Review of Sweet Pepper Hero

Sweet Pepper Hero

J. J. Cook

5 Stars


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. (Goodreads)


This is such a great book and the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery series is top notch. Ghost paranormal cozies are some of my favorite to read and this series is as good as it gets.

The characters continue to be well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Most of the time I forget that Eric is a ghost until he does something ghostly and then I remember.  I love the relationship between him and Stella and the way they care about and take care of each other.  They have a very special relationship and it is so enjoyable reading about it.  It was great getting to spend so much time with Eric in this book.  The other characters are also well written and I find Tagger very funny.  The volunteer fire department is like one big family and they are more than willing to take care of their own. They are all people that you cannot help but like and care about what happens to them. But not all the characters are likable and at times, I found myself hoping the less than good people would get what was coming to them.  I like the fact that there are bad guys to dislike and root against.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The writing is descriptive and it is very easy to feel like you are right there in the middle of all the action.The writers are very talented in creating atmosphere, characters and mystery that is top notch.   There is mystery, suspense and humor all blended together expertly to hold the reader’s attention and keep the reader turning the pages.   There are a couple of issues that may cause problems in future books and I look forward to finding out what happens.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I have read every book in this series and I think they are all must reads.  Grab the books in the series and warm up reading them in the cold winter months.


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