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Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count… Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bake Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count… Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bakeshop is bustling, the dough is rolling, and there’s no rest for the weary…especially when murder is thrown into the mix. When Mindy Nolan, the owner of a new restaurant in town, turns up dead, the batter at hand thickens. Jules knows that there was bad blood between Mindy and others in town, and tracking down the killer could prove to be an unwelcome treat. And to top it all off, there’s Carlos, who is pleading—with those delicious dark eyes and sexy Spanish accent—for Jules to take him back. Is home where the heart is or will she make a fresh start…and risk getting burned?


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Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count… Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bake Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count… Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bakeshop is bustling, the dough is rolling, and there’s no rest for the weary…especially when murder is thrown into the mix. When Mindy Nolan, the owner of a new restaurant in town, turns up dead, the batter at hand thickens. Jules knows that there was bad blood between Mindy and others in town, and tracking down the killer could prove to be an unwelcome treat. And to top it all off, there’s Carlos, who is pleading—with those delicious dark eyes and sexy Spanish accent—for Jules to take him back. Is home where the heart is or will she make a fresh start…and risk getting burned?

30 review for Caught Bread Handed

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Imaginative writing and tasty food.  Made this series one of my favorites. Caught Bread handed had me on the edge of my seat. With  A complicated romance. Baker and proprietor of Torte, Jules Capshaw's husband. Chef Carlos is back in town. From his career of cooking on a ship. A delightful cast of characters. The story is suspenseful and romantic. The murder ties in with the plot. Seamlessly. Baking and cooking at Torte are favorite moments. Jules cleverly injects herself into the murder investig Imaginative writing and tasty food.  Made this series one of my favorites. Caught Bread handed had me on the edge of my seat. With  A complicated romance. Baker and proprietor of Torte, Jules Capshaw's husband. Chef Carlos is back in town. From his career of cooking on a ship. A delightful cast of characters. The story is suspenseful and romantic. The murder ties in with the plot. Seamlessly. Baking and cooking at Torte are favorite moments. Jules cleverly injects herself into the murder investigation. As always. I'll repeatedly come back for the food and murder. Again and again. I'm thrilled to read the next book. There's a cliffhanger. It left me eager to grab the next book. I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review.Thank you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Annu

    Can't believe it but this book was sooo boring. So disappointed, there was too much of non-mystery going on. I understand it's a culinary cozy mystery, but all the baking and Jules personal life took up most of the book, which after a point got really on my nerves. Nevertheless, I'll be picking up the next book, just hope that one's better. Giving 2 stars to Richard Lord because he cracked me up 😂😂 Can't believe it but this book was sooo boring. So disappointed, there was too much of non-mystery going on. I understand it's a culinary cozy mystery, but all the baking and Jules personal life took up most of the book, which after a point got really on my nerves. Nevertheless, I'll be picking up the next book, just hope that one's better. Giving 2 stars to Richard Lord because he cracked me up 😂😂

