The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole

The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole

by Rebecca Adler

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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....


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ISBN-13: 9780425275948
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: A Taste of Texas Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 328,830
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Rebecca Adler is the author of the Taste of Texas Mystery series, including Here Today, Gone Tamale and The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole.

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The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this book is part of the Taste of Texas Mystery series written by Rebecca Adler. Josie Callahan is a Tex-Mex waitress and part time reporter. 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. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
KatzMama More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly fun read, with a plot that kept me changing my mind about who the killer was until the very end. I especially liked that the author has given us a colorful and memorable group of principal characters that represent cultural diversity. Josie's blended family is warm and loving (and wacky). The relationship between Josie and her best friend reminds me of what I have with my own best friend - we're totally different people with different lives, but we always have each other's backs. Being an East coast person, the glimpse into small-town west Texas life was a great addition to armchair travelling. I found this to be a fast-paced read that will had me sticking with it until Josie finally exposed the real killer and was looking for another adventure and a plate of Tex-Mex by the book’s conclusion.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Josie Callahan came home to her family in Broken Boot after being left at the alter. However, her life in this small Texas town hasn't settled down. She seems to attract trouble. When she goes with her best friend as she visits with an old boyfriend, she doesn't know that she'll be involved in another murder investigation and the Patti will be in jail charged with the crime. With Lenny, her Chihuahua, as her assistant, Josie will find who did the deed and clear her friend. Josie won't give up. She understands how things work in Broken Boot and knows how to get the truth. I love the atmosphere and the interesting characters who are both quirky and humorous. There are plenty of suspects who wanted this up and coming country star dead. I couldn't stop reading until I knew that Patti was in the clear. I was drawn to Deputy Quint Lightfoot. He is a strong and honorable man who keeps his own council. I would like to see more of him. Rebecca Adler did a great job with The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole. I didn't know who the murderer was until the very end. I'm enjoying this series (Taste Of Texas Mysteries) and I'm looking forward to more.
L_Cejka More than 1 year ago
This was a nice, cozy, light read. The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole had a lot of friendly family and friend interactions. There is of course a murder, strangers in town, and a lot of misdirection. The book starts off slow, it doesn't feel like a lot happens (except a murder) for the first 3rd of the book. I kept going and it builds to a good mystery. I didn't see the end coming and I'm usually pretty good at figuring out who the murderer is, or at least having the right murderer on my suspect list. I am going to buy the first book to fill in some of the holes and will definitely keep my eyes open for a 3rd book in the series. I won an advanced copy of this book in a contest and choose to review it for other readers.
cresotko More than 1 year ago
Small town festivals can be murder. I am a Midwestern girl, so I normally don't read books that take place in Texas. That having been said, I really enjoyed this book. Rebecca Adler does a great job giving flavor to the small town of Broken Boot, Texas. I felt like I understood the dynamics of the locals and the cultural mix of Tex-Mex in the town. The addition of the Homestead Days celebration, and the murder of one of the music headliners, just adds to the atmosphere. The main character, Josie Callahan, is a reporter for the local paper when she isn't helping out at the family restaurant. She is a great mix of nosy reporter and kind hearted person who doesn't want to hurt people. The other characters are well fleshed out and distinctive. I especially loved Josie's dog, Lenny. He made my day! The plot was well thought out. Many characters had motives, and the prime suspect changed back and forth several times. It wasn't super suspenseful, but it was well written. If you want a glimpse into life in a small West Texas town with a little murder and a lot of fun characters, this series is for you. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book. 1 like ·
Angela_PT More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of 'cozy mysteries' and Tex-Mex food, I would recommend this series. The Good, The Bad, and The Guacamole by Rebecca Adler is the second book in a Taste of Texas Mystery Series. This second book can be read as a standalone, but I think it would be helpful to have read the first one 'Here Today, Gone Tamale'. I had a hard time learning all of the characters and how they connected to each other. Once I figured it out, I was pleased to see how wonderfully her multi-racial family was portrayed! I mostly enjoyed the diverse characters and the yummy recipes at the end of the book. I felt like there were too many characters to keep track of, even with the fact that I had not read the first book in the series. The story did a good job in keeping me guessing about the actual killer. Good pace, good setting, good characters, and a good mystery. I received an advanced copy of this book in return for my honest opinion/review.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
