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Fudge and Jury

(A Bakeshop Mystery #5)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,179 ratings  ·  174 reviews
Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bakery where the pastries are delicious…and, now, suspicious.

It’s almost spring in Ashland, Oregon, and the town is preparing for the Shakespeare and the annual Chocolate Festival. Business is cookin’ at Torte, and the store is expanding as Jules’ team whips up crèpes filled with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Torte sta
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Everyone at Torte is excited for the annual Chocolate Festival as the shop will have a featured role at the event. They also are having new ovens installed and a little painting and reorganization taking place while the shop is closed for the festival. So it is all hands on deck to get everything done.

Jules and Helen are handling the festival and are getting their booth set up when chocolatier, Evan Rowe, of Confections Couture, is making the rounds of the neighboring booths.
DJ Sakata
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite Quotes:

Juliet, you are the worst liar on the planet. I know exactly what you’re thinking and I assure you that I’m thinking the same thing. Evan was clearly hunted down and killed by a crafty baker. Don’t try to pretend that you’re not as delighted as I am…

She reminded me of a writer who was a regular at Torte. He brings his laptop and plants himself by the front windows while he writes and drinks coffee by the gallon. Andy once asked if we should cut him off because customers around hi
It’s been a while since I read the previous book in this series, and I have to say that I forgot how readable these books are! The Bakeshop mysteries are truly a joy to read and I will be sticking with this series for many books to come!

Jules is great, I think my main problem with her in the last books was how she acted with Carlos around, and, though she thought about him often in this book, she was much more likable without him around making her act foolish. Her mother is always a delight, and
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I liked this better than the previous one. A good cozy read with a side mystery. There's a lot going on with Jules, what with a fest to participate, expanding Torte and the mystery to solve. ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Setting: Ashland, Oregon; annual chocolate festival

Juliet "Jules" Capshaw: Pastry chef, narrator, and co-owner of Torte, a well-loved local bakery and cafe in Ashland

Helen Capshaw: Jules' mother and co-owner of Torte

The Professor: Police chief detective and boyfriend of Helen

Thomas: Police detective, high school sweetheart of Jules

Andy, Sterling, and Stephanie: Members of the staff at Torte

Plot: The annual chocolate festival is a huge opportunity for Torte to expand their business. Eve
Amanda McGill
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgallery, 2017
Still one of my favourite cozy mystery series!

We are back in Torte and it's time for the Chocolate Festival (mentioned in book 4). Torte is closed for the festival as the kids are painting the kitchen updating the stores, while Jules and her mother are busy with their booth at the festival. One of the vendor's (a famous chef) is found dead after sampling a number of chocolate dishes. Which one of the vendor's is to blame or was it someone close to the chef?

I love reading about Torte and Ashland,
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, arc, cozy
In the fifth book of this series Jules and her Mother are attending a Chocolate Festival in Ashland, Oregon. A competitor has a strong allergic reaction and dies just after eating a piece of cake made by Jules before the festival opens. Between overseeing new ovens put into Torte and handling the festival duties, Jules search for an answer. This book is full of cooking and baking instructions and a little romance. Good recipes are included. I recommend this book.

Disclosure: I received a free cop
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy is it fun to read a book about chocolate on a snowy weekend. Ellie Alexander's January release of Fudge & Jury is excellent. The Bakeshop mystery series has quickly become a favorite of mine and Ellie Alexander reminds me of why in Fudge & Jury. Fans of this series, you will want to stock chocolate before you start this book! I had to make brownies while reading it. Mouthwatering food mentions and recipes await you as well as a wonderful mother/daughter relationship and a compelling myste ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Warning: Reading this book will cause chocolate cravings. Not only does the main character run a bakery specializing in chocolate, but they are currently participating in their local chocolate festival! Chocolate galore.

Fudge and Jury is a cute culinary cozy mystery. (How’s that for alliteration?) Though perhaps it leans a bit more toward the culinary & the cozy than the mystery, that doesn’t make it any less entertaining. It’s full of great chocolate and great characters (Lance is so intriguing
Nancy H
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy these Bakeshop Mysteries. In this story, Jules and her crew from Torte have a space at the Chocolate Festival and they hope to bring home the ultimate award for their chocolate. What they do not expect is a rival chocolatier to fall dead at Jules' feet. When her cake is suspected of being the cause of his death, Jules, her crew, and her friend Lance feel compelled to help the police find the murderer. This is a satisfying, page-turner of a mystery that will keep readers coming bac ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book five in the series was even better than I expected!
With the characters I have grown to love, and a great mystery plot, this is the best in the series so far!
I highly recommend it and look forward to more in the series!
Cheryl Bradley
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Juliet Capshaw is honored that her family bakeshop, Torte, is to be one of the featured hosts at the Chocolate Fest in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon. While Juliet and her mother are busily preparing chocolate tasting samples, their young staff is gearing up to paint and remodel the bakery kitchen and finally install new ovens. Meanwhile, there is a captivating possibility to expand Torte to the downstairs basement.

In the midst of the chocolate frenzy, Evan Rowe, the conceited and unlikeable ow
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book received from NetGalley.

This is a very cute cozy mystery. It takes place in Oregon at a Chocolate Festival. The owners of a local bakery take part and end up embroiled in a murder mystery when one of the other vendors at the festival dies under suspicious circumstances. This is the first book I have ever read in the series, even though it's the fifth book released. It really didn't matter, I had no problem following what was going on and with the bit of explanation about other characters, I
Lisa Morin
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A Chocolate Festival sounds like a great idea! Ashland Falls, Oregon is preparing for their festival and Torte, a locally owned bake shop, is excited to be participating.
The delectable chocolate delights will leave your mouth watering and when a local participant drops dead, it seems that Torte needs to prove their innocence.
This book has a lot going on and it is sure to please fans of this wonderful series.
Each book gets better and better and this one is definitely my favorite by far!
I voluntar
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: foodies and cozy mystery readers
This wasn't quite as entertaining as the previous books, but it was still very good. The delicious descriptions of chocolate and yummy goodies had me salivating, and the mystery kept me on my toes.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A terrific cozy, bursting with chocolate, and a surprising twist with the murder.

