- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (Dec 30 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250054230
- ISBN-13: 978-1250054234
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.3 x 17.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Meet Your Baker: A Bakeshop Mystery Mass Market Paperback – Dec 30 2014
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“This debut culinary mystery is a light soufflé of a book (with recipes) that makes a perfect mix for fans of Jenna McKinley, Leslie Budewitz, or Jessica Beck.” ―Library Journal
“Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder against a backdrop of Shakespeare and Oregon aflame. Meet Your Baker starts off a promising new series.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die
“With its likable characters, tightly plotted storyline, and innovative culinary tips, Meet Your Baker is sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike.” ―Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with Death
About the Author
ELLIE ALEXANDER is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she's not coated in flour, you'll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. You can friend her on Facebook to learn more!
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The first book in the A Bakeshop Mysteries introduces us to Jules Capshaw, shes returning home from being a chef on a cruise ship and escaping from a broken marriage, she is a emotional mess and trying to find where she fits in and belongs and sort out her life. We are also introduced to a Jules mom's bakery Torte where Jules will help her mom bake and run the business but we soon come to find out that Jule's mom has secrets of her own that could destory Torte forever. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is in town and the whole town of Ashland, Oregon is abuzz with excitement being a town with filled with play rights, actors and theater goers with a love for Shakespeare.
Torte is the place where most of the cast of the Shakespeare festival gathers and Nancy Hudson the festivals newest board member finds herself the victim of a crazed murderer, bludgeoned to death inside Torte's walls. Most of the Shakespeare cast of characters that want her dead with her Lady Macbeth attitude. Being the namesake of Shakespeare's famous play Romeo and Juliet and together with trying to decide if Torte is where she belongs and her issues with her mom with Torte and hopefully to find her place once again.Jules takes it upon herself on top of everything else going on in her life and being back home with her high school love and investigator, Thomas working the case, Jules can't help but thinking life is sweet when he is around and being determined to find a killer and save Torte from a uncertain future.
I loved that there was no shortage of fabulous food descriptions in Meet your Baker. If you love your mysteries like I do with food and in this case baked goods and a home town bakery with delicious treats in the center of it all you will not be disappointed and it was sure comforting to read that this book was filled with them and nothing beats the feeling you get while reading them if your a foodie . Jules is a character that to me is still finding her way and I still don't completely know who she is but that is but I look forward to getting to know her more in future books. Our ameture sleuth, Jules is a compelling character and in some ways reminds me of myself looking for a place to belong and has a lot to deal with in her life and with murder in the mix she still seems to keep it together but can she find a murderer and discover herself in the process only reading Meet your Baker will answer that question.
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Jules finds one of the directors of the theater murdered in her mom’s bakery, and also finds out that her mom is in serious financial trouble. In helping to find out who the murderer is, Jules is attacked on multiple occasion, and is also hospitalized for her efforts.
This was a well written story, but, it could have been so much better. One of the first things mentioned is these letters, it takes 36 chapters to finally find out that the letters are to and from the man’s son who is eight years old. The letters have been mentioned multiple times and have left you wondering for ¾’s of the book if they are a relationship with another woman? Blackmail letters? Something else altogether.
Ellie Alexander also used one full chapter describing a very nice meal preparation while she though over everything that had happened during and before her arrival in Ashland. It was pretty much just a filler to put more words in the story and not really relevant to the storyline.
Juliet Capshaw, a.k.a. Jules, had spent years working as a chef on a cruise ship when suddenly her husband emotionally destroys her, leaving her heartbroken...so she returns to her family home in her quaint, little hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to allow her heart to heal and figure out what to do next with her life. While home, she helps her mother to run their family-owned bakeshop, Torte. It just so happens that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is currently running, drawing in excited tourists aplenty. When OSF's newest board member and modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy Hudson, turns up dead, it's difficult to figure out who murdered her, as Nancy was despised by many with plenty of reasons for wanting her dead. On top of everything, Juliet's high school sweetheart, Thomas, is one of the police investigators on the case, and he certainly is making things deliciously interesting for Jules. ;)
While I'm currently a busy mommy of a toddler and a six-month-old, I was constantly trying to squeeze in time to read this book during the day. Even though I'm not exactly a fast reader and that those chances to read were sometimes far and few between, technically I did devour this book. This mystery was so delicious! I'm now craving more bakeshop-themed cozy mysteries and I have already obtained the next book in Ellie Alexander's Bakeshop Mystery series. (Not to mention I also now have quite an urge to do some baking myself, haha!) The setting sounds so wonderful! Ashland, Oregon sounds like such a charming place to be, what with all of its artistic quirks and Shakespearean theater-themed shops. It sounds like the perfect little town, and I would just love to live there! Ellie Alexander did a remarkable job at making this town come to life in my imagination. The characters in this story were all quite likable and memorable...even the killer, before they were revealed as the killer. And the killer was one of my guesses, but they weren't my first guess, as my first guess was eliminated earlier on. I am dying to try the recipes in the back of the book, they sound super yum! :D
Overall, Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander was a delightfully delicious read, and I can't wait to start the next book in the series! 5/5*