A Batter of Life and Death
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
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...
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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.
Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine for the July 2015 issue. http://affairedecoeur.com.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is a great series to read when you just want an easy, enjoyable, not-too-serious book. Like I said, I absolutely love these characters and ...more
I also felt that after the murderer was uncovered, the book tied up too quickly. It felt like the murder plot was abandoned in order to focus ...more
Imagine , delicious cakes, pies, cookies and tortes. Then imagine a cold blooded murder. A Batter of Life and death was a perfect mixture of delicious treats and baker extrodinaire, Jules searching for a killer. If I could give this culinary delight of a mystery more than five stars I would.
Juliet Capshaw is grudgingly competing in Take the Cake, a televised pastry competition from the Pastry Channel.
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. It was one I was most looking forward to this year. It was worth the wait! I loved every minute of it! I gushed, and raved about the first book in this series, MEET YOUR BAKER, so I won’t get all gushy this time…but I will rave! A BATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH is one of my top three favorite book of 2015!
There is not one thing I don’t like about author Ellie Alexander’s ...more
Sexual Content: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: None
Violent Content: Minimal
Who doesn't love a baking competition? Jules found herself as a contestant due to the unfortunate murder of a diva chef. She would have been happy simply contracting space out her kitchen to a contestant, but what fun would that have been for the reader? This made it a whole lot easier for her to >not get involved in the investigation.
Even though we know what happened to Jules the last time she tracked down a ...more
Pastry chef Jules Capshaw has returned to her hometown of Ashford, Oregon to help her mother run the family bakeshop. It's doing well but needs a lot of updates and in a tourist town, income is earned only in the warmer months. Jules has some exciting news, however, a Hollywood TV producer is bringing The Pastry Channel's hit show Take the Cake to Ashford and wants to pay Jules and her mom for using their space! Then one of the contestants drops out and Jules is asked to be a ...more
Another GREAT installment in the Bakeshop Mystery series. It was a nice change of pace to have Juliet as part of a television show, even though I can't imagine anything happening in the book happening on a TV set. I loved the new cast of characters and the recipes are, as always, mouth-watering to read about. I loved this.
The 10th book in the Bakeshop ...more