The Bakeshop Series Culinary Mysteries Review

The Bakeshop Series Culinary Mysteries Review
Ellie Alexander writes the Bakeshop Mysteries, which are fun cozies with likeable characters and mouthwatering recipes. They are fast reads, so even those who are busy can find time to read them. Jules Capshaw, the protagonist, is estranged from her husband – not because they don’t get along, but because of their careers, and because they are still in love, Carlos, who is a chef on a cruise ship where they met, keeps returning to Torte, Jules’ bakeshop, in Ashland, Oregon, to see her and help her solve the murders that keep occurring in their small town. Jules is an amateur sleuth, and gets herself into plenty of trouble trying to figure out who murderers are, and while doing so, regales her readers with fabulous foods.

Live and Let Pie is the ninth installment in the series. Jules rarely takes time off, but she takes a bit of time to take a walk near the lake and finds a human skull. Now she is not only running a business, but also trying to decide what she wants to do with her marriage, solving a decades old missing person/possibly murder case, and investigating the murder of her troublesome landlord, Edgar.

Till Death do us Tart is the eighth installment in the series. Jules is planning a surprise Elizabethan-themed wedding for her mom and her fiancé, and the entire town knows about it. Jules’ friend Lance is involved, and while they are close friends, Jules isn’t aware of the family struggles Lance is involved in. Jules must play double duty helping Lance and preparing for the wedding by baking dozens of wonderful treats. Unfortunately the wedding doesn’t go perfectly since someone crashes the party and drinks some poisoned wine that was meant for Jules. Can Jules find the killer before there is another attempt at her life?

These cute cozies are well-written. The characters are not only likeable, but well-developed and the main characters appear in all of the novels in the series. Like most cozies, there is no graphic sex, language, or violence, so the books are suitable for readers of all ages. This is a fun series, and because they are culinary mysteries, the recipes are definitely a bonus.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying review copies of these novels.

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