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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Till Death Do Us Tart (A Bakeshop Mystery #8) by Ellie Alexander


Till Death Do Us Tart

Mass Market Paperback, 284 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by St Martin's Press




Goodreads synopsis: 
Torte―the small-town bakeshop no one can resist―is hosting a midsummer night’s wedding . . . where merry-making and murder are served up in equal measure. Till Death Do Us Tart is Ellie Alexander's eighth delectable novel in the Bakeshop mystery series.

Jules Capshaw has too much on her plate―and she’s feeling the pinch: the whole town of Ashland, Oregon, is in on the surprise Elizabethan-themed wedding she’s planning for her mom and soon-to-be stepdad. But is her secret scheme half-baked? She’s hiding racks overflowing with sweet treats while Torte is topsy-turvy with a major remodel and the return of Jules’s estranged husband, Carlos. And until now, Jules had no clue about the bitter family feud that has her friend Lance frazzled and suspicious. But when a party crasher takes someone out with a serving of poisoned wine and Jules discovers the deadly cup was intended for her, it’s time to turn the tables on a killer.

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4.5 stars

This is the eighth book in the A Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander.

Jules and the town of Ashland have a secret. They are planning a huge affair… the wedding between Jules’s mom and the professor. At the same time, Lance has reconnected with his father and when he turns up dead, he suspects his brother. Apparently, Lance’s family is super rich and the family fortune is now something the heirs will fight over. He knows Jules is busy with her mom’s wedding plans but he wants her to help him solve his father’s murder.

Definitely a lot going on here. Between keeping the wedding secret, moving the bakery into the basement and helping Lance, I am not sure how Jules made it through this with her brain in tact. There are times when I thought Lance was pretty selfish but that is true to his personality. I thought this book was well plotted and the community was so rich and full.

If you have read any of these books, you know they just keep getting better and better over time. 

If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

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