Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
December 30th, 2014
Source: CBB Book Promotions
Welcome to Torte-a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…
After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…
The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…
This book is definitely a cozy (and delicious) mystery read. I love how the plot unfolded — Ellie Alexander did a wonderful job keeping you in suspense while salting in clues here and there. I will admit that until the actual killer was mentioned in the book, I had no clue who had done it. Every time that I thought I had the killer figured out, they would prove that it was not them. The characters are fun and full of personality, not to mention Jules is a great main character. She is easy to relate to and is a character you find yourself rooting for. The story line and conversations felt very real and did a great job aiding the story line. I felt like I was constantly hungry, even after I had just ate, while reading this book because the descriptions of the foods were amazing and mouth-watering. I cannot wait to try some of the recipes that are included in the back of the book! This serious had me hooked from the start and, as a spoiler, I can tell you that I had to read the next books in the Bakeshop Mystery series!