  3. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts There’s a new restaurant in the Shakespeare part of town and the only thing that blends this restaurant with the rest of the businesses in the area is its name ShakesBurgers. The facade of the building has been updated and is ultramodern and that has more than one of the merchant’s panties in a twist, especially Rosalind Gates, president of Ashland Downtown Association. The new owner Mindy Nolan doesn’t seem to care and has no plans to bow to their wishes even after a town me Dollycas’s Thoughts There’s a new restaurant in the Shakespeare part of town and the only thing that blends this restaurant with the rest of the businesses in the area is its name ShakesBurgers. The facade of the building has been updated and is ultramodern and that has more than one of the merchant’s panties in a twist, especially Rosalind Gates, president of Ashland Downtown Association. The new owner Mindy Nolan doesn’t seem to care and has no plans to bow to their wishes even after a town meeting. Jules notices the door of ShakesBurgers is ajar the next while she is out making her deliveries and when she steps inside she makes a ghastly discovery. Mindy dead on the floor and her partner trying to save her. Calling in her favorite police officers, Jules tries to shake off what she had seen, but can’t let it go. Jules is also trying to make a huge decision regarding Carlos. Can they have a life together? What does that mean for her career? ______ I am really enjoying the characters in this series and the way they continue to evolve. All the relationships are captivating and interesting. The dialogue rings true. The story is very character-driven as most of the focus was on their lives at the restaurant Torte. Jules’ life is filled even before adding hubby Carlos to the mix. As in the last book, Carlos seems to fit in with everyone everywhere he goes. He is supportive and happy to do anything he can for Jules, her mom, and the restaurant. Carlos and Jules aren’t the only ones working on their relationship. Romance seems to be blooming a Torte for another couple too. And the Professor and Jules’ mom may be entering a new area of their relationship. One of my favorite things in the book is the way the business is expanding with things like the Sunday Supper. Carlos takes the reins this time and really pulls out the stops. Torte is facing real situations, cash crunches, needing new equipment, etc. and I like that everything is not always rosy and they need to work hard every day for success. To me the mystery this time was pretty basic. I was laser-focused on the real culprit very early in the story, I was just waiting for Jules, Thomas, and the Professor to catch up. I wish there had been a little more depth and more investigating but I was very pleased with the exciting ending. As with all books in this series, the food described in just awesome and there are recipes at the back of the book. Strong characters with the perfect amount of humor and romance mixes together with a satisfactory whodunit in Caught Bread Handed. I am looking forward to reading Fudge and Jury next.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    My review of Caught Bread Handed has pretty much the same points as the other reviews I have done for this series. Where is the mystery? Someone dies early on, but there's no investigating until about 50%, besides a few questions to Juliet, we're not privy to any of the investigation. It's Lance, not Juliet who investigates, briefly, another possible suspect. There is no way we could know who did it and why when it's finally revealed. This book is primarily about Juliet working in the family bake My review of Caught Bread Handed has pretty much the same points as the other reviews I have done for this series. Where is the mystery? Someone dies early on, but there's no investigating until about 50%, besides a few questions to Juliet, we're not privy to any of the investigation. It's Lance, not Juliet who investigates, briefly, another possible suspect. There is no way we could know who did it and why when it's finally revealed. This book is primarily about Juliet working in the family bakery, what they are making, how they are turning the business around, the great staff, etc. Her husband Carlos is there but forget about any romance (triangle or otherwise). Juliet and Carlos exchange about 6 sentences in the whole book. Thomas and she interact even less. It wasn't an unpleasant read, but I see no reason to recommend this book to anyone. It's not for mystery lovers, it's not for romance readers and despite the food talk it's not really for serious foodies. Books with recipes at the end are a dime a dozen these days (though the flour frosting has me tempted). I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Minotaur and Netgalley. This title will be released on June 28. All thoughts stated in this review are entirely my own.* This series is one of the best semi-new cozy mystery series for solid mysteries and characters that I've found yet. It's consistently solid and entertaining; something that even old, well established series can't always claim. Jules recovered from her spineless state of the previous book and she even show *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Minotaur and Netgalley. This title will be released on June 28. All thoughts stated in this review are entirely my own.* This series is one of the best semi-new cozy mystery series for solid mysteries and characters that I've found yet. It's consistently solid and entertaining; something that even old, well established series can't always claim. Jules recovered from her spineless state of the previous book and she even showed some stamina. She did have a few moments where she reverted to the unthinking, shallow character, but overall she was great. I couldn't stand Carlos for the first half of the book, but I must say towards the latter half I found myself liking him. He wasn't as fake as I'd thought before, and I actually liked him. The mystery was simple, but really good, because it was so simple. Ashland sounds like a dream! I would love to go and sit in their theatre to watch some plays before getting a snack at Torte and going shopping at the specialty shops. Overall an engaging read. I actually liked it more than the third in the series. Recommend!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura Steinert

