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Monday, May 3, 2021

Death Gone A-Rye (A Bread Shop Mystery #6) by Winnie Archer


Death Gone A-Rye

(A Bread Shop Mystery #6)

by Winnie Archer 

Paperback, 272 pages

Published April 27th 2021 by Kensington Publishing Corporation


In the Northern California seaside town of Santa Sofia, a killer is trying to get a rise out of baker’s apprentice Ivy Culpepper . . .

Vincent van Dough focaccia is being touted on Instagram as the best thing since sliced bread. By strategically placing chives, olives, and yellow peppers to look like poppies and sunflowers, bakers create a mouthwatering masterpiece in the style of the great postimpressionist painter. At Yeast of Eden, where bread making has always been an art, they’re baking their own version for the school district’s Spring Fling.

But one person won’t be tasting the Mexican bakery’s latest specialty. Ambitious school board president Nessa Renchrik has been murdered. Like the rest of this close-knit community, Ivy is shocked. But she’s just as surprised to discover her beau—restaurateur Miguel Baptista—had his own fling with Nessa back in the day and now the police have this half-baked notion he might have killed her. It’s up to Ivy, her boss Olaya Solis, and eighty-six-years-young Penelope Branford to separate the wheat from the chaff to determine who the real culprit is . . .


4 stars

This is the sixth book in the A Bread Shop mystery by Winnie Archer.

I am not sure what my problem was but I had a bit of a tough time getting into this book. I don’t think I found my stride until about 20% in. It has been awhile since I read a Bread Shop mystery and I think I just had to catch my breath and discover where are the characters were now in relation to the last book I remembered reading.

The book starts off with Em and Billy’s wedding. And since Em is the law enforcement person and she is off on her honeymoon, Ivy begins to dig into the mystery that unfolds. Once you get into it, this is a pretty good read. The mystery was well-crafted and the cast was easy to resonate with. Definitely a great series to dig into.

Definitely pick this up if you are a cozy mystery lover.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title. Opinions are completely my own.

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