January 12, 2016

Sweet Pepper Hero by J.J. Cook - Review and Giveaway

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: January 5, 2016
Number of pages: 304
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade #4

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.

What did I think about this book:
This is the first book I have read in this series and I was not lost although I will be going back and reading the rest of the series. The characters were fun to get to know and I enjoyed the fire brigade theme. I like the writing style of this couple as I have read other books by them. They do a good job with providing us with plenty of twists in the story so you do not know who is actually setting the first until the end. Another thing I liked is how they include animals as part of the storyline and give them there own special spot in the story. Also the added bonus of the ghost in the book was a plus for me as I love a story that has ghosts involved. Let's not forget the recipes they give us in the back of the book. I can't wait to try them out. I have to say I have found some great recipes in some of the cozies I have read in the past and I am sure these will not disappoint. If you enjoy cozy mysteries then I suggest picking up this book and giving it a try you will not be disappointed. 

About the author:
J. J. Cook is a pseudonym for a married couple who writes mysteries, mostly set in the South, with a touch of paranormal and romance.

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Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade:
#1 That Old Flame of Mine
#2 Playing with Fire
#3 In Hot Water
#4 Sweet Pepper Hero

This giveaway is for one print copy of Sweet Pepper Hero. The giveaway is open to the US only. Once the winner is randomly chosen they will be notified via email and have 24 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. One requirement is to leave a comment on the post and this will be verified. If no comment is left you will be disqualified. Thank you and good luck. 

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  1. I have read good reviews about this series, and I am interested in reading this series. Sweet Pepper Hero sounds like a great read.

  2. I haven't read any of this series yet but I'm a big fan of the authors.

  3. I like a good cozy mystery and the addition of a ghost sounds interesting.

  4. It's a mystery and it has ghosts in it.

    1. Fun stuff. we enjoy writing ghosts and other supernatural creatures on some of our mysteries.

  5. I like the synopsis, sounds like a good cozy. The book cover is great.

  6. My interest in this book is varied. I'm always in on the works from writing team Joyce and Jim Lavene, even under a pen name, and I'm hooked on the series after Book 1. Just look at the dalmation...who wouldn't be interested in that! kat8762@aol.com

  7. This wonderful cozy sounds intriguing and unique. The writing would be excellent and the characters interesting.

  8. I love this series, the characters, the recipes, and of course Hero

  9. I like cozies that include ghosts. This sounds like a great story!

  10. Eric, the ghost, sounds like a wonderful character for a cozy. How can I resist this book with both him and that cute dog??

    1. They really do like each other. I hope you enjoy it.

  11. I love cozy mysteries! I like that the story has a ghost in it. I haven't read any books by this couple. Thanks for the chance.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. We appreciate it.

  12. I have read previous series by this author and would like to try this newer series.

  13. Congratulations on the release! I haven't tried this series yet, but it sounds interesting. Thanks for the opportunity! Di

  14. Thank you Angela for posting this on your blog. We really appreciate it.

  15. I think having a ghost as a helper of sorts sounds like an intriguing plot device. Thanks!

  16. I love to read mystery series! This looks good to me!