    In some cozy mysteries, the sleuth does so much running around that I can't imagine her business surviving--I mean who runs a business by working a 1/2 hour a day? Jules apparently works from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week while she solves crimes. But she doesn't do much crime solving because about 1/3 of the book is telling readers how to make frosting, or soup, or casseroles. I gave up baking about 20 years ago, but now that Alexander has discovered a new yeast that allows sourdough and ry In some cozy mysteries, the sleuth does so much running around that I can't imagine her business surviving--I mean who runs a business by working a 1/2 hour a day? Jules apparently works from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week while she solves crimes. But she doesn't do much crime solving because about 1/3 of the book is telling readers how to make frosting, or soup, or casseroles. I gave up baking about 20 years ago, but now that Alexander has discovered a new yeast that allows sourdough and rye bread to rise in 20 minutes, maybe I'll start baking again. She starts mixing at 4:30 and the five different breads are all finished baking before 6 a.m. There is also the decorating--spent about $200 on decorations for one dinner? Maybe that's why they can't afford new ovens. I'm not just being petty. I'm frustrated that I can never settle into the story because not only are the timelines unbelievable, but some of the food sounds downright disgusting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    As delicious, and intoxicating as the pastries in Torte, CAUGHT BREAD HANDED is the perfect ingredient in this culinary mystery series! I remember pick up the first book in this series, MEET YOUR BAKER, and thinking how wonderful it sounded. Understatement! I was hooked before I was done with the first chapter. I’ve excitedly waited for each new installment since. CAUGHT BREAD HANDED is a superb mystery that’s filled with excitement, fun, mystery, yummy food, great characters, a lovely location, As delicious, and intoxicating as the pastries in Torte, CAUGHT BREAD HANDED is the perfect ingredient in this culinary mystery series! I remember pick up the first book in this series, MEET YOUR BAKER, and thinking how wonderful it sounded. Understatement! I was hooked before I was done with the first chapter. I’ve excitedly waited for each new installment since. CAUGHT BREAD HANDED is a superb mystery that’s filled with excitement, fun, mystery, yummy food, great characters, a lovely location, everything readers look for in a cozy, and of course a murder victim, and enough suspects to keep you second guessing yourself. There was only one aspect of this story, concerning a couple of characters, one in particular, I wasn’t really thrilled with. Other readers will no doubt be very happy with it. As for me, I’m waiting to see how it plays out in future books. CAUGHT BREAD HANDED was a great book. You’re going to want to check it out, as well as the rest of the series! You’ll find eight delectable recipes, and an expert from the next Bakeshop Mystery, all at the end of this book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    I've enjoyed all these in the series so far. I can almost smell the bread baking. Jules Capshaw is a good heroine. However, in this book I would have liked to see more focus on the mystery. I've enjoyed all these in the series so far. I can almost smell the bread baking. Jules Capshaw is a good heroine. However, in this book I would have liked to see more focus on the mystery.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I wish I could give this book 3.5 stars. While the first 3 in series were strong plots, this one didn't hit the mark for me. This book focused more on the love triangle and Jules' future romance rather than the mystery. The series as a whole is wonderful and I'm hoping the next book in the series circles around and has a stronger plot and doesn't focus as much on Jules' love life. Throughout the last few chapters I was hoping there would be a twist that would bring it back to the mystery but ala I wish I could give this book 3.5 stars. While the first 3 in series were strong plots, this one didn't hit the mark for me. This book focused more on the love triangle and Jules' future romance rather than the mystery. The series as a whole is wonderful and I'm hoping the next book in the series circles around and has a stronger plot and doesn't focus as much on Jules' love life. Throughout the last few chapters I was hoping there would be a twist that would bring it back to the mystery but alas there was none. You develop more of a love for the characters in this book as well as getting to know the true Jules. As always, I adore the Torte aspect of the series. I will be pre-ordering the next installment with hopes of a different angle and storyline.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    Winter in Ashland, Oregon is still dragging on but business has picked up at Torte and that makes Jules Capshaw happy. The only problem in her life is the fact that her estranged husband, Carlos is still there trying to work things out with their marriage. Then things get crazier when Jules discovers the owner of a new restaurant murdered. Jules was delivering baked goods to customers around the square when she came upon the body, with the woman's business partner trying to revive her. Jules kne Winter in Ashland, Oregon is still dragging on but business has picked up at Torte and that makes Jules Capshaw happy. The only problem in her life is the fact that her estranged husband, Carlos is still there trying to work things out with their marriage. Then things get crazier when Jules discovers the owner of a new restaurant murdered. Jules was delivering baked goods to customers around the square when she came upon the body, with the woman's business partner trying to revive her. Jules knew that the woman had made many enemies around town with her planned restaurant, so how can Jules figure out who did it? This fourth book in the series continues with wonderfully drawn characters and intricate murder plots. For those who enjoy baking there are lots of recipes at the end of each book that will have you drooling. A fun series that will give you a wonderful adventure.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Selina Young

    Definitely a cozy light mystery. This one focuses more on the characters than the mystery, especially Carlos & Jules marriage. I was hoping for more focus on the mystery, maybe a twist near the end. Still it was the light easy read I needed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie J

    I’ve lost count but I think this is book #4 from the Bakeshop Mystery Cozy Series. Generally I love to finish all books in a series in one go but this one is perfect to read each one as a stand alone in your free time. (And it has nothing to do with the fact that there are 11 books in total with more coming....🤫😂) lol Rating: 4/5

