Bread Over Troubled Water by Winnie Archer – Lavender Tea Bread + Giveaway

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Bread Over Troubled Water (A Bread Shop Mystery)
by Winnie Archer

About Bread Over Troubled Water

Bread Over Troubled Water (A Bread Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – California
Kensington Cozies (November 29, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496733568
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496733566
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09TX2QMZY

Rising cozy mystery author Winnie Archer cooks up her latest installment in her delightful and delicious Bread Shop Mystery series.


Photographer Ivy Culpepper is soon to make a home with her husband-to-be in the California beach town of Santa Sofia—but the Yeast of Eden bakery remains her second home. It’s not just a place to work, but a community. And now one member of the community has been murdered . . .


A regular who used Yeast of Eden as a workspace, Josh Prentiss always turned heads with his startlingly good looks and thousand-watt smile. But Ivy can’t help noticing one morning that he seems distracted and off his game. Later, during a visit to the park where she and Miguel plan to hold their engagement party—with plenty of baked goods on the menu—her rescue pug, Agatha, sniffs out Josh lying in a bed of poppies…scone cold dead.


There’s no reason for Ivy to get involved. She’s busy enough holding down the fort as the shop’s owner, Olaya, cares for her recently orphaned niece, not to mention the stress when a new employee is fired and storms out in a rage. Then a band of rabble-rousers starts picketing the bakery, claiming that Olaya’s sourdough roll is what killed Josh—and Ivy hears some salacious gossip about her beloved boss. She doesn’t think there’s a grain of truth to the seedy rumors—but to prove it, she’ll have to start sleuthing . . .

Lavender Tea Bread


· ¾ cup milk
· 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh lavender
· 6 tablespoons butter, softened
· 1 cup white sugar
· 2 eggs
· 2 cups all-purpose flour
· 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
· ¼ teaspoon salt


1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

2. Combine the milk and lavender in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat to a simmer, then remove from heat, and allow to cool slightly.

3. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in the egg until the mixture is light and fluffy.

4. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.

5. Stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk and lavender until just blended. Pour into the prepared pan.

6. Bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees, or until a wooden pick inserted into the loaf comes out clean.

7. Cool before serving.

About Winnie Archer

Winnie Archer is the nationally bestselling author of the Bread Shop Mystery series, as well as the Lola Cruz Mysteries and the Magical Dressmaking Mystery series written as Melissa Bourbon. A former middle school English teacher, lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and the youngest of their five children. Visit Winnie Archer online at!

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