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Meet Your Baker

(A Bakeshop Mystery #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,196 ratings  ·  418 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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"Mom, was something really wrong? I'd come back to Ashland to get grounded and mend. What was happening to my sweet, cozy hometown?"

Jules has spent the past few years working on cruise ships as a pastry chef. Now her sexy Spanish husband has broken her corazón, and she has decided to go back to her hometown until the storm calms down. Little does she know, the sweet little Ashtown is not as sweet as she remembered it... And her mom's bakery floors will be stained with more than fresh raspberry
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
Meet Your Baker is a mild and cozy mystery read. Im a big fan of mystery books and for someone who read A LOT of books in this genre, I can really say that the mystery was neatly done. The tension, the build up, the way the secrets were revealed and the setting really appealed to me.

Juliet or Jules is a wonderful main character. I like how she thinks and even though we are not in the same age group, I surprisingly identified with her. Shes an incredible daughter, she made me laugh and she knows
Mark Baker
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2017
After years at sea, Jules Capshaw has returned to Ashford, Oregon. While she figures out what to do with her life, she is helping her mother with Torte, the family bakeshop. But shes hardly back in town before she meets Nancy Hudson. Nancy is a new member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival board, and she is obnoxious, picking fights with everyone she meets. When Jules finds Nancy one more in Tortes kitchen, there are quite a few suspects. But with the police focuses on Juless friends, she starts ...more
Linda 📚
Entertaining debut cozy featuring a family bakeshop, Torte, run by a mom; her daughter; and two employees. The daughter, Juliet Capshaw, has worked as a pastry chef on a European cruise ship for many years. She met and married her husband, Chef Carlos, aboard ship. Now seperated from Carlos, Juliet returns to the quiet foothills of Ashland, Oregon, to assist her aging mom with the Bakeshop. It's not long before Juliet realizes the shop is operating in the red. Why hasn't her mom said anything? ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycass Thoughts

Juliet Capshaw has been working on a cruise ship for years, but when she finds her Chef husband kept a huge secret from her she flees home to Ashland, Oregon, and her familys bakery, Torte. Working beside her mother they find their rhythm and Jules knows she made the right decision even though she is not sure how long she will stay.

She arrives for her second day at Torte to find one of their customers dead. A woman that was very involved with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival who
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe it took me this long to start this series! I love the author's other series, Sloan Krause, and the series she writes under her pen name. Now I know why everyone loves this one!

Jules Capshaw came home to her Shakespeare themed town with a broken heart. She'd left the chef she was married to on a cruise ship where she was a pastry chef. Now she had to adjust to life on solidi ground for one thing, and soon she'd have a murder case she was busy investigating, somewhat with the
Annu Albert
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Another great find. I really liked this book and the main character, Jules Capshaw and her cute mother. There were twists and new revelations in almost every chapter so couldn't stop reading it at any point. I thought I had figured out the whodunnit but I was taken by surprise in the end. And those recipes look so delicious. Although, it wouldn't be a good idea to try them if you're trying to cut down on sugar. But I think I might try Andy's Sweet Heat Espresso.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Meet Your Baker is not just about baking. Someone is dead inside the bake shop and Jules, the pastry chef, feels its up to her to make sure that the reputation of her family business is not tarnished.

The dead woman is Nancy Hudson. She wasnt a nice person (in my opinion) and as Jules investigates, she finds a fairly long list of suspects.

I was actually surprised when I learned of the identity of the murderer in the end. I honestly thought there was at least one accomplice in this, but oops , I
This was such a cute book! Ahhh it had solid, strong characters and what I enjoyed most was that I had no idea who committed the murder. I'm a sucker for mystery books that take place in a bakeries and this one was no different. The writing was easy to follow and I loved that the theater was included in this book. I definitely will be writing a full review of this book and will be continuing the series.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
4 stars
I really loved this first book in the series, it has everything I love in one a bakery, Shakespeare plays, Shakespeare quotes and a heroine determined to save (view spoiler) Also a big plus lots of interesting characters, starting with main character Jules all the way down to quirky characters like Mia. Lastly I loved the setting of Ashland

home to the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, an eclectic community of artists, outdoor adventure
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Meet Your Baker is the first book in the series, "A Bakeshop Mystery". I had read the next three, so wanted to read this one for the background information that I had missed. In this story we meet the main characters in the series as well as having a mystery to solve. We find out about Juliet's (Jules) return home to the town of Ashland, Oregon. After working on a cruiseship for several years and getting married to Chef Carlos from Spain, she has returned home to contemplate her life and ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Happy Reading, friends!

Im in love with a series that started in 2014. My cozy loving buddy, Stephanie & I did a buddy read for this one & we both thoroughly enjoyed it & are headed back to Torte for more!
This book is set around the world-famous Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Throw in a coming home story, a cast of memorable & endearing characters and a ton of
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the mystery. It involves a theater, a drama club, a runaway, a photograph, and a bakery. I liked the theater and drama parts. Those were interesting and involved a lot of Shakespeare. I also liked the food. I even liked most of the characters. The main character had some moments that made annoyed. Most of them involve her estranged husband. I don't like him. I don't want to read about him or have him be a part of the story.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nookbooks, wom-reads, rtyr
What happens when you're named Juliet after Romeo & Juliet? And you live in a town devouted to Shakespeare? Jealousy.

Juliet returns home after living on a cruise ship to rethink her life & help her mom with the bakery. Unfortunately she didn't bargain for a getting caught up in a murder. Strong lead character, with a head on her shoulders.

