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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 ab 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 folklorico 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.


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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 ab 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 folklorico 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.

30 review for Cinco De Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Many thanks to the Cozy Mystery Group, Berkley Books, and the author for providing me a ARC of Cinco De Murder, the third book in the Taste of Texas cozy mystery series, written by Rebecca Adler, and published in May 2018. I normally read a series in order, but I won this one in a contest and didn't have time to go back to the beginning. This is your basic, good cozy mystery with several strengths and a few areas that needed some attention. The setting, characters and mystery were all interesting Many thanks to the Cozy Mystery Group, Berkley Books, and the author for providing me a ARC of Cinco De Murder, the third book in the Taste of Texas cozy mystery series, written by Rebecca Adler, and published in May 2018. I normally read a series in order, but I won this one in a contest and didn't have time to go back to the beginning. This is your basic, good cozy mystery with several strengths and a few areas that needed some attention. The setting, characters and mystery were all interesting and built a world that has lots of potential. There were many suspects. The clues were dropped throughout the story. And the main character, Josie, really doesn't investigate anything on her own. She mentions some things to the cops, then falls into a trap near the end when she unintentionally discovers the killer. I like the introduction of the chili cook off, the restaurant backdrop, and her potential love interests. For those reasons, it's a good book. Perhaps I was at a disadvantage by not having read the earlier two books, but I didn't feel a strong connection to any of the characters as much as I would have liked to. I also felt the ending left us with some confusion on if the killer was caught or let go. All in all, I think this may have needed one more review / edit round to make it pop a bit more, then it would be a solid 4 rating. I would give the series a chance and read more, but I would also not rush to grab it when it first came out. The highlights for me were a non-traditional main character / family in a setting I haven't seen before in a cozy, as well as a fun flavor and spice in the language, description, and voice given the characters run a restaurant that isn't your typical cozy setting. But I am hungry for some chili now, too!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    The 3rd book in the Taste of Texas series and a new author for me. I found the characters were developed, good information on Cinco de Mayo, Texas style, the writing did not flow smoothly making it difficult at times to understand. A different method of death was used. I will read the first two books in this series. Josie Callahan and her long-haired Chihuahua, Lenny are doing a folk dance for a feature at the Fiesta in Broken-Boot Texas. Her Uncle Eddie is hosting the first annual chili cook-off The 3rd book in the Taste of Texas series and a new author for me. I found the characters were developed, good information on Cinco de Mayo, Texas style, the writing did not flow smoothly making it difficult at times to understand. A different method of death was used. I will read the first two books in this series. Josie Callahan and her long-haired Chihuahua, Lenny are doing a folk dance for a feature at the Fiesta in Broken-Boot Texas. Her Uncle Eddie is hosting the first annual chili cook-off as he is hoping to impress the town council. Josie is inspecting the Chili Cook-off area when she finds an unpopular man dead. This brings the cook-off to a stopped and the state police to the grounds. The twists that occur will keep you amused until the surprise ending. I recommend this book. Texas and Mexican recipes are included. Disclosure: Many thanks to Berkley for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts We arrive in Broken Boot just in time for their Cinco de Mayo celebration complete with a chili cook-off, parade, and fireworks. Josie Callahan, her aunt and a group of their friends with be doing a traditional dance – folklórico – during their part in the parade. Even Josie’s Chihuahua Lenny is getting in on the fun. Uncle Eddie is in charge of the chili cook-off hoping to prove to the town council that it should be an annual event. Josie shows up to help him be sure everythin Dollycas’s Thoughts We arrive in Broken Boot just in time for their Cinco de Mayo celebration complete with a chili cook-off, parade, and fireworks. Josie Callahan, her aunt and a group of their friends with be doing a traditional dance – folklórico – during their part in the parade. Even Josie’s Chihuahua Lenny is getting in on the fun. Uncle Eddie is in charge of the chili cook-off hoping to prove to the town council that it should be an annual event. Josie shows up to help him be sure everything is all set for the participants but one cook won’t be making a chili today, someone has sent Lucky Straw to the great chili cook-off in the sky. The mayor and the council are not happy with Eddie. Josie and Detective Lightfoot don’t have much time. They need to catch the killer before all the cooks pack up and head off to the next cook-off. Lenny is doing his best to help too! All the favorite characters are back and they are joined by some cook-off cooks and judges from the International Chili Association. We meet them pretty quickly but they’re a pretty unique cast of characters. The author does a great job bringing them all together in this for this fun-filled mystery. With all those characters there are plenty of suspects. Josie had a heck of time eliminating them from her list. It was a good time following along as she continued to change her mind about whodunit and her theories about the motive. With the weekend coming to a close and this reader getting near the end of her pages I was wondering if the mystery was going to be solved. Some dangerous crazy came together in the end and I will say I was scared for Josie and totally surprised. Rebecca Adler’s penned a great story that was intriguing, entertaining and at times pretty amusing. There is a little spark of romance at the end, something I have been waiting for, so I am hoping and praying this will not be the last we see of these characters, but if it is the author left me with a huge smile on my face.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    It’s Cinco de Mayo weekend, and Josie Callahan has a full plate. She will be waitressing at her family’s Tex-Mex restaurant as well as helping her uncle with the first annual chili cook-off and dancing in the parade. The last thing she needs is to find the body of Lucky Straw, one of the cook-off contestants. He wasn’t well liked, but who would kill him? This is a fun mystery tying into a different holiday, yet it fits the theme of this series perfectly. The mystery is good, with several elements It’s Cinco de Mayo weekend, and Josie Callahan has a full plate. She will be waitressing at her family’s Tex-Mex restaurant as well as helping her uncle with the first annual chili cook-off and dancing in the parade. The last thing she needs is to find the body of Lucky Straw, one of the cook-off contestants. He wasn’t well liked, but who would kill him? This is a fun mystery tying into a different holiday, yet it fits the theme of this series perfectly. The mystery is good, with several elements to keep us guessing until the end. I did feel that the book needed another edit to smooth things over as Josie’s changing theories constantly confused me, but not in a good way for a mystery. The series regulars are as fun as always, especially Josie’s abuela. NOTE: I received a copy of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    CINCO DE MURDER is seasoned with the same intelligent writing as the two previous installments of this wonderful series. Author Rebecca Adler has reminded me why I wanted to return to Broken Boot, Texas. The wonderful characters, including longhaired Chihuahua, Lenny, the festive feel of the town, and the mouthwatering food are all just as I remembered. I swear I could smell delicious Tex-Mex the moment I opened the book. Adler has blended together the prefect ingredients to ensure CINCO DE MURDER CINCO DE MURDER is seasoned with the same intelligent writing as the two previous installments of this wonderful series. Author Rebecca Adler has reminded me why I wanted to return to Broken Boot, Texas. The wonderful characters, including longhaired Chihuahua, Lenny, the festive feel of the town, and the mouthwatering food are all just as I remembered. I swear I could smell delicious Tex-Mex the moment I opened the book. Adler has blended together the prefect ingredients to ensure CINCO DE MURDER contains just the right amount of mystery, fun, and intrigue. With a plot full of twists and turns, this tasty murder mystery will leave you feeling sated at the satisfying conclusion but will quickly have you hungering for more of the series. Make sure to check out the back for the book for yummy recipes!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Synopsis: 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 folklorico dances for Saturday's big parade, while Unc Synopsis: 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 folklorico 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. (Goodreads) Review: The characters are well developed and well rounded. Josie is a smart caring person who has a feisty personality. She is surrounded by family and loved ones and she loves them as much as they love her. Maybe it is the reporter in her, but Josie has never met a mystery that she did not want to solve. And when her uncle is a person of interest, she becomes determined to find the real culprit. There were quite a few characters in this book and at times I had a hard time keeping them straight in my mind. This is only my opinion and others may not agree with me. Since this is the first book in the series that I have read, I would imagine it would have been easier if I had read the others. I really liked the feeling of familial love, caring and support that the author brought to all of the pages in this book. And her dog, Lenny, is just adorable. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and listening in on conversations. The mystery was carried on well throughout the book and there were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through. There was enough action taking place that I happily kept swiping pages to see what would happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I think for optimum enjoyment you want to read the other books in this series first, but again, that is only my opinion. I plan on reading the first two soon. I received a free copy of this book from the author and the Cozy Mystery Review Crew in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank both for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Lynn

