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A Crime of Passion Fruit

(A Bakeshop Mystery #6)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,053 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Torte--everybody's favorite small-town family bakeshop--is headed for the high seas, where murder is about to make a splash. . .

Jules Capshaw is trying to keep her cool as Torte gets set to make its transformation from quaint, local confectionary cafe to royal pastry palace. Meanwhile, Jules's estranged husband Carlos is making a desperate plea for her to come aboard his
Mass Market Paperback, 266 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Jules has an offer she would like to refuse, going back to work on the cruise ship Amour of the Seas for a week to help out her husband Carlos, but then he sweetens the pot by offering to let her mom, Helen, and her beau the Professor come along. There is a lot happening at Torte but the staff says they can take care of everything and encourages them all to go and enjoy their time a sea.

Excited for the trip they board the ship for a relaxing week but just like at home a dead b
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this outing with Jules, Torte moves into the background. She received a call from Carlos (her estranged husband) that the pastry chef on the upcoming cruise has quit and they need someone for a short four day cruise until the new hire can arrive. To sweeten the pot, her mom and "The Professor" are invited along free of charge. She can not turn this opportunity down. Not only does her mother really need a vacation, but it will give her time to decided what to do about Carlos. Of course on the ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Setting:  Aboard the Amour of the Seas, a boutique cruise ship 


Juliet "Jules" Capshaw: Former full-time pastry chef on a cruise line, current co-owner of Torte, a popular local bakery and cafe in Ashland, Oregon. 
Carlos: Jules's estranged husband, head chef on the Amour of the Seas
Rocky: Cruise director 
Helen Capshaw: Jules' mother and co-owner of Torte
The Professor: Police chief detective and boyfriend of Helen
Plot:  Before returning home to Ashland, Jules spent several years travelin
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A wonderful read that anyone will love.  The story kept me guessing until the end.  You will feel like you have been placed on a tropical island. Jules treats everyone like they are family.  When she is on the cruise ship it was great to see how things were done in the kitchen and on the ship. It has to take a well organized and strong person to cook and work in a short and crowded space.

I like the fact that the murder is on the ship and theres is a wide range of suspects. The story moves quickl
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This book was soo good, like the first few books in the series. There was a lot of sleuthing go on. I figured out the whodunit pretty early but then the author confused me with the red herrings. This book also had a lot of heart, one scene in particular made me tear up a bit. I think I am Team Carlos because I realized with this book that I find Thomas annoying :D I used to find Lance equally annoying but I've started to warm up to him now. With Jules being away on a cruise in this one, the tort ...more
Carole Jarvis
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I wasn’t very far into A Crime of Passion Fruit before realizing that Ellie Alexander’s bakeshop series would become a favorite of mine. The story is well written, intelligent, creative, entertaining, and just plain fun. Rather than being suspenseful, the focus is on logical crime deduction, a style that I love. Although this is #6 in the series – and I’ve not read the previous stories – it easily stands alone. I could pretty much figure out w
Okay so I didn't start off with the first book in the series so I was playing a bit of catch up with some of the back story on the MC which we get snippets of. Basically she lived for a decade or so on a cruise ship as a pastry chef and married Carlos (who is a Mexican cliche and begins every sentence with Si or adds it to every sentence...) the main food chef. When she found out he had a son (it sounds like he has nothing to do with the kid or possibly didn't know himself) she freaks out and ju ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2019
I skimmed big parts of this just to be done with it. I'll just say I LOATHE Carlos and can't read another sentence about him. Other characters are fine...........I just can't get past this guy. Done with the series, unless he disappears. ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: An entertaining cozy mystery, but I missed the coziness of the bake shop, and the murder mystery was a little too unrealistic.

Jules is busy as ever at Torte. Between baking and the development of the basement property, she has her hands full. When Carlos calls out of the blue begging for her help on the cruise ship, Jules is hesitant to go, but when he includes a vacation for her mom and the Professor, Jules agrees. It is only five days, what could happen in five days? O
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ellie Alexander is one of my absolute favorite mystery authors. This series is my in my top three of all time reads and I am always eager to highlight a book by her on the blog. It was a treat to go back to Jules’ pastry roots on the cruise ship, her friends and life on a ship was delightful to see.

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Nancy H
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another in the Bakeshop Mystery series, this story sees Jules temporarily going back to her old job as pastry chef on the same cruise ship as her estranged husband Carlos. As if her turbulent emotions regarding Carlos and his attempts to win her back are not enough, she finds the dead body of a woman who had been acting very suspicious. She is troubled by the fact that no one knows who the deceased is, and as she investigates, finds more and more things that are not what they should be. Things g ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Crime of Passion Fruit is a must read! Well written characters, a touch of romance, and a mystery that will keep you guessing make this a hard to put down book. The delicious recipes included at the end are an added bonus! Definitely recommend!
Richa Bhattarai
Apr 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Non-existent plot, indirect speech, passive voice, repeating the same thing ten times. A classic example of 'telling' and 'asking' rather than 'showing.' The art of creating a 277 page book out of nothing !!! I am astounded by the 4 average rating for this novel - but well, to each their own.

The only thing I liked was the recipes at the end, and descriptions of food.
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Warning: This book will cause cravings for Monte Cristo sandwiches, gooey cinnamon rolls, crepe cakes, lemon jelly roll, peach coffee cake, and more delectable desserts and pastries. You have been duly cautioned.

