Title: A Batter of Life and Death
Author: Ellie Alexander
Series: Book 2 A Bakeshop Mystery
Publisher:St. Martins Paperbacks
Source: Windsor Public Library
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Tina
Juliet Capshaw is grudgingly competing in Take the Cake, a televised pastry competition from the Pastry Channel.
Winning the grand prize of $25,000 could do to upgrade some of the kitchen equipment in her bakery, Torte that she runs along with her mother, Helen.
Jules finds fellow baker and competitor, Chef Marco dead and berried in his own buttercream. Jules is soon discouraged that another murder has fallen on her beloved town of Ashland and another murderer is lurking her sleepy little town but that doesn't stop her from wanting to become involved in the investigation along with detective, Thomas who happens to be her high school sweetheart whom she has conflicting feelings for.
As Jules is sharing Torte's kitchen with her fellow competitors baking their delicious treats for the competition, she discovers that more than one of them is carrying secrets even some of the players on the set and Jules wonders if these secrets in fact have anything to do with the murder. It seems Take the Cake is not what it's cracked up to be and Jules must put all her eggs in one basket before she gets beat by a killer.
I love when a cozy mystery series theme is the main center of the plot, like Jule's life inside the bakery is what this reader can't get enough of and A Batter of Life and death is perfect for any baker, anyone with a sweet tooth and mystery lover. This has become one of my favorite series. I have made it a point to read every single book in order. This series and the characters I hope with touch your heart like they have touched mine and have you thinking long about them after the book is over.
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