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Fudge and Jury
     

Fudge and Jury

4.8 6
by Ellie Alexander
 

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Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bakery where the pastries are delicious…and, now, suspicious.

It’s almost spring in Ashland, Oregon, and the town is preparing for the Shakespeare and the annual Chocolate Festival. Business is cookin’ at Torte, and the store is expanding as Jules’ team whips up crèpes

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Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bakery where the pastries are delicious…and, now, suspicious.

It’s almost spring in Ashland, Oregon, and the town is preparing for the Shakespeare and the annual Chocolate Festival. Business is cookin’ at Torte, and the store is expanding as Jules’ team whips up crèpes filled with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Torte stands a chance of being this year’s confectionery belle of the ball! Life couldn’t be sweeter—unless murder taints the batter.

Evan Rowe, of Confections Couture, makes a chocolate fountain that would put Willy Wonka to shame, and his truffles are to die for—literally? Yes, the world-renowned chocolatier has just turned up dead…right after sampling a slice of Jules’ decadent four-layer chocolate cake. Now all eyes are on Jules as she tries to find the mysterious ingredient in her own recipe. Can she sift out the truth before another contestant bites the buttercream?

Editorial Reviews

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This delectable series transports readers to Ashland, Oregon... I highly recommend this series to readers who enjoy clever plots, likable characters, and good food. Knowledge of Shakespeare's plays is purely optional. —Mystery Scene on A Batter of Life and Death

A BATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH is a delightful cozy mystery that will keep you turning pages to see what Jules is going to get into next.... Grab a few napkins, because you'll be drooling all over the pages as you read some of the delicious-sounding recipes these chefs are cooking up. —Fresh Fiction