While A Crime of Passion Fruit isn’t like one of those ‘special mid-season episodes’ of your favorite TV show, where everyone heads to the vacation destination, Alexander does a fantastic job of including all the beloved characters anyway. Through emails back and forth with her friends a
K.A. Davis
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was transported to a tropical paradise from the moment I saw the cover until the very last page. Jules, owner of Torte, a bakeshop in Ashland, Oregon, has a strong sense of community and treats her employees like family. This theme is carried throughout the series and extends to her temporary stay on board a cruise ship. When her estranged husband, Carlos (and yes, I am #teamcarlos!), asks her to return to his cruise ship for a short time to work as a pastry chef, she agrees. Jules is especial ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Another fun installment in this cozy mystery series! In this book, Juliet is asked to temporarily return to her former job as a pastry chef on a cruise line until the new chef can come on board. Her estranged husband, Carlos, is thrilled to have her on board again, and Juliet's mom and her boyfriend come along for a week-long vacation too. At first, it's a fun change from Juliet's usual routine at the family's bakery in Ashland, but then Juliet discovers a dead body on board and natur ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This i s my first foray into the Bakeshop Mystery series. I picked this book up at my local grocery store, which to my luck, carries cozy mysteries. I know you should probably start with book one in a series but I didn’t have any trouble getting into this book. The set up in the first few chapters really gives you a handle on who is who and what is going on in the universe in and around Ashland.

Like in the last Ellie Alexander book I read, this main character is estranged from her husband. I won
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Debbie Maskus
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I seem to gravitate to cozy mysteries. A Crime of Passion Fruit fits that bill. The story does not display a graphic murder scene. Juliet Capshaw and her mother, Helen, run Torte, a bakery in Oregon. In her past life, Jules worked on various cruise ships as a pastry chef. Now her estranged husband, Carlos, has asked for Jules assistance for a few days on the cruise ship he works. As a push to get Jules to agree, Juliet’s mother and her mother’s boyfriend, the Professor, will be given a free crui ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Juliet Capshaw gets a phone call from her sort of estranged husband Carlos, the head pastry chef on the cruise ship has been sacked and they need another for a week, to sweeten the deal Carlos has arranged for Juliet's mother and The Professor (aka the chief detective of the local police) to also have a trip. It gets to the first full day and whilst Juliet is taking an early morning walk around the ship to get some fresh air and exercise before the heat of the kitchen, she comes across a young w ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Capshaw women; Jules and Helen along with the Professor are granted an all-inclusive 4-day cruise so that Jules can help Carlos who is down a chef. While on the cruise a murder occurs and Jules helps the Professor to solve it. There is a happy ending after choppy seas and everything not nailed down flying around.

Ellie Alexander continues to bring us exciting characters, locations and delicious recipes! I continue to hold out hope that Jules and Thomas will be together!!
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though it was not the first book of the series it was still easy to follow the characters personalities. Also very surprised at the end! The writing was good that I never been considered that the murder was who he was. Will definitely be reading other books from this series.
Alexandra Nunney
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
This was by no means bad but I missed Ashland and now realise what a vital component the town is to this series.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love these cute mysteries! Especially this bakeshop series!
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Last year I went through a huge cozy mystery phase and read absolutely tons of books in the genre. I'm pretty burnt out on it now, and the only cozies sneaking their way onto my reading list are the ones from series that I really love, and the Bakeshop Mysteries are at the very top of the list. Ellie Alexander continues to do fun things with the characters to keep the setting interesting, and in this one we're back on the cruise ship Jules used to work on (which means Carlos is back too). Settin ...more
Lisa Morin
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I've always enjoyed this series and A Crime of Passion Fruit is an excellent addition to the cozy mystery family.
I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy the story since it took place on the cruise ship, but I was pleasantly surprised.
It was interesting to read about the inner workings of the kitchens on the ship and the intriguing mystery made it even more enjoyable.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another delightful cozy from my favorite foodie series! In this 6th installment in the Bakeshop series, Carlos persuades Jules to rejoin his staff on the cruise ship when his pastry chef quits unexpectedly. Carlos provides Jules' mom and her detective boyfriend, "the Professor," with free tickets aboard the ship. Things are going well until a stowaway young woman is found floating in the ship's pool. Of course, the Professor and Jules investigate the mystery with a little help from back home via ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hesitant at first to read this book since it takes place on a cruise ship. Cruise ships are floating petri dishes during this time of COVID-19 and other noroviruses, so it should be a book I normally would avoid. However, I love this author, I love this series, and this was the next one for me to read. I am glad that the cruise ship setting and the excerpt with the seasick deckhand did not deter me. This author and series is just THAT good to divert my attention away from any negativity.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2017
A Crime of Passion Fruit by Ellie Alexander is the sixth book in A Bakeshop Mystery series. Jules Capshaw receives a call from her estranged husband, Carlos asking for her assistance. The pastry chef on the cruise ship quit unexpectedly and his replacement will not arrive for a week. The captain would like Jules to return and offers an incentive of an all-expense paid trip for her mother, Helen and her fiancé, Doug Curtis (the Professor). Jules and Helen leave Torte in the hands of their capable ...more
Peggy R
I found this story to be very entertaining and it kept me engaged right through the end. These characters are warm, friendly, funny, quirky and very likable. The mystery is well crafted and the plot had a steady pace. I can't wait to see what this author has in store for this series next and I will definitely be back for a visit to Ashland.

This book is expected to be published on June 27th and a full review will be posted on my blog closer to that date.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy
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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

Other books in the series

A Bakeshop Mystery (1 - 10 of 14 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)
  • Fudge and Jury (A Bakeshop Mystery, #5)
  • Another One Bites the Crust (A Bakeshop Mystery #7)
  • Till Death Do Us Tart (A Bakeshop Mystery #8)
  • Live and Let Pie (A Bakeshop Mystery, #9)
  • A Cup of Holiday Fear (A Bakeshop Mystery, #10)
  • Nothing Bundt Trouble (A Bakeshop Mystery #11)

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