GUEST POST + BONUS BOOK REVIEW: Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler (Cozy Mystery)

Greetings Friends!

Today I am hosting a BONUS BOOK REVIEW as part of the blog tour for CINCO DE MURDER by Rebecca Adler, the third book in the Taste of Texas mystery series. In this third installment, Lenny, the main character’s right hand pooch, is as spunky as ever, and the author has also graciously provided a GUEST POST for this stop discussing why summer is a great season for pets!

A Taste of Texas Mystery, #3
Rebecca Adler

Genre:  Texas Cozy Mystery
Date of Publication: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Number of Pages: 304

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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


Why Lenny, the Long-haired Chihuahua, Loves Summer

Here in Texas, spring has sprung and the dog days of summer have arrived! The beautiful dogwood and redbud trees are in bloom on every block in spite of the heat, providing delicious shade for my early morning walks.  

If warm, or even sizzling hot, weather has made an appearance in your neck of the woods, you probably aren’t the only one jumping for joy. How about your pets? In Cinco de Murder, the third book in my Taste of Texas mystery series, reporter-turned-Tex-Mex-waitress Josie Callahan and her spunky long-haired Chihuahua Lenny are gearing up for that beloved Texas celebration of Mexican culture, Cinco de Mayo. And since we both jump for joy at the sight of dogwood blossoms, I began to wonder about the positive effects of warmer weather on our pets especially our canine friends.  

Here’s what I found in a wonderful article by K9 Magazine. 

Banish the winter blues! Did you know that recent research shows pets can suffer from seasonal affective disorder just like humans? The lighter mornings and longer days mean more time for you and your dog in the great outdoors—always a great way to enjoy a more active, healthy regime. 

More opportunities to socialize with friends! With more time outside in the great outdoors—even if it is early morning or evening–it follows that dogs, and owners, will widen their social circle.  

More crops of fresh produce! With more fresh fruit and vegetables available, you and your dog can add more healthy treats to your diet. 

Winter skin is banished! If harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on our own skin, you know it can harm our pets’ skin. Colder weather can mean our dogs and other pets suffer from dry skin during the winter months too. 

More Vitamin D! With warmer weather, your dog and other pets can soak up more natural goodness from the sun just simply by being outdoors for longer – vitamin D helps to build immunity and strong bones. 

In Cinco de Murder, the third installment in my Taste of Texas Mystery series, the citizens of Broken Boot, Texas, are still enjoying a delightful spring celebration called Cinco de Mayo, a festival to show pride for the wonderful Mexican culture with dancing, bright colored costumes, parades, traditional music, and eating lots of yummy Tex-Mex. Tex-Mex waitress and amateur sleuth Josie Callahan, her feisty abuela, and her spunky long-haired chihuahua Lenny are polishing their traditional folklórico dances for Saturday’s big Cinco de Mayo parade. (If you’ve never had the delight of seeing a dog dance while wearing a mariachi costume, then this book if for you.) 

One of the joys of writing the Taste of Texas mystery series has been sharing with readers my love of dogs especially my fictional fur baby, Lenny the long-haired chihuahua. Why are mysteries with dogs, cats, birds, and even a hamster named Rex so appealing to readers? Why not? Pets are such an important part of our lives, generously giving us unconditional love and affection. How could we possibly leave them out of our books?May you have a beautiful summer, wherever you call home. And if you’re in the mood for a tasty, fun-filled mystery—with Tex-Mex recipes and a delightful dog named Lenny—I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Cinco de Murder.

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 TamaleThe Good, the Bad, and the Guacamoleand 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. 

You can connect with her on:

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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

A few years ago when the first book in this series, Here Today, Gone Tamale, came out, I was absolutely charmed. Born and raised in South Texas, I loved the small town atmosphere, the Tex-Mex vibe, and the amazing family dynamics. I unfortunately never got around to the second book, The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole, so when this book popped up for review, I had to jump on the tour!

Although it had been a while since I read the first book, Adler’s writing style creates such a casual and welcoming experience that is hard to forget and I was immediately swept back into this endearing locale. Josie is still so self-deprecating, likeable, and fiesty, and through her narration, she vividly captures this colorful community, while also remaining staunchly loyal to her family. Her journalism background and instincts give her amateur sleuthing skills authenticity as well as playing on the antagonistic relationship between the media and law enforcement who would much rather she mind her own business on all levels! 

Lenny, her adorable sidekick, is a chihuahua who sounds the alarm with yips and yaps to get Josie’s attention as he aids her in their fight against crime. You’ll definitely have cravings for Mexican food while reading, so do yourself a favor and have some chips and salsa with a Dr. Pepper nearby or use the provided recipes to cook up something tasty on your own!

From the hilarious banter to the well-plotted mystery, this book is a solid choice for any cozy culinary mystery fan! I also look forward to seeing whether the dash of romance we saw serves up something warm for Josie in the next book!


Grand Prize: Signed Copies of the Full Taste of Texas Series + $10 Amazon Gift Card Two Runners-Up: Signed Copies of Cinco de Murder
JUNE 20-29, 2018
(U.S. Only) 

Best of luck!

Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and especially Rebecca Adler! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting. And be sure to check out the other stops on the BLOG TOUR for more opinions and author extras!

Author Interview
Guest Post
Top 5 List
Bonus Review
Character Guest Post
Guest Post + Bonus Review

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