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Caught Bread Handed

(A Bakeshop Mystery #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  950 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Welcome to Tortea friendly, small-town family bake shop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count

Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carloss return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the
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Published June 28th 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Imaginative writing and tasty food.  Made this series one of my favorites. Caught Bread handed had me on the edge of my seat. With  A complicated romance. Baker and proprietor of Torte, Jules Capshaw's husband. Chef Carlos is back in town. From his career of cooking on a ship. A delightful cast of characters. The story is suspenseful and romantic.

The murder ties in with the plot. Seamlessly. Baking and cooking at Torte are favorite moments. Jules cleverly injects herself into the murder
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
My review of Caught Bread Handed has pretty much the same points as the other reviews I have done for this series. Where is the mystery? Someone dies early on, but there's no investigating until about 50%, besides a few questions to Juliet, we're not privy to any of the investigation. It's Lance, not Juliet who investigates, briefly, another possible suspect. There is no way we could know who did it and why when it's finally revealed.

This book is primarily about Juliet working in the family
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Minotaur and Netgalley. This title will be released on June 28. All thoughts stated in this review are entirely my own.*

This series is one of the best semi-new cozy mystery series for solid mysteries and characters that I've found yet. It's consistently solid and entertaining; something that even old, well established series can't always claim.

Jules recovered from her spineless state of the previous book and she even
Laura Steinert
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: foodies
In some cozy mysteries, the sleuth does so much running around that I can't imagine her business surviving--I mean who runs a business by working a 1/2 hour a day? Jules apparently works from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week while she solves crimes. But she doesn't do much crime solving because about 1/3 of the book is telling readers how to make frosting, or soup, or casseroles. I gave up baking about 20 years ago, but now that Alexander has discovered a new yeast that allows sourdough and ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As delicious, and intoxicating as the pastries in Torte, CAUGHT BREAD HANDED is the perfect ingredient in this culinary mystery series!

I remember pick up the first book in this series, MEET YOUR BAKER, and thinking how wonderful it sounded. Understatement! I was hooked before I was done with the first chapter. Ive excitedly waited for each new installment since.

CAUGHT BREAD HANDED is a superb mystery thats filled with excitement, fun, mystery, yummy food, great characters, a lovely location,
Janet Robel
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed all these in the series so far. I can almost smell the bread baking. Jules Capshaw is a good heroine. However, in this book I would have liked to see more focus on the mystery.
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I wish I could give this book 3.5 stars. While the first 3 in series were strong plots, this one didn't hit the mark for me. This book focused more on the love triangle and Jules' future romance rather than the mystery. The series as a whole is wonderful and I'm hoping the next book in the series circles around and has a stronger plot and doesn't focus as much on Jules' love life. Throughout the last few chapters I was hoping there would be a twist that would bring it back to the mystery but ...more
Doward Wilson
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-contest
Winter in Ashland, Oregon is still dragging on but business has picked up at Torte and that makes Jules Capshaw happy. The only problem in her life is the fact that her estranged husband, Carlos is still there trying to work things out with their marriage. Then things get crazier when Jules discovers the owner of a new restaurant murdered. Jules was delivering baked goods to customers around the square when she came upon the body, with the woman's business partner trying to revive her. Jules ...more
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
this review is also posted at: the Blacksheep Project. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Caught Bread Handed is a delectable read that made my stomach grumble at each chapter!

{ 5 things about Caught Bread Handed }

There's food!
and we all like (or maybe LOVE) food and I like reading about it too [Don't want to read about it? Let me tell you this, try reading and you'll end up looking for more books that involves your favorite pastries
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yet another chapter in the life of Juliet Capshaw.. Beyond the mystery, the side story of her life and business makes this series like a Hallmark movie.. Like the bakeshop goodies and coffee, I can only say.. More, please!
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
An unnaturally warm winter is leading to some unnatural events in Ashland, Oregon. A national fast food chain restaurant has just moved in across the street from the small town's beloved bake shop, Torte. While the name may sound vaguely Shakespearean, nothing else about the garish, over-the-top Shakesburgers fits with the town's look or feel, and other business owners are gearing up to oust the newcomer. For heroine Juliet, the drama is just another layer of what she is already dealing with: ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yummy food (especially baked stuff), hunky love interests (note plural), the fabulous Oregon setting of Ashland, and likeable and appealing characters (except the antagonistic recurring innkeeper) all add up to a sweet little mystery series that you will devour.

