Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Review ~ TILL DEATH DO US TART by Ellie Alexander

Till Death Do Us Tart (A Bakeshop Mystery, #8)
by: Ellie Alexander
Series: Bakeshop Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
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Torte―the small-town bakeshop no one can resist―is hosting a midsummer night’s wedding . . . where merry-making and murder are served up in equal measure. Till Death Do Us Tart is Ellie Alexander's eighth delectable novel in the Bakeshop mystery series.

Marriage and murder-fresh out of the oven...

Jules Capshaw has too much on her plate―and she’s feeling the pinch: the whole town of Ashland, Oregon, is in on the surprise Elizabethan-themed wedding she’s planning for her mom and soon-to-be stepdad. But is her secret scheme half-baked? She’s hiding racks overflowing with sweet treats while Torte is topsy-turvy with a major remodel and the return of Jules’s estranged husband, Carlos. And until now, Jules had no clue about the bitter family feud that has her friend Lance frazzled and suspicious. But when a party crasher takes someone out with a serving of poisoned wine and Jules discovers the deadly cup was intended for her, it’s time to turn the tables on a killer.

In Till Death Do Us Tart, Jules Capshaw and her Torte bakery crew are planning a wedding. In fact, the whole town of Ashland, Oregon is helping to plan and set up the secret Midsummer’s Eve themed wedding of Jules’s mom Helen and Police Detective Doug Curtis. Adding to Jules’s stress level is the expansion and remodeling of the bakery. In order to keep her mother from seeing all of the desserts being made, their architect Roger keeps sending Helen on wildgoose chases.

The bright side is that after being away on vacation for three weeks, Jules’s best friend and OSF Artistic Director Lance is back in town. Turns out Lance wasn’t really soaking up the sun in some tropical locale but in fact was in Medford. Yep. It seems the polished, sophisticated, flamboyant Lance Rousseau is actually a local boy. For the past few weeks, Lance has been a mere ten miles away, spending time with his dying father. If that wasn’t surprise enough for Jules, Lance telling her that he thinks his younger brother, Leo, is trying to kill their father is. Turns out Lance’s family owns The Brown Group, one the largest lumber companies in Oregon.

After Mr. Brown dies, Lance is more convinced than ever that his brother and his employees are behind his death. He even hires private investigator, Megan Antonini to prove his assertion. As Megan is conducting her investigation, she drinks a poison laced glass of wine she is sure was meant for Jules. When Megan dies, without revealing who she thinks tried to kill Jules, Jules and Lance decide to do their own investigation into both deaths.

I love Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery series. The books are all standalone reads. All the main characters are amazing and likeable. Reading the books is truly like hanging out with friends, except for the murder part. It looks like things are moving in the right direction for Jules and Thomas. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the citizens of Ashland.

**Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed the book.**

Rating: 4

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The Bakeshop Mystery Series:

On Thin Icing ~ Review
Caught Bread Handed ~ Review
Fudge and Jury ~ Review
A Crime of Passion ~ Review
Trouble is Brewing ~ Review
Another One Bites the Crust ~ Review

A Cup of Holiday Fear releases on September 24, 2019

Meet the characters of the Bakeshop Mystery Series here.

Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin's Press), 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.

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