About MEET YOUR BAKER:
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…
“Sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike.”
―Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with Death
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…
“Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die
Ends Jan. 21, 2015
Title: Meet Your Baker
Series: A Bakeshop Mystery
Author: Ellie Alexander
Release Date: December 30th, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
I received an advanced copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Meet Your Baker was an enjoyable read for me, and thank goodness too as this was a book I had been wanting to read since last year when I saw it on Netgalley for the first time.
Jules is back in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon after spending many years on board a cruise ship and travelling the world as a pastry chef. And of course because she’s nursing a broken heart after leaving her husband. She plans to get reacquainted working at her family’s bakery and with her mom who she hasn’t seen in a long time.
And if that isn’t enough for her as it is, she has to deal with a murder being committed in the shop just days after her return home. Talk about a homecoming.
I really got into this story very quickly as the writing style just sort of pulls you in from the very first page and the voice of the main character and the little bit of her personality and backstory that comes through during her inner monologues makes her very likeable. Her and her family, especially her dad, who was very into Shakespeare and named her after Juliet Montague … From Romeo and Juliet. Last name not included but close enough.
I also liked that from the very beginning you get thrown into the life of the bakery and Jules just takes it all in stride. From the early morning baking of multiple yummy treats such a raspberry Danishes, almond crescent cookies, tarts and cinnamon scones. Quite frankly, she had me at all of those things.
The reader is also treated to a cast of quirky, eccentric and funny secondary characters that just help to make this story very light and charming. And well-rounded and just a pleasure to read.
Meet Your Baker is a treat for the foodies and the readers of light mystery. I very much am looking forward to the next book by this author. This one was a very good start to this series and I cannot wait to devour the rest of the books this author puts out.