ASSAULT & PEPPER — Publication Day!

assault and pepperFriends, we mostly talk about the law here, but occasionally, we burst out in fiction. I’m delighted to celebrate with you the release of ASSAULT AND PEPPER, first in my new Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries.

From the cover:

“Pepper Reece, owner of the Seattle Spice Shop, thinks she can handle any kind of salty customer—until a murderer ends up in the mix…

After leaving a dicey marriage and losing a beloved job in a corporate crash, Pepper Reece has found a new zest for life running a busy spice and tea shop in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Her aromatic creations are the talk of the town, and everyone stops by for a cup of her refreshing spice tea, even other shopkeepers and Market regulars.

But when a panhandler named Doc shows up dead on her doorstep, a Seattle Spice Shop cup in his hand, the local gossip gets too hot for Pepper to handle—especially after the police arrest Tory Finch, one of Pepper’s staffers, for murder.

Tory seems to know why she’s a suspect, but she refuses to do anything to curry favor with the cops. Convinced her reticent employee is innocent, Pepper takes it on herself to sniff out some clues. Only, if she’s not careful, Pepper’s nosy ways might make her next on the killer’s list…


I’m super-excited about the book. The cover is probably my favorite so far, and I’ve had such a blast going back to Seattle, where I went to college and practiced law for several years, on the page. I hope you enjoy the story and story people as much as I do.

My book tour will take me to Missoula, Bigfork, Seattle, Portland, and Billings. Details here. The book is available at all the usual online and brick-and-mortar shops, and the shops I’ll be visiting — Fact & Fiction in Missoula, Seattle Mystery Bookshop and Third Place Books, Annie Bloom’s Books in Portland, and B&N in Billings — will be happy to send you a signed, personalized copy; just call before I get there and they’ll make sure we get the job done.

I’m also doing a blog tour, which will include a few giveaways. The list is longer than I can type out at the moment — I’ve been editing the next Food Lovers’ Village mystery, BUTTER OFF DEAD (July 2015), and my hands are tired — but if you’re interested, join me on Facebook where I’ll be announcing each day’s guest blog and any giveaways.

Thank you, as always, for your friendship and support. For people who spend most of our time home alone with people who only exist because we made them up, we writers are sure blessed with a wonderful community!


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