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Cinco De Murder

(A Taste of Texas Mystery #3)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan serves up more Lone Star justice in this spicy mystery from the author of The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole.

It's fiesta time in Broken Boot, Texas, and tourists are pouring into town faster than free beer at a bull roping for the mouthwatering Cinco de Mayo festivities. Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan, her feisty ab
Mass Market Paperback, 293 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Berkley Books
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Many thanks to the Cozy Mystery Group, Berkley Books, and the author for providing me a ARC of Cinco De Murder, the third book in the Taste of Texas cozy mystery series, written by Rebecca Adler, and published in May 2018. I normally read a series in order, but I won this one in a contest and didn't have time to go back to the beginning.

This is your basic, good cozy mystery with several strengths and a few areas that needed some attention. The setting, characters and mystery were all interesting
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, e-books, dogs
The 3rd book in the Taste of Texas series and a new author for me. I found the characters were developed, good information on Cinco de Mayo, Texas style, the writing did not flow smoothly making it difficult at times to understand. A different method of death was used. I will read the first two books in this series.

Josie Callahan and her long-haired Chihuahua, Lenny are doing a folk dance for a feature at the Fiesta in Broken-Boot Texas. Her Uncle Eddie is hosting the first annual chili cook-off
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

We arrive in Broken Boot just in time for their Cinco de Mayo celebration complete with a chili cook-off, parade, and fireworks. Josie Callahan, her aunt and a group of their friends with be doing a traditional dance – folklórico – during their part in the parade. Even Josie’s Chihuahua Lenny is getting in on the fun. Uncle Eddie is in charge of the chili cook-off hoping to prove to the town council that it should be an annual event.

Josie shows up to help him be sure everythin
Mark Baker
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2018
It’s Cinco de Mayo weekend, and Josie Callahan has a full plate. She will be waitressing at her family’s Tex-Mex restaurant as well as helping her uncle with the first annual chili cook-off and dancing in the parade. The last thing she needs is to find the body of Lucky Straw, one of the cook-off contestants. He wasn’t well liked, but who would kill him?

This is a fun mystery tying into a different holiday, yet it fits the theme of this series perfectly. The mystery is good, with several elements
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
CINCO DE MURDER is seasoned with the same intelligent writing as the two previous installments of this wonderful series.

Author Rebecca Adler has reminded me why I wanted to return to Broken Boot, Texas. The wonderful characters, including longhaired Chihuahua, Lenny, the festive feel of the town, and the mouthwatering food are all just as I remembered. I swear I could smell delicious Tex-Mex the moment I opened the book.

Adler has blended together the prefect ingredients to ensure CINCO DE MURDER
Mary Brown
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it

Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan serves up more Lone Star justice in this spicy mystery from the author of The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole.

It's fiesta time in Broken Boot, Texas, and tourists are pouring into town faster than free beer at a bull roping for the mouthwatering Cinco de Mayo festivities. Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan, her feisty abuela, and even her spunky Chihuahua Lenny are polishing their folklorico dances for Saturday's big parade, while Unc
Sherry Lynn
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maybe I am just smidgen biased but Cinco De Murder was a
super great read for this Texan! I think I have found a new series that is a favorite. A Taste of Texas Mystery series promises to
be a favorite for this reader.
Admittedly I couldn't help but sneak a peek at the end to see
the recipes that followed. And, this foodie was not
disappointed. From Pralines to Texas Chili I couldn't help but
The story/plot was fun and interesting. Meeting Josie her sweet
little dog Lenny who not only dan
Katrina Wiese
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2018
I LOVED this book. But really, how can you not love a book that has a Chihuahua that wears a tiny sombrero and dances around? Oh yeah and that same little pup sure does a ton of sass and he will definitely let you know what he thinks! Yip! I think it is a definite debate on who steal the show in these books, Lenny or Josie, a fiesty tex-mex waitress that is more sleuth than reporter or waitress. This book is full or twists and turns and the ending will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Josie and Lenny are in the thick of it again, Josie's Uncle Eddie has persuaded Broken Boot to run a Chilli cook off (with some prizes but the majority of the cash raised going to charity), but Eddie is panicked as he has heard that if this doesn't work he will be off the town council.  It all seems to be going well until the last couple of contestants turn up, one of them seems determined to pick a fight with almost everyone (including Josie when he doesn't get his dietary special food straight ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler was a wonderful, entertaining read about a journalist/waitress, Josie, her chihuahua, Lenny, her family and their restaurant, and a chili cook-off murder. The tale starts the day before the cook-off and follows our heroine through a festive Cinco de Mayo weekend that culminates in fireworks, a chase, and a kiss. Josie’s character acts mainly on spunkiness with a dash of trepidation. She is surrounded by a very loving group of family and friends who are supportive ...more
Marie McNary
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Smart, sassy, and full of sizzle, Cinco de Murder will leave you craving more of Josie and the residents of Broken Boot, Texas.

