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Review – On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander

Review – On Thin Icing by Ellie AlexanderOn Thin Icing (A Bakeshop Mystery, #3) by Ellie Alexander
Series: Bakeshop Series #3
Published by Minotaur Books on December 29th 2015
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 304
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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

Jules is back settling into the winter season at Ashland Oregon. She is asked by the Shakespeare theatre director to cater a retreat for the weekend up in the woods. With the tourist rush over she can use the extra cash flow so she readily agrees. What she doesn’t see coming is the dead body that she finds in the freezer. To make things worse her estranged husband shows up to win her back while her old high school flame is there to investigate the murder. Will they find the killer? Will Jules figure out who her heart belongs to?

In an Oyster Shell – Another great installment of the Bakeshop series, that is more intriguing than the last books because the love triangle becomes more prominent.

The Pearls – I think I say this in every review of this series – I love the setting of Ashland Oregon. Though this book it’s a little out of town in a little fishing resort. It’s set in the winter and is just a cozy read. Would be even more cozy for the winter, but I didn’t get around to reading it until now.

For the first three books, Carlos the husband was estranged off being a chef on a cruise ship somewhere. Jules has returned to her hometown where she is back in contact with her old high school sweetheart Thomas. In this book, it becomes a full-blown love triangle. I was adamantly on team Thomas. After this book, I am more open to Carlos. So now it’s anybody’s game. I am not a huge fan of triangles but this one has just become plain fun. Even the characters in the book are enjoying it. I find it very clever that the author is teasing the readers through some of the characters comments. Not surprising coming from Ellie Alexandar, she likes to tease.

I really enjoy this series because each book has an outstanding plot, yet there is a weaving of a greater plot that makes you want to keep up with the whole series. This book really impressed me, and I think is the best one yet. The next one is being released in a couple of weeks, so we will see. I bet the just keep getting better and better!

The Sand – This book was fantastic!

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Ellie Alexander

Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin’s Press), 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. Find out more about Ellie and her books by visiting her blog at

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  • czai June 23, 2016, 7:33 am

    I also love Ashland and I think that the change of setting was a good breather. So that maybe we won’t be so saturated with Ashland and its beauty :) I also didn’t expect myself to actually like the love triangle but I’m still Team Thomas. haha. I’m so excited to read the next book! :D
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    • Jessica June 24, 2016, 4:36 pm

      Are you in the Portland OR area? Her book launch is next Tuesday. It’s going to be a bread market. I am going.

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