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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Chilled to the Cone (A Bakeshop Mystery #12) by Ellie Alexander

Chilled to the Cone

(A Bakeshop Mystery #12)

by Ellie Alexander


Paperback, 304 pages

Expected publication: December 29th 2020by St. Martin's Press





Goodreads synopsis: 

Pastry chef and amateur sleuth Juliet Capshaw finds herself on thin ice as she attempts to solve her latest case of small-town murder in Ellie Alexander's Chilled to the Cone: A Bakeshop Mystery.


The deep freeze has thawed in Ashland, Oregon and Torte is gearing up for a busy spring. When a surprise opportunity to launch a pop-up ice cream shop comes her way, Jules jumps at the chance to showcase Torte’s signature iced drinks and cold custards. But selling the desserts of her dreams comes at a price. . .and, before she knows it, Jules’s life swirls into a nightmare. One of the town’s most colorful characters, a street performer known for wearing capes and a cone-shaped hat, turns up dead just as Torte 2.0 is set to open its doors. Can Jules get the scoop on what happened to “The Wizard” of Ashland before her new business venture reaches a chilling conclusion?


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4.75 stars


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


An Ellie Alexander book always stands out for me. This series is just stellar and an example of what a great series should look like. You gotta love Torte and Ashland. In this story they created a new spinoff shop called Scoops and Julia is lamenting quite a bit about whether her husband, Carlo is planning on leaving and returning to the ship where he is more at home.


This type of story really makes you think about what is important in life. Julia starts Scoops, not because of her own passion but because she trusts and wants to make sure her employees are fulfilled and have the outlet to do that. In the end, that only helps Julia. And the whole storyline with Carlo that runs beside the mystery, wow, what a great show of how we can take a negative look at things and really want the best for our mates, loves and not think of what we ourselves really need. Carlo just blew me away at the end of this.


The mystery is awesome as it always is. Love seeing the Professor doing his thing and what his take is on the situation. This story really feels like I am reading about real people encountering real situations that just happens to involve a mystery. Alexander could be giving classes on how to write books like this and do it well


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


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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