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Live and Let Pie

(A Bakeshop Mystery #9)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Ellie Alexander's Live and Let Pie is the most delicious installment yet in the fantastic Bakeshop Mysteries set in Ashland, OR!

Life is sweet once you step into Torte, everybody's favorite small-town bakeshop. But what happens when it becomes the scene of a crime?

The heat is on for pastry chef, family business operator, and unlikely sleuth Jules Capshaw. Just when she tho
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 31st 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the ninth installment of the Bakeshop mystery series set in the trendy small town of Ashland, Oregon. There are many exciting changes at Torte bakeshop, run by Jules Capshaw and her mother. Business is booming, necessitating hiring three new employees, a major renovation project which is almost complete and Jules' mother has just returned from her Greek honeymoon, having remarried after being a widow for some time. Her mother's new husband is referred to as "The Professor" and they have ...more
Peggy R
This is the 9th book in the Bakeshop Mystery and I have enjoyed each one of the stories. The setting of Ashland is quaint and because it is a tourist town it allows for the author to craft mysteries with a lot of options. What this author does particularly well is create characters. I have fallen in love with all of the characters and enjoy that we as readers have gotten the chance to peek into their lives and watch they triumph, fail, fall in love and grow into their own. One of my favorite thi ...more
The Lit Bitch
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I have said before, I love supporting local authors or at the very least, books set in my home state. Oregon isn’t exactly the most exciting state in the union so when I find books set here, I am always interested to read them and see how they measure up.

That’s how I found Ellie Alexander. When one of Alexander’s book came up for review, I was eager to read it and I loved it! It was the first in a new series and was set in Leavenworth Washington. Ok so not exactly Oregon but close enough. The
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great cozy mystery series! Live and Let Pie is #9 in A Bakeshop Mystery series and I have enjoyed them all. This edition gives a nod to both the future and the past. Renovations and changes have come to Torte, the bakeshop owned and operated by Jules, new homes are being bought and questions are arising about the future fate of Jules’ marriage. But a mystery has Jules digging back to a cold case from the 1960s. I don’t want to give away too much and spoil the plot. What I will say is t ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fun entry in the Bakeshop Mystery series (#9) and it was just as enjoyable as the first 8. Alexander has gathered her engaging group of characters (and has even added three new staff members with the expansion of Torte) in the appealing Oregon town of Ashland for a little mystery, lots of food, and even a little culture in the way of Shakespeare. In my review for the previous book I worried this series would be ending but after reading this my fears have been alleviated as Jules appears ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Live and Let Pie by Ellie Alexander is the 9th book in the Bakeshop Mystery series, and another great addition. I love this series, and have read them all. When a new book comes out it's like visiting old friends. In this book several things are going on. Jules Capshaw finds a skull that turns out to be from a person who went missing in the 1960's. The plot and characters are well written, and this book will keep you guessing and wondering about all the suspects. I am growing tired of the Jules ...more
K.A. Davis
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
LIVE AND LET PIE, the ninth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander, is another charming addition to a sweet series! Protagonist Jules Capshaw, owner of the newly expanded and remodeled Torte Bakeshop in Ashland, Oregon, is an easy to love character. She is the type of person you’d want to hang out with and get to know… and if you’re lucky, sample all the yummy goodies she creates in her bakery kitchen! I love the friendships she has developed with her employees and how she freely ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Live and Let Pie by Ellie Alexander is the ninth A Bakeshop Mystery. Jules Capshaw is busy running Torte and supervising the renovations. With the shop expansion, it is time to hire some new employees. Jules’ mother, Helen and her new husband have been house hunting. Helen requests that Jules accompany her to look at a house on Emigrant Lake and they can then enjoy a picnic afterword. Unfortunately, the picnic takes a backseat when two teenage girls discover a skeleton while diving. George Mill ...more
Laura Salas
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I always enjoy a visit to Ashland and to Torte, with its mouthwatering desserts and lovely mother/daughter team. For a charming, historic town, Ashland sure is the site of many murders, and this time is no exception. The story spans from a gruesome discovery of a murder several decades old to a current murder, and it includes subplots about staff secrets and disagreements, Torte's expansion, a home for Juliet's mom and the Professor, and, of course, Juliet's relationship with Carlos.

