Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Bread Over Troubled Water

 This 8th installment of the Bread Shop mysteries by Winnie Archer evoked images of a nice early summer day in a coastal Ca town.  I welcomed this imagery as I was struggling through the glum March days in Chicagoland.  Bread Over Troubled Water is a fun read where the reader learns more about Ivy and her friends.  Particular detail regarding Olaya's family is at the center of this book.  The mystery is well constructed and it is hard not to find your mouth watering, whether it is from the bread shop delicacy descriptions or the yummy offerings at Miguel's family restaurant.  Archer does a wonderful job of making the reader feel like a member of the extended family.  I cannot wait to read more about Ivy and Miguel's upcoming nuptials.  

Bread Over Troubled WaterBread Over Troubled Water by Winnie Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The magic of the bakery is always engaging and brings a warmth to me when I read this series. This latest adventure finds Ivy trying to clear the name of Marina. As Okaya sister, she is like family to Ivy. The story of Josh’s life is full of lies and deception and it would be easy to have just ignored his death as an unlikeable man. But Ivy is determined to figure out who is guilty among the plenty of suspects. The mystery is well constructed and carb lovers will find themselves craving bread. I especially enjoy the way cultural traditions are incorporated in the story.

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Goodreads and Reading by the Numbers #ReadingByNumbers2023 Book #41  
  2. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book # 34  
  3. Finishing the Series   #FinishingTheSeries2023  Series:8 Book #1
  4. Stacking the Series  #stackingseries2023 8
  5. Series Catchup #seriescatchup2023 3
  6. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2023   Book #36
  7. Cruisin thru Cozies  Free choice #14
  8. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #32
  9. Craving for Cozies  Book #28
  10. Six Shooter Challenge  Target # 5 Shot #5
  11. Medical Examiner Challenge 1 Toe Tags
  12. Around the Year in 52 Books #46. A title that contains a word often found in a recipe
  13. HP Quidditch 23 # 20 Applebee Arrows: Related to archery
  14. Pick your Poison  # 23 Any book from a series

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