    Maybe I am just smidgen biased but Cinco De Murder was a super great read for this Texan! I think I have found a new series that is a favorite. A Taste of Texas Mystery series promises to be a favorite for this reader. Admittedly I couldn't help but sneak a peek at the end to see the recipes that followed. And, this foodie was not disappointed. From Pralines to Texas Chili I couldn't help but drool! The story/plot was fun and interesting. Meeting Josie her sweet little dog Lenny who not only dan Maybe I am just smidgen biased but Cinco De Murder was a super great read for this Texan! I think I have found a new series that is a favorite. A Taste of Texas Mystery series promises to be a favorite for this reader. Admittedly I couldn't help but sneak a peek at the end to see the recipes that followed. And, this foodie was not disappointed. From Pralines to Texas Chili I couldn't help but drool! The story/plot was fun and interesting. Meeting Josie her sweet little dog Lenny who not only dances but speaks up whenever it's necessary. His little 'yips' got my attention. It seems that the series follows a pattern of Josie stumbling into murder scenes. And ends up having to investigate and find the real villains so that her friends and family are saved from the cell block. In Cinco De Murder Josie is hard pressed to find the culprit this time to keep her Uncle Eddie from taking the fall. I enjoyed my first visit to Broken Boot, Texas. I'll be planning a trip back and catching up with the previous installments in the series. BTW our towns don't have names like Broken Boot. But it's o.k.I loved the book anyway. If you enjoy a little or a lot of Tex-Mex. A good 'ole cozy. Then you'll love Cinco De Murder! I received a complimentary copy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Wiese

    I LOVED this book. But really, how can you not love a book that has a Chihuahua that wears a tiny sombrero and dances around? Oh yeah and that same little pup sure does a ton of sass and he will definitely let you know what he thinks! Yip! I think it is a definite debate on who steal the show in these books, Lenny or Josie, a fiesty tex-mex waitress that is more sleuth than reporter or waitress. This book is full or twists and turns and the ending will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, I LOVED this book. But really, how can you not love a book that has a Chihuahua that wears a tiny sombrero and dances around? Oh yeah and that same little pup sure does a ton of sass and he will definitely let you know what he thinks! Yip! I think it is a definite debate on who steal the show in these books, Lenny or Josie, a fiesty tex-mex waitress that is more sleuth than reporter or waitress. This book is full or twists and turns and the ending will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, or like me standing and chewing your barely there thumb nail! This book is one giant ball of Texas yumminess with amazingly written characters and settings you will want to go visit to see or yourself! Another great add to this series, I can't wait to sink my teeth into the next. I know my stomach can't wait for more recipes!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Josie and Lenny are in the thick of it again, Josie's Uncle Eddie has persuaded Broken Boot to run a Chilli cook off (with some prizes but the majority of the cash raised going to charity), but Eddie is panicked as he has heard that if this doesn't work he will be off the town council.  It all seems to be going well until the last couple of contestants turn up, one of them seems determined to pick a fight with almost everyone (including Josie when he doesn't get his dietary special food straight Josie and Lenny are in the thick of it again, Josie's Uncle Eddie has persuaded Broken Boot to run a Chilli cook off (with some prizes but the majority of the cash raised going to charity), but Eddie is panicked as he has heard that if this doesn't work he will be off the town council.  It all seems to be going well until the last couple of contestants turn up, one of them seems determined to pick a fight with almost everyone (including Josie when he doesn't get his dietary special food straight away).  The next morning Josie is doing a final check of the site before the cook off starts, only to find that Lucky Straw isn't so lucky after all - and despite her best efforts he seems to be dead. The problem them seems that the death isn't as natural as people would like and Josie, her Abuela (Senora Mari). Detective Lightfoot, and of course Lenny! need to find out what happened and why in order to save the cook off, Eddie and Broken Boot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Siusan

    Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler was a wonderful, entertaining read about a journalist/waitress, Josie, her chihuahua, Lenny, her family and their restaurant, and a chili cook-off murder. The tale starts the day before the cook-off and follows our heroine through a festive Cinco de Mayo weekend that culminates in fireworks, a chase, and a kiss. Josie’s character acts mainly on spunkiness with a dash of trepidation. She is surrounded by a very loving group of family and friends who are supportive Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler was a wonderful, entertaining read about a journalist/waitress, Josie, her chihuahua, Lenny, her family and their restaurant, and a chili cook-off murder. The tale starts the day before the cook-off and follows our heroine through a festive Cinco de Mayo weekend that culminates in fireworks, a chase, and a kiss. Josie’s character acts mainly on spunkiness with a dash of trepidation. She is surrounded by a very loving group of family and friends who are supportive and hilarious. The two main men in the story add a nice dash of romance that creates a fun side plot. Lenny is a wonderful side-kick who’s tiny yips speak volumes. The story ends in a scary, thrilling trapped scene that grips the reader’s attention. I thoroughly adored this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, spicy, cozy murder mystery read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marie McNary

    Smart, sassy, and full of sizzle, Cinco de Murder will leave you craving more of Josie and the residents of Broken Boot, Texas. This is an entertaining and fun book. Josie is a relatable protagonist and I love the relationships she has with her extended family – particularly her abuela. The book ended far too quickly and I was left ready and excited for the next installment. https://cozyexperience.com/cinco-de-m... Smart, sassy, and full of sizzle, Cinco de Murder will leave you craving more of Josie and the residents of Broken Boot, Texas. This is an entertaining and fun book. Josie is a relatable protagonist and I love the relationships she has with her extended family – particularly her abuela. The book ended far too quickly and I was left ready and excited for the next installment. https://cozyexperience.com/cinco-de-m...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    3/28/18 Full review tk. I did like this more than the second, I must say.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler is the third book in A Taste of Texas Mystery series. Josie Callahan is busy rehearsing the folklorico dances for the Cinco de Mayo parade in Broken Boot, Texas. Her dog, Lenny (a long-haired Chihuahua) will also be participating in the dance wearing an adorable costume. Uncle Eddie is busy organizing the First Annual Broken Boot’s Charity Chili Cook-Off. He needs to ensure that this event goes off without a hitch or he could lose his seat on the town council. Th Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler is the third book in A Taste of Texas Mystery series. Josie Callahan is busy rehearsing the folklorico dances for the Cinco de Mayo parade in Broken Boot, Texas. Her dog, Lenny (a long-haired Chihuahua) will also be participating in the dance wearing an adorable costume. Uncle Eddie is busy organizing the First Annual Broken Boot’s Charity Chili Cook-Off. He needs to ensure that this event goes off without a hitch or he could lose his seat on the town council. The next day Josie finds contestant Lucky Straw dead in his tent (this does not bode well for Uncle Eddie). Lucky was not well-liked on the cook-off circuit and had managed to anger several people since his arrival. Detective Quinton Lightfoot, Josie and Lenny work to find the killer and restore Uncle Eddie’s reputation. Cinco de Murder is a fun cozy mystery with a small Texan town that is filled with unique characters. I felt the author captured the small town feel and the competitiveness of a cook-off. Cinco de Murder can be read alone. The cases from the other books are rehashed in Cinco de Murder along with Josie’s background. I did feel that the novel needed some work. There were several continuity issues that needed fixing (Lenny cannot be in two places at once). The beginning of the book is disjointed and stilted (it gets better after several chapters). There is also a great deal of repetition (I lost track of how many times Josie’s Prius is mentioned or that Hillary Sloan Rawlings is called a nemesis). Plus, do we really need to know every single time the dog has to use the restroom or about the horse poop in the road (not needed). The mystery felt incomplete (details are missing). Josie does ask questions (she is bad at it), but the solution lands in her lap. I was left with several unanswered questions at the end of the book. There are numerous quirky characters in Cinco de Murder along with plenty of activities (which dominate the book). It sounds like Broken Boot goes all out for Cinco de Mayo. Josie had a busy two and half days and I bet Lenny was ready for a nap (and to ditch the costume). Readers who enjoy light cozy mysteries (prefer more cozy than mystery) will delight in visiting Broken Boot for the Cinco de Mayo festival in Cinco de Murder.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    This is the best in the series, so far, as I have really enjoyed this series from the beginning. The characters are unique in this small town called Broken Boot, Texas, and the author has brought together a spicy blend of Tex-Mex culture, cooking, and crime. Josie waitresses at the family restaurant while trying to keep a foot in the door of the local paper's crime beat. She, her Chi pup Lenny, best friend, and family members are going to do folklorico dances in the Cinco de Mayo parade, even th This is the best in the series, so far, as I have really enjoyed this series from the beginning. The characters are unique in this small town called Broken Boot, Texas, and the author has brought together a spicy blend of Tex-Mex culture, cooking, and crime. Josie waitresses at the family restaurant while trying to keep a foot in the door of the local paper's crime beat. She, her Chi pup Lenny, best friend, and family members are going to do folklorico dances in the Cinco de Mayo parade, even though Abuela insists that Mexico does not celebrate it. Before the parade is a chili cook off, that her Uncle Eddie has worked hard to put together and hopes to get the approval of the town council as the newest member. It is the first cook-off sponsored by the International Chili Association in Broken Boot, and members with rule books are ready for the big day. Pity there is a bit more than a fly in the ointment, however, when Lucky Straw, the man whose chili wins throughout the Southwest, is found dead in his tent the morning of the cook off. Fortunately, they are able to proceed based on a last-minute change in plans so the police could do their thing while all the chefs do theirs. And there is certainly an eccentric lot of cooks, most of whom disliked Lucky for more reasons than his beating them in other places. When robberies take place and the handsome, quiet Detective Lightfoot is willing to take Josie on ride-alongs for her input as a journalist, they have many, many pieces to put into a puzzle. This is a very well-written mystery, with excellent dialog and red herrings that I was silly enough to follow due to the plot twists that delivered them into this armchair sleuth's hands. I did not, however, pick out who the bad guy really was, sorry to say. Cinco de Murder is a delightful, fast-paced novel with characters who I am looking forward to seeing again, a hope of romance, a festival atmosphere, and lots of good, Southwest cooking. I highly recommend it! I received a copy of this from the publisher with no obligation to post a review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    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 loves to have chili cook offs and I remember all the fun it was when I attended them. The competition is fierce and some of the ingredients could be questionable at times. I loved Uncle Eddie right away. He is trying so hard to run the chili cook off while trying to follow the rules . Josie is downr 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 loves to have chili cook offs and I remember all the fun it was when I attended them. The competition is fierce and some of the ingredients could be questionable at times. I loved Uncle Eddie right away. He is trying so hard to run the chili cook off while trying to follow the rules . Josie is downright adorable and her eye for details is impeccable. Writing for the paper keeps her busy and she is fixing to get real busy when one of the contestants is found dead in his tent. The deceased was a mean old coot who caused trouble wherever he went. The story is funny and keeps readers involved as the investigation starts leaning toward someone close to Josie. After reading about the different people at the chili cook off I suspected everyone. I loved how the author delivers a real Texas charm of a story and has unforgettable characters. I have to say Lenny stole my heart. His little personality just makes you smile. Who doesn't like to see a cute little chihuahua dancing around? Maybe I'm a bit biased because I have three very little chihuahuas myself. From a parade with excitement galore to authentic Tex-Mex food, there is something for everyone in this wonderful cozy mystery. The author brings out authentic dishes that made me so hungry, I had to grab some salsa and chips as I read the book. The ending is so action packed with snakes , coyotes and fireworks that I found myself reading as fast as I could. This is one book you don't want to miss. Make sure you check out the recipes at the end of the story. I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Colorful costumes, memorable music, fiery foods and fantastic fireworks! It is another festival weekend in Broken Boot, Texas. Tourists are flooding into town as well as contestants for the First Annual (they hope) ICA approved Chili cook-off competition. It comes down to more than the beans vs no beans debate, however when one popular and ever present contestant is dead before the meat begins to sizzle. Josie Callahan has dreams of being a full time crime reporter but her latest contribution t Colorful costumes, memorable music, fiery foods and fantastic fireworks! It is another festival weekend in Broken Boot, Texas. Tourists are flooding into town as well as contestants for the First Annual (they hope) ICA approved Chili cook-off competition. It comes down to more than the beans vs no beans debate, however when one popular and ever present contestant is dead before the meat begins to sizzle. Josie Callahan has dreams of being a full time crime reporter but her latest contribution to the paper is buried deep and takes up less space than the ads. Having "helped" solve a few murders in the past, with the help of her sidekick, Lenny, Josie hopes local law enforcement may give her some leeway and information this time around. After all - she is the one who stumbled over the body! A little romance, a lot of suspects and moments of merriment as the festival weekend plays out. Josie is definitely in the middle of the action as danger explodes around her. Lots of colloquial phrasing spices up this quirky cozy mystery.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gaynol

