Saturday, January 6, 2018

Another One Bites The Crust

Author:  Ellie Alexander
Series:  A Bakeshop Mystery #7
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Publication Date:  January 2, 2018

Description:  It’s the role of a lifetime for Jules. The Shakespeare Festival has returned to Ashland, Oregon, for the season and Torte has been cast as the supplier of Elizabethan-era treats for the main event. But on the eve of opening night, a brawl between Jules’s friend Lance, the artistic director, and a strapping young thespian named Anthony almost brings down the house. . .and the next morning, Anthony is dead. Jules knows that Lance loves his drama—and his just desserts—but she also knows that murder is way off-script for him. Now it’s up to Jules to cut through a bevy of backstage betrayals and catty co-stars who all have their own secrets—before the curtain drops on someone else. . .

My Review

Another One Bites The Crust is the 7th installment of the Bakeshop Mystery series.  Fans of this series are going to enjoy this installment as much as the previous books.  It is always fun to return to Ashland and Torte Bakery to see what Juliet, Lance, the Professor and her Mom are up to.  In addition, the reader is always treated to mouthwatering descriptions of pastries, cookies, cakes and other delicious food served up at Torte.  It's enough to satisfy the culinary cozy lover.

What keeps me coming back to this series is the characters.  Jules Capshaw is a delight.  She has a warm personality that comes right off the page.  She is genuine, charming, determined and a loyal friend.  This time around, she is called upon to help Lance out of trouble.  With each new book these characters continue to grow and develop.  We get a glimpse of the layers that are peeled back and learn something new or are teased with some secret.  

For me, I have found that the mysteries in this series are not  as strong as others and often play a backseat to the characters and their relationships.  But as I said, the characters are so wonderful they keep me coming back.  In this book, I thought the mystery was a bit stronger than in the past and was woven throughout the story.  

If you are a fan of this series, or just love strong character driven cozy mysteries then you will probably enjoy this one.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy that was provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.

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