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  • A Super Instalment

    I arrived late to the party in Winnie Archer's series set in a bread Shop in Santa Sofia, Northern California, starting with book four, Flour in the Attic, but I still jumped at the opportunity to read this one, Death Gone A-Rye as I enjoy a well written cosy, and this looked like it fitted the bill perfectly. Known for its mouthwatering traditional breads, the Yeast Of Eden owned by Olaya Solis, has created their version of a Vincent van Dough focaccia for the school district's Spring Fling. Baking assistant Ivy Culpepper is looking forward to the event, as well as attending the wedding of her brother Billy and his fianceé, Ivy's best friend, Em. But her enthusiasm rapidly wanes when she learns that ambitious school board president Nessa Renchrik has been murdered. Worse still, her boyfriend, restaurateur Miguel Baptista had a relationship with Nessa years ago, making him the main suspect. Death Gone A-Rye was a compelling, charming, and fun cosy read. Winnie Archer did a fantastic job providing some backstory, making this a great standalone novel though you'll want to read the other instalments. I was sold from the very beginning, with its solid characters, great writing and a marvellous mystery that provided a good sprinkling of clues to satisfy even the most painstaking and diligent armchair detective. The cast was quirky, and busy photographer, artist and protagonist Ivy, was spirited, peppy, curious and amusing, and she had a lot going on in this story. There was a large number of characters in Death Gone A-Rye but I think I just about managed to keep track of all of them without being overwhelmed! Ivy's trusty sidekicks, Penelope Branford, an eager, retired English teacher, and Miguel made a welcome return as did Ivy's adorable pug, named Agatha. The mystery itself was well done and there were enough red herrings and twists to keep me guessing the culprit's identity. Overall, a marvellous cosy and a very worthwhile read. I can't wait to see what Winnie Archer has in store for Ivy next, in book #7, A Murder Yule Regret. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Family, for better or worse

    Billie and Em are getting married and Ivy is front and center with her bestie and brother for their big day. The wedding goes off beautifully on the beach and right before the reception the new Captain makes Em aware that there has been a murder in town. While Em is going on her honeymoon, she does ask Ivy to keep her updated on things while she’s gone. With the new Captain in charge of the murder case, he decides that Miguel is his prime suspect and works hard to make the facts fit his case so he can arrest Miguel. While Ivy knows Miguel didn’t do it, she needs to get involved to clear her man and find out who murdered the president of the school board. Ivy, Olaya and Mrs. Branford put on their sleuthing hats and work together to ensure Miguel isn’t railroaded and Ivy doesn’t end up in permanent detention. I adore this series! Each visit to Santa Sofia has me wishing for the surf and baking bread. I can’t wait to try the Van Dough Focaccia Bread! It will be a hit at our next family gathering for sure!

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  • Loved it!

    relationships, politics, amateur-sleuth, law-enforcement, cozy-mystery, small-business, small-town, murder, murder-investigation, family, friendship***** The good news is that you won't seem to miss a thing if you haven't read earlier books in the series. On the other hand, it made me want to hunt up and read others in the series. Ivy is a character I can relate to as she is pointedly curious, not perfect, and has a sense of humor. The victim is a conniving political aspirant and the police detective has a decent track record but is new to town (the sheriff is on honeymoon with Ivy's brother). So guess who is more than motivated to (once again) do the kind of sleuthing that only she and her Senior Sleuth neighbor can. Solid mystery with more than enough motives and suspects, plot twists, red herrings, and suspense. Loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • Wonderful characters, awesome mystery

    Death Gone A-Rye carries on the tradition of excellence Winnie Archer introduced us to in the beginning of A Bread Shop Mystery. My attachment to these characters contributes to how much I enjoy each book in the series. Ivy is naturally drawn to almost any mystery but when Miguel, the love of her life, is labeled as the top suspect, nothing can keep her from investigating the death of a local school board member. With her unintended team of her boss Olaya Solis, and eighty-six-years-young neighbor Penelope Branford, Ivy discovers that the woman is reprehensible and that there are many people who belong on that suspect list ahead of Miguel. Now she just has to convince the police of that and the only way she can see to do so is to find the real killer. Heart is a big draw for me and this book touches mine deeply. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for the chance to read the ARC of Death Gone A-Rye. It is a well written, well-paced novel with amazing characters and I enjoy sharing my love for the series and this book, not to mention getting to sneak and early read. #NetGalley #DeathGoneA-Rye

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  • Winnie Archer’s Death Gone A-Rye

    Ivy Culpepper works in the Yeast of Eden’s bread shop for Olaya Solis, owner, founder and head baker. The shop is located in Santa Sofia, California. The shop is preparing its bake goods for the school district Spring Fling where the featured bread item will be the Vincent van Dough focaccia. While preparations are taking place the President of the School Board ends up dead and Ivy’s significant other becomes the chief suspect. Ivy begins her investigation to prove his innocence. Mix compelling characters, humor, secrets from the past with a fast paced mystery plus mouthwatering breads for a good read. I enjoyed accompanying Ivy as she looked into what really happened with her boss, Olaya and her friend Penelope who happens to be a youthful eighty-six years old. I was happy that recipes were included at the end of the story. Some of the recipes are: Van Dough Focaccia Bread Art, Miguel’s Savory Sausage, Kale and Potato Soup, Hot Cross Buns and Rye Pumpernickel Rolls. Enjoy a puzzling mystery with delicious, mouthwatering treats plus baking tips. I volunteered to read Death Gone A-Rye. It can be read as a stand alone as the author provides enough backstory with the present. Thanks to the Cozy Mystery Review Crew, Net Gallery and Kensington Publishing for the opportunity. My opinion is voluntary and my own.

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