Rosemary and Crime ~ A Cozy Mystery Review and Giveaway

Posted: January 8, 2014 in Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, giveaways, reviews, Romance
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Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust

All the elements of a Southern, Culinary, Cozy Mystery. ~Rantin’ Ravin’ and Reading

I really enjoyed this book, it was fast paced and kept me involved from the very beginning. ~Melina’s Book Blog

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Rosemary and Crime


Cozy Mystery Hardcover: 320 pages

Publisher: Minotaur Books (December 17, 2013)

ISBN-13: 978-1250011046

E-Book  ASIN: B00DA7A0BO


Piper Prescott, a transplanted Yankee living in the South, has got her sass back.  She might be down, but don’t count her out.  “Change of life?” she asks.  Bring it on.  Recently divorced, Piper decides to pursue a dream she’s secretly harbored:  owning her own business.  Spice It Up!, a spice shop in her adopted hometown, Brandywine Creek, Georgia.  But Piper’s grand opening goes awry when the local chef who’s agreed to do a cooking demo is found stabbed.  Not only did Piper find the body, she handled the murder weapon and doesn’t have a witness to her alibi, making the case look like a slam dunk to brand new police Chief Wyatt McBride.  Desperate to uncover the truth—and prove her innocence—Piper enlists the help of her outspoken BFF Reba Mae Johnson to help track down the real culprit.  The pair compile a lengthy list of suspects and work to eliminate them using their own creative brand of sleuthing techniques including stakeouts, breaking and entering, and one very unorthodox chocolate pie.  When Piper narrowly avoids being a victim of a hit-and-run, she knows she’s getting closer to the truth, but can she catch the killer and clear her name before she becomes the next victim?


My Review

Fresh out of a divorce, Piper decides to go into business for herself, opening a spice shop. When Mario, the chef who was supposed to do a cooking demonstration for her grand opening is murdered, Piper becomes the prime suspect.

She discovered the body. She handled the murder weapon. And she was seen arguing with the victim earlier.

The fun begins when Piper and her best friend Reba Mae, a delightfully colorful gal, decide to do their own sleuthing. They are caught doing a stake out by the hunky Chief of Police, Wyatt.

I’m all for character driven stories. These characters are all flawed, all trying to make their way. This leads to lots of hi-jinx and laughs.

Piper is down to earth but also vulnerable. CJ, her jerk of a husband, dumped her for a woman almost as young as her daughter. Starting over at middle age is never easy and she has to contend with a daughter who is acting out, her butinsky ex, and a sexy policeman, while trying to prove her innocence and get her new business off the ground.

The author sets the stage, introduces her characters, drops in the crime, and sets you off to read and discover the clues, while adding in a budding romance and some very believable life situations.

Trying to solve this mystery was vexing. Each time I thought I had my suspect, I was wrong and had to continue sorting out the clues.

When I reached the end it was just what I wanted.

Anyone looking for a new cozy mystery series with an easy flowing writing style, colorful characters, and a crime to solve, should give Rosemary and Crime a go..

4 Stars


About This Author


Gail Oust is often accused of flunking retirement. While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, she penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Turner. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery. Hearing the words “maybe it’s a dead body” while golfing fired her imagination for writing a cozy. Ever since then, she spends more time on a computer than at a golf course. Author of the Bunco Babe mysteries, she’s currently working on a new Spice Shop mystery series.

Author Links:, Goodreads

Purchase Links: AMAZON      Book World     B&N



Tour Participants

January 6 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review, Interview

January 7 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post

January 8 – fuonlyknew – Review

January 9 – Mochas, Mysteries and More – Guest Post

January 10 – A Chick Who Reads – Review, Guest Post

January 11 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review

January 12 – Books Are Life – Vita Libri – Review

January 13 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview


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An autographed copy of Rosemary and Crime

An apron similar to ont the character wears in her spice shop.

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  1. yahalomi65 says:


  2. Angie Young says:

    Looks like I’m getting into another cozy mystery series. This book looks right up my alley!

  3. cyn209 says:

    cannot wait to read this one!!!
    congrats to Gail!!!

    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  4. I love mysteries and I also love aprons. This book is very appealing; I want to read it sooner rather than later…

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I flew through this one. Cozy mysteries are fast becoming a favorite genre for me. The cover art is always colorful and the tiltes are fun and quirky. You also get a mix of colorful characters.

  5. sharon says:

    Congratulations and best wishes. This is a lovely giveaway. Interesting book.