I love this series that started late last year! Josie and her family are even more exciting than in their first mystery, ‘Here Today, Gone Tamale’! Second in the Taste of Texas Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone. Josie waitresses at her Uncle Eddie and Aunt Linda’s Tex-Mex restaurant since returning to West Texas. She also works for the local newspaper doing articles that don’t begin to match up to her investigative journalist’s dream of making a difference. Now she might have the chance to write an actual crime series, but not under the circumstances she would have wanted. Josie’s BFF Patti, also known as a local Goth princess, heard from Jeff, a man she used to date until learning she wasn’t the only song in his repertoire. The water from that had long since flowed under the bridge, but it sounded as if Jeff was interested in getting to know her again. He and his band had a well-attended gig at the Two Boots dance hall, also owned by Josie’s uncle and aunt. Unfortunately it was to be a one-night-stand, as Josie went to Patti’s house the following day to get an interview with him, only to find him dead with his face planted in the guacamole and a hole in his head that didn’t come from the salsa or chips. The main suspect, in spite of the evidence, is Patti, and the sheriff is under pressure to solve the murder quickly. Josie, much to the annoyance of Deputy Quint Lightfoot, won’t take this one sitting down. She is on the move to get her friend out of jail, and is more concerned with the ends than the means. The author’s characters are like people one would meet every day. Josie and Patti are the two we learn the most about, particularly Josie, as we see the story through her eyes. She is a loving niece, having been raised by her aunt and uncle after her parents died. She is a loyal friend; her reaction to seeing what being in jail does to Patti is how many of us would respond. We see the members of Jeff’s band and roadies through Josie’s eyes, a*nd what she sees isn’t always flattering. Detective Lightfoot is no stranger to the family as he worked the case about a previous murder. While at times it seems that he has an interest in Josie beyond the cases, at other times it seems he has more of an interest in Patti. Who is the most consistent? I would have to say Lenny, Josie’s Chihuahua and faithful companion. He lives with her in the tiny apartment over top of the restaurant, enjoys going for walks loves getting attention. The brightly-colored cover design hints of a fun, colorful Tex-Mex novel, and the fast-paced mystery doesn’t disappoint. The story captured my attention very early on and held it throughout. There is an assortment of suspects. It seems as soon as one is vetted and discarded, two more pop up to replace it. Several band members and roadies might also have motives. I was somewhat surprised when learning who the bad guy/ gal is, and overall satisfied with the outcome of the novel. I highly recommend ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole’ to cozy mystery fans who are ‘foodies’ as well as appreciative of well-written mysteries. With a grateful heart, I received a complimentary copy of this book and as a courtesy, I am posting my honest review. No compensation was received.
AWilcox777 More than 1 year ago
This was a great story! I'm really starting to adore Josie and the other characters at Milagro and around town. The murder happens early on so it gives lots of time for the mystery to move along making you think one thing and then another. I love that I didn't know for sure who dunnit right off the bat. If you like Texas culture and some good down-home Mexican cookin', this is a great book to dive into. I can't wait to try some of the recipes in the back too!
debforb56 More than 1 year ago
The Good, The Bad, and The Guacamole by Rebecca Adler us book 2 in a Taste of Texas Mystery Series. I liked it but it started off really slow. It may be because I had not read the first book in the series and so didn't really know the characters. After a couple of chapters though it picked up and I enjoyed it. I like the whole Music Festival atmosphere and then when Clark the muscian is murdered and Josie's best friend Patti is the main suspect Josie sets out to set the record straight and clear her friend. I think if you like a good cozy with a festival theme, a good plot and a unique setting then you will like this book. I will have to go back and read book 1 now. It is a unique fun cozy with a good plot, interesting characters, and a good puzzling mystery.
MandaLuvsToRead More than 1 year ago
"Love had done me wrong and love could kiss my queso." This is just one of the lines in this book, the second in the Taste of Texas Mystery series, that made me laugh out of loud. This book if full of quips like these, which makes it a fun read. Our protagonist, Josie, tries to tell her best friend Patti to stay away from her famous heartbreaker of an ex, but the heart wants what it wants. Patti can't resist Jeff, in spite of their past, especially when he's up on stage singing his heart out to her and making all the other ladies crazy jealous. When Josie goes to meet up with Mr. Heartbreaker himself the next day for a newspaper interview, she finds him naked and dead, face-down in a bowl of guacamole. While he may have put on a good country music show, he clearly was doing something wrong, and Josie is determined to find out what it was. I hadn't read the first book in this series, and this one kind of hit the ground running, which made it hard to initially get into. Josie and Patti are part of a very colorful and sassy cast of characters with a love of all things Texas, especially Tex-Mex food. The book includes some incredible recipes too. If you're a fan of the southwest and/or mysteries that center around the music industry, this one is for you. *I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
BookstoreBae More than 1 year ago
*****I received a free copy for review from Cozy Mystery Review Crew********** This is the second book in a series but can be read as a standalone (as I did). While the mystery was good and was fun to solve, the pacing of the book did feel a little off. There were scenes that felt skimmed over that probably needed to have a little more depth and scenes that the author went into too much detail where they didn't need to be any. I was disappointed that the author didn't set a more vivid scene with the very rich and diverse landscape and people. I know this is set in Texas but with the very vague scene setting, it really could have been set anywhere. I did enjoy the well rounded characters and the diverse cast. So many cozy mysteries have very bland, recycled supporting characters but Adler did a good job in fleshing out and giving life to each individual character. If you're a fan of Cozy Mysteries, I would definitely recommend this one.
