I'm currently reading That Old Flame of Mine by J.J. Cook. This book is the first in the Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mystery Series. Recipes and information about peppers are included. J. J. Cook is actually the team of Joyce and Jim Lavene who have written several mystery series.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this one. Stella Griffin comes from a family of firefighters. She needs a break from Chicago due to a cheating boyfriend and a firefighting injury so heads to Sweet Pepper, Tennessee to get their volunteer firefighters into shape. Sadly, their first real fire reveals the death of Stella's new friend. Stella is also plagued by pranks-she isn't ready to believe that the cause is a former Sweet Pepper Fire Chief...who happens to be dead!