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Bread of the Dead: A Santa Fe Cafe Mystery (Santa Fe Café Mystery) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Ann Myers, her husband, and extra-large housecat live in Colorado but, like Rita, feel most at home in Santa Fe.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00RTMCOWO
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reissue edition (September 29, 2015)
- Publication date : September 29, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2804 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 372 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #745,341 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I decided to pick up this series opener because it seemed like a good cozy to read given Halloween is coming up. The more I read it, the more I was glad that I picked it up because it was so funny. Between Rita’s shenanigans and Flori’s fun personality in addition to her own shenanigans, I was having a good time laughing while reading. Myers brings such a great cast of characters to the table that it is the real selling point of the book. There are very few unlikable characters, and trust me, you’ll know who they are when you see them. I could honestly follow this entire series for however long it goes on fore just for the characters and their hilarious antics. It’s truly what we all need, especially right now when we’re all having such a bleak year.
Plus, the food descriptions had me ready to eat. I was surprised that there wasn’t a recipe at the back of the book like there usually is with books following bakers and chefs, but it’s not a dealbreaker. I can make much of the food that was described, and I love to bake on top of that. However, if you look forward to making a recipe the characters in these types of cozies were making, be aware that there isn’t one featured in the book.
That said, I do think the mystery itself was lacking. All suspects were obviously red herrings, but the buildup on the actual killer was lacking so they seemed like a red herring as well. I wish there was some foreshadowing or a lead that pointed in this character’s direction earlier on. By the time the character seems like they might be suspicious, everything is revealed and then we’re suddenly at the final chapter wrapping up the book.
As much as it hurts me to give a book I loved three stars, this is a cozy mystery and mystery is something that this book lacked. I will be checking out the next book, but I hope the mystery aspect is something that improves over time because I think that Myers has something good going here.
Newly divorced, Rita Lafitte has managed to get a job at Tres Amigas Café. Two of the Amigas had retired, so Fiori (now in her 80's) looked for a new friend...Rita, not only a credentialed chef/baker, but a natural cook, was a perfect fit.
Rita managed to find a lovely small house to rent (similar to a in-laws apartment,) to share with her teenaged daughter, Celia. Rita also adored her landlord, Victor. The only blot on her new life was that her ex-husband, Manny is a policeman on the Santa Fe P.D. and, yes...he is a...fill in the blank. However, everything is wonderful, that is, until...Victor was found dead by our Rita.
Rita and her boss, Fiori are both natural snoops as well. They are 'positive' that Victor has been murdered. When the police are awaiting the coroner's report, our duo are off on the scent of the killer.
Enter a cast of characters that will have you laughing, feeling sentimental, angry, annoyed, and sensing a new romantic life for Rita, herself.
I am purposely keeping this review vague as I found new surprises in every chapter and I want you to have the fun of discovery for yourselves. Suffice it to say, I have downloaded (for my Kindle,) all three of the series (I hope that is a so-far,) and will enjoy renewing my new friendship with this cast. Recipes follow and you will want to try them.