Monday, January 4, 2016

On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander

I know you know about the Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander by now. I devoured the first two parts and, of course, shared with you this fabulous new series. I am just sweet like that! When I saw part three, On Thin Icing, you can bet I stopped everything and started reading. 

From the back of the book:

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the treats are killer good.

It's the dead of winter in the sleepy town of Ashland, which means no tourists-and fewer customers-for Jules Capshaw and her bakery. But when she's asked to cater an off-season retreat for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, business starts heating up...until Jules finds a dead body in the freezer.

Someone at the retreat has apparently iced the bartender, a well-known flirt with a legendary temper-that is, before a killer beat him to the punch. Then, from out of nowhere, Jules's own ex-husband shows up at the shop-and soon becomes a suspect. With accusations piling up higher than the snow-and thicker than a chocolate mousse cake-Jules has to think outside the (recipe) box to find the real culprit...and make sure he gets his just desserts.

My thoughts:

This part was set in a different location and while I adore Ashland, it was a really neat, isolated setting that made for even more tension. I was so thrilled to see Jules again and it was an extra treat to get to know her estranged husband. He was really something special. I do hope he will stick around for future parts. That said, I really also like Thomas. Poor Jules! Hard decisions are definitely ahead.  

In this isolated setting, filled the lingering romantic tension, there is, of course, a murder to be solved. I was surprised and amused by how it was handled. Lance, as always, made me laugh and Jules, while there weren't many clues for her to follow, did manage to stumble into the right person. That stumble reveal was done perfectly with a beautiful tension. 

As before, I am giving this a total thumbs up, you really must read this part and go back and read the whole series. It's funny, charming, cozy, and has a wonderful amount of tension. 

Also, make sure you check the back of the book! There are a lot of really awesome recipes there. I mean really awesome! Plus, there is a teaser for the next part. 

You can keep up with this series on the website or on Facebook so you never miss a tasty release. 

Disclosure: I may receive products in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers.

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