Wednesday, January 7, 2015

In Hot Water (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery #3), by J.J. Cook

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Synopsis: Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, has the world’s hottest and sweetest peppers—as well as a ghost that cooks and a fire chief who fights crime… 


Stella Griffin should be bubbling over with joy now that she’s the full-time fire chief of Sweet Pepper, except trouble is brewing on her doorstep. An angry resident has purchased her cabin, and—with a bulldozer in tow—is ready to tear it down. But as Stella worries over the fate of her home and Eric, her ghostly roommate, there’s soon an even greater cause for alarm.

A suspicious house fire in the pricey Sunset Beach community at Sweet Pepper Lake claims the life of ex-state representative Barney Falk. The nature of the death has Stella feeling out of her depth, so she teams up with the state’s arson investigator. Moving full steam ahead with the case, they must smoke out a killer before the firebug strikes again…

Thoughts: **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

This is the third installment in the series, and it just keeps getting better. There's a new wrinkle in Stella and Eric's relationship which gives it more diversity than before. They are growing even more dependent on one another, which could create problems in the future.

Besides trying to solve yet another murder, Stella is trying to get approval from the town council for a fireboat, as well as trying to line up new volunteers for the fire brigade. Her relationship with her grandfather seems to be improving in each book, as does her working relationship with the police chief.

Once again, the book ends with a that I never would have expected. I can't wait for the next book!!

My rating: Four stars

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