  13. 4 out of 5

    czai

    this review is also posted at: the Blacksheep Project. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. * * * Caught Bread Handed is a delectable read that made my stomach grumble at each chapter! { 5 things about Caught Bread Handed } There's food! and we all like (or maybe LOVE) food and I like reading about it too [Don't want to read about it? Let me tell you this, try reading and you'll end up looking for more books that involves your favorite pastries a this review is also posted at: the Blacksheep Project. I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. * * * Caught Bread Handed is a delectable read that made my stomach grumble at each chapter! { 5 things about Caught Bread Handed } There's food! and we all like (or maybe LOVE) food and I like reading about it too [Don't want to read about it? Let me tell you this, try reading and you'll end up looking for more books that involves your favorite pastries and coffee and everything else! Trust me.]! Ellie Alexander always throws in the perfect words to make me feel hungry. Caught Bread Handed, like any other A Bakeshop Mystery novel, has a good number of recipes you, my friends, should definitely try. The romance is too sweet! and part painful. At the beginning of the series, I was so sure that I'm #TeamThomas. Just look at how cute they are ad how caring Thomas is of Jules and how everything just felt so right. But then, Carlos enters the scene at book three (On Thin Icing). I ended up being torn between the two of them. But as I read through this book, I ended up wanting Jules and Carloes to happen - for them to get back, to be together for good, to settle down in Ashland. I JUST WANT THEM TOGETHER!! Carlos is just one of the sweetest man I read! There's more to Ashland than Torte. and the OSF, and the Mary Windsor. Oh come on now, the first three books were really focused on these three and this book showed that there's more to this small town- there are new establishments explored and newly introduced characters to make this even more enjoyable. I LOVE how Alenxader slowly but surely opens up Ashland and at the same time makes me feel that I'm there whenever I read it. Jules and her dilemma. I love Jules and I love her in Torte. Throughout the novel, she's torn between leaving Torte and Ashland for Carlos or staying with it and letting Carlos go (for a while). Her decision in the end stabbed me lightly (but whichever she chooses will give me the same feeling though. She just can't have everything.). At the end of the book, I just wanted to give Jules a pat in the back and tell her, you made your decision and however it turns out, I'm sure things will work out. Jules is always a lady to root for! I want her happy. I want to see what's next for her, for Torte, and for her relationship with Carlos. The murder. How can we even forget this? While I loved almost every aspect of Caught Bread Handed, the mystery didn't felt strong for me. In the beginning, I did felt intrigued as always - the recalling of events, the rumor mill, the number of suspects. But as I read on, I ended up partially forgetting abut it and focusing more on things like Jules's dilemma, Carlos, Torte's business, etc. There are much more interesting things around! But I do have to admit that I like the different take on the murder - the suicide look on the murdered, how it doesn't involve Jules running for her life (which is so typical and overused already), and the revealed suspect. It's not exactly bad. It's just pales in comparison to the mysteries of the previous books. And there really wasn't much thrill on this one. OVERALL, Caught Bread Handed is an enjoyable cozy mystery read. The mystery was intriguing but wasn't as strong as those from the previous books. There's further delving into Jules character and her relationship with Carlos which is a huge plus! The recipes and food talk are, once again, completely great. It's highly recommended for those who enjoy cooking and baking (trust me, so much tips and tricks right here. Alexander definitely had great research and experience!).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Yet another chapter in the life of Juliet Capshaw.. Beyond the mystery, the side story of her life and business makes this series like a Hallmark movie.. Like the bakeshop goodies and coffee, I can only say.. More, please!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    An unnaturally warm winter is leading to some unnatural events in Ashland, Oregon. A national fast food chain restaurant has just moved in across the street from the small town's beloved bake shop, Torte. While the name may sound vaguely Shakespearean, nothing else about the garish, over-the-top Shakesburgers fits with the town's look or feel, and other business owners are gearing up to oust the newcomer. For heroine Juliet, the drama is just another layer of what she is already dealing with: op An unnaturally warm winter is leading to some unnatural events in Ashland, Oregon. A national fast food chain restaurant has just moved in across the street from the small town's beloved bake shop, Torte. While the name may sound vaguely Shakespearean, nothing else about the garish, over-the-top Shakesburgers fits with the town's look or feel, and other business owners are gearing up to oust the newcomer. For heroine Juliet, the drama is just another layer of what she is already dealing with: operating a bakeshop with only one working oven, recovering from a financial situation deep in the red, and juggling her feelings about estranged husband, Carlos, who is in town to win back her heart. One of my favorite things about reading books by Ellie Alexander and in the Bakeshop Mystery series, is how completely immersed I feel while reading. The scenes and settings are vivid, rich, and distinct. Reading feels more like visiting, walking alongside Jules as she makes deliveries to fellow business owners and stumbles upon the scene of a crime. Another favorite element is all of the wonderfully descriptive passages about what Jules and her staff are baking at Torte. I constantly find myself wishing I could taste the recipes, or looking for a snack to enjoy while I read (though what I come up with is, inevitably, not as good as what I assume the food at Torte would be). Having some of the recipes included is such a treat and I'm always eager to try and replicate them in my own kitchen. Caught Bread Handed is another wonderful addition to the Bakeshop Mystery series. A fun read, a fast read, and a story that will make your heart race and your stomach growl!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Yummy food (especially baked stuff), hunky love interests (note plural), the fabulous Oregon setting of Ashland, and likeable and appealing characters (except the antagonistic recurring innkeeper) all add up to a sweet little mystery series that you will devour. The first in the series is Meet Your Baker which introduced Juliet "Jules" Capshaw, a young woman returning home from a stint as a pastry chef on a cruise ship to nurse a broken relationship. CAUGHT BREAD HANDED is the fourth in the seri Yummy food (especially baked stuff), hunky love interests (note plural), the fabulous Oregon setting of Ashland, and likeable and appealing characters (except the antagonistic recurring innkeeper) all add up to a sweet little mystery series that you will devour. The first in the series is Meet Your Baker which introduced Juliet "Jules" Capshaw, a young woman returning home from a stint as a pastry chef on a cruise ship to nurse a broken relationship. CAUGHT BREAD HANDED is the fourth in the series and continues Jules' involvement with her mother's bake shop, Torte, along with her complicated relationships between her old flame, Thomas, and her husband, Carlos, and, of course, getting tangled in a murder investigation. I'm not a big fan of cozy mysteries but I enjoy this series and recommend to anyone who wants a straight "whodunit" with a main character who isn't inept or continually blows up cars (I'm looking at you, Janet Evanovich). This was full of the flavor of the town with a few behind-the-scenes tidbits of the Shakespearean play culture. Anyone who enjoys a nice niche mystery with lots of good cooking thrown in (with recipes) will find this a nice way to while away a rainy afternoon. BTW, this author writes another series under the name of Kate Dyer-Seeley.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Juliet and Carlos are back in Ashland. A fast-food chain, Shake burgers has opened a restaurant opposite the Torte, the family restaurant. He residents of Ashland are upset as Shakeburgers doesn't fit the criteria of Shakespeare that town for which town is known. A meeting has been called to discuss it. Mindy, the owner refuses to recognize any problem. The next morning Juliet walks into the restaurant and finds the Mindy hemorrhaging from a stab wound her co-owner is trying to stop the bleeding Juliet and Carlos are back in Ashland. A fast-food chain, Shake burgers has opened a restaurant opposite the Torte, the family restaurant. He residents of Ashland are upset as Shakeburgers doesn't fit the criteria of Shakespeare that town for which town is known. A meeting has been called to discuss it. Mindy, the owner refuses to recognize any problem. The next morning Juliet walks into the restaurant and finds the Mindy hemorrhaging from a stab wound her co-owner is trying to stop the bleeding. Besides the romance between Juliet and Carlos, there is jealousy and betrayal in the story. I recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Mishap

