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A Batter of Life and Death

(A Bakeshop Mystery #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,672 ratings  ·  355 reviews
Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for...

It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The
Paperback, 277 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪
"What was the deal with these contestants... Was everyone putting on an act?"

Welcome (again) to Ashtown: a small, cozy town in Oregon which seems to have acquired a special taste... for murder 😈
In this second book of the series, Jules and her precious bakery have been chosen to host a baking competition, which brought four other chefs in town. Everyone is very excited for the prize and the opportunity to be seen on TV... until the first course is served... and it's dead cold...

I know what you
Aug 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Book two in the Bakeshop mystery series takes us back to Ashland Oregon. Jules and her mother have agreed to let a pastry baking competition show use their kitchen for some much needed extra income now that tourist season is ending. When Jules finds one of the contestants dead she gets roped into the show and the investigation. I thought the parts about the show were a little over the top, but I believe that could be how those shows are (despite my love of them). I found the ending to be a littl ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Good story. I am liking this series. Jules is interesting and once the love triangle gets dropped I'll be much happier, as will she. Her investigations are subtle and the townspeople interesting. This time there is a TV cooking competition in town and it seems all the chefs have secrets. ...more
✨ Gramy ✨
I was able to access this series on my Kindle through my local Public Library. I am forever grateful for all the books I have been able to access in my exploration of the literary arts.

After discovering there was a deep, dark secret between her husband and someone else, Jule had managed to use steel and determination to guard her heart, by separating herself from her husband and her dream job on the cruise ship.

Inside Jule's hometown, the reader finds mystery, intrigue, camaraderie, and solida
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bingo, challenge
I really enjoyed this second installment in the series. I enjoyed the baking show story line. It was a lot of fun and kept me on my toes guessing the culprit. I really like Jules and the bakeshop setting. Her love life is annoying me but that's about it. I'd love to try one of Andy's pumpkin spice lattes, they sound to die for. The recipe is included at the end but let's face it, mine won't be as good. I did make a copy of the Torte chili recipe that was included and might actually make it, it a ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Can Jules Capshaw Take the Cake? The Pastry Channel’s show has come to Ashland, Oregon and she is representing the family’s bakeshop, Torte, as a contestant against four other pastry chefs. Her family sure could use the $25000 prize to continue their improvements to their business.

Jules has baked a Bavarian Chocolate Cake for the day’s challenge but when she arrives on the set she finds one of the competing chefs dead. The powers that be commit to continuing the show as soon
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
Jules solves another case (view spoiler)
Mark Baker
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2021
It’s autumn, which means that tourist season is winding down in Ashland, Oregon. Fortunately, The Pastry Channel has come to town to film the newest season of Take the Cake. They’ve asked Jules Capshaw to use Torte’s kitchen as a location some of the contestants use to prepare their pastries. Then they ask Jules to be a last-minute contestant. She’s thrilled until she finds Chef Marco, one of the other contestants, dead before the first day of filming. Since she is part of the show, she can’t he ...more
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This series is becoming one of my favorite cozies. I love all the characters but my favorite character hands-down is Richard Lord. He's annoying as well as funny, the chapters on the first two competitions were so funny just because of him. I hope there's a mystery revolved around the Merry Windsor Hotel in the upcoming books, where Jules partners with him to solve the murder, that would be really fun to read. The mystery was good with a lot of clues and red herrings. And I'm liking where Jules ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid addition to the series. Jules is a likable protagonist.. but sometimes it is hard to gauge her personality. Other than being stubborn. She quiet, smart and sweet. I guess we will see more development as the series progresses.

The baking show plot was fun. Not sure how I felt about the end. The who and why seemed a little of a stretch. but overall fun read.
They say that time heals a broken heart.

This is a very nice welcome back to Torte in Ashland, Oregon. Summer is winding down and Jules is headed into Autumn with some yummy new creations. Since the shop is a bit slow, Jules agrees to be a contestant on Take The Cake, a reality cooking show with a $25,000 prize. Much to her dismay, Jules discovers an obnoxious contestant face down in buttercream. She really doesn't want to get drawn into another murder but still slips into sleuth mode.

I love Tort
Shawna Shaheen
Apr 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Jules (Juiliet) and her mom own a bake shop Torte. After Jules finds out her husband has a kid she left her husband Carlos ( her husband) moved back to Oregon to help her mom with the bakeshop. Now Jules is trying to get recognition for Torte. They hired 3 employees Stephinie the aloof baker with purple streaks in her hair, Sterling the mysterious and sexy. guy with tattoos ( who has it bad for Stephanie) and Andy the fun loving guy that is their barista who makes his own creations. Book 2 is ab ...more
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the second book in the "Bakeshop Mysteries". Juliet (Jules) Montague Capshaw is settling back into life in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon after leaving her husband Carlos for a year break. The summer tourist season is coming to an end and Jules is trying to find ways to bring money into the family bakery, Torte, during the off season. She has found an exciting opportunity of letting a bake show "Take The Cake" use the bakery kitchen while they are in town filming. Jules was in for a sur ...more
A second in a series I can see that I'm going to love; A Batter of Life and Death was a wonderful book that I enjoyed.

