A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander
FTC Disclosure: I received a free e-copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Goodreads Summary: 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?
My thoughts: This is the second installment in the Bakeshop Mysteries and it has already made it’s way on to my “Must Read” list of cozy mysteries.
I enjoy mysteries centered around food, especially baking. But what makes this such a great read are the characters (I love Juliet) and the plot that Ellie Alexander has woven. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Even better – beyond the mystery there is a whole town full of characters that the reader will enjoy getting to know better. Recipes are included at the end, which is a good thing, since you are going to want to try some of the ones mentioned in the story.
The bottom line is that this is just simply a solid good read. Once you read one in the series you are going to want to read more. Fortunately, book three – On Thin Icing was published on December 29th.