Saturday, September 3, 2016

#Review ~ A Batter of Life and Death (A Bakeshop Mystery, Book #2) by Ellie Alexander #CozyMystery

~~Book Review~~

From the Back Cover:

Welcome to Torte--

a small-town family bakeshop where 
the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, 
and the cakes are definitely to die for...

It's autumn in Ashland, Oregon-'tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte's famous peach cobbler. It's also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family's beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered-death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

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My Review:

The reality show circuit has come to Ashland, Oregon in the form of Take the Cake.  The Pastry Channel has pulled together 5 pastry chefs from around the country in a competition to wow audiences and judges.  The winner will receive $25,000.00 and it seems that no one is above murder in order to win that amount of money.  When Jules finds one of the chefs, an obnoxious man named Chef Marco, dead in the stage area of the show, she can't believe it's happening again.  Finding a dead body in Book 1, Meet Your Baker, was bad enough but find another one has her freaked out.

Who would be bold enough to murder a famous chef during the filming of Take the Cake?

Jules is determined to figure it out before anyone else is harmed.  

A Batter of Life and Death is a wonderful second book in the Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander. The author wove many other stories into the book; the situation with Jules and her ex, running the pastry shop with her mom, and dealing with the reality show being in town. Each thread makes sense as you move along in the book, some intersecting with the murder and others just additional everyday life. The book was descriptive and was able to immerse myself into the town of Ashland and the lives of its residents.

The author did a great job building the world surrounding Jules. The characters are developed, interesting, and written realistically. The story is fast paced and I was engaged from the start. The author continues to build up an emotional connection with Jules and her a cast of characters are realistic and believable - so real that I felt like I was part of the book.

I enjoyed trying to unravel the murder mystery. Ellie Alexander did a great job keeping everything under wraps and revealing things methodically and at the right time.  The possibilities of who committed the murder seemed endless until the final reveal, causing every hint to fall perfectly into place.

Paperback review copy courtesy of author at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

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Claudette Melanson said...

I love cozy mysteries! Adding it to my TBR!

Sapphyria said...

Cozies are one of my favorite genres! Thanks for stopping by to chat :)