Book Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler

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The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole (A Taste of Texas Mystery #2)The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve completed reading all three cozy mysteries in the ‘A Taste of Texas Mystery’ series by Rebecca Adler with this one: The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole. Josie Callahan is a part-time reporter at the local small-town paper and a part-time waitress at her family’s TexMex restaurant. In between, she solves murders despite trying to ignore them.

In this caper, her bestie, Patti, has been accused of killing her ex-boyfriend, mega musician who’s come back to town to play in a local concert hall. Did Patti do it? Doubtful, but the police have arrested her. What jerks, right? So… Josie and her Chihuahua, Lenny, along with the rest of the Martinez family, try to find the real killer. A band-mate? A jealous girlfriend? An agent? Someone from the outside? Who did it?

I’m giving this one 3.5 stars. Of the three in the series, it’s the one I like the most. I have the same concern with this book as I do the whole series. There’s something slightly off in the interaction and dialogue between all the characters. I feel like the author knows what she’s saying in her head, but a line or two is left out. Sometimes I’m not sure who’s speaking; other times, a random narrative appears that I can’t quite figure out the connection to the rest of the happenings. All-in-all, it’s not enough to stop me from reading the series, but I find myself puzzled enough to pause and re-read. When that happens, I know there could be a stronger focus on the overall flow and tone in the book.

That said… there are major positives. It’s full of clear suspects with definite motives. I like the setting and backdrop. Josie is a good sleuth. I like the budding relationship with Lightfoot or maybe Ryan. I enjoy the family restaurant dynamics. And the mysteries are always complex. I look forward to reading the next one.

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35 thoughts on “Book Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole by Rebecca Adler

    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    January 22, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    Ok… So, funny coincidence. I JUST looked at this one in a book store yesterday! It was like it was calling out to me!!… Now, I’m glad I resisted! I don’t think I could have taken the broken dialogue… So, I bought 3 other books instead. 😅

    Liked by 3 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 22, 2019 at 8:43 AM

      HA! Now the question, what did you buy?!?!! 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

        thebookwormdrinketh said:
        January 22, 2019 at 9:00 AM

        Weirdly enough…. 3 books of a series for… I’m going to say ages 8-12 yr olds. Lol!! It’s “The Heroe’s Guide” series, and it focuses on the Princes that saved Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty who the Bards screwed over and just lumped in as “Prince Charming”. They all have their own names and personalities and this are THIER stories! 😂😂 I love a good fairy tale spin!! … And they were on sale for $4 each! 😉

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 22, 2019 at 5:52 PM

        Nice buy. I love those kind of books.

        Liked by 2 people

      The Cozy Pages said:
      January 22, 2019 at 9:31 PM

      Will you start Spells and Caramels already??!!!

      Liked by 3 people

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 23, 2019 at 7:44 AM

        hah

        Liked by 2 people

        thebookwormdrinketh said:
        January 23, 2019 at 8:20 AM

        HA HA HA!!! I know, I know…. The worst is that I HAVE it. I can read it at ANY TIME…..
        (6 months later…..) I HAVE it. I can start it at ANY TIME!
        😂😂😂

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 23, 2019 at 8:22 AM

        😂 Gosh don’t I know how that goes! Lol. But Jay has been pretty good for getting me to read certain books. He doesn’t nag… just gently encourages. 😘

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        thebookwormdrinketh said:
        January 23, 2019 at 8:59 AM

        Ha ha ha!! Are you saying this because you know he’s going to see this comment?? I can just picture him reading this comment (whip in hand) saying “ok. That’s acceptable… Lucky…” 😂😂😂😘

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 23, 2019 at 1:33 PM

        HA! Whip? Me? How can you see what I’m doing right now. OUCH! Is that a camera you installed in my living room?????

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        thebookwormdrinketh said:
        January 23, 2019 at 1:35 PM

        …. Damn. He found it. Here I though I did a good job hiding it in that plant on your bookcase…. Back to the sneaky drawing board, I guess…
        P.S. That sweater looks nice on you. 😘

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 23, 2019 at 5:46 PM

        Yikes. I’m so building a wall around my apartment. :O

        Liked by 1 person

        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 23, 2019 at 2:10 PM

        Hahaha. Perhaps if this thread was on another site….. 😂😂

        Liked by 2 people

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 23, 2019 at 5:46 PM

        It might be taken innocently?

        Liked by 1 person

        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 23, 2019 at 6:40 PM

        Yeah… sure…
        Starting Larks…. 😂

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 23, 2019 at 6:52 PM

        So exciting!!!!! That’s the most innocent book ever.

        Liked by 2 people

        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 23, 2019 at 7:06 PM

        Somehow I detect cheek in that response 😂

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 23, 2019 at 7:58 PM

        From Nicole or Shalini? Definitely not me.

        Liked by 2 people

        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 23, 2019 at 8:00 PM

        Lol. The most innocent book ever. Oh my goodness. Just two chapters in and it’s so emotional. What have I let you get me into? 🙈😊

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 23, 2019 at 8:32 PM

        You’re in so much trouble.

        Liked by 1 person

        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 23, 2019 at 8:33 PM

        Aww. My poor heart.

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 23, 2019 at 1:32 PM

        gently… word of the day!

        Liked by 2 people

        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 23, 2019 at 2:10 PM

        Gently 😊😂

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 23, 2019 at 1:32 PM

        laz…I mean so on top of it! 🙂

        Liked by 2 people

    Shalini said:
    January 22, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    You do read books with food on title woohoo
    The author should read our dialogs to really know how it goes… Or maybe not… 😂 😂
    Never had this too..

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 22, 2019 at 9:32 PM

    Nice mis of elements here again… but I can understand your ‘niggles’ about it as well. But clearly a good main character to keep you coming back for more!

    Liked by 3 people

    lghiggins said:
    January 22, 2019 at 11:44 PM

    You reached your goal in catching up on this series. I’m sorry it didn’t reach expectations, but it does have a cute title.

    Liked by 3 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 23, 2019 at 7:47 AM

      Yes, so true… I think it will continue to get better, but I do enjoy seeing something with more ethnicity, culture, flavor, or diversity in my cozies. Sometimes the secluded, quaint American town needs a modernization like this one!

      Liked by 1 person

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