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!


As you may have seen over on our twitter account a new member has joined the Crew! Her name is Maggie and today we are going to learn a bit more about her.


What was your reason for joining the Mystery Crew?  

I came across a tweet by the Mystery Crew on my Twitter homepage and I’m SO glad I happened upon it! The tweet stated that the crew was looking to add to the mystery team so I took a gamble and applied! Look! It paid off! LOL!

In addition, I, of course love mysteries and joining the crew is a great way to delve into and discover more mystery authors and series that I otherwise wouldn’t have encountered had I not joined the crew.

Plus, I’ve always wanted to blog with a team and I feel like *knock on wood* [I am superstitious] I fit right in with the crew; I certainly feel comfortable here!

I’m all about the mysterious and the unknown!

If you got stranded on an island and could only have five books with you forever, what five books would you choose?

OMG – this is a tough one! I do know for a fact that Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina would go with me; it is my all-time favorite book! Plus, it’s long enough that I could read it 1000 times, and I’m a slow reader! LOL!

The other four books would also need to be thick – I’m going to need to keep myself busy on that island I’ll be banished to soon!

My brain is telling me that I should also take along Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson as well as The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss. I think these ‘beachy’ reads would keep me busy – I’d probably have to read each book multiple times to figure out their entire plot lines anyway!

As for my final two, I’m going to cheat and say the ENTIRE Baby-sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin as well as the ENTIRE Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene! LOL!

Since this is a mystery site, what is your favorite mystery book or mystery author?

Carolyn Keene and Lilian Jackson Braun will always hold special places in my heart, but my current favorite mystery writer is Ellie Alexander, who pens the Bakeshop Mystery series.

Besides reading, what are some of your other things you do in your spare time?

I wish I could say I swim laps all the time – I love it – but I don’t! LOL! Anyhow, I adore TV and sports – especially basketball, both NCAA and NBA – football is seriously growing on me too!

I also love going to concerts, particularly those held in the great outdoors. I’m a full-time mommy at the moment, so I’m with my boys most days.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

 I think I’d choose to have the ability to freeze time! As in frozen time for everyone BUT me! It would be hilarious to see the poses people would end up being frozen into!

I’m not sure of all the rules of time freezing, but I’m certain that once I figured them out, it would be amazing.

I’d also love to have the power to read people’s minds…ONLY when they’re thinking positive things about me! LOL!

If you had three wishes, what would those three wishes be? (Minus the normal world peace or money answers)

  • I wish for contentment and inner peace
  • I wish I had the time to complete my TBR list
  • I wish everything happy and positive for my little boys

Is there anything else you think the readers of “The Mystery Crew” site should know about you?

Hmm…I could seriously type up random facts about myself FOREVER! However, I won’t do that to y’all! A few randoms about me can be found in my biography, which can be accessed through the menu bar.

It’s pretty obvious that I absolutely adore reading, writing, and blogging. I’m so glad to have put myself out there and to have had the chance to meet SO many fellow readers and/or bloggers!


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