Sunday, March 5, 2017


Kneaded To Death by Winnie Archer

Cozy Mystery New Series
Kensington (February 28, 2017) 
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496707727 

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!

 This is a true cozy with all the requisite elements.
A tasty cozy mystery designed to answer questions some are afraid to ask.
This mystery is the first in a new series and brings friends and family together during tragic times.
Ivy Culpepper returns home after her mother's death and has to learn about herself as well as remember what she loved about her home community.
The characters are wonderful with intriguing personalities yet I know more will be revealed as the series progresses. The settings are written quite descriptively, I could see and appreciate the detail of the historic homes and beautiful sunrises. 

Ivy is a gutsy, reluctant heroine. Her purpose begins out of personal concern and curiosity but when her thought process makes connections, she can't be stopped. I like that many of the characters are of a mature age and still very alert and active. I can imagine this may lead to further complications in future books in this series.

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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 Winnie Archer is the pseudonym for national bestselling author Melissa Bourbon.
Learn more at
Twitter @MelissaBourbon

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring and reviewing Kneaded for Death! I am thrilled that you enjoyed it :)

  2. "Kneading for Death" sounds like a great start to a new series. Can't wait to read.


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