Hi everyone! Jackie here. Today the Mystery Crew (specifically myself and Maggie) are bringing you a joint review of the cozy mystery Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander. This will be our first joint review, so we’re pretty excited about it. Watch out in the future because I’m sure there will be plenty more of these to come.

 

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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…

 

 

Jackie’s Review
5 out of 5 stars

I am so, so glad I decided to start this series! I can tell already that this is going to become one of my favorites. I’m grateful that there are already several books out in this series, because that is going to give me plenty to read and binge my way through!

Ashland, Oregon sounds absolutely amazing and I definitely want to go there to visit sometime. Everything is described so well it’s almost like I’m there myself, which is the next best thing to actually being there. I am in love with Torte as well. I was practically drooling while reading this book with all of the delicious things that Jules creates for Torte. I’m definitely going to be trying out some of those recipes in the back of the book.

I really like that there is going to be a probably ongoing storyline in this series between Jules and Carlos. I’m looking forward to seeing where things go with that in the next book.

The mystery was very well written. I was completely stumped about who the killer was. Just when I thought I had narrowed down my suspicion on someone, things would be revealed and I would suspect someone else. I was shocked at the reveal since it wasn’t someone I had suspected at all! I’ll definitely be picking up this series soon!

 

Maggie’s Review

5 out of 5 stars!

How much do I need to say that I LOVED this book! Ellie Alexander is a mystery-writing genius – I blew through this book and adored every word. Like Jackie said, the person who turned out to be the culprit totally surprised me – which I love about a good mystery!

I discovered my love for cozies after reading Meet Your Baker – I never dreamed how much I’d love them!

This book is set in beautiful Ashland, a sleepy seaside town in Oregon, where Jules’ mother owns a bakery I’d love to visit, Torte, which is such a cute name for a sweet shop!

I really like that Jules’ friends are much like her family – very supportive, especially since Jules returned to Ashland after experiencing a major heartbreak. After a while, Jules’ broken heart begins to heal and she reconnects with her love from high school, Thomas, who is a police officer in Ashland…then Carlos returns!
I love how the story sets up scenes to surely be featured in additional books in the series! Also like Jackie, I can’t wait to binge the rest of Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery series!
I highly recommend Alexander’s mysteries to anyone – not just those who enjoy mysteries in general and/or cozies, but to everyone! This book practically changed my reading ideals and enlightened me to the fact that cozies may just be my kind of tales!

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