Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the treats are killer good.
It’s the dead of winter in the sleepy town of Ashland, which means no tourists-and fewer customers-for Jules Capshaw and her bakery. But when she’s asked to cater an off-season retreat for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, business starts heating up…until Jules finds a dead body in the freezer.
“An intriguing new series.”-Reader to Reader
Someone at the retreat has apparently iced the bartender, a well-known flirt with a legendary temper-that is, before a killer beat him to the punch. Then, from out of nowhere, Jules’s own ex-husband shows up at the shop-and soon becomes a suspect. With accusations piling up higher than the snow-and thicker than a chocolate mousse cake-Jules has to think outside the (recipe) box to find the real culprit…and make sure he gets his just desserts.
“A delectable tale of murder and intrigue.”-Portland Book Review on Meet Your Baker
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Although Jules was a dynamo when it came to cooking and improvising when conditions deteriorated in the kitchen she was cooking in, she was much less sure of herself when it came to her love life. When her estranged husband showed up at the resort, she became very flustered. And when Thomas showed up to help investigate a murder, she was not only flustered but also confused. I got a little tired of reading how sexy she thought Carlos was and how he made her insides flutter. I understood these things after the first few times I read them, I did not need to keep being reminded. This is only my opinion and other readers may have enjoyed reading about it more.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing, especially where food is concerned. Great detail was given to many of the dishes that Jules prepared at the retreat. At times I thought that a little too much was given on all the meals and how to create them. If you are a foodie, you will love this aspect of the book. The author sure seemed very knowledgeable in cooking techniques, and I did learn a few helpful hints. Do not read this book before you go grocery shopping because you will want to buy all the ingredients and try the recipes at the end of the book!!!
I liked the setting of the book: being at a retreat in the middle of a snow storm, cut off from the rest of civilization. It reminded me of a classic who-dunnit and I really enjoyed that angle. This limited the suspect list, and in my opinion, made it more difficult to figure out the murderer. I changed my mind a few times before it was revealed at the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you enjoy reading food cozies, this is a must read book. Although this is the third book in the Bakeshop Mystery series, it is the first book that I have read. I look forward to reading the first two books.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.