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On Thin Icing

(A Bakeshop Mystery #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  853 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the treats are killer good.

It's the dead of winter in the sleepy town of Ashland, which means no tourists-and fewer customers-for Jules Capshaw and her bakery. But when she's asked to cater an off-season retreat for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, business starts heating up...until Jules finds a dead bod
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Minotaur Books
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Ellie Alexander Excellent question! We'll have to wait and see how things shake out with Jules and Carlos. Having him at Lake of the Woods is going to give us a…moreExcellent question! We'll have to wait and see how things shake out with Jules and Carlos. Having him at Lake of the Woods is going to give us a better sense of their relationship. No spoilers here, but I will say that things are certainly going to heat up in the kitchen!(less)

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Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The setting of On thin Icing was a page turner and a favorite of any cozy mystery that I read and very Agatha Christie esque. At an off-season retreat for the directors of the Oregan Shakespear Festival in a snow storm. Jules catering in the event in the kitchen with her assistant sterling had to be the times in the story I looked forward to reading most besides the mystery.

Where the victim was found was a great tie into Jules and her profession and it was clever and funny. Jules husband comes
Carla Johnson-Hicks
I am enjoying the Bakeshop Mysteries. This one is your locked door mystery in a sense. Jules and Sterling have set off from Ashland to Lake of the Woods, a lakeside resort in the Southern Oregon Cascades to cater a three day retreat for Lance and the Shakspeare Company Board. Shortly after everyone arrives, the worst snowstorm in history hits. They are snowed in with only one landline (no cell phone coverage up there) and sure to lose power. When Carlos (Jules estranged husband) shows up, it set ...more
This series is has been a consistently good series thus far, filled with surprisingly solid mysteries for a cozy mystery that fits into many “cozy molds.”

Juliet has been a strong character before this book, but (as you can see from the back) Carlos, Juliet’s estranged husband returns in this book and he reduces her to an extremely weak character. She just lets things go and melts in almost every single scene he’s in. Honestly I found it annoying and if she was that attracted to him, and if she l
Doward Wilson
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-contest
Ashland, Oregon is home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Torte, a small town family bakery owned by Jules Capshaw and her mother. When Jules' life and marriage hit some major bumps, she left her husband Carlos behind on the cruise line where they both worked as chefs and returned home to help her mother out. Winter is off-season for the Festival, so no tourists and fewer local customers, so Jules has agreed to cater a private party for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at a ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I loved all the descriptions of food and scrumptious cooking. A foodie will definitely appreciate that about this book. The mystery wasn't quite as compelling, since too much focus on Jules lovelife for me. Overall, an entertaining book.

My rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

Review for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
Winter in Ashland, Oregon is not the best time to run a business, especially one that needs lots of upgrades. At Torte bakery, Jules Capshaw, her mom and their staff make the most of the weather by serving up unique coffee drinks, warm soups and of course, pastry. When Jules is commanded to cater an event for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Jules can't wait to try her culinary skills on a broader audience and earn some money for the much-needed new ovens at the bakery. She enlists the aid of St ...more
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the third I've read in the Bakeshop mystery series and like the first two was very enjoyable. Set in a resort closed by a storm, this is a "country house" cozy mystery where the suspects are limited to a closed circle of characters. In this case, Jules (Juliet Capshaw) and her assistant, Sterling, travel from Ashland, Oregon, to Lake of the Woods, a lakeside resort in the Southern Oregon Cascades (more info - ) to cater a three-day retreat for a Shakespea ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
Jules jumps at the chance to cater for the weekend at a resort in the mountains. But as is often the case, it just takes one obnoxious character to spoil the party. When Jules opens a freezer and discovers not the sausage she went for but a body, party plans are altered. A severe snowstorm hampers the police in arriving as well as Jules and her sous chef in cooking. But the unexpected arrival of her estranged husband Carlos could be a lifesaver as well as a complication. An entertaining cozy wit ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this series!
Kara Dittman
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.75 Stars!
A Bakeshop Mystery #3/10

Another fun, cozy mystery completed! Even though this series is cheesy and dramatic, I love the characters, the setting, the atmosphere, and all the baking! They are so easy to fly through and automatically transport the reader to Ashland, Oregon. I enjoy the frequent Shakespeare references and quotes as well!
Mary Brown
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the treats are killer good.

