Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Purchased Amazon
Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bakery where the pastries are delicious…and, now, suspicious.
It’s almost spring in Ashland, Oregon, and the town is preparing for the Shakespeare and the annual Chocolate Festival. Business is cookin’ at Torte, and the store is expanding as Jules’ team whips up crèpes filled with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Torte stands a chance of being this year’s confectionery belle of the ball! Life couldn’t be sweeter—unless murder taints the batter.
Evan Rowe, of Confections Couture, makes a chocolate fountain that would put Willy Wonka to shame, and his truffles are to die for—literally? Yes, the world-renowned chocolatier has just turned up dead…right after sampling a slice of Jules’ decadent four-layer chocolate cake. Now all eyes are on Jules as she tries to find the mysterious ingredient in her own recipe. Can she sift out the truth before another contestant bites the buttercream?
Jules is back and busier than ever getting torte ready for Ashland’s annual chocolate festival. All is going well until Even Rowe ends up dying after eating Jule’s chocolate cake. Murder always puts a wrench in the plans and Jules is at it again to get to the bottom of the mysterious death. Teamed up with her torte team and the other locals in Ashland Jules is out to find the truth.
In an Oyster Shell – My favorite book in the series so far!
The Pearls – I am not sure why but this book became my favorite in the series. I think that it has something to do with the nice rhythm and routine you can expect from a Bakeshop Mystery. Jules trying to better Torte, a murder to solve, and all the wonderful, quirky characters that are in the mix. It’s like coming home again. I think another reason that I loved this particular book so much was it had a lot do with one of my staple food groups… Chocolate!
I can’t write a review about this series and not talk about my favorite character Lance. He’s kind of like Jules uninvited sidekick. He’s funny, yet serious to help Jules find the truth. In this book, you see a little vulnerability in Lance that you don’t usually see. It’s refreshing and probably another reason I really liked this book.
The other characters seem to be stronger than ever. Jule’s Torte team, her mom, the professor and of course Thomas. Which brings me to the inevitable topic of this series, the romance. There’s a twist in this book in the epic love triangle between Jule’s, Thomas, and Carlos. The plot thickens that’s all I can say.
How the romance will go is even more of a mystery than the murders Jule faces. I wonder if she would rather face the murders! Ha! It’s a fun facet of the series that I wasn’t thrilled about at first but its grown on me. I can’t wait to see how it ends up!
The Sand – It’s the best book in the series thus far. Impeccable execution of the story.