Jules Capshaw and the rest of the staff at Torte are
gearing up to reveal the successful conclusion of their
beautiful renovation and expansion of the bakeshop. The
town of Ashland is in need of some good news as many of
the local employees are up in arms over the lack of
affordable housing and several individuals in town are
vying for a rundown lot in a choice area of town.
Meanwhile, her mom and the Professor are house hunting
and want Jules' opinion on a particular home. Jules and
her mom plan a picnic away from the bakeshop, only to
have Jules witness two girls uncovering a skull. Now a
long-ago murder is haunting the town of Ashland... but
is that past death what leads to another murder?
LIVE AND LET PIE is the ninth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series. Ellie Alexander is
adding some additional characters to the story line to
coincide with Torte's expansion, making LIVE AND LET
PIE an easy place to jump into the series for new
readers. There is an ongoing thread involving Jules and
her conflicted emotions regarding her husband, Carlos,
but it's not a central part of this particular book, so
the back history provided is sufficient.
The recipes featured at Torte always make my mouth
water, but Ellie Alexander outdid herself in LIVE AND
LET PIE. I can practically taste the fluffernutter
sandwich, and I suspect I will be experimenting with
this delectable sounding treat in the near future! I
like that Ellie Alexander also gives us a sense of
history behind some of the foods, even as she shows us
much that goes on behind the scenes in a bakery. The
cheese tea had me squinting a bit until Sequoia
described it further and now even I'm tempted to give
it a try.
Ellie Alexander continues to provide readers with
intriguing mysteries and mouthwatering foods as LIVE AND
LET PIE is another hit! I love that we get to dig into
some of the past histories of Ashland even as we get
some insight into current social issues affecting this
Shakespearean themed town. If you love cozy mysteries
with yummy recipes and well-developed characters, then
look no further than LIVE AND LET PIE and the Bakeshop Mystery series.
Ellie Alexander's Live and Let Pie is the most
delicious installment yet in the fantastic Bakeshop
Mysteries set in Ashland, OR!
Life is sweet once you step into Torte, everybodyâ€™s
favorite small-town bakeshop. But what happens when it
becomes the scene of a crime?
The heat is on for pastry chef, family business operator,
and unlikely sleuth Jules Capshaw. Just when she thought she
could enjoy some time away from the kitchen, Jules manages
to discover a skull during a picnic by the lake. As if
unearthing remains that may be connected to a
missing-persons case from the 1960s isnâ€™t enough on her
plate, Jules must contend with the unsolved matter of her
own marriage while her estranged husband Carlos sails the
open seas, awaiting a verdict. Then thereâ€™s Julesâ€™s bitter
landlord Edgar, who is intent on making a sweet deal on a
vacant lot down the block from Torteâ€”until he turns up dead.
If only Jules could find a recipe that would let her bake
her cake and eat it, tooâ€¦