Tuesday, September 15, 2020




Known for its mouthwatering traditional breads, the Yeast of Eden bakery has gained fame across Northern California’s coast. Now the shop is bound for Reality TV—but a murder may kill its reputation . . .

People come to the beach town of Santa Sofia as much for the healing properties of Yeast of Eden’s breads as for a vacation getaway. And now a cable food channel has selected the bakery as a featured culinary delight for a new show. Baking apprentice Ivy Culpepper is excited as the crew arrives, ready to capture all the ins and outs of the renowned bread shop. But instead they capture something much harder to stomach: the attempted murdered of the show’s cameraman just outside Yeast of Eden . . .

With no motive and no clues, and the town craving answers, it will be up to Ivy to sift through the evidence to find the truth. But she’ll have to move quickly before someone else is targeted or the wrong person gets the heat—and the business collapses like a deflated soufflĂ©, right before her eyes.

Book Details:

Author: Winnie Archer

Genre: cozy mystery

Series: A Bread Shop Mystery, book 5

Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2020)

Print length: 352 pages



If you could talk to someone (dead), who would it be and what would you ask them?
I would love to talk with Agatha Christie, the queen of mystery. I’d like to learn how she came up with so many amazing plots and characters, and where here inspiration came from.

If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?
I have had another career: middle school English teacher. If, for some reason I couldn’t continue as a writer, I’d definitely go back to teaching. I loved teaching and miss it sometimes. Not right now during the pandemic, though!

If you had to do community service (or already do volunteer work), what would you choose?
I am on the board for our town’s Friends of the Library. I volunteer in the book donation room, at book sale events, and do whatever else is needed. I really enjoy it!

If you could choose a fictional town to live in what would it be and from what book?
I’d definitely choose one of my own fictional towns, but it would be a toss up between Santa Sofia, a coastal town in California from The Bread Shop mysteries, or Devil’s Cove, from the upcoming Book Magic mysteries, an island village in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’m a small town girl, which means the towns I create for my books have qualities that really appeal to me.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?

Oh gosh. I don’t know! I love where we live now—in North Carolina. I’d love to live on the coast here (minus the hurricanes, of course). Three of my kids live in Los Angeles. If I could live in an awesome house on the beach there, I might go for that. Or a beach town in Europe somewhere would be awesome. Apparently I want to live by the ocean!


5 favorite possessions: 

  • my Nook
  • my wedding ring, which was my grandmother’s
  • my computer (can’t live without it!)
  • my yoga mat
  • any one of my mother’s water color paintings that are on my wall

5 things you love about writing:  

  • being able to be home with my dogs (Bean the pug and Dobby the chug) everyday
  • being able to spend times with the fictional friends I’ve created in my books
  • working from home because I love my house
  • having wonderful writer friends
  • being able to share the stories and characters that live in my head

5 things you love about where you live:  

  • I live in North Carolina and I love
  • the trees
  • being so close to so many cool places
  • the little lake we live on
  • having so many wonderful friends
  • our cute town

5 things about you or 5 words to describe you:  

  • determined
  • considerate
  • compassionate
  • creative
  • loving

5 favorite places you’ve been:  

  • Girona, Spain
  • Prague
  • North Carolina coast
  • Montpelier, France
  • the mountains in Virginia


What’s one thing that very few people know about you? 

I recently finished my 200-hour yoga teacher training. I wasn’t sure at the end that I actually wanted to teach yoga, but I’m teaching once a week (socially distanced) and am really enjoying it.

What’s the most beautiful sound you’ve heard? 

The rushing water of a waterfall. And the sweet crying of each of my newborn babies <3

What’s your favorite meal? 

Depends on the day. I love my tacos, pizza from our new pizza oven, egg burritos, and baba ganoush come in at the top.

What’s your favorite snack?
Lately it’s been Honeycomb cereal. It’s pretty low cal and meets my sweet craving!

What’s your favorite thing to do when there’s nothing to do?

Binge on a great TV show!

What is the wallpaper on your computer’s desktop?

I have a great photograph of my kids walking down these cool steps when we were in Valencia, Spain a few years ago. I love the photo and have it as all my screensavers!

What do you collect?

I’m not a big collector, but I have taken a fancy to cute teapots lately. I just found a super quirky one of three chefs (!) at an antique store in Staunton, Virginia when we were there last weekend!

What’s your latest recommendation for:
Food: homemade pizza with an Ooni pizza oven. Cooks at 900 degrees and in one minute. SO good!
Music: I’ve been listening to the Bridge on Sirius XM.
Movie: Chef. I love this movie!
Book: Circe. Just read it and enjoyed it a lot.
Audiobook: anything by Liane Moriarty
TV: old The Closer episodes.
Netflix/Amazon Prime: I’m currently loving In the Dark


Winnie Archer is a middle school teacher by day and by night she’s the author of the Bread Shop Mystery series. Born in a beach town in California, she now lives in Colorado. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with both yoga and chocolate, adores pumpkin spice lattes, is devoted to her five kids and husband, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.

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