Sweet Pepper, Tennessee
By J.J. Cook
From the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries
That Old Flame of Mine
Sweet Pepper, Tennessee is the home of the hottest, sweetest peppers in the world. Hot peppers, particularly Tennessee Teardrop peppers, have been grown and packed here for a hundred years. The entire economy of this small town, population 5,026, depends on growing and packing the peppers that are shipped all over the world.
At the entry to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the sun is hot and the mountains provide the shade to make the peppers their best. The soil is perfect.
Every year, the town celebrates their heritage with the Sweet Pepper Festival. It’s a three-day celebration of everything pepper. There are people dressed as peppers, pepper-eating contests and pepper recipe contests. Miss Sweet Pepper presides over the event with her court. The streets are cleared and thousands of tourists flock here on the first weekend in October.
The event follows the hot summer of tubing and kayaking down the Little Pigeon River and happens before the cold winter months when skiers come to the area to try their skills against the mountains.
Sweet Pepper is a town rich in tradition, which includes strong beliefs in the area’s folklore. Tales of the ghosts that haunt the mountains aren’t looked at as unreal. People here believe that Fire Chief Eric Gamlyn haunts the old cabin that he built, the one no one has ever been able to live in, until Chicago firefighter Stella Griffin came to town.
J.J Cook is a pseudonym for married authors who write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction. They have written and published more than 60 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. Visit them at www.jjcook.net.
Set in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, J.J. Cook’s thrilling new mystery series features Fire Chief Stella Griffin, who solves crime with the help of her predecessor, who just happens to be a ghost…
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