The Spice Box

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When Irish immigrant Bridget Heaney takes work in a well-to-do household, the young woman doesn’t realize being a cook for the Gold family will also require skills apart from culinary ones. After she discovers the body of Mr. Gold’s missing son, Bridget finds she’s strategically placed to help track down the killer…

The Spice Box gives readers a glimpse into New York City around the time of the Civil War; it’s a comfortable mystery, well-told with historical details. Food preparation is homey and takes on a grounding property: Bridget’s duties as cook are her home-base for lack of a real home of her own. A vibrant character, Bridget is more so than one might expect of a servant. She’s able to trade ideas with her employer while working hard enough in the kitchen that other staff don’t resent her time spent away. Perhaps she could use a rougher edge, but she’s so likable that it’s easy to overlook how she blends into her new circumstances a bit too well. The book holds the promise of being the first of a series. If future tales are able to live up to this one, it will be worth following.

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Century

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(US) $22.95

ISBN
(US) 0425200434

Format
Hardback

Pages
312

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