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A Cup of Holiday Fear

(A Bakeshop Mystery #10)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  91 reviews

The latest installment in the Bakeshop Mysteries: Christmas comes to Ashland, OR—but all Jules wants is to catcher a killer.

Torte, Ashland’s favorite bakeshop is decking the halls and brewing up cups of holiday cheer. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is dark for the season, but spirits are high as twinkle lights illuminate Main Street and snow falls softly on rooftops. T

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Published September 24th 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Natalia  Ramlal
Jules Capshaw and her Torte staff are busier than ever making delicious pastries for the Christmas season. Deciding everyone could use a break, She invites them for a dinner celebration at the local Winchester Inn. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse when the new owner of the Inn is murdered during a power outage. Jules has a few theories about the murder and with her friend, Lance's persuasion, she decides to do her own investigation. This is one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery ...more
Tracy Marie
A Cup of Holiday Fear was a quick read for me. It's the 10th in the series, but the first for me to read. This book can definitely be read as a stand alone novel.

I absolutely loves how Ellie Alexander painted the picture of Ashland with her words. It was such a treat to read this wonderful winter wonderland mystery. I will definitely be reading the other 9 books in the series and have already added the first in the series to my collection.

Juliet and her Torte staff are back in the bakery getti
Sue Em
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
It's Christmastime in Ashford and Tarte is geared up to produce as many luscious baked goods as possible. In appreciation of the hard work and stress from holiday season, Jules arranged to take her staff to a festive Dickins style Christmas feast. Unfortunately, the feast had an inordinate amount of glitches, including a power outage, but then the feast turned deadly. If you're new to the Bakeshop mysteries, this is a fine entry point and I expect that you will be enticed to delve into the earli ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Cup of Holiday Fear by Ellie Alexander is the 10th 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. It's Christmas time, and Jules and Helen are taking the Torte employees to a special Dickens Feast, at the Winchester Inn. When everything that can go wrong, does, including a murder, the mystery begins. The plot and characters are well written, and this book will keep you guessi ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While the holidays are in full festive swing at Torte, Jules Capshaw's family bakeshop in Ashland, Oregon, the same can't be said for another family-owned business: the long-standing traditional Dickens Feast at the Winchester Inn. Behind the scenes, the issues ignite during the dinner service and before the night is complete, someone is murdered. Jules and her co-workers decide to try to snare the killer before another Christmas crime is committed.

This is the tenth book in the series, which is
Karen Hollins-Stallman
"A Cup of Holiday Fear " the 10th installment in the "Bakeshop Mystery" series by Ellie Alexander, was a fantastic holiday story!

It's Christmastime and everyone is heading to Torte, the most cheerful bakery in town. There's no place like home for the homicide...

Ashland, Oregon, looks as pretty as a postcard this holiday season. The halls are decked, stockings hung, and eyes are all aglow--mostly thanks to the buttered rum. Jules Capshaw and her staff at Torte are busier than ever. .
Peggy R
This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Ellie Alexander had done a wonderful job of creating an enchanting world and populating it with wonderful characters. Jules is extremely likable and relatable. One of my favorite things is the relationship with her mother. I think Ms. Alexander has done a great job in growing and changing the relationship as Helen's relationship with Doug has changed and evolved. As a result, Jules' relationship with the staff at Torte has also evolved and changed ...more
Emma Rose Ribbons
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
What a treat! This was very special - full of the Christmas spirit (it will definitely become part of my Christmas reading every year) and with lovely characters I've grown to love so much. There are wonderful details about food and decorations but what got me the most were the friendships (Lance and Juliet, the whole community of Ashland, the entire Torte staff). I love this series so much. It's just so perfect with a cup of cocoa.
Cynthia Moore
Juliet is back in the bakery getting ready for Christmas. The story is enjoyable being told from her point of view. We get to read a lot of baking tips and recipe ideas. However, I felt that the story focused too much on that type of thing and forgot to flesh out the mystery part. There is a murder and a conclusion, but it seemed as if almost secondary to the book. The explanation didn't quite work for me and I felt it was a bit contrived to make it work as an afterthought. I normally like this ...more
Cathy Daniel
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a good Christmas cozy! The first I read in the series but not my last. It stood alone just fine. Wonderful holiday ambiance and mystery. The main characters are sweet and delightful. I did have to skim some of the excessive descriptions of baking but it was only a few pages and I get the feeling this is what fans of the series love.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a joyous book. I enjoyed it very much. All the goings on of Christmas and family and friends. All the wonderful food. The mystery was interesting and the ending is absolutely perfect. #A Cup of Holiday Fear #NetGalley
Alice Liu
Review of an ARC: This installment of the Bakeshop Mystery was basically a book about holiday preparations and baking. At some point after page 80, someone is murdered. Then, after much holiday preparation, the murderer is revealed through conversation. I really had high hopes for this book, but this series has been uneven for me.
The Lit Bitch
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am in full holiday themed reading mode right now! This is my second holiday themed mystery post of the week and I am thrilled to be able to share this book with you guys!