Spring is right around the corner, and the gang at Torte is busy remodeling and painting as well as preparing decadent chocolate creations for the upcoming Chocolate Festival. Luckily, things seem to be going smoothly, and Jules has her fingers crossed that they can finish painting, install the new ovens and participate in the Chocolate Festival. Everything is going to plan until the unthinkable happens
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Jules and Helen Capshaw and the staff of Torte are busier than ever. They finally have the money to renovate the kitchen and an opportunity to buy the basement space under the bakery with government grants to improve the infrastructure to keep the basement from flooding. Jules and Helen are also participating in the annual local Chocolate Festival (!!!!!) and samples are needed for the hungry masses. Torte is about to be put on the map or wiped off it at the whims of Master Chocolatier Evan Rowe ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Juliet (Jules) Montague Capshaw lives in Ashland, Oregon. This little town is home to a Shakespearean Festival and this story takes place during the off season. Juliet is her mother's partner in the family bakery/cafe, Torte. She has returned from working on a cruise ship where she met and married Carlos. Juliet is still trying to figure out where her marriage with Carlos stands, but he is back on the cruise ship and she is in Ashland. Jules and her Mother are participating in the Chocolate Fest ...more
Teena in Toronto
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
Juliet (aka Jules) was raised in small town Ashland, OR, but dreamed of seeing the world. She grew up helping her parents in their bakery, Torte, and went on to culinary school. She got a job with a cruise line and didn't get home often after that. She met her husband, Carlos, an executive chef, on a cruise and things were going well until she discovered he had a secret. With a broken heart, she headed home to figure things out. It's been almost a year and she now happily shares ownership of Tor ...more
Linda Smatzny
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
In this story, the town of Ashland,Oregon is hosting the annual Chocolate Festival. Torte is one of the main vendors at the show which means some extra work for the crew at Torte. Also happening Jules and her mother are thinking about bidding on the space under Torte for further expansion. And yes there is a murder at the festival. I enjoy this series because all the characters are so connected in good ways and seem to grow as the series continues. The book was an easy read.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
The good: Carlos is gone! The crew at Torte is awesome as ever. The town is still fun. A chocolate fest!! Jules actually got to figure something out.

The bad: The love triangle continues, although it’s in the background. Jules still puts herself in dangerous situations. Now she’s helpless with tech? 🤦🏻‍♀️
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is a Chocolate festival going on in the Spring in Oregon. Torte is all excited about possibly winning as Bell of the Ball for the deliciously made Chocolate. When a murder happens suddenly the businesses have to go home and the event is postponed.....All eyes are on Jules as she tries to figure out who could have possibly poisoned the top chocolatier.
I enjoy this author and have many more books to read from her selections.
Sandy Todd
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thanks so much Ellie for letting us get to know Lance better! Loved his roll in the mystery!
Doward Wilson
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A well plotted and entertaining cozy with wonderful characters and lots of chocolate!
Sandy  Kemp
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jules leaves me a bit cold, but I like the bakeshop and the setting very much. I knew who the killer was fairly early in the book. Not the best in the series, but enjoyable.
K.A. Davis
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chocolate…my most favorite flavor in all the world! It was with great happiness when I picked up Ellie Alexander’s brand new release in her Bakeshop Mystery series, FUDGE AND JURY, and started reading about Ashland’s annual Chocolate Festival! The author transports us to a world of sweet confectionery with Jules, owner of her family’s bakeshop Torte, the “Queen of Sugar”. I love to bake and spend time in the kitchen and Ellie Alexander beautifully captures the feelings I have being there. She wr ...more
Pärvz Talibli
May 21, 2021 rated it liked it
I shouldn't have picked up the 5th book in a series, but this was the only one the free library had, and being my first commercial cosy-mystery, this was good. The bakery setting was cool, the "detectives" were smary and pleasantly analytical, and the mystery itself was interesting, perhaps a bit too thin, but it was fun to read it all unfold. ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2016
Fudge and Jury by Ellie Alexander is the fifth book in A Bakeshop Mystery series. It is March in Ashland, Oregon, and Torte is getting ready for a remodel and Ashland’s Annual Chocolate Festival. Jules and her mother, Helen have finally saved up enough money for new ovens. Before the ovens will be installed, the place will get a paint job (as well as a new register and inventory system installed). Torte is also preparing chocolate samples and cakes for the festival. Torte is one of the four show ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yummy food (especially chocolate!), hunky love interests (note plural), the fabulous Oregon setting of Ashland, and likeable and appealing characters (except the antagonistic recurring innkeeper although he didn't appear much in this book) 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. FU
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fudge and Jury, the 5th book in the Bakeshop mystery series, is set in Ashland, Oregon with a picturesque background of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

This series has been one of my favorite series from the beginning. With eclectic characters like Juliet Montague Capshaw (aka Jules), her mom Helen, the Professor (think of Roy Dotrice), Lance (think of Ian Ogilivy), Thomas, and many more, they create a mosaic of stories.

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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.

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A Bakeshop Mystery (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • A Batter of Life and Death (A Bakeshop Mystery, #2)
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  • Caught Bread Handed (A Bakeshop Mystery, #4)
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  • Another One Bites the Crust (A Bakeshop Mystery #7)
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