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Flour in the Attic

(A Bread Shop Mystery #4)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Ivy Culpepper keeps the ovens hot at Yeast of Eden, a Northern California bakery that specializes in traditional breads. But now she has to deal with a stone-cold killer . . .

Just as Ivy's brother Billy is about to get engaged to his beloved, a tragedy interrupts the happy moment. The body of longtime Santa Sofia resident Marisol Ruiz washes up on the beach--and it's even
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Peggy R
I have found this to be an entertaining series so I was happy to have a chance to read and review Flour in the Attic. I enjoy these characters. They are developing nicely and the relationships are progressing in a natural way. Ivy has settled into her life back in Santa Sofia and finding her niche with her photography as well as at Yeast of Eden. I live the diverse secondary cast of characters as they add depth along with a different perspective to the story. The mystery was well done and kept ...more
This is the first book I have read in this series and I was happy to dive straight in. Winnie Archer did a fantastic job providing any backstory, making this a great standalone read. I was sold from the very beginning, with its solid characters, great writing and a marvellous mystery that provided a good sprinkling of clues to satisfy even the most painstaking and diligent armchair detective.

The author, Winnie Archer, has drawn a lot of great characters in this fabulous cozy mystery. I
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I am always excited to get permission to read a book from a series that I've read before, and this was no exception! I remembered Ivy as an excellent sleuth, and both the setting and the theme charmed me yet again. There is something just so stirring with food based mysteries; never read them on an empty stomach is my advice! I don't even have a particular fondness for bread, but somehow this book makes it sound amazing!
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
Flour in the Attic by Winnie Archer was a great addition to this series. I had previously read the first three books in this series and this one is even better than the previous ones.

Ivy and Miguel are together in solving this case since it involves a waitress at Miguel's restaurant and long time family friend. Olaya and Mrs. Branford are wonderful secondary characters that always add depth and insight into the current mysteries as Ivy investigates. This plot was complex; and in spite of the
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Marisol a strong swimmer is found dead on the beach and it was murder. Her father had just died which make it really hard. Ivy is helping to cater the funeral and get her group together to figure out who the murderer was and why he did it. She finds a creepy element in the funeral home before it is all settled.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

This is the fourth book in the A Bread Shop Mystery series by Winnie Archer. I am still curious as to why they titled this book the way they did. I know flour goes with the whole bread making aspect of the book but I didn’t think that totally resonated with the story within the pages of this book. I can see where concrete dust which is sort of like flour and the same basic color could by the why to it all, but I guess I just don’t get it.

This story is kind of depressing. I know murder
Sue Em
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reunited with her high school love, Miguel, Ivy Culpepper life is finally on the upswing. Leaving a disastrous marriage, she has returned to her hometown and started working at Yeast of Eden, a long-rise bread baker which has given her a needed peace and time to work on her freelance photography business. Then a long-time employee of Miguel is found drowned, curious as she was a competitive swimmer. After the death was ruled a homicide, Ivy starts investigating and suspicions arise among a close ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Flour in the Attic by Winnie Archer is the 4th book in A Bread Shop Mystery series, and is quickly becoming one of my favorite. Wow! This book had more twists and turns, and an excellent mystery that kept me reading. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot and characters. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, after reading the end of this book, it can't come soon enough. If you love cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book.

I reviewed a
A creative and unique murder mystery with a passion for baked goods. Has a certain flair to it that others don’t. Loved it. 5/5 stars
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing story with twists and turns. You never know which way to look first..

I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
Flour in the Attic by Winnie Archer takes us back to Santa Sofia, California. Ivy Culpepper is thrilled for her friend, Sheriff Emmaline Davis who is planning to propose to Ivy’s brother, Billy that evening at the beach. Unfortunately, Emmaline’s plans are put on hold when the body of Marisol Ruiz is found floating offshore. Marisol’s husband, David suspects foul play since Marisol was a competitive swimmer who swam in the ocean daily and asks that Ivy don her investigator cap once again. Can ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book in the "Bread Shop" cozy mystery series. I love returning to this series and highly recommend the entire series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the ARC. My opinion is my own. This is a charming series with likable fun charcters that always has a fun sleuth .
Ivy Culpepper runs the "Yeast of Eden" bread bakery in her Northern California town. of Santa Sofia with one of her good friends. They specialize in making traditional Mexican pastries and breads. She
Amary Chapman
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ivy Culpepper left Austin, her photography business and her cheating ex-husband to return home to Santa Sofia when her mother died and never looked back.
She bought a home, started a new photography business and spent time working with a dear friend Olaya Solis at her bakery, Yeast Of Eden. Along with the help of Olaya and a few other friends became known for her knack of solving murders, the first being her mother's, set in a previous book.
Her high school sweetheart, Miguel, is now her
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite series and this, the fourth book, is just as great as the previous three entries. I would love to say a lot about the plot, etc. but I'm afraid I'd unintentionally commit spoilers and that is a huge no-no for me. So, I will start by saying this is, in my opinion, a series best read in order. Then, as for the characters, they are very well drawn and are the sort of people I would like to have in my life. Ivy has come back home, recovering from a bad relationship and has ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This sort of blew my socks off at the end. I can't use any of the adjectives I want to describe it because it may give something away. Needless to say, I enjoyed this fourth book in the Bread Shop Mystery series. I will definitely go back to read the first three.

