"Kneaded to Death" is the first book in the Bread Shop mystery series about Ivy Culpepper, a thirtysomething struggling photographer who moves back to her hometown following the tragic death of her mother. Six months later, she’s still grieving the loss of her mother, but stumbles upon a murder while taking a breadmaking class.
My favorite thing about this book was the mystery itself. Most cozies have a bit of predictability to them, and this one did sort of—but the overall mystery was amazing! Right when I thought I nailed the bad guy—the author would throw a new suspect at you or a new plot twist and I was like wow! I was seriously on the edge of my seat the whole time and I couldn’t put it down.
All the characters were delightful yet quirky in their own ways. I literally loved them all. The town of Santa Sofia was historical and charming and I’d love to live in a place like that. Ivy, the main character, was so relatable. Her grief was so raw and real. I could totally relate to that and I think anyone who ever lost anyone close could do the same.
Overall, I loved everything about this book. The only complaint I have is I wished there was more romantic scenes between Miguel and Ivy. But I’m thinking from the last page that my wish will come true in book #2.
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 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!