Caught Bread Handed (Bakeshop Mystery Series #4)
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Caught Bread Handed (Bakeshop Mystery Series #4)

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by Ellie Alexander

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Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count…

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


Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count…

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?

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Marvelous... All the elements I love in a cozy mystery are there-a warm and inviting atmosphere, friendly and likable main characters, and a nasty murder mystery to solve... I highly recommend MEET YOUR BAKER and look forward to reading the next book in this new series! —Fresh Fiction

This debut culinary mystery is a light soufflé of a book (with recipes) that makes a perfect mix for fans of Jenna McKinley, Leslie Budewitz, or Jessica Beck. —Library Journal on Meet Your Baker

This delicious debut mixes a quaint bakeshop in Oregon, an eclectic community of artists and a diabolical murder. Delicious pastries and food are a focus of this fast-paced mystery... Plenty of red herrings will keep readers guessing until the very end. —RT Book Reviews (4 stars) on Meet Your Baker

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St. Martin's Press
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Bakeshop Mystery Series , #4
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4.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

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." Find her on Facebook to learn more!

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Caught Bread Handed (Bakeshop Mystery Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadYourWrites 3 months ago
Caught Bread Handed, the fourth book in Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery Series picks up about a week or two after On Thin Icing. However, this is a complete standalone read, with barely anything mentioned about what happened in the previous books. Caught Bread Handed finds many residents of Ashland, Oregon upset with a new restaurant in town. Known for its love of Shakespeare, the downtown area has many small, family-owned shops and restaurants which boast Elizabethan touches. Mindy Nolan has chosen to go against what’s usually found downtown and bring in a chain restaurant that is neon bright and doesn’t fit in. Clashes between Mindy and various residents ensue. While making her morning deliveries, Jules finds an unconscious Mindy. When police arrive, surprises are revealed. One of the reasons I like this series so much is because Ellie not only incorporates a mystery, but she gives readers a true romantic angle. Jules Capshaw is in the midst of trying to figure out what’s good for her career and her personal life. She’s still trying to come to terms with a secret revealed by her husband in a previous book and figure out where her marriage stands. The mystery is solid in that you find yourself trying to figure out what’s going on along with Jules. I’ll admit to really liking the way it played out. I think the romantic conundrum Jules finds herself in took up most of the book and didn’t truly allow for a lot of mystery solving on her part. Without a doubt I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series. Ellie continues to write characters both main and secondary that you want to know. The small town setting of Ashland, Oregon is perfect and the recipes and food descriptions found in the book are incredible. **Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
Samantha1020 3 months ago
This is seriously one of my very favorite cozy mystery series, and I've been waiting impatiently to read this book for a very long time. Even when I got an early copy I forced myself to wait until closer to the release date because I knew that I would be left wishing for the next book after I finished. Which is exactly what happened and now I'm going to have to try (try being the key word here) and patiently wait for book five. I love many things about this series but one of my very favorite things about it is all of the characters. This series features such a great cast of characters, and I love that we as the readers are getting to know them more and more as we get further in. I'm not even sure if I read these books for the mystery so much as I read it for the characters. The author has just brought these characters to life for me. It almost makes me feel like I could go visit this perfect little town myself. Although I fully admit that I love the characters the most about these books there are other elements that I love as well. Namely all of the delicious food descriptions that the author shares throughout the story. My family knows by now that my cooking skills are iffy at best but it doesn't stop me from wishing that I could cook like Jules. These books make me seriously hungry and I'm always tempted to try some of the recipes that are included at the end. The mystery story line in this book was done quite well also although to be honest that was the part I cared about the least. I was more worried about what was going to happen with Jules especially with her estranged husband Carlos leaving to go back to the ship he works on. I'm not a huge fan of his (I like Thomas her old boyfriend more) but I knew that this book might change things with their relationship which left me eager to see what was going to happen. Slight spoiler here but nothing was fully resolved which is why I am really anxious to read the next book in this series. I love how there aren't easy answers given in terms to her relationship with Carlos. It just feels more like real life and I appreciate that. The ending of this book wrapped everything up quite nicely and left me satisfied. I'm always left wishing for more after these books but isn't that what always happens with a series that you love? Overall, I loved this book just as I have loved every book in this series. I really can't recommend them enough but especially to cozy mystery fans. This is a series that should be read in order just so that you can get the full feel for all of these characters. Each book could be read alone but I really think the overall experience would be improved if you read them in order. Highly recommended! Bottom Line: I can't say enough good things about this series or this book! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley as part of a CBB book tour.
csrsvivr 5 months ago
Torte, a lovely quaint bakeshop in Ashland Oregon is home to Jules Capshaw and her mom. Ashland is known for its Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the summer months and Jules helping police solve murders – often! Jules once again stumbles upon a dead body or a murder in progress….while dealing with an estranged husband getting ready to head back to the ship where he is the head chef. He came to Ashland to woo Jules back. Will Jules solve the murder(s), meet her baking commitments, keep the oven going in Torte and get her life back on track? Read the book and find out. Fantastic read!!!
