Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander

 Title: A Batter of Life and Death
 Author: Ellie Alexander
 Series: Book 2 A Bakeshop Mystery
 Publisher:St. Martins Paperbacks
 Format: Paperback
 Source: Windsor Public Library
 Rating: 5 stars
 Reviewed by: Tina

 Imagine , delicious cakes, pies, cookies and tortes. Then imagine a cold blooded murder. A Batter of Life and death was a perfect mixture of delicious treats and baker extrodinaire, Jules searching for a killer. If I could give this culinary delight of a mystery more than five stars I would.



 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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48 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book. Would love the chance to read it.

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  3. A Batter of Life and Death sounds like a fun foodie cozy mystery. I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway.
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  4. I have the first one on my t-b-r list. grammyd01@comcast.net

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  5. Sounds like a great read, would love to win/read it

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  6. A televised pastry competition - sounds like a food network reality show! Should be interesting!!
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  7. I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  8. I love mysteries that involve cooking! Thank you for running the contedt, I would love to try to win this book.

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  9. I love this series. I actually received an ARC of the next book due out June 2016. This is the only book in the series that I haven't read yet and would love to be able to win a copy. peggysbookshelf1@gmail.com

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  10. A Batter of Life and Death sounds great! Thank you for this chance.
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  11. A series on my tbr list. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  13. This looks like a great read! Thanks for the opportunity!
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  14. Sounds like a Yummy read. Thanks for the
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  15. I have read On Thin Icing and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  16. I own and have read the previous 2 books and enjoyed them immensely. I'd love to add this one to my home library.

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  17. Would love to start a new foodie series. Sounds terrific.

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  18. I love baking and food cozys! Thanks for the review and the chance to win.. salvatoresmom71@yahoo.com

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  19. This delightful cozy looks so appealing and special. Thanks for the great review and wonderful giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I really enjoy culinary cozies, and this one looks like fun. Thank you so much for the chance to win. Dmskrug3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. Would love to win! pp92596 at outlook dot com

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  22. What a lovely cozy which I would enjoy. many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. This book review is making me hungry. I would love to win! catlaw2@comcast.net

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  24. Sounds like a great cozy - thanks for the chance! ekehlet@yahoo.com

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  25. Sounds so good I am glad I ate before reading this ..I would love to read and review on a few sites. ptclayton2@aol.com

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  26. I'm so excited for this series! It's next on my list to start.
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  27. This would be a great book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy. elainehroberson@gmail.com

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  28. Sounds like a fun read; thanks for the giveaway.
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  29. This title had me at "Batter!" Would love to read and appreciate the giveaway~ bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  30. I would love to read this book! gurooo53@whidbeyisland.net

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  31. I would love to read this book! gurooo53@whidbeyisland.net

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  32. Bake Shop and murder? Yeah!
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  33. Cozy mysteries are the best. I would love to read this book. Thanks for this review and giveaway.
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  34. I really enjoy this type of mystery. Would really enjoy reading. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  35. Sounds like a fun read! Thanks for a chance to win a copy!
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  36. Treats and murder...would love to read and meet Jule! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  37. This one is on my to-read list. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  38. I love Ellie Alexander's books and the recipes. I don't have this book

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  39. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the give-away and the chance to win.
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  40. Sounds great
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  42. Looks like a Really Great Book I really enjoy reading Cozy Mysteries Thanks for the chance to win a copy iamabho (at) gmail.com

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  43. Thanks for the chance! This sounds like a great book!
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  44. This sounds like a great series - and lots of good food. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  45. This sounds really good! Thank you for a chance to win a copy!
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