Cinco de Murder – My Review

A Taste of Texas Mystery, #3
Rebecca Adler
Genre:  Texas Cozy Mystery
Date of Publication: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Number of Pages: 304Scroll down for the giveaway!

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.

“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 Book-aholic
“I enjoy the Texas flair and touch while all the food talk just makes me hungry. If you enjoy a good cozy mystery that features an adorable dog and a culinary touch then this is the book/series for you.”~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

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Cinco de Murder – My Review

“The problem was the tourists in front of us. They kept pulling onto the shoulder to take photos of the desert in bloom, dramatic claret cups and bright firewheel blanket flowers, with the rugged Chisos Mountains in the back ground.”

I seriously thought about taking this book with me on my recent trip to Missouri. After reading the first couple of chapters, I decided no, because I might start craving a margarita and Missouri would be the last place to get one. Well – I was wrong on margarita’s being in Missouri, but I was not wrong that the book would make me want margaritas – in a good way!

Lenny, the tiny Chi almost takes center stage in this cozy little murder mystery set in the Big Bend region of Texas. While Broken Boot, Texas may not exist in real life, it can parallel so many small Texas towns where family is always a rock and there is always a highly recommended local restaurant to eat at.

Josie Callahan is a local reporter and part-time waitress who has a desire to become a crime reporter. Lenny is her dog and is always by her side. In the midst of celebrating Cinco de Mayo, a murder occurs before the big chili cook-off. Solving the crime puts Lenny’s life in peril. What’s so cool is throughout the book you get glimpses of small-town Texas life and how it would be nice if the council people of towns did ride in parades because it would make them seem more human.

“Senora Mari was right. Again. I whispered a prayer of thanks for the constant love of my kooky family, and then entered our restaurant ready to serve not only our hungry customers, but my family and their needs, with an open heart.”

What I wished more of was Lenny’s Little Dog Blog. It’s a fresh take on writing from a dog’s perspective. Plus, I wish Lenny did say more than just “Yip.”

My only regret while reading Cinco de Murder was the lack of proper refreshments. It would definitely be best with salt-rimmed margaritas and a bowl of warm chips and salsa. I like how Rebecca Adler added authentic touches of the bison herd at Caprock Canyons and mentioning how cell service is very spotty in rural areas of Texas, just to name a few. As a side note – the bison herd at Caprock Canyons is a must-see for any Texan or visitor to Texas.

If you’ve got a knack for cooking, there are some pretty authentic recipes in the back of the book if you’d like to try your at hand them. I think I need to try Josie’s Baked Jalapeno Poppers. I may be off to the store.

Cinco de Murder was a perfect little summer mystery book with twists and turns, plus it has a dog. I’m always a sucker for a dog in a book.

Thanks, Rebecca for making a memorable story.

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.
She’s currently content to pour her melodramatic tendencies into writing the Taste of Texas culinary mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime: Here Today, Gone Tamale; The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole; and Cinco de Murder. 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 contemporary romance with a sweet, Southern-fried flavor. 
A former president of North Texas Romance Writers, Rebecca is currently a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she spends a great deal of time on her other favorite pastime, directing high school theatre. 
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