Lynette381 More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Adler’s The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole is a Taste of Texas mystery. I have to admit that this is the first book that I have read by Rebecca Adler, and it will probably be the last. The book itself was not bad, but there was so much stuff going on in the book, and so many characters to keep track of that I kept getting lost and losing the story. I don’t want to say that I like a simple plot without back story, but I felt like the real story got lost in giving so much detail about everything else. But this is a book review. The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole is a charming tale of rock star love….and murder. Josie is an aspiring reporter whose best friend gets accused of murdering her old rock star flame, Jeff Clark. But Jeff’s story runs deep, and some characters that you meet are definitely not who they appear to be. Josie is run all over the place trying to figure out who killed Jeff for real so she can get her best friend out of jail. It all ends with a twist when the real identity of the killer is revealed. Adler’s writing is easy to read, and I enjoyed being able to put it down and pick it up again when I had time. However, there were times when I had to reread some information because so much was thrown at you all at once and confused me at times. Overall, I would give it a 3 star rating. Maybe this type of mystery series isn’t for me, but for those of you who love reading small town series, this is a good place to start. I got this for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. Even though the review might be less than stellar, the book was well written and enjoyable.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in this series that I have read and even though it is a part of a series I was able to read it as a stand alone book. I loved the name of the town Broken Boot - I love thinking of reasons why a towned was named what it was. The Chihuahua Lenny was the cutest addition to this story and love that he has his own blog. It was nice that Josie's family is helping her fit back into the small town scene, they seem like a big happy family. It was nice to see that. Another thing I like about this author's writing was she made the characters so real. They could be a part of your own town or family. This book was a quick read and very enjoyable. I look forward to going back and reading book one and continuing on in the series. Oh and how can I forget the recipes - I am looking forward to trying them as I am a fan of Tex-Mex food.
Servedogmom More than 1 year ago
The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole is the second book in Rebecca Adler’s Taste of Texas Mystery series. Ms. Adler is a “new to me” promising author. I wish I had read the first book as the early chapters didn’t flow smoothly as I didn’t know who the characters and what the relationships were. Once I figured out the key characters, including Lenny the dog, I truly could enjoy the book. Set in the West Texas town of Two Boots, residents are preparing for the annual Homestead Days celebration. The regional and ethnic cultures are diverse, yet the only plot link is minimal as the protagonist Josie Callahan returns to the area where her family owns a Mexican restaurant. Josie works at her family's two businesses, a Tex-Mex diner and a dance hall, and writes for the local paper. Lenny writes a blog! Jeff Clark, a musician preforming at the festival, is the former love interest of Patti Perez. Patti is the best friend and side kick of protagonist Josie. The country singer is found in her best friend's home landing her best friend in jail hoping Josie will find the real murderer. The protagonist is likable, bright and independent. The supporting characters quirky and interesting, yet lack well-rounded definition. I believe this series does have great potential as the author provides further character development and greater use of the setting which offers a wealth of potential. Recipes are included and mouthwatering. Overall, this was an enjoyable cozy mystery. I would recommend this to any reader who is looking for a new, lighthearted cozy mystery series! Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts We arrive in Broken Boot, Texas, just in time for the Homestead Days Music Festival and this year it is personal for Patti Perez. Her ex-boyfriend is the star of the show. He seems to be winning her back and that has Josie worried. Josie has been trying to interview the country singer and when she finds out he is at Patty’s house she rushes right over. But no interview for Josie. Instead she finds the man face first into a bowl of guacamole and the murder weapon right next to him. This makes Patti the prime suspect and Josie on the trail to find the real killer. This was a fun story. I love Josie’s Chihuahua, Lenny. He has his own blog and that is something I can relate to. The blog is Josie’s way to share with others her opinions and viewpoints all from Lenny’s point of view. Maybe one of my dogs need a blog While I enjoyed the book very much there were a few places at the beginning that I felt were a little muddled and that interrupted the flow for me. The story was strong and had all the right elements, but found myself not with a complete picture of what was happening a time of two. After the story got rolling everything fell into place. The plot was full of some really nice twists and turns. The characters were very well written, unique and realistic. There may be a romance budding but Josie’s true companion is the lovable Lenny. All in all, this was a very entertaining read and I am looking forward to book #3.