Great Escapes Tour: Sweet Pepper Hero by J. J. Cook

06 Jan


FTC Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It is my pleasure to welcome J.J. Cook, author of the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries to the blog today. He has agreed to answer a few questions for us today.


When did you first decide you wanted to be an author?

We decided to start our writing career when our last child went into high school. It was then that we considered working together writing books. We were worried about empty nest syndrome and thought working as writers would take care of it.

What is your writing schedule like?

 I usually work for an hour first thing in the morning, then eat breakfast and take the grandkids to school. I come back home make a latte and write again from 9 am until noon. In the afternoon, I do mostly promo work like answering interviews and online at Facebook.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I mostly read. I don’t get to do that when I’m writing. I like reading different authors from mysteries to Science Fiction and fantasy.

What is your favorite children’s book?

I would have to say most Dr. Seuss is fun for when my kids and grandkids were little. But I like Percy Jackson series for teenage kids.

What is your favorite adult book?

I like anything written by Anne McCaffrey and Charlaine Harris. Two very talented ladies.

If you were not a writer, what would you be?

I’d probably have worked in the computer industry. I have a passion for working with and repairing computers.

What is your favorite treat?

I love sitting in the living room, covered in a blanket reading a good book either on my Kindle or in print form.

If you could have a meal with any author (living or dead) who would it be and what would you eat?

I would have a meal with my wife, Joyce. We’d probably have a nice Italian dinner and discuss new projects.

Thanks for sharing with us. We enjoy some of the same authors and my favorite thing to do is stretch out on the couch with a book. That must be one of the reasons I enjoy your work so much, but the main reason is because it’s always a good read.

Sweet Pepper Hero
by J.J. Cook

This is a totally unique series that mixes paranormal and cozy mystery in a way that will make you want more…Fantastic book!
~A Chick Who Reads

sweet peppet hero

Sweet Pepper Hero: A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Published by Penguin Random House, LLC.
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425279236


Old rivalries heat up in the fourth Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade mystery from the national bestselling author of In Hot Water.

Fire chief Stella Griffin has been put in charge of judging the annual recipe contest, but Eric—her resident ghost and true culinary genius—has vanished. Before she can track down his latest haunt, she’s called in to investigate a local moonshine distillery that was set ablaze, making her realize there’s more than pies and cakes cooking in Sweet Pepper.

As rumors of a revived whiskey war ignite, Stella turns to the town’s elders to help her find answers. The past might have some clues as to what has sparked the present fires. But when following a lead lands her in buried rubble, Stella realizes she must extinguish this case fast or she might be going down in flames.

About The Authors

J. J. Cook is a pseudonym for a married couple who writes mysteries, mostly set in the South, with a touch of paranormal and romance.

Author Links:

Webpage       Facebook      Twitter

Purchase Links:
Amazon     B&N     Google Play


MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK:  Sweet Pepper Hero is the fourth book in the series, but easily read as stand a lone read. The mystery is a true page turner that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat until the end. And while I chose to read a cozy because of the mystery, it’s the characters that keep me coming back. The Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade series has been on my TBR list for some time. I’m not sure why I hadn’t gotten to it before now. But, now that I have, I don’t want to miss any of the story, so I’ve already ordered the other previous books.

I love Stella Griffin and her ghostly companion  Eric, the former Sweet Pepper fire chief. They have a good solid friendship that provides the foundation for a great partnership. It is their interactions that give the book truth depth.

The mystery is pretty good, too. I can usually make a good guess to who the culprit is fairly early on, but this time I found myself a step or two behind Stella. That’s another thing that makes this a good read, it’s anything but predictable.

Another plus, is that I recently adopted a service dog named Hero, so of course the I felt a connection with Stella’s Hero.

If you are looking for a well written and entertaining mystery with a touch of the paranormal then you should definitely add this one to your TBR, sooner rather than later.

Thanks to the author/publisher I have one print copy of Sweet Pepper Hero to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment for Jim along with a way for me to contact you by midnight on January 21st.

Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour.

Tour Participants 

January 5 – A Chick Who Reads – Review 

January 6 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Interview 

January 6 – View from the Birdhouse – Spotlight 

January 7 – The Book’s the Thing – Review 

January 7 –  Christa Reads and Writes – Spotlight 

January 8 – fuonlyknew – Review 

January 9 – Laura’s Interests – Review 

January 10 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review 

January 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – Spotlight 

January 11 – Moonlight Rendezvous – Review 

January 12 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Review 

January 13 – Back Porchervations – Review, Interview 

January 14 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review 

January 15 – Readsalot – Spotlight 

January 16 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review 

January 17 – Island Confidential – Spotlight

January 18 – Brooke Blogs – Review 

January 19 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Review

January 20 – Book Babble – Review 

January 20 – Socrates Book Reviews – Review

January 21 – Queen of All She Reads – Spotlight



Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Uncategorized


11 responses to “Great Escapes Tour: Sweet Pepper Hero by J. J. Cook

  1. Dru

    January 6, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Great interview.

  2. Cathy Serada

    January 6, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I love all books by Joyce & Jim Lavene! I have not read this series yet but it sounds too good to put off for another day! I really enjoyed the interview also. It’s nice to get to know, even in a small way, your favorite authors, what they enjoy reading, & their writing routine. Thank you!

    Cathy Serada

  3. Jill Broussard

    January 6, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I haven’t read this series yet, but it sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity!

  4. sallycootie

    January 6, 2016 at 9:33 am

    So good to see you here. Looking forward to reading this new one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Kari

    January 6, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    I love this series. Great interview. Thank you

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

  6. Libby Dodd

    January 7, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Love your books

  7. holdenj

    January 14, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Nice interview with Jim! We are heading toward that empty nest time and what a unique way to fill it! Thanks!

  8. holdenj

    January 14, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    What a great interview with Jim! We are heading toward empty nest life too. Thanks.

  9. holdenj

    January 15, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Great interview about how they got started. Thanks!

  10. Linda Herold

    January 15, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    I would love to win this book!!


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