The characters are wonderful; they're three-dimensional, not obnoxious, and realistic, which are all things that I look for in characters. The MC, Jules is strong and independent without being annoying. There's kind of a love triangle going on, but it works because one corner of the triangle is literally hundreds of miles away. However, I still with Jules would sever ties with hi
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Jules Capshaw left her cruise ship job to go home and work with her mother at the family pastry shop, Torte. She's also separated from her husband, who kept a secret from her during their marriage that she thought she'd never be able to forgive, which is the main reason she returned home.

When a reality film crew comes to town, they're going to film their cooking show in Ashland, but unfortunately, one of the celebrity chefs is murdered and she's pretty much railroaded to take his place. While sh
 Danielle The Book Huntress
A fun cozy mystery tailor-made for people like me who are as addicted to baking shows as they are to eating baked treats. The mystery was pretty good too.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine for the July 2015 issue. http://affairedecoeur.com.
Kara ✨
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!
A Bakeshop Mystery #2

I am now a self-proclaimed sucker for these cozy bake shop murder mysteries. 😆 They’re simple yet fast paced, light yet contemplative, and cheesy yet entertaining. The food descriptions are too much for me, though! I’m hungry and want to bake all the time.
Feb 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tcf-tbr
A Batter of Life and Death, A BAKESHOP MYSTERY #2, by Ellie Alexander. This is a great second book.
The Pastry Channel will be filming their competition reality show “Take the Cake” in Ashland, Oregon. Jules Capshaw has been invited to join the competition when a previously approved contestant drops out. Jules takes on the challenge because she believes it will be a boost for Torte and also for Ashland. The first night she meets all of the other contestants things do not go smoothly. Contestant,
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies, have-ecopy
Excellent second entry in this series! I'm really enjoying the characters and the mystery. So nice knowing I've got so many additional titles to look forward to! ...more
Amanda McGill
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
A cute cozy mystery.

Jules is still helping out her mother in their bakery, Torte. A reality series bake off is being filmed in their tiny town and Jules ends up being selected as a part of the show! Things on the show start off rocky when one of the mean spirited, drunk contestants is found murdered. Is another contestant to blame?

I like Jules and her relationship with her mother and her ex-boyfriend, detective Thomas. The mystery was good and there were lots of secrets that the cast and crew w
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A delightfully sweet and cozy mystery.

Jules is adjusting to life in her hometown, Ashland, Oregon, after years of living on a cruise ship. After an unexpected end to her marriage, Jules has settled into working at her family bakery. She is content with baking and finding a way to heal, but there are bills to pay. When an opportunity to appear on a baking show is presented to Jules, she can't resist as Torte could use the money to update their ovens, plus it would be an added boost t
Oct 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Jules gets caught up in a reality show baking contest that is being held in her hometown. She is tapped to be one of the contestants, and the tension gets ratcheted up a notch when a fellow chef is found dead, with his head in a bowl of buttercream frosting. Jules is running from one thing to another, helping in her mom’s shop, making delectable dishes for the contest, and, of course, trying to solve the murder. She unwittingly keeps getting too close, putting herself in danger almost before she ...more
Mar 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
This is the second series entry and Jules is still home in Ashland, nursing her broken heart. We still don’t know if husband Carlos will make an appearance or maybe Jules will renew her romantic history with high school sweetheart Thomas. This book has Jules in a baking show competition with some interesting characters. When Chef Marco is killed, there’s no shortage of suspects. It seems that all of the contestants have a secret to hide. I am really enjoying this series so far and I also like th ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great cozy from Ellie Alexander! Her main character Jules ends up competing on a cooking competition show when one of the contestants was murdered. As the substitute she is in the middle of all the backstage action and excitement of filming the show along with running her bakery Torte with her mom. Romance is in the air for many couples in this story- which ones will be together at the end and who killed the chef with all the secrets?
Tori Hanson
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this series. The characters and the small town setting are cute. The mystery/murder aspect isn't too complicated but it's entertaining. I like the combination of chick lit /mystery in this series. The book was a light and quick read. I think it is a cute idea how she includes the recipes that are a part of of story at the end of the book. Also, reading this series makes me want to eat baked goods , LOL. ...more
Nicola Nunney
Jan 31, 2022 rated it really liked it
Another great installment in the Bakeshop series. I enjoyed the television aspect of the book, as well as all the mystery and cakes.
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Once again, Ellie Alexander has baked up an irresistible treat of a story. Juliet (Jules) Capshaw is just settling back into life in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon. The summer tourist season has come to an end and Jules has enrolled her family bakery, Torte, in an exciting opportunity: a reality baking show filming right in town. Jules has volunteered space at Torte for one of the five competing bakers; what she didn't expect, was that she would be approached to be one of those contestants hers ...more
Marisa Tabizon
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
This was a fun book. Nothing too serious or mentally consuming. A good second installment of the series.
Anna Lee
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Batter of Life and Death is the second book in the Bakeshop Mysteries. The theatre season is winding down for Jules and the residents of Ashland, Oregan's prime spot for everything Shakespearian. However, that doesn't mean that life is about to get quiet. With the appearance of The Pastry Channel's reality tv show, Take the Cake, life is getting really interesting in Ashland. Especially since Jules is a contestant on the show! Things really heat up when one of the contestant's is found dead.

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Ellie is a voracious storyteller and a lover of words and all things bookish. She believes that stories have the ability to transport and transform us. With over twenty-five published novels and counting, her goal is to tell stories that provide points of connection, escape, and understanding.

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