Book Review and Blog Tour: “Rosemary & Crime” by Gail Oust


rosemarycrime  Title:  Rosemary and Crime

Author:  Gail Oust

ISBN:  9781250011046

Publisher:  Minotaur Books


Synopsis (from

Murder comes well-seasoned in this charming mystery featuring a smart and spunky new amateur sleuth, small-town Georgia spice shop owner Piper Prescott.

Piper Prescott, a transplanted Yankee living in the South, has got her sass back.  She might be down, but don’t count her out.  “Change of life?” she asks.  Bring it on.  Recently divorced, Piper decides to pursue a dream she’s secretly harbored: owning her own business, Spice it Up!, a spice shop in her adopted hometown, Brandywine Creek, Georgia.  But Piper’s grand opening goes awry when the local chef who’s agreed to do a cooking demo is found stabbed.  Not only did Piper find the body, she handled the murder weapon and doesn’t have a witness to her alibi, making the case look like a slam dunk to brand new police Chief Wyatt McBride.  Desperate to uncover the truth—and prove her innocence—Piper enlists the help of her outspoken BFF Reba Mae Johnson to help track down the real culprit.  The pair compile a lengthy list of suspects and work to eliminate them using their own creative brand of sleuthing techniques including stakeouts, breaking and entering, and one very unorthodox chocolate pie. When Piper narrowly avoids being a victim of a hit-and-run, she knows she’s getting closer to the truth, but can she catch the killer and clear her name before she becomes the next victim?

A captivating start to a new series featuring an unstoppably fabulous new crime-solving heroine, a colorful cast of small town characters, and more than a pinch of Georgia charm, Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust is sure to delight fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Donna Andrews.

 My thoughts:  What a delightful addition to the cozy genre!  I really enjoyed this book.  The characters are wonderful – a nice combination of funny, witty, quirky, strong, and quick-witted!
Among the host of foodie cozies out there this is a wonderful addition – I thought the concept of a spice shop was a great twist, loved it!
The only addition that I would have loved to have is if the author would have a added some recipes or perhaps even some tips about spices in the back of the book.  There were some great dishes in the book that I would have loved to have the recipe too: lasagna – yum!  I think it would have been very unique to have perhaps some tips on keeping spices or education about different spices in the back of the book.  After hearing about some of the unique spices in the book, I know I for one wanted some more knowledge.
A wonderful new cozy mystery with a foodie theme.  You know you are loving a book when about half way through you are thinking to yourself, “Oh, I certainly hope this author is working on the next book in the series.  I have to know what these characters get into next.  When does the next one come out!”  Very much looking forward to more adventures from Piper and Spice it Up!!
And remember,
Books Are Life,

1 Comment

Filed under Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Cozy, Cozy Mystery

One response to “Book Review and Blog Tour: “Rosemary & Crime” by Gail Oust

  1. I’ve seen this book a few times and have thought about reading it. Your review as added to that since I love a book that leaves you wanting more!

    Thanks for adding your link to the Foodies Read Challenge!

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