    Perhaps one shouldn't go to cozies if you're looking for a good mystery. This one is more about the characters and their lives than it is about a murder. I can't complain about the most annoying aspect of this without spoilers, so don't read below if you aren't ready for that: I feel like the author is trading in racist stereotypes with the Carlos character. He's Spanish, but she attributes all these "Latin Lover" tropes to him. He reads more like a stereotype of a Brazilian tango-god than an act Perhaps one shouldn't go to cozies if you're looking for a good mystery. This one is more about the characters and their lives than it is about a murder. I can't complain about the most annoying aspect of this without spoilers, so don't read below if you aren't ready for that: I feel like the author is trading in racist stereotypes with the Carlos character. He's Spanish, but she attributes all these "Latin Lover" tropes to him. He reads more like a stereotype of a Brazilian tango-god than an actual Spanish person.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debbi

    This is a delightful series...dare I say the perfect palate cleanser. The characters are likeable and well developed. The writing is good and perhaps because I live in Oregon I love the Ashland setting.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Selah

    I like Jules just fine, and I love the gang at Torte, but this was barely a mystery! The Professor and Thomas (the actual police) did all of the crime solving “off stage” so to speak. Jules’ storyline was all about her odd relationship with Carlos. Man, Carlos is smarmy and unappealing. 😣 So, basically the stars are for Torte and its employees.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda Smatzny

    This cozy mystery features Jules Capshaw as the main character. In this book, her husband is visiting her in Ashland, Oregon and she is confused about their relationship. There is also the murder of a new business owner in town. The book was a quick easy read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    If the protagonist doesn’t get together with the guy I want for her soon, I will die