Juliet and t
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: Another entertaining installment in a great cozy series, but the mystery needed more development.

Jules is more than eager for the remodel of Torte to be completed. In anticipation of more business, Jules is planning to hire more help. Jules begins the hunt for three new employees as the final preparations for Torte’s grand reopening begin. Jules is lucky to find three people who seem to be a good fit, she just hopes they will get along with her current staff. Meanwhile in
Nancy Baker
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This 9th book in A Bakeshop Mystery series is more about the bakeshop than the mystery. We hear about the remodeling of the family bakeshop, Torte, and its grand reopening after the remodel was complete. There are a lot of delicious sounding food ideas and even recipes included at the end of the book. The mystery does not come into play until about a third of the way into the story. It was an interesting concept that could of been more developed but had a good twist at the end. I would have enjo ...more
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
The Bakeshop Mysteries continue to entertain in Live and Let Pie. Torte is managing some growing pains as the expansion means having to hire some new (potentially clashing) employees, and Juliet is managing her personal growing pains as she's both happy for her mother's new marriage and house hunt, while realizing she's never really taken the time to mourn the loss of her father (and of course there
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, for this free eARC.

Live and Let Pie is the 9th book in A Bakeshop Mystery series, and my favorite one yet! I am so sad to be done for now, but I am thrilled that Alexander already has another one in the works.

As always, I love the setting in Ashland and all the little details. One thing I loved most about this particular book, was that the mystery was about a cold case from the 1960's, that may be related to a missing persons case.

Torte has also been exp
Jeanie Jackson
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this series and Live and Let Pie fits right in with the wonderful characters and complex mystery that Elle Alexander’s novels are known for.The renovations are complete and Torte has an expanded family and oh, how I love that family. Because Ms. Alexander creates dynamic characters, there a few growing pains but overall Jules is thrilled with the expansion and the new larger team. She is still thrilled that her mother and the Professor are married and looking for a new home together so sh ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book #9 was a nice surprise. I loved the first eight books in series but wondered how the author would continue to keep the Bakeshop Mysteries fresh. This installment felt like the beginning of a second chapter for the series. The Torte has expanded, there are new delightful employees and lots of room to develop the established characters. I look forward to book #10!
Stanley McShane
This is my second Baking Shop Mystery (albeit not in order and therefore a good point for being a standalone book). Juliet (Jules) Capshaw is protagonist and co-owner (with her mother) of Torte. The quaint bake-coffee-lunch shop in Ashland, Oregon, has the three "L's" in the heart of the main historic district but is undergoing a major renovation. It will also demand new hires.

Jules is wrestling with the idea of having estranged hubby Carlos join her in Ashland. Now because her mother has recen
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ashland, OR is one of my favorite places to visit and reading a mystery series set there is just what I enjoy. This is the ninth in the series and can be read as a stand alone. There is enough back story to keep you informed. Jules lives and works in Ashland, her childhood home, along with her mother and her mother's new husband. They own the family bakery, Torte, a place I know I would be frequenting daily if I lived in Ashland. Great coffee, cookies, frozen custard, breads.....I have to stop, ...more
Grace Koshida
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The expansion of the family bakeshop Torte is almost complete and the larger store means Juliet has to hire some new staff which could cause problems. Meanwhile, Juliet's mother Helen is househunting with her new husband, Doug "the Professor". They seemed to have found their ideal home but their happy vibes are rudely interrupted by two girls finding a skull in the nearby lake. The victim is George Mill, the patriarch of the Mill family who disappeared in the 1960s shortly before their town was ...more
I really enjoyed this story. It is the ninth in the series but can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.
The story takes place in the quaint town of Ashland, Oregon. Jules is part owner of Torte, a local coffee and bakeshop which is in the process of being renovated.

The fate of a parcel of land is in question in this storyline along with a cold case murder from the ‘60s. Edgar, the current owner, wants to sell but seems to promise the land to everyone who shows interest.

A body is found by some yo
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jules Capshaw, owner of Torte Baker, is worried about how the expansion of her beloved family baker will change the dynamics of the business and her team. But time waits for now man, or woman, and progress brings change…and murder in Jules case.

