a baguette, toasted
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Shape the goat cheese into a disc and place it on a baking dish or in a ramekin. If you are using a rinded cheese, slice the top off. Sprinkle the disc with 3/4 teaspoon paprika.
Bake about 15 minutes, until cheese is soft and gooey.
Toast the bread in advance, or pop it into the oven during the last 7 minutes that the cheese is baking; toast 5 minutes on one side, turn, and toast 2 more minutes.
If you baked the cheese on a tray, transfer carefully to your serving plate. Top with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon paprika. Arrange toasts on plate and serve immediately.
Serves two as an appetizer.
Learn more by visiting the author's website. CHAI ANOTHER DAY released from Seventh St. Books June 11, 2019.
"CHAI ANOTHER DAY is a mouthwatering mix of mystery, spice facts, fun, and flavorful recipes. Love it!" — Susan Wittig Albert, New York Times-bestselling author of the China Bayles Herbal Mysteries
“Leslie Budewitz’s Spice Shop mysteries just keep getting better and better. Her latest, CHAI ANOTHER DAY, has everything I love in a cozy mystery: a smart, gutsy protagonist determined to find the answers; a savory setting steeped in history; an abundance of mouth-watering food, drink, and spices; a truly delightful doggy; and best of all, an expertly seasoned murder plot that had me guessing--and grinning--to the very end.” —Kate Carlisle, New York Times-bestselling author of the Fixer-Upper Mysteries and the Bibliophile Mysteries.
Meet the Author
Leslie Budewitz is the best-selling author of the Seattle Spice Shop and Food Lovers’ Village mysteries. The fourth Spice Shop mystery, Chai Another Day, will be published by Seventh St. Books in June, 2019. Death al Dente, the first Food Lovers’ Village mystery, won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel; her guide for writers, Books, Crooks & Counselors, won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction.
Leslie’s first historical fiction, “All God’s Sparrows” (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine), set in Montana Territory in 1885, was nominated for the 2018 Agatha Award for Best Short Story. (Read it free on her website.) A past president of Sisters in Crime, Leslie currently serves on the Mystery Writers of America board. She loves to cook, eat, hike, and paint, not necessarily in that order, and lives in NW Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher.
Chai Another Day by Leslie Budewitz
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Heat Level: 3
Language Level: 1
Violence Level: 2
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