Author Showcase ~ Sweet Pepper Hero by J.J. Cook

Sweet Pepper Hero
Old rivalries heat up in the fourth Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade mystery from the national bestselling author of In Hot Water.

Fire chief Stella Griffin has been put in charge of judging the annual recipe contest, but Eric—her resident ghost and true culinary genius—has vanished. Before she can track down his latest haunt, she’s called in to investigate a local moonshine distillery that was set ablaze, making her realize there’s more than pies and cakes cooking in Sweet Pepper.

As rumors of a revived whiskey war ignite, Stella turns to the town’s elders to help her find answers. The past might have some clues as to what has sparked the present fires. But when following a lead lands her in buried rubble, Stella realizes she must extinguish this case fast or she might be going down in flames.

Release: January 2016
Series: Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

About the author
Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery and urban fantasy fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. Their first mystery novel, Last Dance, won the Master’s Choice Award for best first mystery novel in 1999. Their romance, Flowers in the Night, was nominated for the Frankfurt Book Award in 2000.

They have written and published more than 70 novels that are sold worldwide for Harlequin, Penguin, Amazon, and Simon and Schuster. They have also published hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in Midland, North Carolina with their family and their rescue pets—Rudi, Stan Lee, and Quincy.

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Giveaway: Leave comment below for the chance to win a copy of SWEET PEPPER HERO. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end January 14 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

42 responses to “Author Showcase ~ Sweet Pepper Hero by J.J. Cook

  1. Nancy Roessner

    I do enjoy this series!

  2. I love this series. Always enjoy a visit to Sweet Pepper

  3. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

  4. I really enjoy this series and looking forward to this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. One of their series that I have not read yet. YET!!

  6. I have not read this series but this book sounds great. Thank you for the chance to win.

  7. New to this series. Sounds pretty cool. Thank you for the chance.

  8. Valerie Consoer

    Oh goodie, goodie!! Sounds like another good one!

  9. Jill Broussard

    I haven’t read this series yet, but I’m sure that it will be a good one! Thankyou for the opportunity!

  10. Linda Kuzminczuk

    Looking forward to reading this book – love the series! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  11. It’s always fun to visit Sweet Pepper – glad for a chance to win this book!

  12. Sweet Pepper sounds like a town I want to read about. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  13. Love their series.!

  14. Joyce may be gone, but the literary legacy continues.

  15. This book sounds captivating and special. Thanks.

  16. Barbara Hackel

    This is a great series and I am looking forward to reading the newest book! Thanks Dru for featuring it today. Thanks to JJ for the chance to win a copy. 🙂

  17. Sounds great. I love the cover.

  18. J.J. Cook, aka Joyce and Jim Lavene, hit the ball out of the park with their newest book. Although Joyce has passed on, her legacy has continued through Jim and family members work.

  19. One of my favorite series!

  20. I love J.J.Cook! I didn’t know that was really Jim and Joyce. No wonder I liked Cook so much.

    Jim, I am so sorry about Joyce.

  21. Great series, can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  22. Kathleen Costa

    I love this writing team, and even a dalmation on the cover…cute!

  23. looking forward to the latest Sweet Pepper book. Would like to win this to add to my J.J.Cook books.

  24. Doward Wilson

    Love this series. Thank you for the chance to win

  25. Vicki Highley

    Love this series.

  26. Katrina Edwrads

    I love this series.

  27. Sounds like an interesting read. Would love to win this one.

  28. elainehroberson

    I signed up for the cozy challenge. This would be a great book to add to my list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  29. Peggy Hyndman

    Sweet Pepper Hero sounds wonderful! Of course, anything written by the Lavene’s is! Thank you for this chance.

  30. Mary Jane H.

    This book sounds delightful! Thanks for telling us about it Dru and thanks to the Levene’s for the chance to win.

  31. Hoping to learn what happened to Eric.

  32. How fun to have another book in this series. I love anything the Lavenes’ write. The cover art is always good, the stories interesting and the characters fascinating and likable.

  33. So much would love to read 💞 Thank so much that for a chance to win 💓 Looks like absolutely a wonderful fun book 💖

  34. This is one of my favorite Lavene series. (I’ve read them all.)

  35. Love all their series, would love to read this book too. Thanks.

  36. The moonshine theme sounds clever! Thanks!

  37. Eric is such an interesting ghost—I love having him in the series. Thanks for the contest.

  38. I love this series, and the recipes

  39. Della Williamson

    Love the cover. Looks like a really good read. Like that she went to the town elders. Young ones tend to think their elders won’t understand anything. Of course some do then to forget that they were young once to. Are the rumors a cover up? Want to see what’s going on with Stella and.
    So hoping for a win for a quick answer On my TBR Love the dog on the cover

  40. Moonshine and a food contest–what could be better? Looking forward to reading this.

  41. Patricia Lafferty

    Enjoy the writing of Joyce and Jim Lavene. Would really like to read this series. Thank you for the opportunity.

  42. Contest is closed.