While Jules’ newly married mother and step father search for a new home, they visit one near the lake that is perfect. While there, two young girls discover a skull in the water and a long ago murder cold case is reopened, bring the past into the present
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.75 stars

Ashland bakery owner Jules Capshaw is back with another adventure. This series is upbeat with a great cast of characters and a unique and interesting setting.

Jules is up to her eyebrows completing a bakery renovation and adding staff when she gets accidentally embroiled in the discovery of a decades old murder victim. As in many cozy series, the exact logical rationale for her involving herself is pretty thin, but the books are so much fun we don't mind.

Jules, while scrambling to glean
Amanda Wilcox
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly appetizing in every way!!! I simply devoured this book. Jules and her crew, plus a few new additions tempt your taste buds with new culinary treats along with a healthy helping of murder mystery.

I can't get enough of this cast and the ever growing stories that are following each of them. Ashland is real but if Ellie could just make Torte and all of her characters real life people, I would be all over that Pinocchio scenario!

I love that we have turmoil and resolution within Torte wit
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Jules has much to do as Torte prepares for its grand re-opening after the expansion. She needs to hire more help. She finds three new people and it looks like all will be well except Andy is being short with the new girl hired to help him with the coffee bar.
Her mom and the professor are looking for a house to buy. Jules goes with her mom to look at a house on the lake. While Jules takes a walk along the lake, a cry goes up from out on the lake. Two girls were diving and found part of a body.
McKenzie Allyshia
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Bakeshop Mystery series is so cozy and has evolved at such a wonderful pace. I love following along with Jules and the Torte team. Especially with the expansion of the bake shop! This mystery was no different than any of the previous in regards to being cozy and entertaining. Each character has grown so much and you can really see their progress in each book. Especially this last one! There was an addition of a few characters that really helped tie the mystery together. The characters had ve ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed every book in this cozy series about an Oregon bakery! In Live and Let Pie, Jules and her staff are enjoying the newly finished renovations to their restaurant/bakery. Her mom and detective husband have just returned from their honeymoon, and they are in the market for a new house. While house hunting with her mom, Jules discovers a decades old skull. For the first time in the series, Thomas and the Professor investigate a cold-case that may have ties to Ashland. For me, the myste ...more
Sheila Siarkiewicz
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Live and Let Pie is the eighth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series. Jules Capshaw, who along with her mother, owns the Torte bakeshop located in beautiful Ashland, OR. With the renovations on Torte now complete there are new employees to hire and a decision to be made about her marriage. When Jules discovers a skull while enjoying an outing at the lake she is intrigued and does some investigating on her own. I love the way the characters are written and the well written mystery. It's a book you ...more
Kathleen Gray
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Of course a skull is found when Jules' mom and her new husband are out looking at new homes. Why not? This draws Jules into a cold case from the 1960s even as she's working with her team at Tarte, a bakery I'd live to visit! Then, well, her mean landlord Edgar is found dead and she's off and running. Sometimes the personal details of this cozy- Jules relationship with her family, her ex Carlos (what's going to happen?), and the bakery- are more interesting than the mystery but that's ok. Thanks ...more
Julie Capshaw is helping her mother look for a home when she hears shouting from the lake below. Two girls were swimming in an abandoned town that was flooded and one of them found a skull. Julie immediately calls her stepfather. This mystery overlaps with the current day where a lot on Julie's block is up for sale and there are a lot of sharks circling to take the land.
I thought this was one of Alexander's other series and was surprised to find myself in the middle of a series but read it anywa
David G
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I GOT HOOKED ON THESE...Bakeshop in Ashland,garnished with Oregon Shakespeare Festival stuff, filled with colorful characters(three more staff members this time, Torte has expanded).
The author has matured, taking on several threads, and this one she seems to have a cause, housing for the homeless. There are a bunch of ingredients here, and it doesn't always make a brilliant creation.
but, by the end,I was smiling .
and I did gasp when the killer was revealed
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a really good series about a woman whose family owns a bake shop in a tourist town in Oregon. I like the recurring characters a lot. The setting of the town sounds serene. The murder mysteries are always well-plotted out. I enjoy visiting with these characters in every book. I'm ready for another one already!
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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 7th book in the Bakeshop Myst

Other books in the series

A Bakeshop Mystery (9 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)
  • 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)