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Face Plant in the Guacamole One of the advantages of living in California is the good Mexican food. After all, we were first settle by Mexico when the Europeans started taking over the continent. And while the Taste of Texas Mysteries are obviously set in Texas, the main character works in her family’s TexMex restaurant, and the scenes there get my mouth watering for some truly good Mexican food. The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole is no exception. While Josie Callahan has returned to the small town of Broken Boot in very west Texas and is working again at her family’s restaurant, she is still dreaming of becoming an investigative reporter. Along those lines, she is reporting part time for the local paper. However, everyone’s focus right now is on the Homestead Days Festival, which will hopefully bring a few tourists and their money to the small town. The weekend kicks off with a concert by up and coming country star Jeff Clark. He also happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Josie’s best friend Patti Perez. The two seem to be reconnecting during the concert; in fact, Josie leaves Patti there before the evening is over. The next morning, Josie is hoping to connect with Jeff for an interview for the local paper. She’s surprised to learn that he spent the night at Patti’s home. Rushing over there trying interview him before her deadline, she is shocked to find him face down in some guacamole. No, he isn’t having the world’s worst hang over, he was beaten to death. Of course, Patti becomes the chief suspect, but Josie knows her best friend is innocent. Can Josie clear her name? Before we move on, I do need to address the bad. The book just needed a little more polish. There were a few times that things happened that made me go back and reread the last few paragraphs to make sure I hadn’t missed something. Just a few lines here and there would have made things less confusing for the reader. While it is irritating, it wasn’t pervasive enough to ruin the book and is absolutely not a reason to skip the book. Because the plot is interesting. I actually found the scene where Josie found the body quite fun, and the climax was something that could only happen in Texas. Frankly, I loved it as well. In between, we had plenty of clues, red herrings, and complications to keep us guessing until the end. And the characters are a lot of fun. This series has one of the most eclectic sets of supporting characters in a cozy mystery, and I really like them. While they may not be your ordinary characters, they are all relatable and real in their own way. We also have a strong group of suspects that keeps growing until we reach the end of the book. Of course, we get some delicious sounding recipes. They range from guacamole, naturally, to cheese enchiladas, and chocolate chip pecan cookies. Yum! While a little extra polish would be nice, what is here is still well worth reading. The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole is a fun cozy that will keep you turning pages until you reach the end. NOTE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
If you liked book one, HERE TODAY, GONE TAMALE, you’re going to love this second offering in the Taste of Texas Mystery series. It was so fun to be back in Broken Boot, Texas. With me being an “I love cold weather” kind of gal, this series allows me to enjoy the Texas climate. Of course I wouldn’t enjoy it half as much without main character Josie Callahan and her best friend Patti Perez. These two besties get into a little bit of everything. Even murder Come on, it is a mystery after all. ;-) Oh, I almost forgot, Lenny, Josie’s Chihuahua I just love that pup! Like its predecessor, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GUACAMOLE is a witty, wonderfully written mystery with eclectic characters and plenty of mayhem to keep the reader glue to their seats. From the discovery of the victim, through the investigation, until the shocking reveal, if I wasn’t holding my breath, I was laughing out loud. Author Rebecca Adler knows how to really bring it. You’re going to want to read THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE GUACOMOLE. This book includes growling tummy inducing recipes!
Judi_Dorsey More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Rebecca Adler’s Taste of Texas Mysteries that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The story began a bit slow for me as I got caught up on who the characters were but then flowed nicely. Josie Callahan, a part-time newspaper reporter, part-time waitress at her family’s businesses, and aspiring amateur detective, lives in Broken Boot, Texas and is just recently back from being left at the altar. She has a bad habit of finding dead bodies (2 to date) and this time it’s in her best friend’s living room! What’s worse is her best friend is being framed for the murder. Josie makes it her mission to gather all of the evidence she can find to both write a story for her local newspaper and free her friend. Along the way she manages to step on the toes of a local Sheriff’s deputy several times. She eventually develops something of a good working relationship with the deputy and, between them, they finally figure out “who done it”. I really enjoyed the quirky cast of characters in Josie’s life – most especially her Abuela, Senora Mari, and her long-haired Chihuahua, Lenny. I found myself laughing out loud throughout the book:) Little Lenny even has a blog that is really gaining readership as the story goes on! I think I would have gotten into the story more quickly had I read the first book in this series but I plan to go back and read that next! Adler writes a great story and I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new cozy mystery series:) I received an ARC from the author (via the Snazzy Elite Review Crew) in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.
jlschutts More than 1 year ago
The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole is the second book in the Taste of Texas Mystery series by Rebecca Adler. I haven't read the first book in the series. This can be read as a standalone book, but it took a bit to figure out all the characters and their relationships. I love Lenny, the Chihuahua, and his blog. Josie was a little too scattered for my liking. She got herself into situations that she wasn't prepared for and didn't always tell the police when she had important information. On the plus side, there is an interesting cast of characters and a lot of potential. I was definitely hungry for tacos while reading this book. The food descriptions were fantastic. There is a nice variety of recipes included at the end of the book. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I've bought the other book in the series to read. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.