Budewitz, Leslie

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To Err Is Cumin

While money in a chair and a missing unknown woman are flimsy plot points, fans of the “Spice Shop” cozy mystery series will enjoy the return of favorite characters, and the spices, food, and flowers that are a treat for the senses.

Between a Wok and a Dead Place

Budewitz’s follow-up to Peppermint Barked features recipes and a list of characters. The inclusion of Chinatown’s history, along with the stories of the culture and residents, adds a depth seldom found in cozy mysteries; see also Vivien Chien’s “Noodle Shop” mysteries.

Peppermint Barked

Budewitz’s sixth “Spice Shop” mystery (after The Solace of Bay Leaves) will please series fans with its cast of recurring characters and its recipes. Also hand it to readers who love the irresistible mixture of holiday and murder, and to enthusiasts of the gentler side of the genre.

The Solace of Bay Leaves

The character-driven mystery by the award-winning author of Death al Dente is darker than many cozies. Readers attracted to unusual settings and mature, introspective amateur sleuths will appreciate this intricately plotted story depicting the impact of murder on the family and community.

Treble at the Jam Fest: A Food Lovers' Mystery

When a musician is pushed to his death on the eve of Jewel Bay's annual jazz festival, Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy's Mercantile, investigates in her fourth adventure (after Butter Off Dead)...

Books, Crooks and Counselors

Budewitz's material is straightforward and user-friendly. Her content will help shave off hours of research time and enable writers to focus more energy on craft, plot, and character development. Highly recommended for aspiring writers of crime fiction. [Quill Driver also published Carolyn Kaufman's The Writer's Guide to Psychology.—Ed.]

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