Reviews for Rosemary and Crime

Truly a cut above—and highly recommended!” Donna Andrews, New York Times bestselling author.

This is a must-read for fans of Carolyn Hart as well as those who like culinary mysteries.” Publishers Weekly


The Spice Shop Mysteries

Rosemary and Crime
December 2013
Minotaur/St. Martin’s

Rosemary and Crime finds Piper Prescott down but not out. Recently divorced from her lawyer husband, who dumped her along with his scruples to chase ambulances and a twenty-four year old in a short skirt. Piper invests her divorce settlement in starting her own business — Spice It Up! — in the small town of Brandywine Creek, Georgia. Her grand opening isn’t quite so grand when she discovers the local chef stabbed to death. Not only are her fingerprints on the murder weapon, but her alibi has vanished without a trace. The case looks like a slam dunk to brand new chief of police, Wyatt McBride.

Reviews for Kill ‘Em with Cayenne

Ms. Oust knows just how to simmer her story to bring out its full flavor. So bring your bibs and napkins, because Killing ‘Em with Cayenne is finger-lickin’ good!” Back Porchervations

Tasty…Plenty of spice lore adds flavor to this amiable mystery.” Publishers Weekly

Kill ‘Em with Cayenne

December 2014

Minotaur/St. Martin’s

Spices are flying off the shelves of Spice It Up! and Piper Prescott couldn’t be happier. Contestants and BBQ aficionados from all over the Southeast are beginning to converge in Brandywine Creek, Georgia, for the annual barbecue festival. Many of the town’s citizens plan to use Piper’s premium spices to concoct savory rubs and sassy sauces. Among the locals vying for the grand prize are Becca Dapkins and Maybelle Humphries. The women have been arch enemies ever since Buzz Oliver dumped Maybelle and started seeing Becca. The situation turns hotter than a jalapeno when Becca’s body is found bludgeoned by a brisket. When Maybelle tops Chief Wyatt McBride’s list of suspects, Piper begins her own investigation to prove her friend’s innocence.

Be On the Lookout:

Kill ‘em With Cayenne, Paperback mass market, November 2015

Curried Away, Hardcover, December 2016.

Cinnamon Toasted

December 2015

Minotaur/St. Martin’s

Piper’s mother-in-law, Melly Prescott, is the toast of the town with the surprising revelation a software company is interested in a program she’s developed. The company’s owners, “Trusty” Rusty Tulley and Chip Balboa, arrive to make an offer just in time for an Oktoberfest party. Melly’s status changes, however, when Chip’s body is found at the foot of her basement stairs. When Chief Wyatt McBride discovers Melly has motive, means, and opportunity, Piper switches into sleuth mode before orange becomes the new black.

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