Welcome to my blog tour stop for Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander.
This is a cozy mystery that released December 30th.
Be sure to check out the schedule for the list of reviews, interviews and guest posts by the author! The tour starts January 5th and runs through the 16th.
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…
“Sure to satisfy both dedicated foodies and ardent mystery lovers alike.”
―Jessie Crockett, author of Drizzled with Death
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…
“Alexander weaves a tasty tale of deceit, family ties, delicious pastries, and murder.” ―Edith Maxwell, author of A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die
Today, I’m delighted to have author Ellie Alexander here!
She is going to talk a little about the setting for her new Bakeshop Mystery series.
I hope you’ll like what she shares. 🙂
Meet Your Baker
The Bakeshop Mystery, #1
By Ellie Alexander
Thanks so much for having me on the blog today! I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to introduce readers to the quaint Shakespearean town of Ashland, Oregon the setting for my new Bakeshop Mystery series.
In the first book Meet Your Baker, we meet Juliet Montague Capshaw. She prefers to be called Jules, and is returning home to Ashland after working as a pastry chef on a cruise ship for the last ten years.
Traveling the world has been a wonderful experience, but Jules is longing for some solid ground and hoping that her idyllic hometown will help heal her broken heart. She’s looking forward to putting some of the culinary skills she learned at sea to use at the family bakeshop Torte.
There’s no place like home to heal a broken heart and no one better than Helen, Jules’ mom, who serves up sage advice along with her rustic tarts and savory scones, to help Jules through it. Torte is always buzzing with chocolate-coated confections, rich espresso drinks and a side of town gossip.
Just as Jules is starting to find her land legs a batch of trouble arrives in the form of newcomer Nancy Hudson who manages to make the usually merry town boil over with anger. When Nancy ends up dead at Torte, in a sea of raspberry puree, Jules begins to peel back the layers of her charming little town and realizes there are some unsavory players in the mix. Jules sets to work on finding a killer while crafting world-class pastries, and settling into a delicious new life she never knew she was missing.
Writing this series combines two things that I love: mysteries and baking! I’ve been reading mysteries since early childhood. Culinary mysteries are a particular favorite of mine. I mean how much better can it get? I’ve spent many lazy Sunday afternoons curled up with a cozy mystery and a delicious pastry accompaniment.
All of the recipes in Meet Your Baker have either been passed down in my family or are handcrafted originals. I spend a big chunk of my week testing recipes in my home kitchen. It’s a rough life—I know!
I grew up in household that centered on food. My mom was a prolific baker. She always had cookies warm from the oven waiting when I got home from school. There was never anything boxed or packaged. Some of my favorite memories are of her with an apron wrapped around her waist and her hands lightly dusted with flour. The kitchen was the gathering place for friends and neighbors who would stop by for a slice of her chocolate cake or boysenberry pie. My dad taught English and has always been a Shakespeare aficionado. He would quote sonnets while crafting a layered hazelnut torte or whipping up a light-as-air soufflé.
I hope that readers will enjoy getting a taste of our family recipes and fall in the love with Jules and her entire staff at Torte when they read Meet Your Baker.
Happy reading and baking!
As you’ve just learned from Ellie, Meet Your Baker is not just about baking. Someone is dead inside the bake shop and Jules, the pastry chef, feels it’s up to her to make sure that the reputation of her family business is not tarnished.
The dead woman is Nancy Hudson. She wasn’t a nice person (in my opinion) and as Jules investigates, she finds a fairly long list of suspects.
I was actually surprised when I learned of the identity of the murderer in the end. I honestly thought there was at least one accomplice in this, but oops …, I was wrong.
What I really love about this story is the main character, Jules. She cares a lot about the people whom she sees every day and I like that she doesn’t let her personal issues get in the way of her work. She doesn’t have a perfect life but this doesn’t mean she has an excuse to deliver goodies that are less-than-par to her customers. I like her attitude.
I’ll definitely keep an eye out for the next book, A Batter of Life and Death, which will be released in mid-2015.
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About the Author
Ellie Alexander 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. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.
- 2 winners will get a paperback copy of Meet Your Baker, Chai Tea, designer baking liners and a Starbucks gift card.
- Open to US addresses only.
- Ends Jan. 21, 2015
This blog tour is organized
by CBB Book Promotions.