Kneaded To Death by Winnie Archer
Cozy Mystery New Series Kensington
(February 28, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Kindle ASIN: B01GBAG7KO
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!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 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. Visit Winnie online: WinnieArcher.com Winnie Archer is the pseudonym for national bestselling author Melissa Bourbon.
Learn more at http://melissabourbon.com.
Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N
I have to admit it. This book had me before I even read the first page.
1. Bread is one of my favorite things to eat. To me, bread is better than cake.
2. Food-related cozies are my favorite. Mystery + plus good food, what's not to love?
3. KNEADED TO DEATH by Winnie Archer is the first book in the new cozy mystery series, The Bread Shop Mysteries. I am member of the First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club on YouTube so I jumped at the chance to read the book.
And I am so glad that I did. KNEADED TO DEATH turned out to be a hearty cozy mystery. The story begins with Ivy Culpepper trying to come to grips with recent changes in her life. She has lost her zest for life. Ivy has divorced her cheating husband and moved back to her hometown to support her father (and brother) after the death of her mother.
Ivy finds a bit of solace - and a murder - when she takes a baking class at the Yeast of Eden bread shop. The story starts slowly as Ivy tries to come to grips with her grief and get settled in her new life. It moves faster as her sleuthing instincts kick in
What really stood out to me in KNEADED TO DEATH was how the author incorporated multiple snapshots of grief into the story. Grief from loss of a person (death) to grief from the loss of a relationship. It was interesting to read how the characters coped with their grief as life moved on.
The book features a diverse set of characters that blend together well. They are diverse in age, occupation, and ethnicity. I imagine the author won't suffer from lack of story ideas with this motley crew. I look forward to reading lots more about Ivy and the residents of Santa Sofia in the future.
Fans of baking and photography will find this cozy mystery series particularly interesting. The book contains a couple of recipes for breads mentioned in the story. I plan on trying the conchas recipe soon.
I read this book towards the March Mystery Madness reading challenge.
I received a complementary advance reader copy of KNEADED TO DEATH in conjunction with this book tour. All opinions are my own.
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