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Fudge and Jury

(A Bakeshop Mystery #5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  655 ratings  ·  120 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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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
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
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,
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
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, cozy, arc
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 compelli ...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 intrig
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 (Back to the Books)
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
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!
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
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.

Wonderful phrases by Ellie Alexander like "whimsical chocolate posters promo
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The stars seem aligned for Jules Capshaw and her mom, Helen. Torte; a well-loved bakery, is getting a make-over complete with new ovens. Mom’s relationship with a certain classy law enforcement officer seems to be on track. Carlos; Jules’s ex is back on the high seas and Tommy, another local officer is still pining for Jules. Ashland is preparing for their Chocolate Festival and Torte is being showcased as one of the “premier” vendors.

What could possibly go wrong? A little rain can’t hurt, right
Emma Rose Ribbons
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Reread in July 2019 - really enjoyed this so much and I learned so much about different ingredients from it too.
This one takes places during a chocolate exhibition and I really enjoyed it, even though cakes aren't really my thing. Torte's also expanding in the background and that was lovely to see. The characters are wonderful and it's lovely to see them grow. A great installment in this wonderful series!
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

Well this is definitely a series I'll need to catch up on. The food descriptions were to die for (sorry, couldn't resist), and I am dying to try out those recipes (I know, that joke was even worse). The mystery was great, with no shortage of believable suspects. I also loved how connected I felt to the characters. I could feel how much hard work they put into Torte, and I wanted to cheer them on as they worked on improving it.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
Summary from Goodreads:

"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 stands a chance of being this year’s confectionery belle of the ball! Life couldn’t be sweeter—unless murder taints the batter.

Evan Rowe, of Confections Couture, makes a chocolate fountain that would put Willy Wo
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Author Ellie Alexander is guilty! Guilty of the crime of writing a brilliant mystery full of sweet chocolaty delights, and bittersweet murder!

Don’t ever say the cover of a book can’t lead you to a wonderful read. When I saw the cover of book one in the Bakeshop Mysteries, MEET YOUR BAKER, in the bookstore, I just had to read the back of it. And of course reading the back of it led to me buying it. Since that first book, I have eaten up each title as fast as they can come out!
Fudge and Jury, Book 5 of the Bakeshop Mystery, has Torte hustling and bustling to prepare the upcoming Chocolate Festival. March is the month for Ashland's festival and Torte is a showcase vendor this year. As recipes are being tried and compiled for the festival, Torte is also undergoing a some remodeling. While balancing both endeavors, a world-renowned confectioner has a deadly allergic reaction to something he ate while visiting each station at the festival. As it happened right after sampl ...more
Fudge and Jury: The fifth book in the series, Fudge and Jury begins in March, when Ashland hosts an annual Chocolate Festival and Jules and team are getting Torte ready to represent. They are also taking time to renovate the bakery and put in the new ovens that will help them keep up with the demand they hope will continue to increase. Jules is creating new chocolate creations and planning on moving into custom wedding cakes, so a good showing at the festival is important. Unfortunately, a famou ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another cute cozy mystery featuring a baker in Ashland, Oregon, who seems to get involved in mysteries. This one is set during the town's chocolate festival, where Juliet is representing her bakeshop, Torte, and right before the festival opens, one of her competitors samples a piece of Juliet's cake - and then dies. An allergic reaction is suspected, although Juliet knows there were no nuts in her cake; obviously, this isn't good for business! But lots of people did not like the man, so Juliet b ...more
Nicole Wrightson
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I randomly grabbed this book from the library shelves. It just caught my eye. I am glad it did.

I am really into food mysteries right now. I am trying to loose weight and so I guess I am eating more with my eyes right now. *Laughs* But anyway this book sucked me and I pretty much read it a few sittings but it spread through one long night. So I really finished it in the early morning hours of the third. But I just really wanted to figure out how Evan died. But I am glad that I kept reading becau
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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 (10 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)
  • Caught Bread Handed (A Bakeshop Mystery, #4)
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  • Another One Bites the Crust (A Bakeshop Mystery #7)
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