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That Old Flame of Mine
Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery #1
J.J. Cook

Berkley Prime Crime
April 2, 2013 / ISBN 978-0-425-25204-8
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth


Reviewed by Laura Hinds

A duo of my favorite authors, Joyce and Jim Lavene, writing as J. J. Cook has begun yet another new series. I am always amazed at their ability to start from scratch and create a completely new set of characters, places, events and, well, murders!

Stella Griffin is in Sweet Pepper, Tennessee, acting as the new fire chief and training volunteers of the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade to be an ongoing crew, capable of fighting fires once she has gone back to Chicago. Yet there seems to be a rash of fires and people dying, and Stella knows that there is more to this than meets the eye. She's trained to investigate suspicious fires, and that arson training puts her own life in jeopardy.

With a resident ghost haunting her temporary home, Stella questions her own beliefs. As it happens, the ghost was the last fire chief in town. He knows a lot of information and secrets (including a recipe for Candied Hot Peppers that Stella can enter in the Sweet Pepper Food Festival contest), and becomes a larger than life (or death) character.

This is a fabulous start to what promises to be a fantastic new series. J. J. Cook set up a great backdrop in Tennessee and introduces a plethora of characters on which they can build in future books. You'll want to get in on the ground floor of this series and I highly recommend that your get your copy of "That Old Flame of Mine" as fast as you can. I rate this book a 5 Habanero Hot Pepper read!

Reviewed 2013