Monday, March 6, 2017

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Kneaded to Death (A Bread Shop Mystery #1) by Winnie Archer

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Kneaded to Death
(A Bread Shop Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
New Series
Kensington (February 28, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496707727
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Synopsis: Everyone swears by Yeast of Eden, the Mexican bread shop in town. But tonight, the only thing on the menu is la muerte . . .

Struggling photographer Ivy Culpepper has lots of soul-searching to do since returning to seaside Santa Sofia, California. That is, until the thirty-six-year-old enters a bread making class at Yeast of Eden. Whether it’s the aroma of fresh conchas in the oven, or her instant connection with owner Olaya Solis, Ivy just knows the missing ingredients in her life are hidden among the secrets of Olaya’s bakery . . .

But Ivy’s spirits crumble when a missing classmate is suddenly discovered dead in her car. Even more devastating, the prime suspect is Olaya Solis herself. Doubting the woman could commit such a crime, Ivy embarks on a murder investigation of her own to prove her innocence and seize the real killer. As she follows a deadly trail of crumbs around town, Ivy must trust her gut like never before—or someone else could be toast!

Review: This is a wonderful first book in a new cozy series. The writing draws you into the story from the very start and keeps you engaged until the last word. The descriptions of the various breads at Yeast of Eden are mouthwatering--and there are two recipes included at the back of the book!

The town of Santa Sofia has some very interesting residents. Ivy and Olaya are the main characters, but we also get to know the members of the baking class (feisty Mrs. Branford is my favorite!) as well as Ivy's father and brother--and her brother's girlfriend, who is also Ivy's best friend AND the local law enforcement.

There are plenty of clues to lead you to the killer's identity, but you have to be paying very close attention in order to catch them. Quite a bit of the book shows how consumed Ivy is with her grief, but I believe that solving her mother's murder will lessen that for her in future stories.

This is definitely a book worth reading.

Rating: Four stars

About the author
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The indefatigable Winnie Archer is a middle school teacher by day and a writer by night. Born in a beach town in California, she now lives in an inspiring century old house in North Texas and loves being surrounded by real-life history. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with both yoga and chocolate, adores pumpkin spice lattes, is devoted to her five kids and husband, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.
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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for reviewing Kneaded to Death! I'm so glad you liked it :)