Monday, March 26, 2018

Great Escapes Book Tour Book Review: Cinco De Murder

Cinco de Murder (A Taste of Texas Mystery) by Rebecca Adler

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Setting - Texas 
Berkley (April 3, 2018) 
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-0425275955 
Digital ASIN: B073TJH4FF

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 folklórico dances for Saturday's big parade, while Uncle Eddie is adding his own spicy event to the fiesta menu: Broken Boot's First Annual Charity Chili Cook-off.
But Uncle Eddie's hopes of impressing the town council go up in smoke when cantankerous chili cook Lucky Straw is found dead in his tent. And when Josie's beloved uncle is accused of fatal negligence, she, Lenny, and the steadfast Detective Lightfoot must uncover who ended the ambitious chilihead's life--before another cook kicks the bucket.
Review: 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 fun. Then there's her chihuahua, Lenny. AWW is all I can say there. His little "yips" of communication are absolutely adorable.

I was totally sucked into the story. I loved the Texas setting at Cinco De Mayo. (Hence the cute pun title). When a chili cook is food dead, Josie's uncle's position on town council is at stake. The chili cook isn't someone that had a lot of friends either. It seems just about everyone had something against him. There were so many that could be suspects and one in particular looked like they did it. So the reader was really kept guessing until the very end.

The mystery moved along slowly. I felt like we got to know Josie quite a bit in this book. Lucky's death sometimes felt more like something on the back burner, especially as they never did say if he were murdered or if he died from natural causes.  However when things start falling into place the action really gets going and things get more than a little scary for Josie and Lenny.

I look forward to visiting Josie and her friends again and trying some of the recipes at the end of the book.

Rating: 5 flowers

About the Author

Rebecca Adler 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 hightailed 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: dinner theatre in Mississippi, can-can club in Florida, and playing a giant Furskin in the New York Toy Fair, plus the occasional play and musical. She's currently content to pour her melodramatic tendencies into writing her Taste of Texas culinary mystery series. Set in far West Texas, her humorous stories are filled with delicious suspense and scrumptious Tex-Mex recipes. Her alter ego, Gina Lee Nelson, writes sweet contemporary romances with a sweet, Southern-fried flavor. Author Links Webpage:
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Rebecca Adler said...

Thanks so much for featuring me on your blog and for the wonderful review!

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