A Batter of Life and Death (Bakeshop Mystery Series #2)

A Batter of Life and Death (Bakeshop Mystery Series #2)

by Ellie Alexander

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250054241
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Series: Bakeshop Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 86,959
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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. You can friend her on Facebook to learn more!

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A Batter of Life and Death (Bakeshop Mystery Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
PollyBennett 4 days ago
This is a fun series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best cooking mystery eries yet. Very enjoyable!
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
Another great story in the series. Jules Capshaw agrees to allow a televised baking contest use the kitchen in her family bakery. Unfortunately, one of the contestants is found murdered and Jules is asked to replace the late baker in the competition.
csrsvivr More than 1 year ago
When is reality TV real? When a top chef is murdered? Ashland, OR was lucky enough to have a reality TV show, “Take the Cake” shoot a series there. Jules Capshaw who helps her mom run an adorable bakery shop named Torte was finding out firsthand what “reality” means. With the winner receiving $25,000, Torte (aka Jules) was asked to be a contestant on the show and to also provide baking space for other contestants. The money would help to update the ovens in the bakery, however, with her fellow chefs lies and secrets along with a fellow merchant who runs a B&B, Jules may be pushed a little too far. Will Jules win, will she get over her estranged “Head” chef husband, will she recommit to a former flame who lives in town and will she solve the murder of the top chef? Find a comfy spot, something warm to drink and pastries to indulge in and let this book captivate your imagination!
hpgirl2008 More than 1 year ago
After reading just a few pages of this first book I was hooked. I love mysteries and I also love Shakespeare and food and this encompasses all of those things into one unique series :) Jules is from a small town in Oregon where her mother owns THE town bake shop called Torte. Jules has returned after about 10 years of being out in the world and many years baking and cooking on cruise ships with her husband Carlos which we don't hear much about in this book, especially as to WHY she left. We mostly see Jules having flashbacks, but she falls right back into step and everyone is happy to see her back. It is very easy to see from the first few chapters just how close the community it and how they help each other - but interweaved through all of that is this air of mystery and when Jules opens Torte one morning only to find one of the meanest women in town dead it throws everyone for a loop. Is it the quiet Stephanie who turns out to be a really great baker? Or Andy the coffee guru? There are SO many people that could be the killer and honestly until the very last few chapters I had no idea who did it. Which is what makes a great read to me - you can't see the "writing on the walls" easily. I really love how no matter how bad it gets Jules is able to throw herself back into her work and still take on the mystery. The Shakespeare element runs strong through the series because the little town of Ashland is also home to a very popular Shakespeare festival which is what keeps the town going from February through October. Jules Capshaw is named after ... of course Romeo and Juliet and the way the author weaves Shakespeare elements through the books is one awesome thing I really enjoyed because I am a lover of all things Shakespeare :) So check out this series, I guarantee you won't regret it! I can't wait for more of these books as I hope On Thin Icing isn't the last we see of Jules! ***I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received.***
AuthorsWebTVHost More than 1 year ago
The second installment of the Bakeshop Mystery series is every bit as good as the first. Once again, Alexander has woven her magical descriptions of food throughout the story – so real that you can taste and smell what’s being produced in Torte’s kitchen. The mystery is intriguing, particularly since I’m a fan of food TV shows. I can just imagine the egos involved in creating one of these productions and what better way to start than to have an egotistic drunken chef end up dead in a big bowl of frosting. If that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will. A Batter of Life and Death leaves us wondering if Jules and Thomas will ever get together, or if somewhere in the future Carlos will reappear. I’m eagerly awaiting the release of On Thin Icing.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
5 eggs, 5 cups of sugar, 5 cups of flour, but 10 stars for A BATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. It was one I was most looking forward to this year. It was worth the wait! I loved every minute of it! I gushed, and raved about the first book in this series, MEET YOUR BAKER, so I won’t get all gushy this time…but I will rave! A BATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH is one of my top three favorite book of 2015! There is not one thing I don’t like about author Ellie Alexander’s writing. Her words transport me into her story. I can hear every sound, and smell every smell. I honestly feel as though I have walked the streets of Ashland, Oregan. Just like I have sat at a table in Torte and shared pastry and coffee with Jules and her mother. I ached to get into the kitchen with them and help them bake their amazing confections! Okay, I started gushing, didn’t I? ;-) A BATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH focused on a reality cooking show. My sister and I watch them all, so it was fun to feel part of one and see how they may run behind the scenes. But you know, without murder on the set. But murder this book did have. For lead character Jules, finding a dead body may not have been fun, but the way the body was found was delightfully sweet for mystery fans such as myself. A truly wonderful whodunit, the one thing this story had more of than delicious food…suspects. Seriously, I simply couldn’t even narrow it down, but author Alexander leads us through the investigation like the pro she is and total caught me off guard with the killer. Make sure to check out the Bakeshop Mystery series! You’re going to love it! Wonderful recipes and an excerpt from book three, ON THIN ICING, can be found at the back of the book!
zillyw More than 1 year ago
Jules Capshaw is back in the family bakeshop and a reality TV show comes to town. Take the Cake is offering a $25,000 reward to the best baker and Jules is entered into the program. Each baker has their own strange persona and it sometimes cause major stress between the bakers and crew. Before the cakes are judged, one of the bakers is murdered. Jules is told in no uncertain terms to stay out of the mystery, by Thomas, an old high school boyfriend and police officer and also by her mother. Ah, but she found the body so, she keeps on questioning. The bakery is vandalized. The show continues, Jules aka Juliet continues to try and figure out her marriage to Carlos (who is in a different location), and the minor characters also continue to fill out and build the story. The first cookie recipe had me wanting to head to the kitchen to bake, alas it was early in the a.m. and I would have had to get dressed to go to the store. As with many foodie books there were recipes that tempted me and others I did not care about. However, as a non-coffee drinker (and I know I am not alone) the page and a half description of grinding the beans, brewing the coffee until we got to the first sip was over the top to me. We all have our jolt of whatever to get us started in the morning and perhaps to keep us going. However, for a bakeshop book, the descriptions of the coffee were a bit much, often longer than the recipes or foods made in the shop. I did like the characters, the reality food show, and the development of the plot kept me reading. I did want to find out who murdered the chef and I liked the twist on why the chef was murdered. There are many positive things in this book. The relationship between Jules and her mother, Jules and Thomas, the staff and I loved the reality bake show twist (I love the British Baking Show). However, while coffee was a part of the shop, it seemed to dominate a large portion of the book. I will read a coffee house mystery if I want the ins and outs of coffee, I wanted more of the baking. Lots of potential. I will probably read both the first and third book of the series. If coffee is your love, you may not find the descriptions distracting. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.