Thursday, November 3, 2016


The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole
by Rebecca Adler

I love a good cozy mystery and this is a great read…I really enjoyed how this involves country music and food. Two of my favorite things.
~Books, Dreams, Life
I always love a good mystery with a southern flare. And this book was more than chips and salsa. The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole, gives you an entire mystery that is so well written that you can’t put it down…
~Bibliophile Reviews
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The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole
(A Taste of Texas Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Berkley (November 1, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425275948
E-Book ASIN: B01BK0SQ72


Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan is about to serve up some Lone Star justice in this spicy Taste of Texas Mystery from the author of Here Today, Gone Tamale.
Tourists are pouring into the town of Broken Boot for the annual Homestead Days Music Festival. Opening the celebration at Two Boots dance hall is smooth-talking country singer Jeff Clark, the ex-boyfriend of Josie’s best friend, Patti Perez. When the charming Clark woos Patti onstage in an attempt to rekindle some sparks with his old flame, Josie fears her friend will end up as just one more notch on the singer’s guitar strap.
To impress her editor at the Broken Boot Bugle, Josie and her Chihuahua, Lenny, pursue the singer to Patti’s house, hoping for an interview. Instead, they discover Clark facedown in a bowl of guacamole with a bloodied guitar at his side. With Patti suddenly a murder suspect, Josie must use her reporter skills to find out who had a chip on their shoulder—before the killer double dips….

gina-lee-nelsonAbout 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.
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Hilarious. Funny. Witty. Charming. Great location. Over the top exceptional characters. Those are a few words that quickly came to mind as I read this book. The characters are a hoot and boy do they have attitude. They sure love their Mexican food and I believe I heard a plate of beef fijitas sizzling on the plate in the background. The author really brought this cozy little out of the way town to life with a band trying to make it big. I loved  the town name of Broken Boot and thought it was perfect for the setting. Now it's time to get your boots on, grab something to eat and let's solve this mystery.

Josie is a no nonesene kind of gal who tries so hard to make it big in the newspaper business. With her sidekick, the adorable Chihuahua named Lenny they hope to interview Jeff Clark . He is smooth around women and sings like an angel. Well that's how some people describe him. Josie  is anxious  to interview Jeff when the unthinkable happens. I laughed so hard when I read that Josie found  poor Jeff face down in guacamole. I can picture the scene so vividly and thought the creativity of the author was down right awesome. Now who says "Dad gum it" anymore? Well that is just the way our main character Josie expresses herself. After all she is a country girl at heart.

Things really start heating up as the investigation into Jeff's death seems to have suspects coming out of the woodwork. Was one of his band members  jealous of him? Did he owe some gambling debts?  Perhaps he was seeing someone who was married? Well the possibilities are endless and the story is a real page turner. I tip my hat to the author for her wonderful writing that kept me guessing. Get ready for a real honest to goodness Texas mystery that will have you laughing all the way to the end .

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my one opinion and I was not compensated for it.

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