Monday, October 31, 2016

The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler - #review

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….



Right off the bat, Lenny stole my heart.  He's such a cutie and we get a double serving (on both the front and back covers).  He never fails to bring a smile to my face!

I'm a little surprised that Patti's head would be turned by Jeff Clark - again.  They broke up years ago because he was a hound dog, and he's obviously not learned any new tricks on that front of late!

I love when cozy heroines are a member of the fourth estate (in other words, journalists).  You know they're going to ask questions anyway, so they might as well get paid for that, right? *lol*

This is my first experience with this author and this series, and overall, I am most pleased with the experience.  Love the punny title!  It's been so long since I lived in Texas that I must have forgotten some of the slang.  When Josie first finds Jeff, she describes him as 'buck naked'.  Thereafter he is described as 'naked from the waist up'.  In my book, that presents two totally different pictures!

Both Josie's parents passed away some time ago, and she was raised basically by an aunt (Linda), an uncle (Eddie) and Eddie's mother, whom she loves.  They are some great people.  I'd like to be adopted by them! *lol*  I'd rate them up there as one of my favorite cozy families, if not my favorite so far!

For a good read and some recipes to make your mouth water, give this series a try!



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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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.)

1 comment:

  1. As soon as there was food mentioned in the title, I knew this book and I were going to get along. And the characters sound adorable as well! My kind of read, right here :3