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    Hooked me right in!

    Ivy Culpepper has returned home to Santa Sofia as has her high school sweetheart, Miguel, and lie couldn’t be better. Well, not until one of the long time waitresses at Miguel’s family restaurant is found dead and Ivy’s ex husband shows up at her house. When the death is declared a murder, Ivy and Miguel begin looking into things to find who killed the much loved Marisol Ruiz and why. The loss of loved ones has a way of bringing out the worst in some people and in the case, it’s not quite who anyone would have suspected. Now the police, Ivy and Miguel need to figure things out before the killer strikes again. This is the first book I have read in this series or by the author and I was hooked from the beginning. No gaps with not having read the previous books in the series, so this makes a great stand alone for anyone wondering about that. Solid characters, great writing and a mystery that leaves you enough clues to have it all fall into place along with the characters.
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    Fourth book in series!

    Flour in the Attic by Winnie Archer takes us back to Santa Sofia, California. Ivy Culpepper is thrilled for her friend, Sheriff Emmaline Davis who is planning to propose to Ivy’s brother, Billy that evening at the beach. Unfortunately, Emmaline’s plans are put on hold when the body of Marisol Ruiz is found floating offshore. Marisol’s husband, David suspects foul play since Marisol was a competitive swimmer who swam in the ocean daily and asks that Ivy don her investigator cap once again. Can Ivy find out what happened to Marisol? Flour in the Attic is the fourth A Bread Shop Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to A Bread Shop Mystery series. Ivy is setting up her photography business as well as spending time at Yeast of Eden. I like the diverse cast of characters in this series with Olaya Solis being my favorite. Miguel Baptista and his family are so friendly and accepting. The story is well-written, but I did find the pacing to be a little slow. I wish it had been peppier. The mystery was a little dark (for a cozy), but it was well-done. Ivy actively searches for answers. There are several suspects in Marisol’s death, and I liked the subtle clues. It will depend on your sleuthing level on whether you find this whodunit a challenge to solve. I admit that I had trouble reading Flour in the Attic. I never became engrossed in the book. It did not have the same spark that I enjoyed in Kneaded to Death. There is some foul language which is unusual for a cozy mystery. I like that Emmaline Davis, the town’s sheriff, is proposing to Billy, Ivy’s brother. I look forward to their nuptials. There is a cliffhanger at the end, and we will have to wait for the next A Bread Shop Mystery to see how it plays out. Flour in the Attic is curious cozy mystery with squabbling siblings, a postponed proposal, a marine murder, and an indomitable investigator.
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    Enjoyable cozy mystery

    This is a new to me cozy mystery series. Flour in the Attic is book #4 in the Bread Shop Mystery series. I like Ivy, a photographer who also works part-time in the bread shop. She also has an adorable pug named Agatha. I loved her neighbor and friend, Mrs. Branford. Mrs. Branford is a spunky, elderly woman who is a retired English teacher. I also really liked Miguel, Ivy's boyfriend. Ivy gets pulled into solving the case because David, the murder victim's husband, asks her to find out who killed his wife. I enjoyed the mystery. I did not guess the murderer beforehand. And I loved the set up for the next book. The ending ensured that I will continue reading the series! Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for the copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
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    A Fantastic Mystery

    This is the first book I have read in this series and I was happy to dive straight in. Winnie Archer did a fantastic job providing any backstory, making this a great standalone read. 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 author, Winnie Archer, has drawn a lot of great characters in this fabulous cozy mystery. I particularly liked Ivy Culpepper, a photographer and artist who works part-time in a bread shop called The Yeast Of Eden. Set in the diverse coastal town of Santa Sofia, Northern California, Ivy has a lot going on in this book, having returned to her hometown following a divorce and the death of her mother. Ivy is now steadily building up her own dream business. The busy protagonist had the necessary attributes of any great sleuth: intelligence, curiosity and keenness. There was a large number of characters in Flour in the Attic but I think I just about managed to keep track of all of them without being overwhelmed! Apart from Ivy herself, I was also rather fond of her friend and neighbour, Mrs Branford, an eager, retired English teacher. I also really liked Miguel, Ivy's boyfriend. Of course, I have to mention Ivy's adorable pug, named Agatha. Another of my favourite aspects of this novel was the fluidity of the writing. The details of the plot were very well executed and every chapter left me with a compelling need to read on. The author did a brilliant job of balancing a few different story-lines and different events jumbled matters up somewhat, making figuring out the identity of the perpetrator more challenging. There was a sense of increasing menace as the story progressed, which definitely helped to keep my interest. I am looking forward to returning to Santa Sofia with Ivy on a future occasion and reading the earlier books in the series, too! So entertaining and engaging, Flour in the Attic is definitely well worth the time invested. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the Kensington via NetGalley at my own request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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