Review: Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust

Title: Rosemary and Crime {Piper Prescott #1}

Author: Gail Oust

Published: Minotaur Books December 2013

Read an Excerpt

Status: Read from December 14 to 16, 2013 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

Rosemary and Crime is the first book in a new cozy mystery series by Gail Oust who is also the author of the Bunco Babes Mystery series.
This debut introduces Piper Prescott, recently divorced and the mother of a teenage daughter, who is on the verge of opening a spice shop in small town Georgia. Anxious about the store’s success she has convinced a local chef to host a cooking demonstration in store but the morning of the launch Piper discovers the body of Mario stabbed to death in the kitchen of his restaurant and herself a suspect in his death. With the brand new police Chief, Wyatt McBride, breathing down her neck, Piper enlists the help of her best friend, hair stylist, Reba Mae to help her prove her innocence and unmask the real killer before her business goes bust, or the murderer comes after her.

The plot of Rosemary and Crime follows the traditional cozy mystery narrative, with Piper, and BF Reba Mae, stumbling across clues, gossip and evidence from which they put together half baked theories that get them in more trouble than they were in to begin with. I have to admit Oust nearly lost me near the beginning when Piper tried to keep pertinent information from the police, it wasn’t necessary since the she would have remained a suspect anyway and it just made her look stupid. Thankfully that event doesn’t set a precedent and though Piper makes mistakes she is rarely obstructive outright and to her credit puts most of the pieces together eventually.

I liked Piper who is contending not only with being a suspect in a murder investigation but also a smarmy ex husband, who left her for a pageant beauty queen half her age, a sulky teenage daughter, the stress of a new business and a charming suitor.

I have to admit I was primarily drawn to sample Rosemary and Crime because Piper is the owner of a spice shop, something different to the ‘foodie’ cosy genre which is full of bakeries and diners. I don’t understand spices much at all so I was hoping to pick up a few tips and was a bit disappointed not to find a recipe or two, though there are some on the author’s website.

Still, Rosemary and Crime was a quick, fun and easy read which I enjoyed and I’d like to follow the series as it continues.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. didibooksenglish
    Dec 20, 2013 @ 21:26:47

    I might have to check this one out. I love stories where food is involved. Thanks for the nice review!

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