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Trick or treat—and murder—are on the menu in this first in a new culinary mystery series
Life couldn’t be sweeter for Tres Amigas Café chef Rita Lafitte, decorating sugar skulls and taste-testing rich, buttery pan de muerto in anticipation of Santa Fe’s Day of the Dead bread-baking contest. That is, until her friendly landlord, Victor, is found dead next door.
Although the police deem Victor’s death a suicide, Rita knows something is amiss. To uncover the truth, she teams up with her octogenarian boss, Flori, the town’s most celebrated snoop.
The duo begins to sift through long-buried secrets and to take full measure of duplicitous neighbors, but the clock is ticking and their list of suspects is growing ever longer. Just as the clues get hotter than a New Mexican chili, one of their main suspects winds up dead. Rita fears that the killer is dishing out seconds—and her order might be up.
Bread of the Dead by Ann Myers is the first book in the Santa Fe Cafe cozy mystery series. I was excited to read a story set in Santa Fe and set around the Day of the Dead. I haven’t read a book in this setting or with this holiday before and it was really enjoyable. Rita is quirky and fun. I liked her right away. The mystery unfolded at a steady pace and I found myself trying to follow the clues along with Rita. This is a light, fun cozy and perfect for reading at this time of year. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys light foodie cozies. 🙂 Loved the food talked about in this one and the cafe. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.