This is an entertaining and fun book. Josie is a relatable protagonist and I love the relationships she has with her extended family – particularly her abuela. The book ended far too quickly and I was left ready and excited for the next installment.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mcn
3/28/18 Full review tk. I did like this more than the second, I must say.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler is the third book in A Taste of Texas Mystery series. Josie Callahan is busy rehearsing the folklorico dances for the Cinco de Mayo parade in Broken Boot, Texas. Her dog, Lenny (a long-haired Chihuahua) will also be participating in the dance wearing an adorable costume. Uncle Eddie is busy organizing the First Annual Broken Boot’s Charity Chili Cook-Off. He needs to ensure that this event goes off without a hitch or he could lose his seat on the town council. Th ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: obs
This is the best in the series, so far, as I have really enjoyed this series from the beginning. The characters are unique in this small town called Broken Boot, Texas, and the author has brought together a spicy blend of Tex-Mex culture, cooking, and crime. Josie waitresses at the family restaurant while trying to keep a foot in the door of the local paper's crime beat. She, her Chi pup Lenny, best friend, and family members are going to do folklorico dances in the Cinco de Mayo parade, even th ...more
Deana Dick
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed every minute of this high fa looting Texas escapade. The authentic Texas sayings had me rolling on the floor. I'm a Texan and boy did I relate to the towns and chili cook off so well. Texas loves to have chili cook offs and I remember all the fun it was when I attended them. The competition is fierce and some of the ingredients could be questionable at times. I loved Uncle Eddie right away. He is trying so hard to run the chili cook off while trying to follow the rules . Josie is downr ...more
Colorful costumes, memorable music, fiery foods and fantastic fireworks! It is another festival weekend in Broken Boot, Texas. Tourists are flooding into town as well as contestants for the First Annual (they hope) ICA approved Chili cook-off competition. It comes down to more than the beans vs no beans debate, however when one popular and ever present contestant is dead before the meat begins to sizzle.
Josie Callahan has dreams of being a full time crime reporter but her latest contribution t
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of this series and have really enjoyed the previous books. The characters and details really make the town of Broken Boot and the Cinco de Mayo celebration come to life. Unfortunately, there were huge editing and continuity problems in this installment. It's very frustrating for a reader to have Josie and Patti have an argument, one of them storms off and then in the beginning of the next chapter they walk back into Milagro together. Another example is there is a scene where she an ...more
Broken Boot's First Annual Charity Chili Cook-off is
off and cooking plus the Cinco de Mayo festivities
are in full swing.
It is a busy time for Tex-Mex waitress, Josie Callahan.
Beside waitress, she is helping her uncle with the
cook-off, practicing dancing for their traditional
dance, the folklorico with her long haired Chihuahua,
Lenny . They will be dancing on a float in the Saturday
parade. She is also gathering information for their
local newspaper as a part time reporter.
So she really didn’
Lorilei Gonzales
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know that I would ever visit a town like Broken Boot, Texas, but I do know that I found the people and the vibe so quaint that I didn't want to see anyone get murdered. But then those pesky tourists come in and I start thinking, "I wouldn't miss that Lucky Straw guy at all." I suppose that Adler felt the same way since she decided to off him as soon as she could. Well, I have to admit that I was halfway wrong about nobody missing the big lug. Surprisingly, a few of the chili cooks who ha ...more
Randee Green
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC.

There’s another fiesta in Broken Boot, and you know what that means…waitress and part-time crime reporter Josie Callahan is about to discover another dead body in her small West Texas town of Broken Boot. As this is the third novel in the A Taste of Texas Mystery series, and the third murder that takes place during some sort of festival or celebration, the initial plot of the series is getting a little predictable and stale. But don’t worry, Jos
Katherine Majowka
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Josie Callahan is a typical Texas girl: spunky, independent and devoted to her town and family. She works as a part-time reporter and a waitress. When the Cinco de Mayo festival looms, she is happy to help her Uncle Eddie organize his “First Annual Broken Boot Charity Chili Cook-off,” despite the unpleasant demands of entrant Lucky Straw and his particular diet needs.

