Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Torte―the beloved small-town bakeshop run by Jules Capshaw―is set to hit the stage. But who would have guessed that murder would makes a surprise appearance?
It’s the role of a lifetime for Jules. The Shakespeare Festival has returned to Ashland, Oregon, for the season and Torte has been cast as the supplier of Elizabethan-era treats for the main event. But on the eve of opening night, a brawl between Jules’s friend Lance, the artistic director, and a strapping young thespian named Anthony almost brings down the house. . .and the next morning, Anthony is dead. Jules knows that Lance loves his drama―and his just desserts―but she also knows that murder is way off-script for him. Now it’s up to Jules to cut through a bevy of backstage betrayals and catty co-stars who all have their own secrets―before the curtain drops on someone else. . .
Jules is back in Ashland gearing up for the new theatre season. She’s worried about her dear friend Lance who seems to be falling apart at the seams. He is certain that a certain actor is turning the board against him. Things get turned upside down when that actor turns up dead and Lance is the leading suspect. Jules has to find out who the true killer is so she can get Lance off the hook. She does her usually sleuthing while creating tasty treats in Torte.
In an Oyster Shell – It was an amazing installment of the bakeshop mystery series featuring my favorite character Lance.
The Pearls – Lance is the star of the show in this book. He is my favorite character. His over the top theatrics always make for an entertaining story. That Lance gets the vital roles in this story was really appropriate and a real treat.
Jules is coming into her own even more. There was less focus on the romance. A little hint of it to keep it interesting. I really liked this story that Lance and Jules’s friendship was the showcased relationship.
The mystery was good. I am amazed that Alexandar creates an intriguing mystery over and over again. It will keep you on your toes with tasty tidbits along the way.
The Sand – It was a really good book, can’t wait for the next one!