Cozy Prizes Friday: Ginger Snapped

I know you’ve probably had your fill of holiday cookies but how about one more? Gail Oust is here today to talk about her new mystery, Ginger Snapped.  She was kind enough to answer a few questions about her book and her writing process.

Don’t forget to look for the Prize Guy. Today he’s giving you the chance at an autographed print copy of Ginger Snapped!


Friends often accuse Gail Oust of flunking retirement. While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, Gail penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym Elizabeth Turner for Avon, Pocket, Berkley, and Kensington. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery. Hearing the words, “maybe it’s a dead body,” while golfing with friends fired her imagination for the Bunco Babe Mystery series originally published by NAL. In conjunction with Beyond the Page Publishing, the Bunco Babe series has been republished in digital format as the Kate McCall Mysteries complete with new titles and a whole new look. Gail has written five Spice Shop Mysteries for Minotaur/St. Martin’s. Her favorite pastimes are reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends.

How did you come up with an idea for your book?

A great thing about writing a cozy series is that there is a readymade pool of characters from which to draw both possible suspects and potential victims.  This time I reached into the “pool” and pulled out none other than Wyatt McBride, the chief of police.  I thought it would be fun to turn the tables on the lawman and see how he’d react when the shoe was on the other foot so to speak and he was considered a person of interest.

What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?

I think my favorite scene comes near the end when Piper and her BFF, Reba Mae, must be very creative unless they want to be the killer’s next victims.

What other things have you written or what projects might we see in the future?

In a past life, I’ve had nine historical romances published under a pseudonym of Elizabeth Turner.  Truthfully, I’m not sure where my muse will lead next.  Ideas for my next project are just starting to perk.

If you could write any other genre what would that be?

Hmm.  I’d like to stay in the mystery genre but maybe break out of the cozies for a change of pace and try writing a psychological suspense thriller.  That would definitely pose a huge challenge.

Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?

I’m giving away an autographed copy of Ginger Snapped to one lucky person that will span my blog tour.

Where can readers leave reviews of your book?

Readers can leave reviews at either Goodreads or on Amazon.

Author Links

Webpage –, Gail Oust Author on Facebook, and Goodreads.

Ginger Snapped: A Spice Shop Mystery

Cozy Mystery

5th in Series

Minotaur Books (December 12, 2017)


Piper Prescott and Police Chief Wyatt McBride might have gotten off on the wrong foot but, over the past year, their interactions have evolved into a friendship of sorts. And when the body of Shirley Randolph is found floating in a fishing hole, their relationship reaches entirely new territory.

Shirley, the town’s Realtor of the Year, was also Wyatt’s suspected romantic interest, and now the residents of Brandywine Creek are speculating that Wyatt is responsible for her death. As the town council moves to suspend the handsome lawman, Piper springs into action to save his reputation and possibly his freedom. She enlists the aid of her BFF, Reba Mae Johnson, along with Wyatt himself, to help solve the puzzle and find Shirley’s real killer.

Pointing them toward high-powered real estate tactics and possible affairs, the investigation soon becomes personal when Piper’s shop, Spice It Up!, is burglarized, and she’s forced off the road late one night, narrowly escaping serious injury. Realizing that she must be close to uncovering the truth, and that the evidence against Wyatt is no longer circumstantial, Piper resorts to drastic measures to prevent a grave miscarriage of justice.




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6 thoughts on “Cozy Prizes Friday: Ginger Snapped

  1. Love the cover can’t wait to read it.

  2. Sounds like some very interesting characters in this book!

  3. Thrilled to see that you have a new book out. I look forward to reading it. Hope to see you at Malice.

  4. Another tasty book by Gail Oust. Can’t wait to read. Keep on writing them.

  5. This sounds like a great series. I’m really looking forward to reading the book.

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