    I'm a big fan of this series and have really enjoyed the previous books. The characters and details really make the town of Broken Boot and the Cinco de Mayo celebration come to life. Unfortunately, there were huge editing and continuity problems in this installment. It's very frustrating for a reader to have Josie and Patti have an argument, one of them storms off and then in the beginning of the next chapter they walk back into Milagro together. Another example is there is a scene where she an I'm a big fan of this series and have really enjoyed the previous books. The characters and details really make the town of Broken Boot and the Cinco de Mayo celebration come to life. Unfortunately, there were huge editing and continuity problems in this installment. It's very frustrating for a reader to have Josie and Patti have an argument, one of them storms off and then in the beginning of the next chapter they walk back into Milagro together. Another example is there is a scene where she and Lenny are together (Yip!) and then Lenny is apparently just left to his own devices in the car while Josie goes off with Lightfoot. There was also just too much needed information about the method of murder crammed into the last few chapters. Overall this was just a disjointed jumble and a big disappointment.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Broken Boot's First Annual Charity Chili Cook-off is off and cooking plus the Cinco de Mayo festivities are in full swing. It is a busy time for Tex-Mex waitress, Josie Callahan. Beside waitress, she is helping her uncle with the cook-off, practicing dancing for their traditional dance, the folklorico with her long haired Chihuahua, Lenny . They will be dancing on a float in the Saturday parade. She is also gathering information for their local newspaper as a part time reporter. So she really didn’ Broken Boot's First Annual Charity Chili Cook-off is off and cooking plus the Cinco de Mayo festivities are in full swing. It is a busy time for Tex-Mex waitress, Josie Callahan. Beside waitress, she is helping her uncle with the cook-off, practicing dancing for their traditional dance, the folklorico with her long haired Chihuahua, Lenny . They will be dancing on a float in the Saturday parade. She is also gathering information for their local newspaper as a part time reporter. So she really didn’t need to discover one of the well known chili contestants dead in his tent. The cast consists of slew of cleverly crafted characters, well defined, quirky and interesting characters. Murder, danger, intrigue, politics, colorful costumes, music, lots of good eats, bright and festive costumes, elaborate town decor, fireworks. coyotes and suspense add to the fast paced adventures. The plot was well cooked with delicious tidbits. The book had humor and a touch of romance added to the mix. Recipes are included at the finale of the book. A delicious, mouthwatering story everyone will enjoy. I volunteered to read a Cinco de Murder. Thanks to the author and publisher via the Facebook Cozy Mystery Review Crew. My opinion is my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lorilei Gonzales

