Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on December 30th 2014
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: CBB Book Promotions
I received this book for free from CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Welcome to Torte-a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it's criminal...After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte's customers turns up dead, there's much ado about murder...The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival's newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her...but still. The silver lining? Jules's high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can't help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all...
In ” An Oyster Shell- The book was, all in all, a fun cozy mystery what you see is what you get. It was innovative with its option to interact with the story by having the recipes in the back of the book. It was really fun.
The Pearls –
This book was a “just dessert” for me. I’ve been saving this book as a reward until I got through other books for reviews. It’s just so fun with its bright yellow cover and spooky bakery front. I had a feeling this was going to be a fun book, I was not disappointed. I would like to say the first surprise that I got from this book was when I started reading it, I realized the Ellie Alexander had signed it for me. I was so excited! I look forward to meeting her next month at her book launch for the second book in this series.
The setting of this book couldn’t have been more fun – Ashland, Oregon during the Shakespeare festival. I have not been personally, but being in the Portland Metro area I have heard lots about it, so I was quite excited for it to be set where and when it was.
The book overall had a dinner theater mystery feel. Following a small-town who-done-it quest with our main character Jules takes us on an unexpected adventure. I might as well add tasty adventure because this book was full of food ideas. I am going to have to try some of them out. The author was kind enough to put some recipes in the back of the book. I thought it was super novel. See what I did there…
One of my favorite parts of the books where the interrelations between the characters. You got that quaint small-town feel with how everyone interacted. Lance and Thomas were some of my favorite characters.
The Sand –
I felt like one part of the romance was not tied up well. The relationship with her husband… I feel like the author leaves us in the wind. So I feel that one part of the plot was unfinished by the end of the book.
I give this book a hearty 4 Pearls!