About Fudge and Jury
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks (January 3, 2017)
Welcome to Torte–a friendly, small-town family bakery where the pastries are delicious…and, now, suspicious.
It’s almost spring in Ashland, Oregon, and the town is preparing for the Shakespeare and the annual Chocolate Festival. Business is cookin’ at Torte, and the store is expanding as Jules’ team whips up crèpes filled with mascarpone cheese and dark chocolate. Torte stands a chance of being this year’s confectionery belle of the ball! Life couldn’t be sweeter—unless murder taints the batter.
Evan Rowe, of Confections Couture, makes a chocolate fountain that would put Willy Wonka to shame, and his truffles are to die for—literally? Yes, the world-renowned chocolatier has just turned up dead…right after sampling a slice of Jules’ decadent four-layer chocolate cake. Now all eyes are on Jules as she tries to find the mysterious ingredient in her own recipe. Can she sift out the truth before another contestant bites the buttercream?
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My take on this book:
A cozy mystery that revolves around chocolate well what could be better than that! I need to start this review by saying that this book is the fifth in a series but honestly it really didn't take me long to figure out who the characters were because the author does a fantastic job of giving enough background information to allow me to dive right into an intriguing murder mystery that takes place during a chocolate festival. I felt like I had stepped right into the story with the author's descriptive storytelling from describing her decadent sweet dessert concoctions, to the not so easy to solve murder. The plot whirls along quicker than a stand mixer or high speed the zips and twists kept me guessing and truthfully I didn't figure it out until the end. Fudge and Jury was a well written who-dun-it that has this reader adding all of the other books in the series on my must read list for 2017. Cozy mystery fans who enjoy reading this story there are even a few recipes to try out which is an added bonus.
I received a complimentary copy of this book which I voluntarily reviewed.
Ellie Alexander writes the bestselling Bakeshop Mystery series for St. Martin’s Press, set in the Shakespearean town of Ashland, Oregon and featuring a romantic, artisan pastry chef, Juliet Montague Capshaw.
About Ellie Alexander:
Ellie is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research.
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