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Blog Tour – Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander
byJessicaonJuly 13, 2016
Welcome to my tour stop for Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander! This is the fourth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series and released June 28 by St. Martin’s Press. The tour will have reviews and excerpts as well as a fabulous giveaway! You can find more information and the tour schedule on the tour page.
About the Book:
Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bakeshop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count…
Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bakeshop is bustling, the dough is rolling, and there’s no rest for the weary… especially when murder is thrown into the mix.
When Mindy Nolan, the owner of a new restaurant in town, turns up dead, the batter at hand thickens. Jules knows that there was bad blood between Mindy and others in town, and tracking the killer could prove to be an unwelcome treat. And to top it all off, there’s Carlos, who is pleading—with those delicious dark eyes and sexy Spanish accent—for Jules to take him back. Is home where the heart is or will she make a fresh start… and risk getting burned?
Jules is back in the dead of winter in Ashland, Oregon. Though it’s the slow season for this tourist town, business is picking up by way of wholesale orders. One particular morning, Jules is doing her delivery she discovers that an unwelcomed newbie in town murdered in her controversial restaurant. Why would anybody want Mindy dead? Is it the person who doesn’t want the Shakesburger chain expanding into Ashland? Could it be one of her employees? A disgruntled business associate? The possibilities are endless in that it could be anyone of the above. Will Jules be able to figure out who the killer is?
In an Oyster Shell – Another great installment of the Bakeshop mysteries, though this one seems to take a little slower pace than the others.
The Pearls –
You can’t really talk about this book and not have a lengthy discussion about the romance. There are quite a few romances going on in this book aside from the love triangle the main character finds herself in. I like how the author intertwines them all. At least one person in the romance works in the bakery. This particular book Jules husband Carlos is helping young protege Sterling woo the girl of his dreams. For being a story that revolves around murder there really is a lot of love. I was planning on talking about the love triangle in depth but I could go on all day. The author is definitely toying with us… Will Jules end up with Carlos or Thomas? It’s still anybody’s game, though I am rooting for Carlos. If you have kept up with my reviews in this series you will know I was on team Thomas.
The attention to details in this book is impeccable. The author is wanting to create an experience with you, just like her characters like to do with baking and cooking. It draws you in and sometimes you want to stay there. Though my advice would be not to read this book hungry. It’s painful. I know from experience. You will be salivating and rushing towards the end of the book to find out what delightful recipes the author has left for us.
I really like the concept of this series. A mother and daughter team running a bakery together. I feel like this book did a good spotlight on that. The last book Jules was out of town, so you didn’t see that as much, I really enjoyed that back in this book.
I’ve said so much already, but I leave you with this. The characters are to die for! The quirky characters you find in this town just move the story along. One of my favorite Ashlanders is Lance the over the top theater coordinator. Of course, there is Richard Lord who is a big jerk and I hope he dies or better yet ends up committing a murder. The point I’m trying to make is these characters are easy to love or hate. The main characters remain well developed and complex.
The Sand – I’m not sure what happened whether it was me or the pace of this book was slower than the others have been. I feel like there was an acute focus on the baking and Jules inner dialogue that one could forget this story is really about solving a murder.
About the Author:
Ellie Alexander 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. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.