21853681by Ellie Alexander

Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
4.5 Stars
Synopsis: Welcome to Torte-a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…
After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…
The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…
My Review: Meet Your Baker is the first book in the series, “A Bakeshop Mystery”. I had read the next three, so wanted to read this one for the background information that I had missed. In this story we meet the main characters in the series as well as having a mystery to solve. We find out about Juliet’s (Jules) return home to the town of Ashland, Oregon. After working on a cruiseship for several years and getting married to Chef Carlos from Spain, she has returned home to contemplate her life and marriage. She loves her mother and when she finds out that the family bakeshop, Torte, is in some sort of trouble, she is determined to find out what is going on and to help her mother solve the problems. They have a wonderful relationship that is rekindled after Jules’ long absence. When Jules finds the dead body of a local woman in the kitchen of the shop, she is determined to interject herself into the investigation and help solve the mystery. The problem is that the woman had so many enemies, there are a lot of suspects. The plot moves relatively quickly with Jules, Thomas and the Professor investigating various people, finding clues, upsetting certain townsfolk as well as introducing us to others. Jules put herself in danger several times, but there is no serious damage. I had several ideas of who the culprit was, but was not correct. As the mystery unfolds, I changed my mind several times which makes for a good read for me.
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