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Curried Away

Curried Away

A Spice Shop Mystery

Spice Shop Mystery Series (Volume 4)

Gail Oust

Minotaur Books


Piper Prescott, proprietor of Spice It Up!, has persuaded Doug Winters, the mild-mannered vet she’s been dating, to demonstrate Indian cuisine at her shop. But before Doug’s presentation of classic chicken curry is completed, Ned Feeney, local handyman, bursts in with news of a murder.

Sandy Granger, the director of a local production of Steel Magnolias, was found strangled in the third-floor balcony of the Brandywine Creek Opera House. Sandy, it seems, had not endeared herself to cast or crew. Complaints about her ran the gamut from her management style to her lack of people skills. Everyone connected with the production falls under suspicion, including Piper Prescott’s BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, who made it well known how unhappy she is that she was cut from the cast.

When the spotlight for the dastardly deed shines on Reba Mae, Piper rushes to her friend’s defense. Who among Sandy’s detractors was angry enough to wrap a silk scarf around her neck—and pull tight? Will Piper succeed in solving the case before she becomes the killer’s encore performance? And will she ever learn just how to prepare the perfect curry? As delicious as it is charming, this entry in Gail Oust’s mouth-watering Spice Shop Mysteries, Curried Away, is sure to delight both old fans and new.



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Praise for Curried Away

Praise for The Spice Shop Mysteries

“Oust does the formula proud, adding a kick to this mystery/romance that’s so piquant it might have come straight out of Piper’s shop.”—Kirkus Reviews on Cinnamon Toasted

“Tasty . . . Plenty of spice lore adds flavor to this amiable mystery.”—Publishers Weekly on Kill ’Em with Cayenne

“A quality first in a Southern cozy series . . . This is a must-read for fans of Carolyn Hart’s Death on Demand series, as well as those who like culinary mysteries.”—Publishers Weekly on Rosemary and Crime

“Highly recommended!”—New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews on Rosemary and Crime


Reviews from Goodreads

Gail Oust

GAIL OUST is often accused of flunking retirement. Hearing the words “maybe it’s a dead body” while golfing fired her imagination for writing a cozy. Ever since then, she has spent more time on a computer than at a golf course. She lives with her husband in McCormick, South Carolina.

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