Rosemary and CrimeThe sign above my new antique cash register reads: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. All right, already, cut me some slack. I know it’s a cliché, but in my case it happens to be true. When my husband, CJ, dumped me after twenty-some years to chase ambulances and a bimbo in a short shirt–I privately refer to the home wrecker and former beauty queen as Miss Peach Pit–I used every last cent I had to finance a dream of mine of owning my own business. My spice shop, Spice It Up!, occupies a prime piece of real estate on the town square in the small town of Brandywine Creek, Georgia. I love every square inch of Spice It Up! including the exposed brick walls and heart pine floor.

Unfortunately, my grand opening wasn’t quite as grand as planned. It all started going downhill after I found the body of the hoity-toity chef who’d agreed to do a cooking demo. And it didn’t help any that I handled what turned out later to be the murder weapon. Just when I didn’t think things could get any worse, my four-legged alibi disappeared without a forwarding address. To add to my dilemma, CJ, my ex, informed me that the new chief of police, Wyatt McBride, despised any and every one with the name of Prescott.

What to do? What to do?

I took the only course open to me and speed dialed my BFF, Reba Mae Johnson. Between the two of us, we’d not only bring home the bacon, but we’d fry it up in a pan. In other words, we’d solve this case, prove my innocence, and have a fine time along the way. After all, we watch crime shows on TV; we read mysteries. How hard can it be to solve a murder in a town not much bigger than a postage stamp?

We were about to find out. To misquote Bette Davis, Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

You can read more about Piper in Rosemary and Crime, the first book in the new “Spice Shop” mystery series, published by Minotaur. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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Meet the author
Gail Oust is often accused of flunking retirement. While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, she penned nine gailhistorical romances under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Turner. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery. Hearing the words “maybe it’s a dead body” while golfing fired her imagination for writing a cozy. Ever since then, she spends more time on a computer than at a golf course. Author of the Bunco Babe mysteries, she is currently writing the Spice Shop Mysteries. Rosemary and Crime marks their debut.

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