I only recently discovered Ellie Alexander in the last couple of years and started her Bakeshop Mystery series like mid way through but it’s been a absolute pleasure to read.

Not to mention she is from my home state and truly makes Oregon sound like the coolest place to live in! Oregon definitely has it’
A Cup of Holiday Fear by Ellie Alexander is the tenth A Bakeshop Mystery. The author provides the necessary background information for those new to the series. We get a chance to enjoy the holidays with Jules, Helen, Professor, Lance, Thomas and the rest of the gang. Ashland is beautifully decorated for the holidays and there are festive activities, carolers, and the smell of Torte’s tempting treats wafting through the air. Lance is not feeling the spirit of the season which Jules intends to rec ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.75 Stars

This is the tenth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander.

It is so easy to slip back into this series no matter where you left off. I am in love with Ashland and all its residents!

I could so easily see myself in Jules Capwell's place when she found the body of the new owner of the Winchester Inn dead. She just wanted to help out the family as they offered their last Dickens Feast before retiring. As happens in situations like this, any
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am SO frustrated with this series!!

I have been reading this faithfully since the first book released. And I ADORE the characters and the setting. Probably in my top 5 cozy series because of these great characters and the awesome setting. And usually my reviews reflect how much I enjoy spending time with these characters.

But I have been so disappointed by the mysteries in the last handful of books! I got to the end of this one and didn't even get to enjoy the big "surpri
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, for this free review copy.

Not even a year ago, I discovered Ellie Alexander, and was immediately hooked! A Cup of Holiday Fear is book number ten in this series, A Bakeshop Mystery.

With all of her books, I am always hooked from the beginning, and hate to put them down! It's Christmastime in Oregon, and everyone is busy with the holiday approaching. Every year the Winchester Inn hosts a Dickens Feast, and
Amanda Wilcox
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This entire series is phenomenal. It's got highs and lows, suspense and laughs; pretty much everything to keep you turning those pages wishing for a little longer lunch break or that you didn't have get up early tomorrow for work because you would finish the book. Ellie knows how to write her characters and grow them at a perfect pace that feels real like you're going through life with them.

This book goes right along with everything above and more. The story is amazing, pulling at your heartstr
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review!

Another great addition to the Bakeshop Mystery series! This Christmas themed cozy is wondrously atmospheric (if you thought Ellie Alexander's descriptions of the Ashland area were lovely before, you'll really enjoy her descriptions of it as a winter wonderland). The mystery isn't very high-stakes in this one, and no beloved characters face life or death situations, but the story is well done.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
Book 10 in the series. I liked it, mostly.

It's always nice to visit Ashland and Torte Bakery. Jules and the bakery gang are fun and likable. There seems to be more Christmas cheer than mystery in this book, with the murder occurring in between holiday happenings. Even with that, it still started off as one of the better books in the series, but kind of lost steam towards the end.

My biggest complaint about the series is the Jules/Carlos drama. I'd like to see that settled
I adore this cozy series and this newest entry didn't disappoint. It's also the perfect book if you are in the mood for a holiday-themed mystery.

