Kneaded to Death – Winnie Archer

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On The Back:

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 Linda, California. That is, until the thirty-one-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 Dias and her sisters, 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, riddled with stab wounds. Even more devastating, the prime suspects are the Dias sisters themselves. Doubting the women could commit such a crime, Ivy embarks on a murder investigation of her own to prove their 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!

My Thoughts:

A solid first in a series that’s only problems will probably be resolved in the next book, Kneaded to Death was a delight!

To be completely honest, Ivy was overly dramatic and honestly annoying, but only for the first half of the book. The second half she was wonderful. Her father annoyed me so much I basically skimmed the parts he appeared in. He was absolutely self-involved, and I really couldn’t stand reading about his character at all. The rest of the characters were positively wonderful, though.

The setting was beautiful and wonderfully described. I wish I could go to Yeast of Eden and just sit, eating bread and taking in the breathtaking views. The mystery was also good. I did not suspect the killer, and it was wrapped up nicely.

Really the only major problem I had with this book was Ivy’s mother’s death. She had died six months prior to when the book took place, but for the first half she was talked about on almost every other page. I know it hurts to lose a loved one, I’ve lost people very close to me, but I thought Ivy was being written as overly dramatic, not grief stricken. And her father, oh, her father. He basically shut out his kids and he never spoke much. When he did, it was mostly negative.

Overall an excellent book with one major problem; the mother’s death. I do recommend this one, however, and I will certainly read the next one. Recommend!

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