Ivy Culpepper returns home to northern California after years of living in Texas. To supplement her photography income, she works in a wonderful sounding bakery called Yeast of Eden and reunites with her high school boyfriend. In Flour in the Attic by Winnie Archer, life seems good.
As Ivy gets used to being back around her friends, one of her friends is found dead at the beach of an apparent drowning. The police soon discover that Marisol Ruiz, a strong competitive swimmer, did not drown, but was murdered.
Marisol's family cannot believe someone would murder her , and her husband begs Ivy to discover who committed the crime. David Ruiz was Marisol's second husband and some of her adult children were not too fond of him. In fact, Marisol's daughter Lisette is sure David killed her mother.
As Ivy hears more about Marisol's days before her death, she
learns Marisol was having nightmares about her recently deceased father and a combination of other strange dreams. She also learns why Marisol divorced her first husband Johnny Morales, and it wasn't because of an affair. He is a compulsive gambler and she was worried he would gamble away their house. That puts him in the frame as a possible murderer.
As Ivy investigates, she uncovers a crime that would impact the entire community of Santa Sofia. A skillfully woven tale.
Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher.