Cinnamon Toasted (Spice Shop Mystery Series #3)

Cinnamon Toasted (Spice Shop Mystery Series #3)

by Gail Oust

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Cinnamon Toasted 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Gail Oust really spices up mystery in this new installment of the Spice Shop Mysteries! Blending just the right combination of the ingredients mystery, action, and humor, author Oust has created a cozy that is to be savored. CINNAMON TOASTED had me at page one. This was another title that found me reading much later into the night than I had planned. The excellent story moved at a fast pace with each new chapter being better than the one before. There were twists and turns in the first-rate plot that lead all the way to the spectacular ending! If you’re looking to add some flavor to your reading, you’re going to want to read CINNAMON TOASTED! If you haven’t read the other books in this series, no worries, you won’t feel lost. But I do suggest reading the first two because they are really good. Don’t miss the yummy recipes at the back of the book!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts In this third Spice Shop Mystery Piper’s ex mother-in-law gets to spend a lot more time with Piper. You see a dead man has been found at the bottom of Melly’s basement stairs and her home is a crime scene so she is forced to move in with Piper in her apartment above her shop. Of course she could go stay with her son in his McMansion but he his fiancee is doing a bit of redecorating. Then there is the fact that Melly is the prime suspect. The dead man was in town with his partner to buy an upgrade she had designed for their point-of-sale software. It seems Melly is a computer whiz. The fact that the man had died the night before and Melly called Piper first before the police has Chief McBride pretty suspicious. It doesn’t take long for Piper to enlist Reba Mae’s help in trying to find out what really happened. Fall is a busy time in Brandywine Creek with Oktoberfest, high school football and a production of Steel Magnolias at the opera house. Piper is stocking up on spices for all the upcoming festivities, including a huge party featuring German cuisine, her daughter is a cheerleader who is sweet on the quarterback and Reba Mae has been cast to Truvy in the play. Now the have to add a murder investigation. Gail Oust has created a mystery that is spiced up with quite a bit of humor too. Piper and Reba Mae’s hi-jinks will have you laughing out loud. All the characters have grown since the start of the series. It was a joy to get to know Melly better. She really is quite a lady. Piper is so self assured. She has a great relationship with her former mother-in-law and her ex husband too, even though he left her for Amber, a much younger woman. She does struggle with her daughter wanting to spend so much time with Amber but they are pretty close in age. :) Her relationship with Doug, the veterinarian is starting to warm up although she and McBride have a little vibe too. Everyone needs a best friend like Rebe Mae. She follows Piper lead and they get in some crazy situations. With a great plot and subplots that work Oust has given us an upbeat story cozy readers will truly enjoy. We learn more about spices too. There is also a gingersnap recipe in the back of the book I can’t wait to try.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Cinnamon Toasted by Gail Oust is the third book in her Spice Shop Mystery series; and my favorite so far in this series. Piper Prescott's Spice It Up! shop is doing well in Brandywine Creek now. She has plans to expand her inventory to include additional kitchen items along with her world-wide spices. Her ex-mother-in-law, Melly, who helps at the shop part time has also developed her own interests in computer programming. Who knew that Melly was a geek under the sweater sets and pearls? She is so good that her tweaks for Piper's point-of-sale program has brought her the attention of the owners of the program. Rusty and Chip come to town to talk to Melly; but the negotiations come to an abrupt halt when Chip dies. The secondary characters are becoming more developed now. This book allowed readers to get to know Melly much better and that was enjoyable. McBride is good man and is good at his job. Piper and McBride would really work well together if he would be just a little more open to listening to her when she gets information. He cares about Piper, even though she can't see it; and I think he's trying to protect her. I love the friendship between Piper and Reba Mae. They make an awesome and fun crime fighting duo.The twists, the clues and the red herrings kept me turning the pages. I didn't have any idea who was behind the murder and the attempted murders until the reveal. I received an ARC from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books in exchange for an honest review.