    I don't know that I would ever visit a town like Broken Boot, Texas, but I do know that I found the people and the vibe so quaint that I didn't want to see anyone get murdered. But then those pesky tourists come in and I start thinking, "I wouldn't miss that Lucky Straw guy at all." I suppose that Adler felt the same way since she decided to off him as soon as she could. Well, I have to admit that I was halfway wrong about nobody missing the big lug. Surprisingly, a few of the chili cooks who ha I don't know that I would ever visit a town like Broken Boot, Texas, but I do know that I found the people and the vibe so quaint that I didn't want to see anyone get murdered. But then those pesky tourists come in and I start thinking, "I wouldn't miss that Lucky Straw guy at all." I suppose that Adler felt the same way since she decided to off him as soon as she could. Well, I have to admit that I was halfway wrong about nobody missing the big lug. Surprisingly, a few of the chili cooks who have made the circuit with him shed a tear or two while others only lament that they didn't get to steal his chili championship title before he died. Josie Callahan, already in the thick of things since her family is in charge of the chili cook off, wades in even deeper as she tries to prove herself worthy of the criminal reporter position with the town's newspaper. When she isn't busy trying to please her adopted family or negotiate her way through a subtle love triangle, she is channelling Nancy Drew and coming up with theories that no one takes seriously for some reason. Adler kept me hooked with her colorful cast and funny dialogue. There were a few times that even Josie acknowledged her use of corny cliches, while other times some slipped by without comment. It's a little silly, but I would have liked to see Lenny the dog have a more varied vocabulary since I know that dogs can say a lot more than, "yip." There were a few times that I felt like Adler was hitting us over the head with details to make sure that we didn't miss them. For example, Lightfoot's ponytail and his various Native American accessory choices. I'm not sure why those details were so important to bring up so often, especially when there's a whole tense conversation between Lightfoot and Josie about his ethnicity. Overall, Adler writes a cute story with great use of misdirection to keep the reader guessing. Once you track down the other books in the series, grab a margarita and enjoy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Randee Green

    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. There’s another fiesta in Broken Boot, and you know what that means…waitress and part-time crime reporter Josie Callahan is about to discover another dead body in her small West Texas town of Broken Boot. As this is the third novel in the A Taste of Texas Mystery series, and the third murder that takes place during some sort of festival or celebration, the initial plot of the series is getting a little predictable and stale. But don’t worry, Jos Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. There’s another fiesta in Broken Boot, and you know what that means…waitress and part-time crime reporter Josie Callahan is about to discover another dead body in her small West Texas town of Broken Boot. As this is the third novel in the A Taste of Texas Mystery series, and the third murder that takes place during some sort of festival or celebration, the initial plot of the series is getting a little predictable and stale. But don’t worry, Josie will solve the case and help Detective Lightfoot apprehend the killer before the celebration officially ends. In CINCO DE MURDER (2018), Josie’s Uncle Eddie’s reputation – and his seat on the city council – hangs on the success of Broken Boot's First Annual Charity Chili Cook-off. The night before the festivities, the contestants gather at the Milagro for dinner and a reminder of the rules for the chili-cook off. Tempers are quick to flare when one of the contestants – a man with the laughable moniker of Lucky Straw – reminds everyone that he has won the most chili cook-offs out of all of them. Lucky is an abrasive man and it appears that he only has one friend. That’s probably because he cost many of the other contestants their jobs when they all worked for the local electric company. Lucky also has a nasty habit of stealing other men’s girlfriends. It’s no surprise when Josie stumbles over his dead body the next morning while she is double checking everyone’s set ups at the site of the cook-off. Between patrolling for cheaters and catering to the judges, Josie finds time to check out the crime scene, interview suspects, and confer with Detective Lightfoot about the case. Josie seems to be the only one who knows how Lucky was killed – which is actually in a bizarre way that kept things interesting. Josie is also the first person to figure out who the killer is – though she does it totally by accident when he takes her as a hostage and locks her into his van that can only be unlocked from the outside by using a key. It also takes Josie way too long to finally break a window to escape the van so that she can go after the man who killed Lucky and has now kidnapped her dog. While I found CINCO DE MURDER to have an intriguing storyline, I felt like the story jumped around at times and wasn’t always cohesive. Secondary storylines that may or may not have had anything to do with the murder seemed to peter out without any conclusion. (Was Dani the mother or the aunt of the three children that were with her? And did she make it back to the hotel or did she pass out drunk along the way? And did the two B&Es at the local stores have anything at all to do with the murder, or were they just to help Josie figure out clues from the crime scene? And what the heck happened to that poor woman’s laptop charger???) There also seemed to be way too much going on during the two-and-a-half days in which the story took place – aside from the chili cook-off and the investigation, there is also the daily restaurant work that takes place as well as a parade, two B&Es that Josie helps Detective Lightfoot check out, and a fireworks show. The main characters remained consistent with the first two novels – though Detective Lightfoot is much more receptive to Josie’s amateur investigation than he ever was before. It’s good to see them working together. I also enjoyed the way in which the bad guy murdered Lucky even though I didn’t quit understand exactly how it was possible to kill someone in that way.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Majowka

    Josie Callahan is a typical Texas girl: spunky, independent and devoted to her town and family. She works as a part-time reporter and a waitress. When the Cinco de Mayo festival looms, she is happy to help her Uncle Eddie organize his “First Annual Broken Boot Charity Chili Cook-off,” despite the unpleasant demands of entrant Lucky Straw and his particular diet needs. It seems Mr. Straw is poorly named as he is found dead under a tent by Josie. The townsfolk agree the festivities must go on and h Josie Callahan is a typical Texas girl: spunky, independent and devoted to her town and family. She works as a part-time reporter and a waitress. When the Cinco de Mayo festival looms, she is happy to help her Uncle Eddie organize his “First Annual Broken Boot Charity Chili Cook-off,” despite the unpleasant demands of entrant Lucky Straw and his particular diet needs. It seems Mr. Straw is poorly named as he is found dead under a tent by Josie. The townsfolk agree the festivities must go on and hunky Detective Lightfoot agrees to let the cook-off continue as long as they stay at least 100 feet from the crime scene. In fact the police aren't even sure there is a crime—Lucky had a pacemaker that has apparently malfunctioned. But Josie isn't too sure about that. People are beginning to accuse her uncle of causing the death. Josie is not about to sit by and let her family be accused; she sets out to investigate. She soon discovers that Lucky had made a lot of enemies, but which one hated him enough to kill him? This is the third book in the series, but the first I have read. I am eager to go back and read the first two. The setting is as feisty and hot as the chili; the parade and festival adding a note of fun. Josie is a likable character. And, of course, her chihuahua, Lenny, is adorable. The plot moves well. If there is a weakness in the story line, it is that the solution comes a bit out of left field—there could have been more clues along the way. However, that is a minor complaint. Over all, the novel is like Cinco de Mayo itself: colorful, stimulating and a heck of a lot of fun. I was given this book by the publisher for a fair and unbiased opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Guy