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Four stars: A simple cozy mystery packed full of delicious food. It is January in Ashland, Oregon, and it is unseasonably warm. Jules and the Torte gang are busy preparing their daily menu, despite the spring like weather. Jules is troubled because her estranged husband Carlos has been in town, winning over the hearts of everyone, including her, but now he is set to leave in a few days. She is torn between following her heart or staying put in Ashland and continuing to help her mother restore To Four stars: A simple cozy mystery packed full of delicious food. It is January in Ashland, Oregon, and it is unseasonably warm. Jules and the Torte gang are busy preparing their daily menu, despite the spring like weather. Jules is troubled because her estranged husband Carlos has been in town, winning over the hearts of everyone, including her, but now he is set to leave in a few days. She is torn between following her heart or staying put in Ashland and continuing to help her mother restore Torte. Unfortunately, trouble comes storming in when a fast food chain sets up shop in the middle of historic downtown. Many townsfolk aren't happy with the neon lights and the fast food menu in the Shakespeare district. A town meeting is called, and tempers flare. The next morning, Jules stumbles upon the body of owner of the new restaurant. Who would kill Mindy? What I Liked: *What can I say? I always love settling back into the picturesque town of Ashland, Oregon. I love the characters, the town, the bakery and most of all the food. I can't get enough of all the decadent descriptions of the food. If you want a simple cozy mystery series, you should try Bakeshop Mysteries. *What makes a good cozy for me is one that grabs your senses, and I love how the author of these books manages to awaken all of my senses, especially scent and taste. I can almost smell and taste all the yummy goodies that the gang bakes in the Torte bakery. *I love the cast of characters. They are eclectic and fun. Especially in Torte, you have the matron, Helen, wise and kind in her later years, the fiesty Jules, who is struggling to find her way as she enters middle age, and then there are the three college students, Sterling, Andy and Stephanie, who make up the staff of Torte. One mustn't forget some of the other colorful townsfolk such as Lance, Richard Lord, the Professor and Thomas. Finally, add in the enigmatic and sexy, Carlos, whom I especially enjoyed getting to know. *The mystery in this one is a bit more simple and it wasn't too hard to guess who done it. What I liked this time around was the way it all was done up. It felt more believable this time. *The romance heats up in this volume. I was worried that a love triangle was in the works, but things seem settled. Jules has chosen her suitor, and the other is placed firmly in the friend category. Unfortunately, things aren't all sewn up with the romance as there are still conflicts to overcome. *At the end of the book, there are several recipes that I am interested in trying. There is one for a Red Velvet Cake with a flour frosting, Potato Casserole, Tomato Orange Soup, Chocolate Crinkle Molasses Cookies and a Lemon Olive Oil Cake. Yummy! And The Not So Much: *This time around, there are several story threads that are introduced, and many of them were left undone. I wished that more had been done up by the end. *I didn't think that the red herrings in the mystery were as believable, and some weren't developed well. It was apparent from the beginning, to me, who the killer was. *The other issue I am having with the series is that it is taking place over a short period of time, a span of just a few months, and it is unrealistic to have so many murders in this quiet town in such a short time span. *There was a big focus on a local winery and the owner, and then it was left hanging. I was a bit put off by this story line just because it didn't seem to fit well with the story, and then when the author did tie it in, it just felt out of place. Caught Bread Handed is another delightful entry in the Bakeshop Mysteries series. This is certainly a series that will tickle your senses and delight you with its laid back, comfortable charm. I can't get enough of Ashland, Oregon and Torte Bakery, and I will eagerly be awaiting the next volume. If you want simple, good reading, I urge you to grab this series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review. [email protected] Day Ramblings.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander is the fourth book in A Bakeshop Mystery series. Juliet Montague Capshaw has returned to Ashland, Oregon from Lake of the Woods where she had catered an event (and helped catch a killer). Her husband, Carlos, who had shown up unexpectedly, has returned with her. Torte, her family’s bakery, is busier than ever. The only thorn in their side is the monstrosity that has opened up across the street. ShakesBurgers is the new “restaurant” that took over where Jest Caught Bread Handed by Ellie Alexander is the fourth book in A Bakeshop Mystery series. Juliet Montague Capshaw has returned to Ashland, Oregon from Lake of the Woods where she had catered an event (and helped catch a killer). Her husband, Carlos, who had shown up unexpectedly, has returned with her. Torte, her family’s bakery, is busier than ever. The only thorn in their side is the monstrosity that has opened up across the street. ShakesBurgers is the new “restaurant” that took over where Jester (a unique restaurant owned by Alan Masterson) used to be. Mindy Nolan ripped down the Tudor façade and painted the place a neon color. It sticks out like a sore thumb in this Shakespearian town (home to the Shakespeare Festival theater complex). Rosalind Gates, president of Ashland Downtown Association, has called an emergency meeting to see about getting rid of the eyesore (or making them put an old looking façade on the place to match the rest of the area). The next day Juliet finds Mindy Nolan dead in ShakesBurgers. Rosalind, of course, ends up being a prime suspect. Juliet starts poking around trying to get answers (and avoid talking to her Carlos). Time is running out for Carlos and Juliet. Carlos has to return to the cruise ship soon (where he works) and he would like Juliet to return with him. But Juliet has found her place in Ashland and Torte. Is there any chance for their marriage? Who wanted Mindy Nolan out of the way like day old bread? You will have to read Caught Bread Handed to get the answers. Caught Bread Handed is easy to read, has some engaging characters (like the Professor and Helen Capshaw), and is set in a beautiful location. I feel that Caught Bread Handed is really not a stand-alone book. The author does update the readers on Juliet’s past and how she came to return to Ashland, but I think it would be helpful to have read the previous novels (or at least the first one in the series). I felt that Caught Bread Handed is more about a day in the life of Juliet. The majority of the story talks about baking, cooking (the Sunday Suppers at Torte), Juliet not knowing what to do about Carlos, Carlos teaching Sterling, Juliet ogling Carlos when he is not looking, and more baking. Pages of the book are devoted to each item Juliet bakes for Torte (the ingredients, the mixing, the baking, the smell) than to the mystery. We do not get many clues, but the killer is apparent (at least I thought so). I give Caught Bread Handed 3 out of 5 stars. I wanted more substance and time devoted to the mystery. I am also tired of Carlos and Juliet. It is time to resolve the situation (enough is enough). One thing I thought was unusual was how quickly a new business opened. Mindy Nolan and her partner purchased, renovated, and opened ShakesBurgers within two weeks. It just does not seem plausible (and odd considering such a historic type town). The next book in the series is Fudge and Jury. I will read it and then decide whether or not to continue with the series. I received a complimentary copy of Caught Bread Handed from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wattle