It's the dead of winter in the sleepy town of Ashland, which means no tourists-and fewer customers-for Jules Capshaw and her bakery. But when she's asked to cater an off-season retreat for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, business starts heating up...until Jules finds a dead body in the freezer.

"An intriguing new series."-Reader to Reader

Someone at the retreat has apparently iced the bartend
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, e-books
New author for me. A well written cozy mystery that was predictable. Event took place on a resort, Lake of the Woods near Ashland, Oregon. The group was now in the resort and snow bound, body in a freezer, electric power and phone line goe out, no cell phone coverage and alcohol present Some how the sheriff's officers made it there. About 1/3 of the book was describing how the meals were prepared. Recipes were included in the back. This events were brought together into a one story.

Cheryl Bradley
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's winter in Ashland, Oregon. Juliet Capshaw is still on a break from her estranged husband Carlos, a cruise ship chef. Meanwhile, Juliet is helping her mother with the family bakeshop, Torte, and training the young staff in the kitchen. Juliet lands a big catering gig with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, catering for the board members during a retreat at Lake of the Woods in the mountains. Juliet brings her young sous-chef-in-training, Sterling to help with the catering job.

Juliet is not at
Nancy H
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Another in the Bakeshop Mystery series, this book takes Jules and her bakery prowess to a remote lodge in the mountains of Oregon where she is catering a retreat for a theater group. When a blizzard strands the lodge without power or phone service, the murder that occurs wreaks havoc with everything. Jules is the one who finds the body in a freezer, so she is very much affected by the experience, yet has to continue cooking and catering since there is no one else to do it, and no way for anyone ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Jules caters a weekend at a nearby retreat and ends up snowed in with a killer (and some complications)

What I enjoyed:
* Sterling is turning out to be a very interesting character. He is very wise for his young age.
* The description of the food was amazing
* The idea of a "locked room" mystery. With the snow, the cast is very limited.

What could have been better:
* I hate love triangles and Jules's estranged husband Carlos showed up
* No one seemed concerned they were snowed in with a killer
* Jules
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love Jules, love Torte and love Ashland. Didn't love Carlos or his plot points. Looking forward to the next installment though. Hopefully it has more Thomas and less Carlos ;)
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Stars: A delicious cozy read, perfect to curl up with on a wintery afternoon.

Jules has forgotten how cold a winter in Ashland, Oregon can be. At least she can spend the days in the cozy confines of her family bakeshop, Torte. Things might have slowed down in Ashland, but Jules finds herself busy as ever, especially when Lance, one of the theater directors, requests her to cater a weekend retreat in the mountains. Jules can't turn down the offer, so she quickly packs up her car and Sterling
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: chic-lit
As much as I love this series, the mystery in this offering is not as compelling as I would like. I got to solve it thru process of elimination. This book was focused more on Jule's love life. Can't decide which team root to for and I think I will not like that to be the main conflict in book 4. I liked the development of Jules' sous chef's character and a foodie would've loved this too as each meal served in the catering sounds yummy.
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Ellie Alexander is a new author to me, however, I’ve had my eyes on the Bakeshop Mystery series since the first book Meet Your Baker. When I was offered a chance to read On Thin Icing, I jumped at the opportunity. On Thin Icing is the third book in the series and can definitely be read as a standalone.

This installment of the series finds Juliet “Jules” Capshaw working on extending the Torte brand. She has accepted a weekend catering job from Lance, the artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare
3.5 stars

I enjoy this series the more I read it. Jules, Helen, Andy, Stephanie and Sterling are now well established characters but with room to grow. The interactions are delightful and most of the characters feel real and believable, like people you'd know. Lance, the head of the local Shakespeare theater is over-the-top and I like him better when he drops his act. But all the characters mesh well together and Alexander slips in some philosophy along the way via the characters.

The mystery wasn
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Why I read it: This is the third book of the Bakeshop Mystery series, I've read the previous two and enjoyed them both. I'm such a sucker for cozy mysteries, they're just so fun!