The first in the series is Meet Your Baker which introduced Juliet "Jules" Capshaw, a young woman returning home from a stint as a pastry chef on a cruise ship to nurse a broken relationship. CAUGHT BREAD HANDED is the fourth in the
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, arc, cozy
Juliet and Carlos are back in Ashland. A fast-food chain, Shake burgers has opened a restaurant opposite the Torte, the family restaurant. He residents of Ashland are upset as Shakeburgers doesn't fit the criteria of Shakespeare that town for which town is known. A meeting has been called to discuss it. Mindy, the owner refuses to recognize any problem. The next morning Juliet walks into the restaurant and finds the Mindy hemorrhaging from a stab wound her co-owner is trying to stop the ...more
Ryan Mishap
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
Perhaps one shouldn't go to cozies if you're looking for a good mystery. This one is more about the characters and their lives than it is about a murder. I can't complain about the most annoying aspect of this without spoilers, so don't read below if you aren't ready for that:

I feel like the author is trading in racist stereotypes with the Carlos character. He's Spanish, but she attributes all these "Latin Lover" tropes to him. He reads more like a stereotype of a Brazilian tango-god than an
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful series...dare I say the perfect palate cleanser. The characters are likeable and well developed. The writing is good and perhaps because I live in Oregon I love the Ashland setting.
Selah Pike
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I like Jules just fine, and I love the gang at Torte, but this was barely a mystery! The Professor and Thomas (the actual police) did all of the crime solving off stage so to speak. Jules storyline was all about her odd relationship with Carlos. Man, Carlos is smarmy and unappealing. 😣 So, basically the stars are for Torte and its employees. ...more
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars: A simple cozy mystery packed full of delicious food.

It is January in Ashland, Oregon, and it is unseasonably warm. Jules and the Torte gang are busy preparing their daily menu, despite the spring like weather. Jules is troubled because her estranged husband Carlos has been in town, winning over the hearts of everyone, including her, but now he is set to leave in a few days. She is torn between following her heart or staying put in Ashland and continuing to help her mother restore
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2016
Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander is the fourth book in A Bakeshop Mystery series. Juliet Montague Capshaw has returned to Ashland, Oregon from Lake of the Woods where she had catered an event (and helped catch a killer). Her husband, Carlos, who had shown up unexpectedly, has returned with her. Torte, her familys bakery, is busier than ever. The only thorn in their side is the monstrosity that has opened up across the street. ShakesBurgers is the new restaurant that took over where Jester ...more
Disclaimer: 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.

Well here we go, my first proper review since I started blogging that isn't on my site! Today is my stop on the Caught Bread Handed tour hosted by CBB Book Promotions, you can find the rest of the tour participants here.

My Thoughts: Caught Bread Handed is the fourth book in the A Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander. A very short amount of time
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Caught Bread Handed, the fourth book in Ellie Alexanders Bakeshop Mystery Series picks up about a week or two after On Thin Icing. However, this is a complete standalone read, with barely anything mentioned about what happened in the previous books.

