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?
SERIES: A Bakeshop Mystery #5
GENRE: Cozy Mystery, Clean Fiction
PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s
RELEASE DATE: January 3, 2017
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“Life was sweet. What could possibly go wrong?”
Warning: Reading this book will cause chocolate cravings. Not only does the main character run a bakery specializing in chocolate, but they are currently participating in their local chocolate festival! Chocolate galore.
Fudge and Jury is a cute culinary cozy mystery. (How’s that for alliteration?) Though perhaps it leans a bit more toward the culinary & the cozy than the mystery, that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. It’s full of great chocolate and great characters (Lance is so intriguing!) and seriously your mouth will be watering from all the food and chocolate discussions. The setting – small town Ashland, Oregon – is vividly established in your mind, and even though this is the fifth book in the series it can easily be read as a standalone.
Bottom Line: There’s a bit more fudge than jury in the latest Bakeshop Mystery from Ellie Alexander, but you get so caught up in the delightful back and forth of life in Ashland and at Torte that you almost don’t realize that nothing much is being said about the murder investigation. Juliet is a compelling and likable main character/narrator, and her various relationships (platonic on her end except for one) are complicated and intriguing. I’m definitely following this series to see how this all plays out!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Cute & cozy & chocolatey
Ellie Alexander writes the bestselling Bakeshop Mystery series for St. Martin’s Press, set in the Shakespearean town of Ashland, Oregon and featuring a romantic, artisan pastry chef, Juliet Montague Capshaw.
Ellie 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.
Ellie Alexander and TLC Book Tours are giving away a copy of Fudge and Jury to one of my readers. Giveaway is open to US/CAN readers and is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies.
What about you? What’s your favorite way to eat chocolate?