I had not read the first book in this series when I read this, the second one. There were a few things that I would had a better grasp on if I had, but not enough to stop my enjoyment of it. After finishing this one, I immediately found the first of the series and read that one also.
This book is an interesting view of San Francisco from a few decades ago. The characters, starting with Rebecca Schwartz, were entertaining and the answer to the mystery wasn't immediately obvious which, of course, is what I want in a mystery. I learned more about sourdough bread than I had ever known before.
The mysteries written in the 1980s and 90s have a different feel than today's cozies. They are slightly grittier and less cutesy. This was originally published in 1984 and you can feel the difference. Sometimes I prefer this feel. It kept me engaged and entertained. I'll be looking for the others in the series.