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Kneaded to Death

(A Bread Shop Mystery #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  916 ratings  ·  205 reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a cozy mystery, and the first book in A Bread Shop Mystery series. I have to say for the first book in the series the mystery was good and the characters where developed. I really enjoyed it. I loved that I did not see the twist coming, and the main character was very good. I cannot believe this book has been just sitting on my shelves for over a year.
Natalia  R
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
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I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. The protagonist, Ivy Culpepper, is appealing, and I enjoyed her taking bread making classes at Yeast of Eden. The bread shop owner, Olaya, is smart and kind, and provides a warm and cozy atmosphere for her students. Ivy is a professional photographer and helps Olaya with her store advertising. When a student is murdered out back of the bread store, Ivy, Olaya, and other friends and neighbors seek the truth about her killer. Set along the coast of Santa Sofia, ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

This series is off to a wonderful start.

Ivy Culpepper has returned to Santa Sofia following her mother’s death to be closer to her father and brother and to deal with her own grief. I myself am dealing with the grief of losing my son so I clearly identified with Ivy’s grief. We all grieve differently and Ivy find herself taking a bread making class at Yeast of Eden, the Mexican bread shop in town. Before they even finish the first lesson one of the students in murdered just ou
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A mouthwatering tale of bread, murder, and more bread.

I’ve been looking forward to reading KNEADED TO DEATH. I’m a self-professed breadaholic, so this book was on my radar right away. And, the descriptions of the different breads did not disappoint, and indeed succeeded in making my stomach growl. It seems like I could smell each yeasty loaf as it came out of the oven. Yum!

I had a love/I’m-not-sure-about-her relationship with protagonist Ivy Culpepper. My opinion seemed to change every chapter
Janet Robel
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the whole bread baking class. It seems like such a soothing way to relieve stress. A nice solid cozy with a small-town theme where everyone knows each other. Ivy Culpepper happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when she decides to take a bread baking course. While trying to solve a murder, Ivy makes some wonderful friends, and along the way, surprising revelations come to light. This is certai
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ivy Culpepper moves back home to California after her mother dies in a hit-and-run accident. Ivy is grieving and trying to learn to live life without her mother. She finds a local bread bakery, Yeast of Eden, and decides to take a bread making class. The shop owner, Olaya Dias, and her sisters are very special people. Ivy feels an instant connection to them. But, during the first baking class, one student goes outside to take a phone call and never comes back. Ivy, Olaya and a couple baking clas ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kneaded to Death is the first book in a new series, "A Bread Shop Mystery". This was a great start to this series. Ivy Culpepper, the main character is a photographer who has moved back to the coastal California town of Santa Sofia. Her mother was killed in a hit and run accident a few months prior and she has moved home with her pug, Agatha, to live with her father and brother Billy.

Each day, Ivy stops by Yeast of Eden, a local bread shop. She and her family love the bread, so Ivy signs up for
Really 3.5 stars, but I rounded up.

A solid first in a series that's only problems will probably be resolved in the next book, Kneaded to Death was a delight!

To be completely honest, Ivy was overly dramatic and honestly annoying, but only for the first half of the book. The second half she was wonderful. Her father annoyed me so much I basically skimmed the parts he appeared in. He was absolutely self-involved, and I really couldn't stand reading about his character at all. The rest of the charac
This is the start to what looks to be a fantastic series. Nice setting, good premise, very vivid characters.
The action starts pretty much immediately with the suspicious death of a woman found in her car.
Ivy, the main character, is in her hometown to help care for her family after her mother is killed in a hit and run. She is in the same bread making class as the victim. Clues begin to show a path that is clear to Ivy but not necessarily to everyone else. So she begins to investigate the threa
Rima Aiello
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nothing to knead with this first in a new series! We are introduced to Ivy Culpepper who has returned to her hometown after the death of her mother. Ivy is distraught, nothing is fulfilling to her anymore. Attempting to recapture some fraction of her former self, she starts a bread baking class at Yeast of Eden, the local bakery. During her first class, a classmate is murdered which ends up bringing questions about her own mothers death.
We follow Ivy as she develops new relationships, maintains
Micky Cox
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
An intriguing new to me series! The main character has moved back home after a divorce followed quickly by her mother's hit and run death and is floundering to find a foothold in her new reality. As she is attempting to figure out what her new normal will be she finds a bread shop that seems to bring inspiration back to her and then drops her in the middle of a murder mystery that may actually connect back to her mother. A well thought out plot is enhanced by unique characters with well develope ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great first in a series! I was drawn into this book immediately, which isn't always the case when I start a new cozy series. I found the characters extremely interesting, the dialogue well written and the mystery well plotted. I try not to give away too much in my reviews and not to reiterate the description of the back cover. What I can say is, if you are looking for a new series to try...look no further! ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Kneaded to Death by Winnie Archer was very enjoyable afternoon read. The characters are all very likable except for the two on Maple Street who are the type that you love to hate. I'm hooked on this new series and already on the waiting list at my library for the next two books in the series. ...more
Jessica Robbins
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Kneaded to Death is so much more than a cozy mystery. It’s also a story that reflects sincere grief and authentic friendship. And it will make you hungry for bread. Just sayin’.