AuthorsWebTVHost 7 months ago
Alexander is an accomplished writer and truly knows how to keep a series interesting and entertaining. This latest installment of the Bakeshop Mystery Series was well worth the wait. Jules and Carlos have no idea how to resolve the challenges in their relationship, and Thomas tends to appear at the most awkward of times, but that’s what keeps it entertaining. Of course, there’s a murder, and of course, Jules is right in the middle of it all. This one threatens the very look and feel of the theater district that everyone loves so much. The recipes keep getting better and better and the Tomato-Orange Soup is to die for! I love the new coffee concoctions in each book and can’t wait for the next. As these characters continue to develop and evolve, you find yourself getting more and more immersed in their lives. It would seem that Helen’s life will change considerably as we go forward, but that’s why we love Torte and all its’ people. Once again, I’m left eagerly anticipating the next one.
KrisAnderson_TAR 7 months ago
Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander is the fourth book in A Bakeshop Mystery series. Juliet Montague Capshaw has returned to Ashland, Oregon from Lake of the Woods where she had catered an event (and helped catch a killer). Her husband, Carlos, who had shown up unexpectedly, has returned with her. Torte, her family’s bakery, is busier than ever. The only thorn in their side is the monstrosity that has opened up across the street. ShakesBurgers is the new “restaurant” that took over where Jester (a unique restaurant owned by Alan Masterson) used to be. Mindy Nolan ripped down the Tudor façade and painted the place a neon color. It sticks out like a sore thumb in this Shakespearian town (home to the Shakespeare Festival theater complex). Rosalind Gates, president of Ashland Downtown Association, has called an emergency meeting to see about getting rid of the eyesore (or making them put an old looking façade on the place to match the rest of the area). The next day Juliet finds Mindy Nolan dead in ShakesBurgers. Rosalind, of course, ends up being a prime suspect. Juliet starts poking around trying to get answers (and avoid talking to her Carlos). Time is running out for Carlos and Juliet. Carlos has to return to the cruise ship soon (where he works) and he would like Juliet to return with him. But Juliet has found her place in Ashland and Torte. Is there any chance for their marriage? Who wanted Mindy Nolan out of the way like day old bread? You will have to read Caught Bread Handed to get the answers. Caught Bread Handed is easy to read, has some engaging characters (like the Professor and Helen Capshaw), and is set in a beautiful location. I feel that Caught Bread Handed is really not a stand-alone book. The author does update the readers on Juliet’s past and how she came to return to Ashland, but I think it would be helpful to have read the previous novels (or at least the first one in the series). I felt that Caught Bread Handed is more about a day in the life of Juliet. The majority of the story talks about baking, cooking (the Sunday Suppers at Torte), Juliet not knowing what to do about Carlos, Carlos teaching Sterling, Juliet ogling Carlos when he is not looking, and more baking. Pages of the book are devoted to each item Juliet bakes for Torte (the ingredients, the mixing, the baking, the smell) than to the mystery. We do not get many clues, but the killer is apparent (at least I thought so). I give Caught Bread Handed 3 out of 5 stars. I wanted more substance and time devoted to the mystery. I am also tired of Carlos and Juliet. It is time to resolve the situation (enough is enough). One thing I thought was unusual was how quickly a new business opened. Mindy Nolan and her partner purchased, renovated, and opened ShakesBurgers within two weeks. It just does not seem plausible (and odd considering such a historic type town). The next book in the series is Fudge and Jury. I will read it and then decide whether or not to continue with the series. I received a complimentary copy of Caught Bread Handed from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.
weluvdopey 7 months ago
This is a great book; this is the fourth book in the A Bakeshop Mystery series written by Ellie Alexander. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
LisaKsBooksReviews 7 months ago
As delicious, and intoxicating as the pastries in Torte, CAUGHT BREAD HANDED is the perfect ingredient in this culinary mystery series! I remember pick up the first book in this series, MEET YOUR BAKER, and thinking how wonderful it sounded. Understatement! I was hooked before I was done with the first chapter. I’ve excitedly waited for each new installment since. CAUGHT BREAD HANDED is a superb mystery that’s filled with excitement, fun, mystery, yummy food, great characters, a lovely location, everything readers look for in a cozy, and of course a murder victim, and enough suspects to keep you second guessing yourself. There was only one aspect of this story, concerning a couple of characters, one in particular, I wasn’t really thrilled with. Other readers will no doubt be very happy with it. As for me, I’m waiting to see how it plays out in future books. CAUGHT BREAD HANDED was a great book. You’re going to want to check it out, as well as the rest of the series! You’ll find eight delectable recipes, and an expert from the next Bakeshop Mystery, all at the end of this book!
CozyMysteryLover1 7 months ago
Juliet Capshaw is a strong character who really grows in this story. Back from a recent catering job, Juliet is happily baking in her kitchen at Torte, the family owned bakery in the charming town of Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Working with her is her talented staff, her mother and Juliet's husband Carlos. Before returning to Torte, Juliet was working on a cruise ship, where she met and married her husband. Now that she is home, she seems happy, however her relationship with her husband is still rocky. Carlos will be returning to the ship soon, so Juliet is hoping to work out some of their issues. Baking keeps Juliet focused and when a new eatery moves in across the street, Juliet will need to keep focused, especially after she may have witnessed a murder! There are a few different stories going on in this book and you will be kept on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The mouth-watering recipes will have you dashing to the kitchen to whip up your own delectable treats. This is a fun, interesting series that will leave you wanting more! I am looking forward to the next book in this great series. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.