Review of Kneaded To Death



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 Linda, California. That is, until the thirty-one-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 Dias 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! (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I really enjoyed getting to know Ivy.  She is heartbroken over losing her mom in a car accident.  I could really feel her pain and her struggle to get back to living her life.  I liked Olaya and her sisters, but at times I thought their personalities were a little overwhelming.  That is only my opinion and other readers might have loved them.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place around me.  With her description of the bakery and the breads, I could almost smell the delicious aromas and taste the bread.  I will say that her descriptions pulled me right into the pages of the story, which was great.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery is well thought out and there were enough suspects, clues and twists and turns to keep me guessing until the culprit was revealed at the end.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  If you enjoy reading food related cozy, this is one you should not miss.  It was a good debut for the series and I will be interested in reading other books that are released.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.