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Well here we go, my first proper review since I started blogging that isn't on my site! Today is my stop on the Caught Bread Handed tour hosted by CBB Book Promotions, you can find the rest of the tour participants here. My Thoughts: Caught Bread Handed is the fourth book in the A Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander. A very short amount of time Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Well here we go, my first proper review since I started blogging that isn't on my site! Today is my stop on the Caught Bread Handed tour hosted by CBB Book Promotions, you can find the rest of the tour participants here. My Thoughts: Caught Bread Handed is the fourth book in the A Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander. A very short amount of time has passed since the previous book (I think a week or so); which was a reminder that the whole series takes place in a short span of time. It's a bit weird, to have so many murders in such a short period in a small tourist town, but hey, I watch Midsomer Murders so I guess I can buy it lol The series has become quite formulaic, not that there's anything wrong with that, but it felt like there were no surprises in store. And indeed, the murder itself took a backseat to the fact Carlos was in town to try and woo back his sort of estranged wife, and our main character, Juliet. It felt much more like chick lit than a true cozy mystery to me, there was little emphasis on the mystery aspect, which was hardly a mystery at all. Just a pleasant (or unpleasant, depending on how you look at it) little side plot to the main action - which was all about Juliet and her day to day activities and feelings about Carlos. I do love cozies and this one is perfectly fine, but I've found a few books into a series I tend to get a little bored and irritated that the main characters don't seem to grow. Juliet's relationship with Carlos was sweet but it's not why I read the novels, though it was good to finally get to know him better (I know, I'm sort of contradicting myself but he's been in the background since the start). All in all this was an enjoyable way to spend a rainy afternoon drinking tea. A sweet story you don't have to think too hard about, but not groundbreaking. I'm not sure how I feel about continuing the series, but I still recommend it to those that like light cozy reads :) I think I'll give it one more, I'd like some resolution to the Juliet/Carlos situation. I feel like the series has definitely improved since the beginning, Alexander has written better each time and the food sounds so dreamy (do not read this on an empty stomach!) And as a bonus, the series could be read out of order as enough background information is given for it to not feel like you're jumping in half way.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    Caught Bread Handed, the fourth book in Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery Series picks up about a week or two after On Thin Icing. However, this is a complete standalone read, with barely anything mentioned about what happened in the previous books. Caught Bread Handed finds many residents of Ashland, Oregon upset with a new restaurant in town. Known for its love of Shakespeare, the downtown area has many small, family-owned shops and restaurants which boast Elizabethan touches. Mindy Nolan has Caught Bread Handed, the fourth book in Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery Series picks up about a week or two after On Thin Icing. However, this is a complete standalone read, with barely anything mentioned about what happened in the previous books. Caught Bread Handed finds many residents of Ashland, Oregon upset with a new restaurant in town. Known for its love of Shakespeare, the downtown area has many small, family-owned shops and restaurants which boast Elizabethan touches. Mindy Nolan has chosen to go against what’s usually found downtown and bring in a chain restaurant that is neon bright and doesn’t fit in. Clashes between Mindy and various residents ensue. While making her morning deliveries, Jules finds an unconscious Mindy. When police arrive, surprises are revealed. One of the reasons I like this series so much is because Ellie not only incorporates a mystery, but she gives readers a true romantic angle. Jules Capshaw is in the midst of trying to figure out what’s good for her career and her personal life. She’s still trying to come to terms with a secret revealed by her husband in a previous book and figure out where her marriage stands. The mystery is solid in that you find yourself trying to figure out what’s going on along with Jules. I’ll admit to really liking the way it played out. I think the romantic conundrum Jules finds herself in took up most of the book and didn’t truly allow for a lot of mystery solving on her part. Without a doubt I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series. Ellie continues to write characters both main and secondary that you want to know. The small town setting of Ashland, Oregon is perfect and the recipes and food descriptions found in the book are incredible. **Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Juliet Capshaw is a strong character who really grows in this story. Back from a recent catering job, Juliet is happily baking in her kitchen at Torte, the family owned bakery in the charming town of Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Working with her is her talented staff, her mother and Juliet's husband Carlos. Before returning to Torte, Juliet was working on a cruise ship, where she met and married her husband. Now that she is home, she seems happy, however her relation Juliet Capshaw is a strong character who really grows in this story. Back from a recent catering job, Juliet is happily baking in her kitchen at Torte, the family owned bakery in the charming town of Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Working with her is her talented staff, her mother and Juliet's husband Carlos. Before returning to Torte, Juliet was working on a cruise ship, where she met and married her husband. Now that she is home, she seems happy, however her relationship with her husband is still rocky. Carlos will be returning to the ship soon, so Juliet is hoping to work out some of their issues. Baking keeps Juliet focused and when a new eatery moves in across the street, Juliet will need to keep focused, especially after she may have witnessed a murder! There are a few different stories going on in this book and you will be kept on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The mouth-watering recipes will have you dashing to the kitchen to whip up your own delectable treats. This is a fun, interesting series that will leave you wanting more! I am looking forward to the next book in this great series. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is a wonderful addition to this series. The characters are all terrific. The author has developed them into full well rounded characters that we continue to see grow. The mystery was solid as there were plenty of suspects to choose from. I thought the mystery was a little different in this book compared to the others in that Jules did not play a strong role in solving the murder. She offered clues but in this book the focus for her character was more the relationship with her husband. A full This is a wonderful addition to this series. The characters are all terrific. The author has developed them into full well rounded characters that we continue to see grow. The mystery was solid as there were plenty of suspects to choose from. I thought the mystery was a little different in this book compared to the others in that Jules did not play a strong role in solving the murder. She offered clues but in this book the focus for her character was more the relationship with her husband. A full review will be posted closer to the release date. I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts reflected are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lin

