Playing With Fire by J.J. Cook

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Playing With Fire
by J.J. Cook

The author deftly weaves mysteries, both new and old, with a glimpse of romance, a touch of the paranormal, and a pleasant dose of humor.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

A well paced plot and lively dialogue kept me turning the pages to discover what was going to happen next.
~Queen of All She Reads

I loved the mystery, charm and the characters in this story!
~My Recent Favorite Books

…bunch of twists, humor, that leaves you wanting to find out what happens next.

This series just keeps getting better and better…
~Melina’s Book Blog

Lots of twists and turns with many likable and unique characters and relationships (including the one between Stella and Eric).
~Christa Reads and Writes

I love reading this series probably because of the ghost aspect is really interesting.
~Community Bookstop

J.J. Cook has created a delightful series that I have to say is one of my favorites.

This one was impossible to put down and I had to stay up to finish it despite being exhausted the next day. I cannot encourage this series or this author enough….
~Girl Lost in a Book

“Playing with Fire” gives us several plots; Eric’s murder, a present day murder, Stella’s family, and Stella’s job as the acting fire chief. They’re deftly woven together and add up to an engaging mix of mystery, family, romance, and some humor.
~Bea’s Book Nook

Stella is one of the best heroines to come around in a long time.
~Socrates Book Reviews

This is such a fun cozy series.
~Brooke Blogs

I am completely transfixed by the feelings that Stella and Eric have for each other…
~Mochas, Mysteries and Meows

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Playing with Fire
(A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade)

2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (January 7, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252451
E-Book File Size: 2197 KB




Welcome to Sweet Pepper, Tennessee. Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s home to the hottest and sweetest peppers in the world—as well as at least one ghost and a hotbed of secrets…


Fire Chief Stella Griffin is working to solve the mysterious death of her predecessor, Eric Gamlyn—who also haunts her cabin. Yet the more she learns, the more burning questions she must answer. Just as Stella thinks she has a lead from Deputy Chum, someone snuffs her hopes—and the lawman.

Adding fuel to the fire, Stella’s parents soon arrive—with her ex-boyfriend—hoping to persuade her to return to Chicago. Now Stella is torn between the life she left behind and uncovering what happened to her ghostly friend. But she’d better think fast or more than her investigation could go up in flames…


j&j 2About J.J. Cook

J.J. Cook’s first mystery, That Old Flame of Mine, became an instant bestseller in 2013. Playing with Fire is the second book in that series. They write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.


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January 6 – Dr. Pepper Diva – Review
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January 8- Queen of All She Reads – Review – Guest Post
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January 10 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review – Interview
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5 thoughts on “Playing With Fire by J.J. Cook

  1. I really look forward to reading this series, J.J. I am also very happy to see that it is based in my home state of TN. Most books based in TN have to do with either Elvis in Memphis or country music in Nashville. I’m so glad you found a way to right about TN without including either of those!

  2. I read the first book and can’t wait to read the next one. Thank you for the giveaway and keep writing the series, it is great.

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