January 6, 2017

Curried Away by Gail Oust - Review and Giveaway

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: December 13, 2016
Number of pages: 304
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Spice Shop Mystery #4

Piper Prescott, proprietor of Spice It Up!, has persuaded Doug Winters, the mild-mannered vet she’s been dating, to demonstrate Indian cuisine at her shop. But before Doug’s presentation of classic chicken curry is completed, Ned Feeney, local handyman, bursts in with news of a murder.

Sandy Granger, the director of a local production of Steel Magnolias, was found strangled in the third-floor balcony of the Brandywine Creek Opera House. Sandy, it seems, had not endeared herself to cast or crew. Complaints about her ran the gamut from her management style to her lack of people skills. Everyone connected with the production falls under suspicion, including Piper Prescott’s BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, who made it well known how unhappy she is that she was cut from the cast.

When the spotlight for the dastardly deed shines on Reba Mae, Piper rushes to her friend’s defense. Who among Sandy’s detractors was angry enough to wrap a silk scarf around her neck—and pull tight? Will Piper succeed in solving the case before she becomes the killer’s encore performance? And will she ever learn just how to prepare the perfect curry? As delicious as it is charming, the latest entry in Gail Oust’s mouth-watering Spice Shop Mysteries is sure to delight both old fans and new.

My thoughts:
I have been enjoying this series from the beginning and I thought this book was a good addition to it. I like hearing about all the different spices throughout the books. Then you have Piper who gets mixed up in all sorts of things and must solve the murder. It is nice to see the characters develop with each book. The author gave me just enough clues that I thought I had it figured it out but I was wrong. Even though this book is a part of a series you can read it as a stand alone but I am sure you will enjoy it enough that you will want to read the entire series. I look forward to more books in this series to see where the characters will take us next. 

About The Author
Friends often accuse Gail Oust of flunking retirement. While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, Gail penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym Elizabeth Turner for Avon, Pocket, Berkley, and Kensington. 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 with friends fired her imagination for the Bunco Babe Mystery series originally published by NAL. In conjunction with Beyond the Page Publishing, the Bunco Babe series has been republished in digital format as the Kate McCall Mysteries complete with new titles and a whole new look. Gail is currently writing the Spice Shop Mysteries for Minotaur/St. Martin’s. When she isn’t reading, writing, or sleeping, she can usually be found on the golf course or hanging out with friends.

Author Links
Links: www.gailoust.com, Gail Oust Author on Facebook, and Goodreads.

Purchase Links

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  1. Good series! Thanks for a great review.

  2. I haven't read this series yet, but I like to learn about spices and the different uses for them. Great cover.

  3. Thanks for this captivating cozy giveaway which sounds intriguing.