Bread of the Dead
(Santa Fe Cafe Mystery #1)
by Ann Myers
Well written, likable and oozing cozy, Bread of the Dead has all the ingredients for the perfect mystery!
This book gave me hard core Goldy Bear vibes. The Goldy Bear series by Diane Mott Davidson was one of the first cozy series I read. I was heartbroken when it ended, but this made it feel like I was back in Goldy’s kitchen with her. Even the audiobook narrator reminded me of the Goldy Bear narrator. Loved it!
Rita is a transplant from the Midwest to Santa Fe, a recent divorcee with a teenage daughter and a love-to-hate ex-husband (who is every bit of a condescending jackass that Goldy’s ex was!) and a position as a chef at Tres Amigas, a café specializing in authentic Mexican food for breakfast and lunch. After her divorce, she rented a casita from her neighbor, Victor, who you (the reader) actually gets an opportunity to “know” – I can’t tell you how important it is to me as a reader to have some understanding of who the victim was before they were murdered and getting to know Victor gave his death an impact it wouldn’t have had otherwise. I loved the Santa Fe setting and the Día de los Muertos theme (I especially enjoyed the tradition and reverence portrayed by Victor about the holiday and his ancestors!) and the townspeople gave it that extra spice, especially Flori, Rita’s boss at the café. The hectic pace of Rita’s life kept the story moving along; really, I sometimes felt like I needed a break to have a cup of cocoa and a cookie. How cozy is that?
Very well done mystery, perfect for a Halloween read but just a warning – this book will have you looting the kitchen for snacks after reading about all the delicious foods!
Published September 29th 2015 by William Morrow
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