    Cinco De Murder is book 3 in the Taste of Texas series by Rebecca Adler. This is a new to me series. I love finding new cozy series and I love food related cozies even more. So this book was right up my alley. Also, the cover! OMG so very cute. I have to admit, when it comes to cozy mysteries a good cover grabs me attention. Oh and recipes. Oh how I love books with recipes at the end. Our heroine/amateur sleuth is part waitress and part reporter. This actually makes the sleuthing a little more fu Cinco De Murder is book 3 in the Taste of Texas series by Rebecca Adler. This is a new to me series. I love finding new cozy series and I love food related cozies even more. So this book was right up my alley. Also, the cover! OMG so very cute. I have to admit, when it comes to cozy mysteries a good cover grabs me attention. Oh and recipes. Oh how I love books with recipes at the end. Our heroine/amateur sleuth is part waitress and part reporter. This actually makes the sleuthing a little more fun. Then there's her chihuahua, Lenny. AWW is all I can say there. His little "yips" of communication are absolutely adorable. I was totally sucked into the story. I loved the Texas setting at Cinco De Mayo. (Hence the cute pun title). When a chili cook is food dead, Josie's uncle's position on town council is at stake. The chili cook isn't someone that had a lot of friends either. It seems just about everyone had something against him. There were so many that could be suspects and one in particular looked like they did it. So the reader was really kept guessing until the very end. The mystery moved along slowly. I felt like we got to know Josie quite a bit in this book. Lucky's death sometimes felt more like something on the back burner, especially as they never did say if he were murdered or if he died from natural causes. However when things start falling into place the action really gets going and things get more than a little scary for Josie and Lenny. I look forward to visiting Josie and her friends again and trying some of the recipes at the end of the book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Cinco de Murder" is a cozy mystery. It is the third in a series, but you don't need to read the previous novels in order to understand this one. This book did not spoil the previous mysteries. I enjoyed the characters more than the mystery. The people were interesting and full of personality while still acting realistically. Josie had integrity about not sharing information that she'd been asked not to share, which I appreciated. I liked how the growing attraction between Josie and Lightfoot was "Cinco de Murder" is a cozy mystery. It is the third in a series, but you don't need to read the previous novels in order to understand this one. This book did not spoil the previous mysteries. I enjoyed the characters more than the mystery. The people were interesting and full of personality while still acting realistically. Josie had integrity about not sharing information that she'd been asked not to share, which I appreciated. I liked how the growing attraction between Josie and Lightfoot was portrayed. The detective wasn't sure that the death even was a murder, but Josie kept coming up with possible murder scenarios. She changed her scenario every time she learned new information, so it's not surprising that she didn't solve whodunnit until that person basically confessed when confronting her. At least she managed to get free and help stop that person from fleeing justice. However, I never was clear exactly how the murder was done, though the general method was given. There was no sex. There was one use of mild bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this fun mystery. I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fleur Bradley

    This was my first time reading a book in the A Taste of Texas Mystery series. At first, my head was spinning a bit, getting to know all the characters in the series, and following along. But I quickly felt at home in Broken Boot, Texas, as setup began for a chili cook-off and Josie has to solve the murder of a chili cook. I really liked Josie and her little dog, and enjoyed following along as she solved the murder mystery. As in any cozy mystery, some of the typical challenges writing an amateur This was my first time reading a book in the A Taste of Texas Mystery series. At first, my head was spinning a bit, getting to know all the characters in the series, and following along. But I quickly felt at home in Broken Boot, Texas, as setup began for a chili cook-off and Josie has to solve the murder of a chili cook. I really liked Josie and her little dog, and enjoyed following along as she solved the murder mystery. As in any cozy mystery, some of the typical challenges writing an amateur sleuth who is solving a crime alongside police are there, but the author navigates the genre perfectly. The mystery is solidly plotted, and the supporting cast is just quirky enough to enjoy--I really felt like I wanted to live in Broken Boot, Texas. What I loved most was exactly this: the different setting. Where so many cozy mysteries are set in a quaint New England town, this series really embraces and celebrates its small town Texas setting. I'll be reading the first two, and hope there will be more books in the A Taste of Texas Mystery series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Seraphia

    It's Cinco de Mayo and in Broken Boot, Texas Josie has agreed to help her Uncle Eddie with Broken Boot's First Annual Charity Chili Cook-off. Uncle Eddie is desperate to make a good impression with the City Council with this event and he needs it go off without a hitch. Sadly, things don't go in his favor when one of the contestants, a crotchety man by the name of, Lucky Straw, ends up dead. While checking the grounds to make sure nobody was trying to get in an unfair advantage Josie is the one It's Cinco de Mayo and in Broken Boot, Texas Josie has agreed to help her Uncle Eddie with Broken Boot's First Annual Charity Chili Cook-off. Uncle Eddie is desperate to make a good impression with the City Council with this event and he needs it go off without a hitch. Sadly, things don't go in his favor when one of the contestants, a crotchety man by the name of, Lucky Straw, ends up dead. While checking the grounds to make sure nobody was trying to get in an unfair advantage Josie is the one who stumbles upon the unfortunate Lucky. I guess one could say that either he wasn't so lucky or that his luck ran out. Things don't look good for the cook-off continuing, but when Josie's Uncle is accused of possibly being negligent of his duties she's determined to figure out what really happened and why. She'll have her hands more than full though with the Cinco de Mayo celebrations going on. She's already committed to dancing in the parade with her folklorico troupe, she's waitressing at the family restaurant and she's trying to make time to write her article for the paper. Will she be able to balance it all? Vindicate her Uncle, discover what really happened and stay out of trouble? You'll just have to read to find out. Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler is book three in her A Taste of Texas Mystery series. This is the first book that I have read by this author. When I first saw the cover for this book I was excited to read it. I was curious to see what trouble Josie was going to get into. While this book can be read as a standalone novel, I think that it will benefit new readers more to start at the beginning. The way that the author writes, it seems that the characters are pretty established for her overall, and so we don't get a lot of background on them. We get hints and clues at things that have happened in the past, but the author never really goes back and fills in for new readers. I like the humorous moments that the author writes the story. I feel that in the right places it helps to lighten the story up a bit. Josie has some engaging moments, but they aren't as often as I would like. There are moments of where Josie seems like a good strong female character, but then she devolves in others to be a bit simple to me. I like the little hints of romance that the author writes into the story. It's well done, and I like that a little flame seems to still be kindled between her and an old flame. As for the mystery element to this story, I have to say that I enjoyed that the most. I love a good mystery novel of where the author keeps me trying to figure out who the murderer is. For a time or two, I thought that I had it figured out but the author managed to surprise me in the end. I wanted to enjoy this story more, but since I feel like I was missing out on a lot of history between the characters I just couldn't. I wanted to know more about her and Ryan. She's still carrying a bit of a torch for him, but she also has mixed feelings toward him as well. I'm curious as to what all has been transpiring between her and Lightfoot as well. At the pace that the story goes, one would think that quite a bit of time has passed, but everything transpires within a couple of days. Also, the author leaves us with some unanswered questions. I really don't like it when this happens. Certain things are incorporated in the story, but the author never comes back and identifies what really transpired. All in all, I'm rating this book 4 out of 5 stars. For just diving into the series, the characters come off a bit flat to me, and the story isn't as engaging as I would have liked. The mystery element is there, but there are certain situations that are left unresolved. I like that we get some romance and the promise of more between two characters. This is a good book, but I recommend to readers that if you haven't read the first in this series that you do so. That way maybe the characters will have more depth and you'll know more about what is going on.

