Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander

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Synopsis:


Welcome to Torte-a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the treats are so good that, sometimes, it’s criminal…

After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon, to heal a broken heart and help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists looking for some crumpets to go with their heroic couplets. But when one of Torte’s customers turns up dead, there’s much ado about murder…

The victim is Nancy Hudson, the festival’s newest board member. A modern-day Lady Macbeth, Nancy has given more than a few actors and artists enough reasons to kill her…but still. The silver lining? Jules’s high school sweetheart, Thomas, is the investigator on the case. His flirtations are as delicious as ever, and Jules can’t help but want to have her cake and eat it too. But will she have her just desserts? Murder might be bad for business, but love is the sweetest treat of all…

Review


Meet Your Baker was the perfect cozy mystery! It had such a great balance of suspense, love, humor, and great relationships.  It was the first novel that I have read by Ellie Alexander and it did not disappoint. Once I finished, I was eager to start the second book!

This particular novel follows Jules Capshaw who just moved back home to Ashland, Oregon after being on a cruise ship for several years working as a chef. Her plan was to stay at home for a short while and then move on to her next adventure. Little did she know that her heart would rekindle the love she once had for her small town and her families bakery Torte. However, when one of Torte’s customers is murdered, Jules finds herself in the middle of the investigation. Whether she was seeking answers or not, some how she would find bits and pieces to help her solve the case. Sadly, when Jules finally figures out who committed the murder, she would find herself in the act of another murder….or does she?

I will most definitely catch up on the series and hope to be done before the next novel comes out! I would highly recommend Meet the Baker if you are at all interested in cozy mysteries!

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What I’m Reading 03.13.19

Happy Wednesday bookworms! We are almost done with the week and I am ready for some down time with a good cup of joe and a book! I have been so pleased with how many books I have read this month and know that I will finish the month out with a bang! I have continued on with Cozy Mystery March, but have added in a couple of non-mystery books to my list. This particular week I am reading

  1. On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander- I am about 50% done with this one and have truly loved this series so far!
  2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid- This was my Book of the Month pick and IT.IS.SO.GOOD!!!
  3. Deadly News by Jody Holford- Another cozy mystery series I am starting. I have an eARC of the second book of the series so I am hoping to finish this first novel in the next day or so.
  4. Lemonade and Lies by Agatha Frost- I just finished the first book of the Peridale Cafe Mystery series and it was so so so good, so I am excited to dive into this second novel.

How is your month going? What has been your favorite book you have read so far?

xoxo

Nicole

Mystery Monday: Top 5 Favorite Sleuths

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Happy Monday bookworms! How was your weekend? My weekend was very relaxing as I spent it in the mountains of West Virginia. We had a day of snow and a day of sunshine, it was absolutely perfect! I am glad to be home though and I am already dreaming of the weekend.

Today I coming to you with our first official Mystery Monday post! I want to talk about my top five favorite sleuths, but first what exactly is a sleuth? According to Merriam-Webster it is to act as a detective. Cozy mysteries are always filled with an awesome sleuth who just cannot seem to stay out of the investigations going on in their towns. It is always fun to follow each of these sleuths as they try and crack the case before the town Detective! So here are my top 5 sleuths!

  1. Lacy “Pink,” Pinkerton from the Port Danby Series by London Lovett
  2. Jules Capshaw from the Bakeshop Mysteries Series by Ellie Alexander
  3. Sunni Taylor from the Firefly Junction Series by London Lovett
  4. Julia South from the Peridale Cafe Mystery series by Agatha Frost
  5. Nora Pennington from the Secret, Book, & Scone Society series by Ellery Adams

Do you have any favorite sleuths? Let me know down below!

Review: A Killer Bridal Party by London Lovett

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★★★★

Title: A Killer Bridal Party

Author: London Lovett

Series: Firefly Junction, #2

Pages: 200

Genre: Mystery, Cozy Mystery

My Rating: ★★★★

The second book in the Firefly Junction series follows a bride and her bridesmaids as they work along side Lana to plan a “glamping,” event before the bridal shower takes place. It is a perfect opportunity for the bridal party to grow closer and have some fun before the big day. However, there is some tension between the maid of honor and one of the bridesmaids. Sunni our Junction Times reporter and amateur sleuth notices the tension right away when she walks into her sister Lana’s house. Little did they know, there would be a murder investigation the morning after the “glamping,” event where the bridal party found the maid of honor dead. Did she fall to her death? Did the bridesmaid kill her? Or was this an act of a known murderer?

London Lovett is such a great writer and this second book of the Firefly Junction did not disappoint! I actually can say that I enjoyed this book more so than the first. I loved that we were able to get a better idea of the relationships between Sunni and her sisters as well as with her best friend. However, I hope we will get to know more of Detective Jackson who has played a vital role in the first two novels.