It seems Mr. Straw is poorly named as he is found dead under a tent by Josie. The townsfolk agree the festivities must go on and h
Andrea Guy
Cinco De Murder is book 3 in the Taste of Texas series by Rebecca Adler. This is a new to me series. I love finding new cozy series and I love food related cozies even more. So this book was right up my alley. Also, the cover! OMG so very cute. I have to admit, when it comes to cozy mysteries a good cover grabs me attention. Oh and recipes. Oh how I love books with recipes at the end.

Our heroine/amateur sleuth is part waitress and part reporter. This actually makes the sleuthing a little more fu
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
"Cinco de Murder" is a cozy mystery. It is the third in a series, but you don't need to read the previous novels in order to understand this one. This book did not spoil the previous mysteries.

I enjoyed the characters more than the mystery. The people were interesting and full of personality while still acting realistically. Josie had integrity about not sharing information that she'd been asked not to share, which I appreciated. I liked how the growing attraction between Josie and Lightfoot was
Fleur Bradley
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading a book in the A Taste of Texas Mystery series. At first, my head was spinning a bit, getting to know all the characters in the series, and following along. But I quickly felt at home in Broken Boot, Texas, as setup began for a chili cook-off and Josie has to solve the murder of a chili cook.

I really liked Josie and her little dog, and enjoyed following along as she solved the murder mystery. As in any cozy mystery, some of the typical challenges writing an amateur
It's Cinco de Mayo and in Broken Boot, Texas Josie has agreed to help her Uncle Eddie with Broken Boot's First Annual Charity Chili Cook-off. Uncle Eddie is desperate to make a good impression with the City Council with this event and he needs it go off without a hitch. Sadly, things don't go in his favor when one of the contestants, a crotchety man by the name of, Lucky Straw, ends up dead. While checking the grounds to make sure nobody was trying to get in an unfair advantage Josie is the one ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
When Josie's Uncle Eddie is heading a chili cook-off, everything seems to be going well, aside from the fact that one of the entrants, Lucky Straw, has been causing dissension between entrants and even cornered Josie about his "special dietary needs" at the restaurant. The next day when Josie is checking water and electricity hookups to the entrants, she sees that a tent is covering those hookups, so finding it open, enters and discovers Lucky's body. After calling the police, Detective Lightfoo ...more
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Will Josie get her uncle on the council by solving this mystery?
Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler is a fantastic novel. I loved the wacky Texas characters, the setting and the mystery is to die for (pun intended).
Josie Callahan
Josie Callahan is the main character, and we see everything in her point of view. Reading in first-person works for some and others it doesn’t. For Josie, it works.

Josie works for her aunt and uncle in their Tex-Mex restaurant with her uncle’s mom, who she calls abuela,
Ruthie Jones
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cinco De Murder by Rebecca Adler is definitely a hilarious cozy mystery that will keep you laughing, hanging on the edge of your seat, and hankering for some spicy Texas Chili, a heaping plate of Tex-Mex with homemade tortillas, chips and salsa, a Margarita or maybe a tall glass of sweet tea, and...where was I?

While Josie Callahan is a protagonist with plenty of attitude, her long-haired Chihuahua, Lenny, is even sassier as he dances and "Yips" his way into your heart. Anyone who has spent any t
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually read the first two books in this series prior to starting this one. I wanted to go in knowing the characters and the back story. I really enjoyed Cinco de Murder and find the protagonist Josie Callahan quite delightful – she’s feisty, funny, loyal, and caring. I really love her family – Uncle Eddie, Aunt Linda, and Senora Mari, whom Josie lovingly calls ‘abuela’ even though they are not blood related. Josie’s dog Lenny is also quite the character and I like how he is portrayed in the ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've never been to West Texas or actually any part of Texas but this story took me to an interesting town where it seems that anything can happen. It was quite interesting that I started reading this book on the exact day the book opened up early in May right before Cinco De Mayo! The characters were quite interesting, especially Josie and her Abuela Senora Mari!! It was fun to try and figure out what she was going to say or do when something silly or crazy happened. Josie's blog-writing pup was ...more
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Rebecca Adler is the pen name of author Gina Lee Nelson. Gina grew up on the sugar beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast. Drawn to the Big Apple by the sweet smell of wishful thinking, she studied acting on Broadway until a dark-eyed cowboy flung her over his saddle and high-tailed it to the Southwest.

Prior to writing women’s fiction, Gina always found a way to add a touch of the dramatic to her life:

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