  26. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    When Josie's Uncle Eddie is heading a chili cook-off, everything seems to be going well, aside from the fact that one of the entrants, Lucky Straw, has been causing dissension between entrants and even cornered Josie about his "special dietary needs" at the restaurant. The next day when Josie is checking water and electricity hookups to the entrants, she sees that a tent is covering those hookups, so finding it open, enters and discovers Lucky's body. After calling the police, Detective Lightfoo When Josie's Uncle Eddie is heading a chili cook-off, everything seems to be going well, aside from the fact that one of the entrants, Lucky Straw, has been causing dissension between entrants and even cornered Josie about his "special dietary needs" at the restaurant. The next day when Josie is checking water and electricity hookups to the entrants, she sees that a tent is covering those hookups, so finding it open, enters and discovers Lucky's body. After calling the police, Detective Lightfoot arrives and between Josie and her family he agrees to allow the cook-off to continue if they move everyone at least 100 feet away from the crime scene. While the judges aren't happy - for some odd reason they're blaming Josie's family for the death, like if there's a death in your neighborhood, everyone in the neighborhood must be guilty of having something to do with it - but anyway, they continue on with the contest. After all is said and done, the winners are named and everyone continues with the rest of the festival, where there is a parade and vendors have set up along the street. Since it is Cinco de Mayo (coincidentally, so is the day I am writing this review) the restaurant is crowded and they are doing a great business. But while the police think that Lucky merely died from natural causes - it seems his pacemaker had an interruption and that it sometimes happen - Josie is convinced that it was anything but natural - and proceeds to question several of the cook-off attendees to try and find out if any of them are guilty of the murder. What she does find out is that Lucky was in a position of power where he worked and laid several of them off and they haven't been able to find employment since. This gives them motive and the cook-off gives them opportunity, but which one of them hated him enough to see him dead?... This is the third book in the series and it definitely has improved over the other two. The plot was well-done and the writing is good. However, I felt that there weren't enough clues to lead us to the killer (as we know there has been a murder) and therefore, in finding out the identity we weren't given a decent chance, so it was a complete surprise all around; actually, we didn't find out until the end the reason why this person wanted Lucky dead, and I did feel that it was rather a cheat, since we were given "red herrings" throughout that lead to someone else; Josie basically accidentally came upon the killer as there were no clues, either. Also, this book was pretty much more about Josie's love life, and since in the previous book she was stating that she wasn't interested in men, in this book she did a complete 180. I also didn't like the fact that the author made Ryan a complete 'player' in this book as to 'disqualify' him from ever being her boyfriend again, leading us toward Lightfoot as the love interest. I know it's a personal thing, but I don't care for men with long hair at all, so he never appealed to me as a love interest anyway. (We sometimes project our feelings - heck, usually - onto the book we're reading and that's mine). At the last, there was a nice nail-biting scene toward the end although I don't like the idea of using pets as bait. It's cruel and uncalled for, as I felt was done in this scene, and that's why I couldn't give it five stars. Recommended.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

    Will Josie get her uncle on the council by solving this mystery? Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler is a fantastic novel. I loved the wacky Texas characters, the setting and the mystery is to die for (pun intended). Josie Callahan Josie Callahan is the main character, and we see everything in her point of view. Reading in first-person works for some and others it doesn’t. For Josie, it works. Josie works for her aunt and uncle in their Tex-Mex restaurant with her uncle’s mom, who she calls abuela, Will Josie get her uncle on the council by solving this mystery? Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler is a fantastic novel. I loved the wacky Texas characters, the setting and the mystery is to die for (pun intended). Josie Callahan Josie Callahan is the main character, and we see everything in her point of view. Reading in first-person works for some and others it doesn’t. For Josie, it works. Josie works for her aunt and uncle in their Tex-Mex restaurant with her uncle’s mom, who she calls abuela, and grandma is a pretty big hoot. She is trying her hand at being a crime reporter at the local paper. However, her ex-friend is constantly butting into Josie's business. Josie is very comical, and I can’t wait to read more. What I like about Josie is that she is funny and isn’t afraid to do things that are out of the ordinary. I would never try to do some of the things that she does in the book. I love the way that she talks to her Chihuahua, Lenny since I used to talk like that with some of my pets. The one thing that I didn’t like was that she should have told someone where she was going, and maybe she wouldn’t have gotten stuck. Detective Quint Lightfoot Detective Quint Lightfoot is a new detective but has worked on the police force for a while. He is trying to solve the murder without Josie, but that is nearly impossible. Quint lets her help at times but clearly didn’t want to. It’s not his fault that she happens to pop up at a crime scene magically. He doesn't like her being a crime reporter either. What I like about Detective Quint Lightfoot is that he brings Josie to the crime scenes more than a usual policeman would. Then again, Josie is a crime reporter, and he tries to keep her in the loop. Lightfoot is a good guy and humors everyone, including Josie, about police matters even if he can’t discuss much. There wasn’t much that I disliked about him except that he wasn’t really in the book that much. Five Stars I am giving Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler five stars and recommending it to all cozy mystery lovers out there. The one thing that I will remind you about while reading this book is not to fall for the red herrings. Granted that is hard I fell for them too. Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of Cinco de Murder by Rebecca Adler.  Until the next time, Happy Reading! This review was originally posted on Baroness' Book Trove

