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…
This was a fun read with two very different story lines going on.
On the surface, this is a mystery read. Ashland's theater district has a new board member and it seems everyone in town wants to see her go down. When she is found murdered, it becomes a twisty, turny case of who-dun-it until the very end. Every character you think was involved wasn't. And those who you least expect turn out the be the real killer.
But there is also a story of broken hearts and self discovery going on here. Jules has left her husband and her life on the cruise ship. She has returned home and isn't getting in any hurry to tell her mom the reason she's home. She finds herself falling back into her normal routine at the bakery and everything seems to naturally come together.
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. Ends Jan. 21, 2015