Fudge and Jury – Ellie Alexander

29875936.jpg 5/5 Chocolate Pasta Stars

On The Back:

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?

My Thoughts:

It’s been a while since I read the previous book in this series, and I have to say that I forgot how readable these books are! The Bakeshop mysteries are truly a joy to read and I will be sticking with this series for many books to come!

Jules is great, I think my main problem with her in the last books was how she acted with Carlos around, and, though she thought about him often in this book, she was much more likable without him around making her act foolish. Her mother is always a delight, and I’m curious to see how Ms. Alexander incorporates a new feature we learn abour her mom into the next books.

The mystery was excellent. There weren’t an overabundance of clues, but it was simple and neat (which often are the best types of mysteries). Jules didn’t have any “I have to investigate or I might die” moments, and it all wrapped up nicely. The setting was–as always–amazing, and I’m excited to see new features of Torte in the upcoming books.

Overall a wonderful book that left me wanting more. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of A Crime of Passionfruit. (Plus there was an awesome looking recipe for chocolate pasta in the back!)

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