I like that it had several different elements in the story. You don't see that often in cozies. Reading this made me want to open the bakery I always
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Juliet Capshaw is returning home to Ashland, Oregon, after 10 years away, first at culinary school and then as a pastry chef on a cruise ship. Juliet has returned to decide what to do about her failed marriage and to help her mom run their family bakery, Torte. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is in full swing with theatergoers and actors crowding into the bakery. One customer and OSF board member, Nancy Hudson, has earned the enmity of OSF director Lance and leading lady Caroline but is either ...more
Stacie Amelotte
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing

They say it takes a while to recover your land legs after years at sea. I sure hoped mine would come back soon.

Shakespeare, pastries and murder make the perfect combination for a new cozy series. I loved this book from page one. Ellie Alexander does an excellent job of engaging us in the mystery while weaving in clues, red herrings and twists along the way. We are introduced to the main protagonist, Juliet Montague Capshaw. She returns to Ashland, Oregon, her home town and home of the Oregon
They say it takes a while to recover your land legs after years spent at sea.

Juliet Capshaw left Ashland, Oregon after high school to enroll in culinary school. Her first job offer was with a cruise line and she has spent the remainder of the last 10 years on the seas. She is married to head chef, Carlos, but leaves the ship when she discovers a secret he is keeping. Juliet ends up back in Ashland to help her mom with the family bakery, Torte. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a huge draw to
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall I liked this book. Juliet moves back home after things went south with her husband. She ends up finding a dead body and so begins the mystery of who did it. While this is going on Juliet is trying to get her life and her mom's back on track. The one thing that bugged me was how she handled everything with Carlos. She really needed to handle it differently and sadly it won't be handled for quite some time.
Laura Steinert
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very cute, cozy mystery with slightly more blood than usual. Way too much cooking instructions, and some sandwiches that only a foodie would be interested in. Recipes at the end.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Meet Your Baker was an OK read, which seemed to be a bit more detail packed and the mystery more complicated than the average cozy.

Pastry chef Jules (aka Juliet) comes home when she's having problems with her husband. She comes back to the family bakery and starts working with her mother. A woman hated by many is killed and a bakery employee is implicated so Jules starts investigating.

I didn't love the story probably because there was so much going on. There's Jules' troubles with her husband,
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: oregon-author
This was a light and fun little cozy mystery featuring a young woman returning from a stint as a chef on a cruise ship to her home town of Ashland, Oregon, to nurse a broken relationship. This was full of the flavor of the town with a few behind-the-scenes tidbits of the Shakespearean play culture. Anyone who enjoys a nice niche mystery with lots of good cooking thrown in will find this a nice way to while away an afternoon.
Nancy H
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
In an excellent new mystery series, this plot features Juliet Capshaw, an experienced pastry chef, as she comes home to her mother's bakery to recover from a betrayal that occurred during her job working on a cruise ship. The story has a good cast of characters and a very good plot. It is a welcome entry into the 'cozy' mystery world.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love cozy mysteries and this was another hit for me! I love that this is set in a bakery and in a small little village! I loved the characters and I'm excited to see where this series is headed!
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Happy Reading, friends!

Im in love with a series that started in 2014. My cozy loving buddy, Stephanie & I did a buddy read for this one & we both thoroughly enjoyed it & are headed back to Torte for more!
This book is set around the world-famous Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Throw in a coming home story, a cast of memorable & endearing characters and a ton of
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series is off to a great start! I liked the characters, the setting and I never saw the murderer coming! So glad Torte is staying in business and I will be a repeat customer. Recipes are also included in the back, always a plus.
Juliet Capshaw has just returned home after 10 years away and just up and leaving her husband and job on short notice. She goes to work at the family bakery the morning she arrives back in town as if nothing has happened and she hasn't been gone. She dislikes the staff her mother has hired right off the bat and is judgmental as all get out. The next day a nasty woman is found murdered in the bakery! (They are up and running and back in business by next afternoon to the delight of the customers) ...more
Interesting characters and a decent setting. I'll probably read more in the series at some point.
Jennifer Brown
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Pretty decent start for the series. I did find a few errors that bothered me. (I'll edit my review later to include what pages because I don't have the book with me right now.) Stuff would happen and then it's repeated later. Drove me nuts! Also, Jules mother licked her fingers at one point and kept baking....WTH!! Otherwise, I enjoyed the story and the killer was a surprise

I will continue with the series and I hope it gets better!!

Update: These are the few errors I marked in the book that
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Stars: A fun, pleasant cozy with an amazing setting.

Jules opens the door to her mother's bakery at 3:30 AM. She is ready to start her day baking, as she knows it will settle her mind. Jules has returned home after several years of living at sea. Jules ran home after discovering her husband's betrayal. Now she is back home in Ashland, Oregon nestled into her mother's bakery. Jules doesn't plan on staying long, but things quickly change when someone is murdered in the bakery, and Jules learns
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I actually said "Duh" when the killer presented themself.
I like to bake and almost wished I finished culinary school. I could identify with the main character immediately when she was in the kitchen. The cast of characters in the book made for a great backdrop for the town, the story and the stories to come. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
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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 shes not coated in flour, youll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.

The 10th book in the Bakeshop

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A Bakeshop Mystery (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Caught Bread Handed (A Bakeshop Mystery, #4)
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  • A Crime of Passion Fruit (Bakeshop Mystery #6)
  • Another One Bites the Crust (A Bakeshop Mystery #7)
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