May 12 2021

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Death Gone A-Rye by Winnie Archer

Posted by Jennifer in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, Excerpt, Mystery, Review / Leave a Comment

I’m so excited to be sharing the new mystery, Death Gone A-Rye with you today. Here is an excerpt for this exciting new story.


I scanned back over the search results for Nessa, zeroing in on her social media profiles. Just like that, I made a decision, moved the mouse, and tapped the touchpad on my laptop to start an account on Twitter. For the bread shop’s account, I’d used the Yeast of Eden info email. For this one, I used my personal email. I paused as I thought of what handle to use. I went with @Ivy_Baker. Miguel’s eyes had drifted closed and before long his breathing grew rhythmic and steady. I finished setting up my Twitter account, and immediately followed the people who’d been actively commenting on Nessa Renchrik’s

death. Finally, I responded to @MarisasMama, the person who’d said: Ding dong, the witch is dead, with the simple statement, Tell me more.

I was about to close the tab and sign off for the night when a got a direct message alert from @MarisasMama. It was short and to the point: Santa Sofia is better off without Nessa Renchrik.

Immediately, I typed: Why?

@MarisasMama was just as quick with her response: She was just another politician. She didn’t care about the kids, or anyone for that matter.

Huh. My fingers flew over the keyboard. I thought people liked her. Three terms . . .

She was a liar and she didn’t play by the rules.

@MarisasMama seemed to be in the know. I replied with a shocked, What do you mean?

You have to practice what you preach, @MarisasMama replied.

I decided to push a little further. See if she would give up some actual details. Who did she have in her pocket?

This time, @MarisasMama didn’t answer right away. I tapped the pads of my fingertips against the sides of my laptop, waiting. God, I hoped I hadn’t scared her away.

Finally, after a solid minute, the DM came: Who are you?

Shoot. How could I answer that question and keep her talking? I went with a version of the truth: Just a concerned citizen.

The police?

No! Ha-ha. I work in a bakery. I grew up here. Just curious. That was all true.

There was another pregnant pause before @MarisasMama responded again. It was a link. That was it.

About Death Gone A-Rye

Death Gone A-Rye (A Bread Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (April 27, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1496733541
ISBN-13: 978-1496733542
Digital ASIN : B08F2XT38C

In the Northern California seaside town of Santa Sofia, a killer is trying to get a rise out of baker’s apprentice Ivy Culpepper . . .


Vincent van Dough focaccia is being touted on Instagram as the best thing since sliced bread. By strategically placing chives, olives, and yellow peppers to look like poppies and sunflowers, bakers create a mouthwatering masterpiece in the style of the great postimpressionist painter. At Yeast of Eden, where bread making has always been an art, they’re baking their own version for the school district’s Spring Fling.


But one person won’t be tasting the Mexican bakery’s latest specialty. Ambitious school board president Nessa Renchrik has been murdered. Like the rest of this close-knit community, Ivy is shocked. But she’s just as surprised to discover her beau—restaurateur Miguel Baptista—had his own fling with Nessa back in the day and now the police have this half-baked notion he might have killed her. It’s up to Ivy, her boss Olaya Solis, and eighty-six-years-young Penelope Branford to separate the wheat from the chaff to determine who the real culprit is . . .




About Winnie Archer

The indefatigable Winnie Archer is a middle school teacher by day and a writer by night. 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. Visit her online at

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Review of Death Gone A-Rye

4 stars: This was a great story that immediately took off from the first page.  I loved the characters and learning about bread making. The mystery was well written and I loved every minute of this entertaining story.

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