Special Feature: The Solace of Bay Leaves (A Spice Shop Mystery #5) by Leslie Budewitz

One of the things that caught my eye about this series is the setting. I absolutely live Pike’s Market in Seattle and the author captures the vibrance of that market in this series. I can just picture this spice shop at Pike’s Market and for me that really made the books I have read!

Sadly I couldn’t fit this latest installment to the series into my review calendar but I wanted to get this one on your radar, especially if you are a fan of cozy mysteries. I believe that each book could be read as a standalone but for overall effect, I would start with the first one, but again it’s not necessary.

The author has also done a great job creating likable characters that stand out as well as a masterfully crafted mystery. Keep reading for all the details about this upcoming installment to this cozy mystery and be sure to get it on your TBR this fall!


Pepper Reece never expected to find solace in bay leaves.

But when her life fell apart at forty and she bought the venerable-but-rundown Spice Shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, her days took a tasty turn. Now she’s savoring the prospect of a flavorful fall and a busy holiday cooking season, until danger bubbles to the surface . . .

Between managing her shop, worrying about her staff, and navigating a delicious new relationship, Pepper’s firing on all burners. But when her childhood friend Maddie is shot and gravely wounded, the incident is quickly tied to an unsolved murder that left another close friend a widow.

Convinced that the secret to both crimes lies in the history of a once-beloved building, Pepper uses her local-girl contacts and her talent for asking questions to unearth startling links between the past and present—links that suggest her childhood friend may not have been the Golden Girl she appeared to be. Pepper is forced to face her own regrets and unsavory emotions, if she wants to save Maddie’s life—and her own. (summary from Goodreads)


One thought on “Special Feature: The Solace of Bay Leaves (A Spice Shop Mystery #5) by Leslie Budewitz

  1. Thanks for the shout-out and the kind words. Pike Place Market is a treat for every sense, and I’m delighted to take readers there — on the page!

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