Jules (Juliette Montague Capshaw) is busily working at her bakeshop Torte, preparing delectable treats for the holidays. Eventually (almost 1/3 into the book) someone is murdered so between managing the bakery staff and working on new recipes, Jules manages to assist the detectives in the investigation. Sure, the mouth-watering food descript
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Juliet Montague Capshaw owns a bakery in Ashland, Oregon. She recently moved back there after ten years because she wanted to find her roots. Like many small business owners and small towns, she knows almost everyone.

It’s Christmas and everyone is celebrating with parades, feasts, and more. But there’s something dark underneath all the joy in town—something that leads to murder.

This is a standard cozy mystery with an amateur sleuth and lots of suspects, but that’s where the stereotyping ends.
K.A. Davis
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A CUP OF HOLIDAY FEAR, the tenth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander, is a sweet Christmas holiday read that will surely put the reader in the mood for a full cup of holiday cheer. It was a treat to immerse myself in the holly season as protagonist and owner of Torte, Jules (Juliet) Capshaw, contends with keeping the townspeople of Ashland, Oregon filled with sugarplums and other tasty holiday puddings and treats. Ms. Alexander’s endearing series’ greatest strength is the char ...more
Abby Fabian
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this holiday-filled mystery as one devours a buttery pastry straight out of the oven. Like the perfect confection, it had the precise ratio of mystery, to personal, to holiday cheer. The holiday theme was executed extremely well. Since it is the holiday times, the bakeshop is buzzing, the characters are squeezing in their shopping, and trees are getting chopped. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas or any holiday during December, you will thoroughly enjoy the book. Whether you read t ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is probably a good mystery, but I was lost almost from the get-go. There was no back story for any of the characters, who obviously knew one another and had experienced many events and happenings in former books, or the setting. I had difficulty trying to figure out who was who, what the setting was and so forth. In the book, Jules Capshaw and her staff at the bakery Torte are enjoying a staff holiday dinner at the annual Dickens themed fest at the town’s Winchester Inn’s Dickens Feast, a s ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Cup of Holiday Fear is the tenth entry into Ellie Alexander's Bakeshop mystery series. There is a reason they are called cozy mysteries: it is like coming home---that feeling, warmth and happiness. It is so good to be back with Juliet at Torte along with Andy, Stephanie, Bethany, Stirling, Rosa, Sequioa, and Marty, a new hire. It is Christmas in Ashland with all the celebrating and baking that go along with it. First is the lighting of the square with millions of sparkling lights, next off is ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
3.5 - Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of this book to read and review.

Everyone knows my love for all things mystery and all things Christmas. Those two loves were bound together in this and I ate it up, no pun intended. This story starts with a bakeshop that you can't help but love for all the adventure and unique combinations that they serve up at Torte. I loved the baking bits and the recipes included at the end. I really enjoyed the subtle references throughout the novel and the
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Cup of Holiday Fear is #10 in the Bakeshop series set in Ashland Oregon. This is the first in the series for me, but I have spent time in Ashland around Christmas and could not resist another trip via armchair. It has the usual cozy elements - small town, interesting characters, irresistible business (do not read on an empty stomach), minimum of on scene gore and violence. I was pleased that there were also none of the cutesy elements so many cozies have, and when the lead character inevitably ...more
Laura Salas
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always fun to return to Ashland and Torte! This holiday outing was no exception. I love the setting (both the touristy theater town and the bakery itself), the characters (for the most part--get rid of Richard Lord, who is just a caricature of a person by this time), and the plotting. This book would be 5 stars for me EXCEPT for the several times that Alexander stops the story to give detailed instructions for making a recipe. The recipes are in the back of the book, for the few people who ...more
April Perdomo

I think this has the potential to be a series that I could enjoy, but lo and behold you cannot just jump into these particular cozy mysteries. I think you definitely have to go in order because there are so many characters to keep track of and, if you don't know their backstories, it is literally impossible to know what is really going on. Or rather, it is impossible to care... I don't know these characters so, without development, I don't care about what is happening to them.

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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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