Title: Meet Your Baker
Series: A Bakeshop Mystery
Author: Ellie Alexander
Original Publication Date: December 30, 2014
Genre(s): Cozy Mystery, Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: “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…”
*No spoilers below.
Everything you could want in a cozy mystery can be found in Ellie Alexander’s Meet Your Baker. There was constant drama and lots of amateur sleuthing, tons of baking, along with amazing descriptions of smells, textures, and tastes that made my mouth water, (PLUS: the recipes are included at the end!), and it’s all based in the most beautiful, Shakespearean setting. The one thing that was missing, was the romance. It fell completely flat. I don’t remember any “flirtations delicious as ever,” only a few romantic gestures mentioned here and there. I can only assume (and hope) the relationship will carry on and drag out throughout the rest of the series; I was just expecting more after reading the synopsis.
The writing was perfectly simple, easy to follow and the plot line was clean– there were never any unnecessary or “filler” moments. The culprit wasn’t completely predictable and the red herrings actually fooled me for a few chapters. There were a good amount of characters and every single one was well-thought out; I could effortlessly imagine and remember them all. Our narrator/main character, Jules, was equal parts lovable and frustrating which is exactly how we like them, isn’t it?
I am very much looking forward to reading Book #2 and the rest of the A Bakeshop Mystery series!
Dates Read: Oct. 22-Nov. 10, 2019
My Rating: 3.75 out of 5
“True, but that’s the gift of memories, isn’t it? We filter out what we don’t need to carry with us, letting time and distance cleanse the rest.”
“Some people dream of white sandy beaches or snowcapped mountains. Not me. I dream of pastry.”
“It’s not about meeting the right guy–there are hundreds, thousands, of right guys in the world–it’s figuring out the right one for you.”
“What I’ve come to understand is that someone can be absolutely wonderful and yet be absolutely wrong for you.”
“I’ve found if you act like you’re supposed to be somewhere, most of the time people will believe that you are.”
“That’s how it always goes. We can’t see something until we’re outside of it.”