Caught Bread Handed finds many residents of Ashland, Oregon upset with a new restaurant in town. Known for its love of Shakespeare, the downtown area has many small, family-owned shops and restaurants which boast Elizabethan touches. Mindy Nolan has
Lisa Morin
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Juliet Capshaw is a strong character who really grows in this story. Back from a recent catering job, Juliet is happily baking in her kitchen at Torte, the family owned bakery in the charming town of Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Working with her is her talented staff, her mother and Juliet's husband Carlos. Before returning to Torte, Juliet was working on a cruise ship, where she met and married her husband. Now that she is home, she seems happy, however her ...more
Peggy R
This is a wonderful addition to this series. The characters are all terrific. The author has developed them into full well rounded characters that we continue to see grow. The mystery was solid as there were plenty of suspects to choose from. I thought the mystery was a little different in this book compared to the others in that Jules did not play a strong role in solving the murder. She offered clues but in this book the focus for her character was more the relationship with her husband.

A full
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Torte, a lovely quaint bakeshop in Ashland Oregon is home to Jules Capshaw and her mom. Ashland is known for its Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the summer months and Jules helping police solve murders often!

Jules once again stumbles upon a dead body or a murder in progress.while dealing with an estranged husband getting ready to head back to the ship where he is the head chef. He came to Ashland to woo Jules back.

Will Jules solve the murder(s), meet her baking commitments, keep the oven
Amanda McGill
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
A good continuation in the Bakeshop Mystery series.

Jules finds another body and it's the owner of a new restaurant that no one likes. This novel is a bit different than the other novels where Jules doesn't do too much investigating and doesn't end up being the one to catch the killer.

Carlos (Jules' husband) is back in this novel and I'm unsure if the readers are suppose to like Carlos or not. I just don't see the connection between the two of them.

I enjoyed the mystery, but could of had less
Emma Rose Ribbons
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Reread in June 2019 - great and I loved the town so much in this.

Again, I really enjoyed this! It was nice to be back at Torte during a normal season (no TV show filming, no mountain lodge, just regular everyday hustle and bustle) and I found Carlos surprisingly charming in a small town setting. I also loved the heroine and seeing the secondary characters growing (Andy is particularly interesting). I'm eager to read more!
Pria Alston
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This was my least favorite of the series so far. I felt like the mystery took a back seat while Jules was waffling on her love life. It wasn't bad just different from the rest of the series. It does make sense to have one where Jules is not overly involved.
Kara ✨ Literary Kaleidoscope
3.25 Stars!
A Bakeshop Mystery #4
In Caught Bread Handed it is wintertime and even though the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is on hiatus, Ashland is still buzzing. A chain restaurant has muscled its way into the downtown business district, ruffling the feathers of the historic district. When the new owner is found dead, many of the townsfolk have the motive for murder.

This installment of the Bakeshop Mystery continues with the appearance of Jules' estranged husband Carlos in Ashland. He wants her to understand he didn't mean to
Mary A. Muchowicz
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is currently closed for the Winter (at least until February), but they are managing to keep busy at Torte by adding catering and Sunday dinners to keep the cash flowing especially since they need to purchase new ovens before the start of the very busy tourist season. When Alan, the owner of "The Jester" is forced to sell his restaurant it is bought by Mindy Nolan who tears down the Shakespeare façade, paints the restaurant neon green and brings in a fast food ...more
Max "Mr Divabetic" Szadek
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I call this a 'one day' book because you're able to read it in one day. I enjoyed this book. My only complaint is that the the nuisances of baking outweigh the mystery behind the murder. Chapter after chapter, I kept wondering when the main character, Juliet, was going to take off her apron and get down to the business of investigating.

The author does a great job of giving you a slice of 'cake without the frosting' when she describes the daily grind of owning and operating a bakery/restaurant.
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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.

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Other books in the series

A Bakeshop Mystery (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Meet Your Baker (A Bakeshop Mystery, #1)
  • A Batter of Life and Death (A Bakeshop Mystery, #2)
  • On Thin Icing (A Bakeshop Mystery, #3)
  • Fudge and Jury (A Bakeshop Mystery, #5)
  • A Crime of Passion Fruit (Bakeshop Mystery #6)
  • Another One Bites the Crust (A Bakeshop Mystery #7)
  • Till Death Do Us Tart (A Bakeshop Mystery #8)
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