Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Review: Fudge and Jury (A Bakeshop Mystery #5) by Ellie Alexander

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1074 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250088054
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (Jan. 3 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01H035XWY

Book Description

Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bakery where the pastries are delicious…and, now, suspicious.

It’s almost spring in Ashland, Oregon, and the town is preparing for the Shakespeare and the annual Chocolate Festival. Business is cookin’ at Torte, and the store is expanding as Jules’ team whips up crèpes filled with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Torte stands a chance of being this year’s confectionery belle of the ball! Life couldn’t be sweeter—unless murder taints the batter.

Evan Rowe, of Confections Couture, makes a chocolate fountain that would put Willy Wonka to shame, and his truffles are to die for—literally? Yes, the world-renowned chocolatier has just turned up dead…right after sampling a slice of Jules’ decadent four-layer chocolate cake. Now all eyes are on Jules as she tries to find the mysterious ingredient in her own recipe. Can she sift out the truth before another contestant bites the buttercream?

About the Author

Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin's Press), 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.

Find out more about Ellie and her books by visiting her blog at or following her on Facebook:

My Review

Fudge and Jury is the fifth book in the A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander. This is a very enjoyable cozy series. I have read most of the earlier books in the series.

The Bakeshop Mystery series is set in the lovely southern Oregon festival town of Ashland. Ashland is famous for its Shakespearean theater as well as other tourist attractions. Ellie Alexander does a fantastic job of bringing Ashland to life in this series.

There is no sign of Jules' husband Carlos is this latest outing but she has plenty of local interest. The crew at the bakeshop Torte particularly her mother are prominently featured as Jules realizes more and more what the people at Torte and Ashland itself mean to her.

The murder-mystery centers around the murder of a local chocolatier. This occurs during the annual chocolate festival. Despite Evan's death and Jules' preoccupation with it, Torte shines at the event which ensures that Jules knows she is in the right place.

Great mystery. Well written and enjoyable. Highly recommend.

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