Plot: This time we are taken on a trip to a wintery retreat outside of Ashland with Juliet (and Sterling!) to cater a three day event for the Shakespeare Festival board. But of course, t
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was really excited to read On Thin Icing and find out what is going on in Jules’ world now. In each book she gets in the middle of a murder mystery but there’s also a plot arc that runs through all the books. The big part of the on going plot arc is her husband and some unfinished business. In this book he shows up and she’s forced to deal with some things. There’s still stuff there but this is the first we actually get to see him on the page and spend time with him and I liked that a lot. He’ ...more
Katherine P
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, mystery-read
*Happy Sigh* This wasn't my first visit to Ashland and it may just be my favorite. I was a little concerned going into this one because I knew we weren't going to be at Torte with Andy, Jules' mother, and the rest of the usual crew but there was no need to worry. While I did miss the Torte crew and the residents of Ashland, Jules' new sous chef Sterling came into his own and was a delightful addition to the story. We also had Lance who was just perfectly used. We got enough of him and his theatr ...more
Peggy R
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Set in the Pacific Northwest, this series is centered around a food theme (the main character and her mother own a bakery) which is perfect for a cozy mystery. I have enjoyed reading this third installment and found that the characters continue to develop nicely. The entire mystery is set in a secluded resort during the winter and I thought the author did a wonderful job of presenting a strong mystery with plenty of suspects considering the lo ...more
Jennifer Margulis
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I borrowed this book from the library because it's set in Ashland, is told from the point of view of a baker, and is a murder mystery. It seemed like too much fun to pass up. The premise is great. The setting is fun: a fictional lodge at Lake of the Woods where the Board of Directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is holding a retreat.

Unfortunately, the book itself was disappointing. While it's fun to read about cooking, the main character (Juliet) is not particularly interesting or likable
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The third book in Ellie Alexander's Bakeshop Mystery series takes readers out of Torte, Jules' family bake shop in the small town of Ashland, Oregon, to a secluded woodland resort known as Lake of the Woods. Julies and Sterling, one of her staff at Torte, head to the resort to cater a weekend retreat for the board of Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare Festival. But among the weekend's guests are a surly bartender, a grumpy mechanic, an exhausted owner, Jules' estranged husband, and a murderer. Soon th ...more
Amanda McGill
Jul 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Another good novel in the Bakeshop mystery series!

It's winter and things are slowing down in the family bakeshop, Torte. Jules happily picks up a catering event for a retreat in the mountains. When she gets there, she is surprised by her husband, Carlos, (who she left) and a winter snowstorm. The next morning, the body of the nasty bartender is found by Jules and Carlos is a suspect. Jules needs to find the killer to clear Carlos' name.

After 2 novels of Jules' mysterious husband, the readers fin
Lisa Morin
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I have not read any of the earlier books in this series, but I absolutely loved this book. I will be reading the earlier books so I can catch up. It was easy to follow the story and I found myself cooking right along with Jules and Sterling.
Jules has returned home and is working in the family bakery, Torte. Unfortunately it's winter in Ashland and cold weather is keeping the customers away. When Jules is offered a chance to cook for a weekend retreat she has no idea just what she is in for. Con
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful series to delve into! The themes, baking and Shakespeare are fantastic! I love how the employee characters are developing and becoming vital to the story line. I wasn't sure who the killer was until the end. It left me guessing and guessing. There is a love triangle developing in this installment in the series. I'm not a big fan of love triangles, but we'll see how it all pans out in the next book. I'm really looking forward to Caught Bread Handed and have already pre-ordered it ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I've enjoyed this series from book one and #3 is every bit as good as the other 2. This one takes place away from Torte, but after a few pages you don't really miss it. A body is found during a hellacious snowstorm at a mountain resort and Jules' estranged husband, Carlos, shows up, too. I had no trouble figuring out whodunit, but the why eluded me until almost the end. Looking forward to the next one to see what direction all the relationships take. RECOMMEND!
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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 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.

The 7th book in the Bakeshop Myst

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A Bakeshop Mystery (10 books)
  • Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery, #1)
  • A Batter of Life and Death (A Bakeshop Mystery, #2)
  • Caught Bread Handed (A Bakeshop Mystery, #4)
  • Fudge and Jury (A Bakeshop Mystery, #5)
  • A Crime of Passion Fruit (Bakeshop Mystery #6)
  • Another One Bites the Crust (A Bakeshop Mystery #7)
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