Known for its mouthwatering traditional breads, the Yeast of Eden bakery has gained fame across Northern California’s coast. Now the shop is bound for Reality TV—but a murder may kill its reputation . . .
People come to the beach town of Santa Sofia as much for the healing properties of Yeast of Eden’s breads as for a vacation getaway. And now a cable food channel has selected the bakery as a featured culinary delight for a new show. Baking apprentice Ivy Culpepper is excited as the crew arrives, ready to capture all the ins and outs of the renowned bread shop. But instead they capture something much harder to stomach: the attempted murdered of the show’s cameraman just outside Yeast of Eden . . .
With no motive and no clues, and the town craving answers, it will be up to Ivy to sift through the evidence to find the truth. But she’ll have to move quickly before someone else is targeted or the wrong person gets the heat—and the business collapses like a deflated soufflé, right before her eyes.
Dough or Die takes place in the Northern California town of Santa Sofia, and is centered around the Yeast of Eden Bakery. The bakery’s owner, Olaya, agrees to have the shop featured in a reality TV show. When a cameraman is nearly killed during filming, Ivy Culpepper decides to investigate.
This is a well told mystery that has plenty of clues, suspects, and red herrings to keep you guessing. What I really loved about it though were the people in the story. Olaya is such a gentle spirit and the program she has created at her bakery for women in need is a wonderful, heartwarming thing. Ivy was relatable as well – she’s a woman with problems and struggles of her own, but she puts that on hold to help out a friend. I loved these characters and can’t wait to read more about them!
This is the 5th book in the bread shop mystery series. It was the first that I had read and it definitely works as a standalone story.
About the Author
Winnie Archer is a middle school teacher by day and by night she’s the author of the Bread Shop Mystery series. Born in a beach town in California, she now lives in Colorado. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with both yoga and chocolate, adores pumpkin spice lattes, is devoted to her five kids and husband, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams. Visit her online at Website .
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