Ivy is still grieving the tragic loss of her mother and has moved back home to Santa Sofia to be with her father and brother. The local bread shop and its unique owner Olaya Solis fill a void in Ivy’s life, and when she begins taking a bread making class from Olaya their friendship really blossoms. Despite their nearly 30
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

This was a good start to the series. The mystery was great, but it seemed to focus more on the grieving process than the mystery.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

I liked the concept of Kneaded to Death and when a cozy mystery mood hit me I decided to finally read this one. Kneaded to Death was such a fun cozy mystery read and I definitely will be reading more by this author. It has everything I look for in a cozy mystery book, from a likeable main character, side characters, fun setting, a nice theme and a good mystery.

Kneaded to Death follows the story
Chris Conley
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice start to a series. I like it that a central puzzler was solved by the end of the book. Now, on to the next story!
Mary Brown
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it

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
Lisa Cornelius Ashby
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really did not care for this book. I did not get invested in the characters, the town, or the story line. The back story of the protagonist was sad and depressing. It continued to resonate throughout the book. The only part of the book that appealed to me was the dog Agatha and the very end of the book. Others may enjoy it, but I will not be continuing this series.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2017
Kneaded to Death by Winne Archer is the first book in A Bread Shop Mystery series. Ivy Culpepper has returned home to Santa Sofia, California after the unexpected death of her mother, Anna. She was killed in a hit-and-run accident in the high school parking lot, and the killer has yet to be apprehended. Ivy’s grief has only been soothed by the bread from Olaya Solis’ bakery, Yeast of Eden. When Olaya offers a breadmaking class, Ivy is quick to sign up. Ivy is hoping it will help provide her with ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kneaded To Death is the first book in the A Bread Shop Mystery series.

I enjoy reading most all cozies with a culinary or themed storyline. Many of these series I am able to learn something new, but I felt that this series spent too much time discussing the process of making bread for my taste. Other than that I really enjoyed the story and one that kept me guessing to the end.

Ivy Culpepper, an aspiring photographer, has returned to her hometown of Santa Lucia after her mother was killed by a hit
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I always enjoy checking out a new cozy series, especially when there is food involved! This series revolves around a bakery called Yeast of Eden and the author does a great job of making my mouth water when she describes all the different breads. I especially enjoy the tips on baking bread because even though I don't bake bread often, the tips are very handy to keep in the back of my mind.

There are several mysteries that need to be solved in this book. Of course there is the main murder of Jacki
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered this cozy mystery series in my library's audio collection and I am thrilled with my new-to-me author/series find! Love the diverse cast of characters and the complexity in relationships which brings an extra depth to the mystery...which is a fabulous whodunnit, by the way. Intriguing and well paced with a myriad of potential suspects and a few heart-zinging twists for good measure.

And, speaking of hearts -- Miguel!!!! The high school sweetheart who broke Ivy's heart is definitely o
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Kneaded to Death is the debut book in Winnie Archer’s A Bread Shop Mystery series. Ms. Archer did a wonderful job of developing her characters and plotting the mystery. There’s a touch of romance, lots of compassion and caring, and emotions involved with this book. The reader is provided with a number of possible suspects and plenty of clues, twists and turns.

Photographer Ivy Culpepper was raised in Santa Sofia, California and moved to Austin, Texas to pursue her career. She recently returned to
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Full review originally posted to Brooke Blogs on 3/8/17.

Kneaded to Death by Winnie Archer is the first book in the fun new Bread Shop Mystery series. Our main character is Ivy Culpepper. She moves back to her hometown following the death of her mother. I found it very easy to relate to Ivy, as my mother passed suddenly in January.

Ivy begins spending time at a Mexican bread shop and signs on to take some classes. After a classmate is found dead in the parking lot, Ivy finds herself wondering wha
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one started out kind of slow for me, but then it started getting so good that I literally did not want to put it down. Ivy, who is told she is a lot like her mother who was killed in an accident six months, so of course, when one of the ladies in her bread making class, Jackie, is found dead in her car, Ivy just can't leave well enough alone. As she is investigating the death of Jackie, she comes to the conclusion that her mother's death is some how connected to this murder. Throw in Ivy tr ...more
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just didn't hold my interest. None of the characters came across as someone I wanted to know more about. ...more
Genevieve Bomes
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bingo
A really great start to a great series. At first I thought it was a little slow moving but as I turned the pages I got drawn into the story line and wondering who did what. A great story line that I didn't actually guess the whole way till the very end and they told me. I love the characters and I really hope that Ivy gives her old boyfriend a chance again at romance. I really love the fact that the chief detective is a woman and the fact that Ivy isn't either desperate to find a guy, or broke o ...more
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Winnie Archer is the pseudonym of Melissa Bourbon.

Melissa Bourbon Ramirez is the national bestselling author of seventeen mystery books, including the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa, a Cali

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