Between a Wok and a Dead Place (A Spice Shop Mystery #7)
It’s the Lunar New Year, and fortunes are about to change.
Pepper Reece, owner of the Spice Shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market, loves a good festival, especially one serving up tasty treats. So what could be more fun than a food walk in the city's Chinatown–International District, celebrating the Year of the Rabbit?
But when her friend Roxanne stumbles across a man's body in the Gold Rush, a long-closed residential hotel, questions leap out. Who was he? What was he doing in the dust-encrusted herbal pharmacy in the hotel's basement? Why was the pharmacy closed up—and why are the owners so reluctant to talk?
With each new discovery, Pepper finds herself asking new questions and facing more brick walls.
Then questions arise about Roxanne and her relationship to Pepper's boyfriend Nate, away fishing in Alaska. Between her worries and her struggle to hire staff at the Spice Shop, Pepper has her hands and her heart full. Still, she can't resist the lure of the Gold Rush and its tangled history of secrets and lies stretching back nearly a century.
But the killer is on her tail, driven by hidden demons and desires. As Pepper begins to expose the long-concealed truth, a bigger question emerges: Can she uncover the secrets of the Gold Rush Hotel without being pushed from the wok into the fire?
Praise for Between a Wok and a Dead Place (A Spice Shop Mystery #7)
"The inclusion of Chinatown's history, along with the stories of the culture and residents, adds a depth seldom found in cozy mysteries"
— Library Journal
“A deftly crafted cozy mystery from author Leslie Budewitz, 'Between a Wok and a Dead Place' has more unexpected plot twists and turns than an Texas tornado and carries the reader along at swift and compulsive page turning speed. An original and fun read from start to finish.”
— Midwest Book Review
"Although the spice shop setting, and all the discussion of food puts these mysteries in the cozy category, there’s a depth to the stories that is often lacking in cozies. This time, Pepper Reece, owner of the Spice Shop, learns about Seattle’s Chinatown, its culture and history, right along with the reader. … If Pepper Reece left the past alone, readers wouldn’t have such absorbing mysteries. She’s an amateur sleuth who loves her community, the people she works with, and the history of the area. She cares when someone dies, wondering about the people who loved and missed the victim. If Pepper didn’t care about people, she wouldn’t get involved in thought-provoking mysteries such as Between a Wok and a Dead Place."
— Lesa Holstine, Lesa's Book Critiques
“. . . A thoughtful and well written mystery.”
— Robin Agnew, Aunt Agatha’s Bookstore
"Between a Wok and a Dead Place is an exciting mystery blended with great food, delicious spices, and fascinating details about the early Asian residents of Seattle, making this the perfect book for readers of all tastes, spicy or not. A fitting entry in one of the best cozy series being written today."
— Vicki Delany, bestselling author of the Tea by the Sea and Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries
"Between a Wok and a Dead Place is the most tantalizing Spice Shop mystery yet!"
— Maddie Day, Agatha Award-winning author of historical and cozy mysteries
"In Between a Wok and a Dead Place, Leslie Budewitz serves a literary feast showcasing Seattle’s Chinatown-International District—spiced with murder. A complex mystery peppered with delectable recipes, inspiring quotes, and fascinating factoids."
— Jennifer J. Chow, Agatha & Lefty Award-Nominated Author of Death By Bubble Tea
“Leslie Budewitz delivers the goods again in her latest captivating cozy, Between a Wok and a Dead Place. A twisty-turny plot, seasoned just right with plentiful suspects and lots of culinary delights, this is one page turner of a mystery no reader should miss!”
— Jenn McKinlay, New York Times Bestselling author