A Batter of Life and Death

A Bakeshop Mystery, #2

Jules Capshaw has decided to compete on the Pastry Channel's show called Take the Cake. She thinks that this is a great time to not only win $25,000 but to get some publicity for her family bakery. Jules just wants to have fun but that is not going to happen because one of the other competitors has been found dead. Who would want to kill Chef Marco. Could it be because of the contest? Was it the money prize? Jules decides to try to solve the murder before someone else in the show gets killed. All she wanted was to have some fun and maybe win.

Readers that like their cozy’s with a bit of competition will want to jump into this mystery. This is the second in the series by Ellie Alexander. If you’ve ever watched and enjoyed cooking shows this will have some appeal as a setting. Overall it has an enjoyable plot and characters. I give this book 4 stars.


Book Blurb for A Batter of Life and Death

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?


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2015 4.00