On Thin Icing – Ellie Alexander

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4/5 Wood-fired Pizza Ovens

On The Back:

Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the treats are killer good.

It’s the dead of winter in the sleepy town of Ashland, which means no tourists-and fewer customers-for Jules Capshaw and her bakery. But when she’s asked to cater an off-season retreat for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, business starts heating up…until Jules finds a dead body in the freezer.

“An intriguing new series.”-Reader to Reader

Someone at the retreat has apparently iced the bartender, a well-known flirt with a legendary temper-that is, before a killer beat him to the punch. Then, from out of nowhere, Jules’s own ex-husband shows up at the shop-and soon becomes a suspect. With accusations piling up higher than the snow-and thicker than a chocolate mousse cake-Jules has to think outside the (recipe) box to find the real culprit…and make sure he gets his just desserts.

“A delectable tale of murder and intrigue.”-Portland Book Review on Meet Your Baker

My Thoughts:

This series is has been a consistently good series thus far, filled with surprisingly solid mysteries for a cozy mystery that fits into many “cozy molds.”

Juliet has been a strong character before this book, but (as you can see from the back) Carlos, Juliet’s estranged husband returns in this book and he reduces her to an extremely weak character. She just lets things go and melts in almost every single scene he’s in. Honestly I found it annoying and if she was that attracted to him, and if she loved him that much, why did she leave him in the first place?

The mystery was wonderful. I honestly did not expect the killer to be who it was, I was shocked! I also looked the closed-room-esque feel of this mystery. Closed room mysteries are my absolute favorites.

Overall a solid book. However, if Carlos stays and Juliet continues following him like a blind puppy in the next book I don’t know if I’ll continue reading this series. Recommend this book, but highly recommend this series.

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