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On Thin Icing

(A Bakeshop Mystery #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,585 ratings  ·  257 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, 278 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 bette…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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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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.
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Winter in Oregon can be temperamental and the means business is a bit slow with no tourists visiting the Torte bakery. So when Jules is asked to cater a retreat by Lance, the head of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the board of directors at a resort up in the woods she gladly accepts.

A huge snowstorm sets in soon after everyone arrives, but that does stop 1 surprise guest from arriving just a bit later. Jules is shocked when her estranged husband Carlos comes walking throu
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
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Finally, Carlos is introduced in this book and we get a look into Carlos and Jules life in the ship before Torte. I kind of liked Carlos although the reason to not tell Juliet about his past was stupid. Baking and Jules' love life took most part of the book, the mystery was just in the background. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. And I loved Jules and Sterling's partnership, it was good to see them bonding and opening up to each other. However, I missed all the regular characters especially Richard L ...more
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
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cozies set in winter are my fave
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
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
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Bakeshop series. Jules accepts a catering job at the old hunting lodge for the Shakespeare theater's board of directors. When the bartender is killed there is a limited number of suspects and when her ex husband shows up he becomes a prime candidate. This is a great cozy series that has some great recipes. An enjoyable read as this series gets better with each additional story. ...more
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This entire series is just so lovely and I immediately want to read the next book after I finished this one.

This was my first cozy mystery that I read with a ‘locked door’ and it was done so flawlessly. I was so into the story that I genuinely did not guess the killer until the author revealed it to us. The scene of the snowed in cabin added such a perfect vibe to the story.

Jules is always finding herself in the craziest situations and I thoroughly enjoy following her story. I enjoyed seeing m
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
This was a good one. I enjoyed the snowed in retreat setting and reading about the food Jules prepared was amazing. Considering there were so few viable suspects in my mind I still didn't figure things out. Lots of personal drama for Jules as well in this one and I hope things work out well, however they work out. ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this series!
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
Larissa Sevenhuysen
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was excited to get into this series as I enjoy baking and also mysteries (I have since learned that there is an entire genre dedicated to this!). I have now read three of them and I probably won’t continue. The mysteries themselves are okay and interesting enough. I love the setting and all the descriptions of baking, but the writing style is quite annoying. Jules narrates and is constantly telling the reader why she does what she does and why she is the way she is. I don’t need to be told wha ...more
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.

Laura Steinert
Jun 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have really tried to like these books (this is the 4th I've read) but I just can't like them. If you are a virgin who has never cooked, held a job or even noticed what goes on is restaurants, and have no interest in solving the cozy mystery, then these might be for you. "Witty banter" fails, Jules so oblivious that she doesn't know her ex is still in love with her, dithers until I want to scream because her husband told her a lie (didn't beat her, didn't gamble away their savings, didn't break ...more
Kara ✨
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.75 Stars!
A Bakeshop Mystery #3

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!
"Murder or no murder, everyone needs to eat."

If someone ever asks you to explain cozy mysteries to them, I feel like that line sums it up pretty well.

This was another fun one in this series, and I love that she moved us to a slightly different location for it. For one thing, we got the classic "locked-room/snowed-in" trope; and for another, if a third murder happened in sleepy Ashland within like 6 months, I think the tourist industry there might take a bit of nosedive. Not to mention people wou
This is my "O" book for the 2020 ABC Reading Challenge.

This was such a cute, cozy mystery. I really do like this series. I think the first was my favorite, because it introduced me to the characters and had a lot more Shakespeare references and the murderer was the least guessable. That being said, I will continue to read this series because I really like the characters and they are just so fun and easy to read.

I love love love how big a part food plays into the story. This is practically a rec
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
Lisa Findley
Jan 18, 2021 rated it did not like it
I ended up skimming 2/3 of this book, once I realized most of it consists of descriptions of cooking/baking, with a little ruminating on a love triangle, and the occasional stray thought about the mystery. The mystery was paper-thin; even the protagonist was barely interested in it, and much more concerned about how the altitude was affecting her baking times. Okay, she's a baker, but isn't she in a mystery novel?

After this and the Donna Andrews I read last year, I think I might conclude that c
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 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jules is asked to cater an off season retreat for directors of the Oregon Shakespeare festival. As much fun as it is and making special food and desserts it is about to change. She finds a dead body in the freezer and realizes someone iced the bartender. Snow storm, no power, no wi-fi and much more
happens, when her ex husband arrives at the resort unexpectedly. Lots of suspects to be considered, she is happy when the Professor and Thomas arrive to solve the crime. Fast moving story and now she
Linda Smatzny
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story is set at a resort that is snowed in and loses power. A bartender is murdered and Jules Capshaw, the main character, finds the body in a freezer. Adding more turmoil to Jules life her husband, Carlos, shows up. The book is more focused on Jules private life than the murder. It was an easy read. Am looking forward to what Jules decides about her marriage.
Selina Young
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
3.5 stars. Perfect light whodunnit with some characters thrown in to round it out. We meet Carlos for the first time. I’m not sure how I feel about him/that storyline; time will tell. Amazing recipes!! Reading these books makes me hungry. Lol.
Sierra Dean
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
These books are just candy for my brain. I don't have to think too much, none of the characters make me crazy, and even if I guess the killer, it's never SUPER obvious. Ellie Alexander is my fave cozy mystery author. ...more
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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 11th book in her Bakeshop Mys

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