    Torte, a lovely quaint bakeshop in Ashland Oregon is home to Jules Capshaw and her mom. Ashland is known for its Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the summer months and Jules helping police solve murders – often! Jules once again stumbles upon a dead body or a murder in progress….while dealing with an estranged husband getting ready to head back to the ship where he is the head chef. He came to Ashland to woo Jules back. Will Jules solve the murder(s), meet her baking commitments, keep the oven g Torte, a lovely quaint bakeshop in Ashland Oregon is home to Jules Capshaw and her mom. Ashland is known for its Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the summer months and Jules helping police solve murders – often! Jules once again stumbles upon a dead body or a murder in progress….while dealing with an estranged husband getting ready to head back to the ship where he is the head chef. He came to Ashland to woo Jules back. Will Jules solve the murder(s), meet her baking commitments, keep the oven going in Torte and get her life back on track? Read the book and find out. Fantastic read!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda McGill

    A good continuation in the Bakeshop Mystery series. Jules finds another body and it's the owner of a new restaurant that no one likes. This novel is a bit different than the other novels where Jules doesn't do too much investigating and doesn't end up being the one to catch the killer. Carlos (Jules' husband) is back in this novel and I'm unsure if the readers are suppose to like Carlos or not. I just don't see the connection between the two of them. I enjoyed the mystery, but could of had less o A good continuation in the Bakeshop Mystery series. Jules finds another body and it's the owner of a new restaurant that no one likes. This novel is a bit different than the other novels where Jules doesn't do too much investigating and doesn't end up being the one to catch the killer. Carlos (Jules' husband) is back in this novel and I'm unsure if the readers are suppose to like Carlos or not. I just don't see the connection between the two of them. I enjoyed the mystery, but could of had less of Carlos.

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