Author: Ellie Alexander
Series: Bakeshop Mystery #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Expected Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Description: Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bakeshop is bustling, the dough is rolling, and there’s no rest for the weary…especially when murder is thrown into the mix.
When Mindy Nolan, the owner of a new restaurant in town, turns up dead, the batter at hand thickens. Jules knows that there was bad blood between Mindy and others in town, and tracking down the killer could prove to be an unwelcome treat. And to top it all off, there’s Carlos, who is pleading―with those delicious dark eyes and sexy Spanish accent―for Jules to take him back. Is home where the heart is or will she make a fresh start…and risk getting burned?
This is the fourth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series by this author and it is a very enjoyable addition to the series. The cast of characters is wonderful. Throughout the series, I think this author has done a good job with her character development. These are full, well rounded characters that continue to grow with each entry. In this installment, you can really see how the staff at Torte has grown and come together as a team. There is a real family feeling when they are working together in the bakery. This author is also wonderful at her descriptive writing. When the characters are working in the bakery you actually feel like you are there and part of the action. The story line for this book gives us another glimpse into Jules' growth and the decisions she has to make regarding her marriage to Carlos. As for Carlos' character, in this book, I thought the author gave us much more of a glimpse into who he is as a person and his love for Jules. He is more dimensional and not just a latin lover chef type character.
The mystery in this book is different from the previous installments in that while there is a muder at the beginning of the book, Jules is not as involved in helping to solve the mystery as with prior installments. There are plenty of suspects to choose from as the victim was not well like, but I thought there was much less emphasis on finding the killers identity. For me, I felt that the focus of this book was more on the relationship between Jules and Carlos and deciding their future as a couple. I have to say, I like Carlos in this book and I am rooting for him but it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
I think that the author ended this book in a way that gives her many options for future books. There is a lot going on and it will be interesting to see how the author deals with the future of some couples and businesses in Ashland.
I received an ARC from the Kensington through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.