Thursday, January 1, 2015

That Old Flame Of Mine (Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery #1), by J.J. Cook

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Synopsis: Set in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, J. J. Cook’s thrilling new mystery series features Fire Chief Stella Griffin, who solves crime with the help of her predecessor, who just happens to be a ghost…

After knocking the lights out of her boyfriend when she catches him cheating on her, Chicago fire fighter Stella Griffin hops on her Harley and heads for Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, where she ends up becoming the small town’s fire chief. When her dear friend Tory Lambert dies after her gingerbread-style house is set ablaze, Stella suspects arson and foul play.

As Stella investigates, she gets help from a most unlikely source—the ghost of Eric Gamlyn, Sweet Pepper’s old fire chief. And if that isn’t enough to rattle her, attractive police officer John Trump seems to have taken an interest in her. But Stella’s got to stay focused if she hopes to smoke out a killer before her own life is extinguished.


Thoughts: Great beginning to a series! I love all the characters introduced in this book, and look forward to getting to know them better in future volumes.
The writing is wonderful, the characters are very well-developed, and the setting is described in just enough detail to make it vivid without being overwhelming. 

The mystery is well done also. I figured out who the killer was only shortly before it was revealed in the story. And the discovery made at the end of the book, which obviously leads into the next book, definitely makes me look forward to continuing on with this series.

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

My rating: Four stars

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