To Err Is Cumin

Seventh Street. (A Spice Shop Mystery, Bk. 8). Jul. 2024. 236p. ISBN 9781645060857. pap. $17.95. M
Pepper Reece, owner of the Spice Shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, finds a wingback chair on a curb. She’s surprised to see a man run into an apartment building asking why Talia’s possessions have been thrown out. She vaguely recognizes him, but she’s more concerned about getting the chair home to reupholster it for her mother. It’s the lumpiest chair she’s ever seen, so she pulls off the seat, only to discover $35,000 inside. Pepper turns it over to the police, but she’s worried about the previous owner, although she doesn’t know who Talia is. When the man from the apartment shows up, she recognizes him as Boz Bosworth, a former chef who lost his restaurant. He asks Pepper to help him find Talia, but she refuses. Then, Boz’s body is pulled from the Ship Canal, and Pepper becomes determined to find his killer and identify the missing Talia.
VERDICT 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.
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