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250088055
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/03/2017
Series:
Bakeshop Mystery Series , #5
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
33,736
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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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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Fudge and Jury 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
csrsvivr 17 hours ago
The stars seem aligned for Jules Capshaw and her mom, Helen. Torte; a well-loved bakery, is getting a make-over complete with new ovens. Mom’s relationship with a certain classy law enforcement officer seems to be on track. Carlos; Jules’s ex is back on the high seas and Tommy, another local officer is still pining for Jules. Ashland is preparing for their Chocolate Festival and Torte is being showcased as one of the “premier” vendors. What could possibly go wrong? A little rain can’t hurt, right? Ellie Alexander has continued to draw us into this entertaining bunch of characters that make us laugh and fear for their safety. Best installment yet, must read!!!
LisaKsBooksReviews 9 days ago
Author Ellie Alexander is guilty! Guilty of the crime of writing a brilliant mystery full of sweet chocolaty delights, and bittersweet murder! Don’t ever say the cover of a book can’t lead you to a wonderful read. When I saw the cover of book one in the Bakeshop Mysteries, MEET YOUR BAKER, in the bookstore, I just had to read the back of it. And of course reading the back of it led to me buying it. Since that first book, I have eaten up each title as fast as they can come out! FUDGE & JURY (another great cover) finds Jules and the gang at Torte, the bakery, taking part in the annual Chocolate Festival. Let me tell you, the entire time I was reading this story, I wanted chocolate! I could smell the tasty, rich scent with every description. Just writing this review I can smell it in the air. (Dabbing a little drool from the corner of my mouth.) I always love returning to Ashland, Oregon, and spending time with the cast of characters in this series. With each book I have watched them change and grow as author Alexander continues to give readers more glimpses into their lives. These characters are people I want to be friends with. Heck, I want Jules mother to adopt me! I don’t want to come across all the dead bodies, and danger that they do, but I’d be willing to risk it.  And it brings this review the latest murder in Ashland. Ellie Alexander set this story up perfectly. She let readers get comfortable with everything and feel like part of the story before bringing in the murderous mayhem. My favorite books are the ones that let the story play out for a while, before the death scene/body discovery. I like reading about the characters, and their daily lives pre-murder, the victim included. The author’s timing was perfect. As for the mystery of the murderer, Ms. Alexander kept me wide eyed and alert, and looking at every potential suspect convinced that they were the killer. I was even suspicious of a few non-suspects. FUDGE & JURY was an assortment of intrigue, action, and a chocolaty swirl of guessing, that kept me stumped right up until the shocking reveal. Every time I finish a book in the Bakeshop mystery series, I am breathless, happy, and hungry! FUDGE & JURY left me feeling all that and more. And of course, there are amazing recipes at the end of the book!
InspirationalAngel531 10 days ago
Title: Fudge and Jury - Bakeshop Mystery Book 5 Author: Ellie Alexander Published: 1-3-2017 Publisher: St. Martin's Press Pages: 321 Genre: Mystery; Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Culinary Mystery; Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Women Sleuths ISBN: 13: 9781250088055 ASIN: B01H035XWY Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.5 Stars I received a copy of "Fudge and Jury" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description From The Publisher: Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bakery where the pastries are delicious…and, now, suspicious. It’s almost spring in Ashland, Oregon, and the town is preparing for the Shakespeare and the annual Chocolate Festival. Business is cookin’ at Torte, and the store is expanding as Jules’ team whips up crèpes filled with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Torte stands a chance of being this year’s confectionery belle of the ball! Life couldn’t be sweeter—unless murder taints the batter. Evan Rowe, of Confections Couture, makes a chocolate fountain that would put Willy Wonka to shame, and his truffles are to die for—literally? Yes, the world-renowned chocolatier has just turned up dead…right after sampling a slice of Jules’ decadent four-layer chocolate cake. Now all eyes are on Jules as she tries to find the mysterious ingredient in her own recipe. Can she sift out the truth before another contestant bites the buttercream? My Review of "Fudge and Jury": Juliet "Jules" Montague Capshaw can best described as an exceptional baker and a slight airhead. With her name is it a surprise the resides in Ashland, Oregon a town known for its quaint Elizabethan styled shops; one of which is Jules' bakery, Torte? Ellie Alexander describes the town so well tat you can picture walking down the side walk and dropping in on Torte and having a cup of tea and scone or cookie, but you'll have to come after the Shakespeare and Chocolate Festival as it is closed for remodeling and possible expansion if they can get the funding. It's only four days and you can enjoy tasting all the chocolate treats offered by the four showcase vendors, sampling their wares to the weary travelers passing through. Caution is needed after Even Rowe, confectioner and Confections Couture. dies after sampling Jules' cake from anaphylactic shock. Jules juggles the renovations, festival and finding out who killed the obnoxious, odious man, with a list that includes nearly every person who ever met him. Recipes for some very tasty chocolates are included. My rating for "Fudge and Jury" is 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is a great book for culinary cozy mystery lovers and anyone who enjoys a light mystery filled with bold characters and a plot that leads you on a merry chase to find a killer.
CozyMysteryLover1 11 days ago
A Chocolate Festival sounds like a great idea! Ashland Falls, Oregon is preparing for their festival and Torte, a locally owned bake shop, is excited to be participating. The delectable chocolate delights will leave your mouth watering and when a local participant drops dead, it seems that Torte needs to prove their innocence. This book has a lot going on and it is sure to please fans of this wonderful series. Each book gets better and better and this one is definitely my favorite by far! I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
Rockport_rocker 18 days ago
It's a winner! Fudge and Jury is the first book of the series that I have read but it sure won't be the last! The characters are so great that they are sure to become life long friends; I was impressed with the ensemble from the first page. The writing held me throughout the book from the mystery that had me stumped to the details that I could visualize and almost smell. I also loved the overall positive feel that I got from most of the characters. At first I was a little concerned when I realized that one character spouted Shakespeare, but I was pleased to see that even though others followed his model, the use of Shakespearean quotes was not excessive; a touch of the Bard is fine. I am looking forward to catching up with other books and to seeing where her relationship with Carlos goes. I want to meet that guy! Now I need to go make something chocolate! I requested and received an advanced readers copy of this book via NetGalley. This review is completely voluntary; I review all books that I love and I completely loved these characters and their story.
Honolulubelle 18 days ago
Favorite Quotes: Juliet, you are the worst liar on the planet. I know exactly what you’re thinking and I assure you that I’m thinking the same thing. Evan was clearly hunted down and killed by a crafty baker. Don’t try to pretend that you’re not as delighted as I am… She reminded me of a writer who was a regular at Torte. He brings his laptop and plants himself by the front windows while he writes and drinks coffee by the gallon. Andy once asked if we should cut him off because customers around him were complaining that the floor was shaking so much that they thought there was an earthquake. Mom had made a point of trying to fatten me up, offering me buttery scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam and sausage rolls. She claimed that having a pastry chef who looked like a skeleton was bad for business. The gyro smelled so good that I would have eaten it off the floor, but I agreed to Lance’s request and tossed the cardboard container back in the bag. My Review: Fudge and Jury is book number five of a six book series - although it had strong enough legs to stand on its own. I had not read the previous books and had no difficulty following the story. As the plot revolves around a chocolate festival and features a bakery owner who thoroughly describes her baking process and tasting of her treats, this story would be a mystery loving gourmand’s highest level of heaven or a dieter’s lowest level of hell, I was coveting her confections the entire time I was reading. Written in the first person POV of a somewhat spacey/daydream-prone baker, the story was packed with quirky characters yet was a bit slower paced than I am used to. However, I was far from cracking the inventive murder mystery. The victim was an esteemed chef who died moments before the chocolate festival was to begin, and being that he was a rather atrocious blowhard, there was no shortage of suspects. It looked like someone might just get away with the perfect murder.