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.
Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and the Northwest in two cozy mystery series, the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, set in NW Montana. Leslie is the winner of three Agatha Awards—2013 Best First Novel for DEATH AL DENTE, the first Food Lovers' Village mystery; 2011 Best Nonfiction, and 2018 Best Short Story, for “All God’s Sparrows,” her first historical fiction. Her work has also won or been nominated for Derringer, Anthony, and Macavity awards. A past president of Sisters in Crime and a current board member of Mystery Writers of America, she lives and cooks in NW Montana.
An intricately plotted cozy murder mystery featuring plenty of twists and turns... A lot of fun to try and puzzle out the identity of the killer alongside Pepper.
– Seattle Book Review
Pepper’s compassion, humor, and adoration of her community make her a warm and very engaging heroine of this spicy series.
– King's River Life Magazine
A mystery that is entertaining, educational, thought-provoking, and eminently readable.
– Reviewing the Evidence
Budewitz mixes love, family and friends, along with mystery and hints about spices, into a sweet blend in Chai Another Day.
– Lesa's Book Critiques
A well rounded story with great characters... I really hope this one gets picked up as a tv show or movie.
– Crossroad Reviews
A delightful 'cozy'
– Promoting a Crime
Leslie Budewitz returns to the much-loved Spice Shop Mystery series with the same quality of writing fans have come to expect from this multi-award winner.
– BOLO Books
Certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to all community library Mystery/Suspense collections, "Chai Another Day" is a superbly crafted suspense thriller of a mystery read from beginning to end.