A Cup of Holiday Fear
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...more
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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 ...more
This is the tenth book in the series, which is ...more
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. . ...more
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’ ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book goes right along with everything above and more. The story is amazing, pulling at your heartstr ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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.
The 10th book in the Bakeshop Mys ...more