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 Pepper Hero: A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade
4th in Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Published by Penguin Random House, LLC.
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00W2ZKNZ8
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.
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.
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 21 – Queen of All She Reads – Spotlight