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ruthie Jones

    Cinco De Murder by Rebecca Adler is definitely a hilarious cozy mystery that will keep you laughing, hanging on the edge of your seat, and hankering for some spicy Texas Chili, a heaping plate of Tex-Mex with homemade tortillas, chips and salsa, a Margarita or maybe a tall glass of sweet tea, and...where was I? While Josie Callahan is a protagonist with plenty of attitude, her long-haired Chihuahua, Lenny, is even sassier as he dances and "Yips" his way into your heart. Anyone who has spent any t Cinco De Murder by Rebecca Adler is definitely a hilarious cozy mystery that will keep you laughing, hanging on the edge of your seat, and hankering for some spicy Texas Chili, a heaping plate of Tex-Mex with homemade tortillas, chips and salsa, a Margarita or maybe a tall glass of sweet tea, and...where was I? While Josie Callahan is a protagonist with plenty of attitude, her long-haired Chihuahua, Lenny, is even sassier as he dances and "Yips" his way into your heart. Anyone who has spent any time in any small town in Texas will recognize the fictitious Broken Boot in West Texas. That small-town vibe is rampant here, with Josie navigating her family, friends, rivals, her job as a journalist, and her demanding duties at her family's Mexican restaurant, in addition to dancing in a Cinco de Mayo parade, working the chili cook off, and solving a murder. This girl is busy! And anyone who has participated in a Texas Chili Cook Off (I have but without the murder) will know that these cook offs are serious business! Even though Cinco De Murder is the third in this series, it can stand alone. But don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting to read them all because these characters and the story line are fun and a bit corny at times yet highly entertaining. The overall mystery in Cinco De Murder is actually quite sad when the culprit is finally snared and the reasons for the murder are revealed. That serious note will make you ponder life's often unfairness, but Josie's and Lenny's antics will keep the humor at a high level. I adore the dynamics between Josie and Detective Lightfoot as they dance around their relationship throughout. That is, until the fireworks and the danger heat up in the last chapters, and they both end up rescuing each other. Fast-paced hilarity and a thought-provoking modus operandi in Cinco De Murder will keep you entertained and ready for another Taste of Texas Mystery!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I actually read the first two books in this series prior to starting this one. I wanted to go in knowing the characters and the back story. I really enjoyed Cinco de Murder and find the protagonist Josie Callahan quite delightful – she’s feisty, funny, loyal, and caring. I really love her family – Uncle Eddie, Aunt Linda, and Senora Mari, whom Josie lovingly calls ‘abuela’ even though they are not blood related. Josie’s dog Lenny is also quite the character and I like how he is portrayed in the I actually read the first two books in this series prior to starting this one. I wanted to go in knowing the characters and the back story. I really enjoyed Cinco de Murder and find the protagonist Josie Callahan quite delightful – she’s feisty, funny, loyal, and caring. I really love her family – Uncle Eddie, Aunt Linda, and Senora Mari, whom Josie lovingly calls ‘abuela’ even though they are not blood related. Josie’s dog Lenny is also quite the character and I like how he is portrayed in the book. Uncle Eddie initiates and works hard to get a Chili Cook-Off Contest approved and running in Broken Boots. Along with the chili cook-off contests, a slew of traveling contestants come to town. One of the contestants, Lucky Straw has quite the reputation and we learn that he isn’t very well-liked. Josie discovers Lucky’s dead body and thus our heroine is thrown into the investigation. Unlike some cozy series, Josie’s opinion is actually valued by the local police and she gets to collaborate a bit with hunky Detective Quinton Lightfoot. We definitely see some sparks between Josie and Quinton (which has been developing since book one). At the same time, Josie’s college ex-boyfriend Ryan is also so likeable and it seems like he still has feelings for Josie, although Josie keeps telling us she only sees him as a brother. Overall the story was quite good. The writing is also very good. Rebecca Adler definitely know how to craft a story and her words flow nicely. I had several characters in mind as the murderer and liked how that is revealed. I hope we get more books in this series. I do want to see more of the development into Josie’s relationships with Quinton and Ryan. All in all, I guess I just want to be part of the craziness that goes down in Broken Boots, TX!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I've never been to West Texas or actually any part of Texas but this story took me to an interesting town where it seems that anything can happen. It was quite interesting that I started reading this book on the exact day the book opened up early in May right before Cinco De Mayo! The characters were quite interesting, especially Josie and her Abuela Senora Mari!! It was fun to try and figure out what she was going to say or do when something silly or crazy happened. Josie's blog-writing pup was I've never been to West Texas or actually any part of Texas but this story took me to an interesting town where it seems that anything can happen. It was quite interesting that I started reading this book on the exact day the book opened up early in May right before Cinco De Mayo! The characters were quite interesting, especially Josie and her Abuela Senora Mari!! It was fun to try and figure out what she was going to say or do when something silly or crazy happened. Josie's blog-writing pup was an adorable addition to the story as well. I would have loved to attend the chili cook-off and taste all the different flavors of chili and salsa!! And to see the dancing and watch the parade and fireworks would have been a pleasure as well. Now on to the murder investigation. I have to agree with Josie that someone sadly did have a reason to not want Lucky Straw around any longer. But trying to figure out who that killer is was very hard! Sometimes jumping with your first instinct is totally off kilter!! I do have to say I understand that Josie was in quite a predicament when it came down to finally figuring out who the killer was but I thought she could have come up with a better plan to get away...Needless to say the book was good but a little bit more explanatory than I would have liked. Sometimes I like to use my imagination to tell the story in certain situations. It will be an interesting visit to Broken Boot, TX for the next chapter in Josie and Lenny and the rest of the townsfolk's stories!!

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