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A Crime of Passion Fruit (A Bakeshop Mystery #6)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  371 Ratings  ·  91 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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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
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
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
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
Carole Jarvis
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
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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Sheila Siarkiewicz
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!
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
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
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stelle e mezza
Stavolta Jules torna sulla nave da crociera dove ha lavorato a lungo per sostituire un collega durante una mini-crociera nei Caraibi. Ovviamente ritroviamo Carlos, il marito da cui si è allontanata (e che io continuo a non aprrezzare, ma questa è un'altra storia...); anche la madre di Jules e il Professore (il capo dei detective della cittadina natale di Jules) sono sulla nave ed è un bene perché una ragazza è trovata affogata in piscina il giorno dopo la partenza. Il Professore
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!!
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
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, cozy-mysteries
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
Abby Fabian
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was another wonderful addition to this delectable and deadly series. Jules was forced to take a hard look at her situation, and try to come to some sort of conclusion. All the while, the mystery never took the backburner. This book will leave you on the edge of your seat and craving desserts!
Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading
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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

There's nothing like jumping right into a mystery series when you haven't even read the first five books! Well, I did it again, but I have to say that I never felt like I was missing anything! The characters were so well developed that the story flowed without any loss of continuity from the previous books. I really enjoyed this and loo
DelAnne Frazee
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: A Crime Of Passion Fruit - Bakeshop Mystery Book 6
Author: Ellie Alexander
Publisher: St Martins Press
Published: 6-27-302
Pages: 320
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuth; Cozy Mystery; Women Sleuths; Culinary Mystery
ISBN: 9781250088070
Reviewed For NetGalley and St Martin's
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.25 Stars

First off even though this is the sixth book a reader will have no trouble starting from here. Through character dialog and memories there is e
Jessica Higgins
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A delectable treat that readers are sure to fall in love with before the end of the first chapter.

In the middle of a major remodel and expansion at Torte, Jules Capshaw is trying not to get caught up in the madness and stress. When her estranged husband contacts her begging for her to come to the cruise ship he works on and take over as a temporary pastry chef, she wonders if it could be just the distraction she needs. She is hesitant to be back in her old life and routine with Carlos but finds
I waited patiently for this book to be released. I do not know what I have enjoyed more about this series. The life portrayed at Torte or the loss of marriage with Jules and Carlos.

I understand Jules was upset with what she thought was a betrayal when Carlos did not tell her he had a child. But in reality I do question why she never ask him if he had children. Really to get married and not ask so important of a question makes me wonder if she was only interested in Carlos because he might not h
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you every read a book that makes you want to vacation so much you can smell the salt in the air? You can feel the warmth of the sun kiss your cheeks? You can hear the waves hit the side of the shop? And look out into the vast endlessness of the ocean with your eyes closed? 

This is how I felt reading the 6th installment of the Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander. Jules has been asked by her estranged husband to come to his rescue. Well, not his rescue, but to come and be head pastry c
Laura Reading
Ellie Alexander's prose has a lyrical quality to it with beautiful, rolling, descriptive passages. Very fitting for a novel set on a stormy sea cruise. Add in some quotes from The Bard and this is a word lover's dream cozy. More like a nightmare vacation for the Professor, who has a dreamier vision for this chance to get away with Helen, chef Jules Capshaw's mother. When Jules stumbles upon a floating body, it becomes a working vacation for the Professor.
It was already a working assignment for J
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ellie Alexander's bakeshop mysteries are one of my favorite series. The sixth book in the series, A Crime of Passion Fruit, just confirmed this.

Jules goes back to her cruise ship roots in this installment as a favor to her estranged husband, Carlos, filling in for a week as head pastry chef. Her mom, Helen, and Helen's beau, the Professor, are invited along. Of course, Jules finds a body her first morning on the ship...a stowaway. Since the murder happened after the ship set sail, the list of su
Laura Salas
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Another outing in Jules' life, with another mystery to solve--this one on the high seas, as Jules returns temporarily to her previous life as a pastry chef for a small European cruise line. I enjoyed the read, though I didn't think it was as strong as previous entries in the series. We don't know the victim at all, and the whole mystery solving feels more like an academic exercise than anything very dramatic or tension-filled.

Also, it felt like she explained that "Staff worked around the clock"
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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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Other books in the series

A Bakeshop Mystery (8 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)