Ivy Culpepper is back in her hometown of Santa Sofia, CA. While she hasn't quite figured out what to be when she grows up, she's busy working in Yeast of Eden, baking bread, and focusing on her photography again. When an employee at her
Kathleen Gray
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marisol was murdered. Her husband David is convinced of it, as are Ivy and Miguel. Marisol worked for Miguel at his restaurant and unlike many murder victims in cozies, she was much liked. Ivy, who moved back to Santa Sofia after leaving her rat of an ex, has established a nice photography business and made good friends, especially in Olaya who owns the Yeast of Eden bakery. She's also renewed her romance with Miguel, her high school sweeties. Just when the group starts to poke around, David is ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ivy Culpepper has returned home to Santa Sofia as has her high school sweetheart, Miguel, and lie couldn’t be better. Well, not until one of the long time waitresses at Miguel’s family restaurant is found dead and Ivy’s ex husband shows up at her house. When the death is declared a murder, Ivy and Miguel begin looking into things to find who killed the much loved Marisol Ruiz and why.

The loss of loved ones has a way of bringing out the worst in some people and in the case, it’s not quite who
Lori Bonkoski
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ivy is settling into life in Santa Sofia when one of the servers from Miguel's restaurant is found dead in the ocean. She was a long time server and known well by Ivy and Miguel. The dead woman, Marisol, had recently lost her father and seemed to have had a hard time with her grief. When her second husband finds a mysterious letter, Ivy is drawn even farther into figuring out what happened. When the second husband is found dead, right before the memorial service for his wife, lots of pieces ...more
Lorraine Kraft
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ivy is excited as her best friend, Emmeline Davis, is about to become engaged to Ivy's brother, Billy. Her excitement is dampened before the question can be popped when beloved longtime resident, Marisol Ruiz is found dead on the shore, apparently a drowning victim. Marisol was a competitive swimmer so Ivy and the town are finding it hard believe she would drown.

Ivy, along with her friends, do their own investigation and what comes out is a shocking secret, one which someone does not want to get
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
This is a new to me cozy mystery series. Flour in the Attic is book #4 in the Bread Shop Mystery series. I like Ivy, a photographer who also works part-time in the bread shop. She also has an adorable pug named Agatha. I loved her neighbor and friend, Mrs. Branford. Mrs. Branford is a spunky, elderly woman who is a retired English teacher. I also really liked Miguel, Ivy's boyfriend. Ivy gets pulled into solving the case because David, the murder victim's husband, asks her to find out who killed ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How does a competitive swimmer drown? That is the question in the 4th installment of the Bread Shop Mystery. Ivy is helping Olaya with Marisol’s funeral but the question remains how could she have drowned. Ivy along with Miquel and Olaya and others work to solve the mystery. Marisol worked at Miquel’s restaurant and is a family friend and her husband David believes it is murder and then he ends up dead as well. Clues could be interpreted a couple of ways and the story unfolds at a good pace and ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ivy Culpepper returns home to northern California after years of living in Texas. To supplement her photography income, she works in a wonder sounding bakery called Yeast of Eden and reunites with her high school boyfriend. Life seems good as she gets used to being back around her friends until one of her friends is found dead at the beach of an apparent drowning. The police soon discover that Marisol Ruiz, a strong competitive swimmer, did not drown, but was murdered. As Ivy investigates, she ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The Bread Shop Mystery series is a bit hit or miss for me. Some books I really like. Some are just so so. This one was a bit of a miss because Ivy stumbles around through the book and then the ending wraps up quickly. The reason for the murder took a real detour from anything I’ve read before in a cozy mystery. It made the wrap up interesting. The book ends on a cliffhanger concerning one of Ivy’s personal relationships.
I like all the main characters. The bread shop is fun.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and I think this could be the best instalment so far.
It's an engrossing and entertaining book that kept me on the edge till the last page.
I liked the plot, full of twists and turns, was happy to meet again the cast of characters and to be back in such a lovely setting.
I look forward to reading the next instalment in this series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Rima Aiello
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is near and dear to my heart, with this latest installment cementing it. I loved everything about this story, how nothing is as it seems, the light humor, the hint of sadness of Ivy that always seems to linger. This author does a superb job of setting you up for the happy then hooking you with the mystery. Definitely a book you won't be able to put down.
The Kawaii Slartibartfast
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly picked this book because of the cover and title. This may honestly be one of the best cozies I've read.

I adored Ivy and her relationship to the Baptista family.

The mystery was sad and horrifying.

And that cliffhanger!

I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.
Tena Bremmer
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I really enjoyed this book!!! I love a good who dunnit and this book was certainly that!! Winnie Archer did a fantastic job writing this mystery! I was surprised by who it was that committed the crime, and the ending holy cow!!!! Thank you to Winnie Archer and Kensington Mystery for the great read!!! I will definitely recommend it!!
Barbara Tobey
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming and interesting series. The bread shop may be the basis for the mystery, but our lovely protagonist goes far beyond baking and photography. Family funeral/will concerns set the mystery in motion. Much more involved than initially suspected. Keeps one guessing. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Flour in the Attic is a very good cozy mystery. Enjoyed the plot and the author’s writing. Will definitely be reading more books by this author. I received an arc from the publisher and this is my unbiased review review.
Karen Ditsch
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
It was ok. I wasn't particularly drawn in by the characters and the plotline was relatively naive. The author spent way too much time talking about who the main character suspected and why, which is always a dead giveaway that this isn't the murderer.
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