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Kneaded to Death

(A Bread Shop Mystery #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  601 ratings  ·  147 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
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
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
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Linda 📚
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
Jessica Robbins
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
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Jonathan
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
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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
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JoAn
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.
Juli
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 ...more
Kelly
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.
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!
Shelly
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!
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
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Mary Brown
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Synopsis:

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
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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
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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
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Dawn Frazier
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book , I loved the characters, the setting was the best! I look forward to the next one!
Selah Pike
I’m not sure why I bothered to finish this one. The MC was too stupid to live.
SueEllen
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.
Betsy
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not enough suspense. Too much about the "magic" of baking and photography. Not going to continue on with series. 2.5 stars
Melina
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 ...more
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
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
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Betsy
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Potentially could have been a good start to a new series, but it was bogged down with too many characters, a somewhat annoying MC, and an unsatisfying and convenient ending.
Moondance
Santa Sofia is a magical town, nestled between the Santa Lucia Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean on California's Central Coast.

Ivy Culpepper has come home to Santa Sofia following the death of her mother. She connects with the owner of Yeast of Eden, a local bakery. A fellow classmate is murdered during a cooking class with the owner, Olaya. Although Ivy's best friend is the local deputy, she finds the need to look into the death to clear her new friend.

This is an excellent start to the
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Krystyna
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Motives and suspects galore!

A great read. Tremendous. A family torn by the death of the matriarch in a hit and run tries to get back to normal life. This is especially hard for Ivy as she doesn't have a job to anchor her. Learning to make bread sounds like a good idea to give her life some structure. However the death of another pupil throws the whole class/town into disarray. Why was she killed and by whom? The more Ivy delves into this the more questions are raised and the more motives are
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Patricia Bradley
Kneaded to Death was a great cozy with everything a cozy should have. A small community feel, quirky characters, and a great sleuth in Ivy Culpepper. Archer had me guessing to the end with her excellent cast of suspects.
Tatra
This was a fun mystery, some twist and turns. I did like the characters and the plot, though some things were random.
Linnea
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-in-series
I enjoyed the setting around a bakery and the traditional mexican sayings.
Amanda
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very much enjoyed this start to the series. Ivy is a pleasing heroine with no weird hang ups. Looking forward to the next one in the series. Solid cozy.
Johnna Hill
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly cannot wait to read more of Winnie Archer's books. A lovely book that kept me interested made me hungry after reading about the art of bread making!
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