This is the first book in the long-running Bakeshop series by the talented Ellie Alexander who also writes as Kate Dyer-Seeley. I’ve enjoyed her other series as herself and two as Kate, so I figured it was high time I got started on this one seeing how I’ve been collecting the paperbacks for about a year or more. I was definitely not disappointed, and if this book is any indication, I know I’m going to love the rest of the series!
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I can’t believe it took me this long to start this series! I love the author’s other series, Sloan Krause, and the series she writes under her pen name. Now I know why everyone loves this one!
Jules Capshaw came home to her Shakespeare themed town with a broken heart. She’d left the chef she was married to on a cruise ship where she was a pastry chef. Now she had to adjust to life on solidi ground for one thing, and soon she’d have a murder case she was busy investigating, somewhat with the go-ahead from her former high school boyfriend, now Deputy Thomas Adams. After a heart-stopping showdown with the killer, that person was safely hauled off and everything was solved.
It didn’t take me long to fall in love with the regular characters! Jules was a pretty strong lady for dealing with the complicated personal life she had right now. I really liked her mom a lot and thought the two had a fairly decent relationship, which grew even better as the book went on. I can only hope that she can ditch her former guy sometime and start over with Thomas–I’m probably dreaming, lol. I loved the detective in this book! He was so different from any other that I’ve read about so far. Doug aka the Professor was super nice, but very into Shakespeare, so he’d toss out a Shakespeare quote instead of answering Jules about the investigation or giving the always-heard, “I can’t talk about that.” Shakespeare quotes made it easier to take? Maybe lol.
I didn’t guess the killer and what a cool twist that was! I loved how things worked out with Torte and its employees–they even gained a new worker. After reading a little preview of the next book that came at the end, I’m anxious to read it! The recipes at the end sounded so yummy–I’d love to try that raspberry danish one.