 

What I’m Reading 03.07.19

Happy Thursday bookworms! Today is my Friday and I am heading straight to West Virginia after work to visit some family. This week has been a great reading week for me and I should be finishing up three more books within the next 2 days. This week I have read/ am reading:

  1. A Killer Bridal Party by London Lovett
  2. Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander
  3. Pancakes and Corpses by Agatha Frost
  4. Murder on Lot B by London Lovett
  5. A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander.

It has been such a fun reading week and cannot wait to continue on with Cozy Mystery March! What have you read this week? Let me know down below!

xoxo

Nicole

Mystery Monday 03.04.19

Happy Mystery Monday friends! I wanted to start this new series where we dive into some mystery goodness. My main focus will be Cozy Mysteries, but I will make sure to touch base with other types of mysteries and maybe even some thrillers!

In the middle of last year I read my first cozy and it is what got me to dive back into reading. They are so fun, but still keep you on your toes. For those of you who are not into gore, but love a good mystery..this subgenre is made for you! What I love most about cozies is that you truly form a connection with the characters and feel as if they are some of your best friends.

I am looking forward to getting this series going and hope that you will find a love for all things mystery!

Join me next week for the first official Mystery Monday post!

xoxo,

Nicole

March 2019 TBR

Happy March friends! There is so much to look forward to this month, the main thing being that it is my birthday month! I am hoping for another good reading month and hope to get through at least ten books! This month I will be focusing on Mystery novels, particularly Cozy Mysteries. Are you a fan of Mysteries? What are some of your favorite novels?

This month I will be reading:

  1. A Killer Bridal Party (Firefly Junction #2) by London Lovett
  2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  3. Murder at the Vicarage (Miss. Marple #1) by Agatha Christie
  4. On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery #1) by Cleo Coyle
  5. Murder on Lot B (Starfire Cozy Mystery #1) by London Lovett
  6. Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
  7. Meet Your Baker  ( Bakeshop Mystery #1) by Ellie Alexander
  8. Roses and Revenge ( Port Danby #4) by London Lovett
  9. How to Bake a Murder by K.J. Emrick
  10. Deadly Vows by Jody Holford

I am excited to dive into each of these novels and know that its is going to be a great Mystery March!

 

xoxo

 

Nicole

February 2019 Wrap Up

Happy Thursday friends! Can you believe we are already done with February? I mean where does time go? This was a pretty good reading month for me, but fell flat the last full week of the month being that I was sick. I was able to complete seven books which puts me right on track for my yearly goal!

 

Mistletoe and Mayhem: I started this in January and was able to finish it within the first week of the February. I absolutely adore London Lovett’s novels so this was a fun read for me!

A Girl Like Her: This was the Dragons and Tea Book Club February read. This was way better than I thought it would be and was so smitten by the romance in this novel.

Forever Winter: This was a classic Alexa Riley book and was filled with some steamy romance.

The Girl He Used to Know: This was hands down my favorite read of the month! This ARC was provided via St.Martins Press. This novel was everything and left me in tears. Everyone needs to read this! My review can be found here.

Truth or Beard: I listened to the audio version of this book and loved it! I always enjoy Penny Reid’s writing and this did not disappoint. My Review can be found here.

Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #1- Stacey and the Missing Ring: This was just a fun nostalgic read!

Waisted: I received the eARC of this novel via Netgalley and Atria Books. I wanted to love this book so much, but it fell flat for me. My review can be found here.

What books did you read this month?

 

xoxo,

Nicole

Review: Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers

 

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Thank you to Netgalley and Atria Books for this eARC!

Title: Waisted

Author: Randy Susan Meyers

Release Date: May 21, 2019

Pages: 288

Genre: Women’s Fiction

My Rating: ★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this provocative, wildly entertaining, and compelling novel, seven women enrolled in an extreme weight loss documentary discover self-love and sisterhood as they enact a daring revenge against the exploitative filmmakers.
Alice and Daphne, both successful and accomplished working mothers, harbor the same secret: obsession with their weight overshadows concerns about their children, husbands, work—and everything else of importance in their lives. Scales terrify them.
Daphne, plump in a family of model-thin women, learned only slimness earns admiration at her mother’s knee. Alice, break-up skinny when she met her husband, risks losing her marriage if she keeps gaining weight.
The two women meet at Waisted. Located in a remote Vermont mansion, the program promises fast, dramatic weight loss, and Alice, Daphne, and five other women are desperate enough to leave behind their families for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The catch? They must agree to always be on camera; afterward, the world will see Waisted: The Documentary.
The women soon discover that the filmmakers have trapped them in a cruel experiment. With each pound lost, they edge deeper into obsession and instability…until they decide to take matters into their own hands.

My Review:

When I first came across this novel on Netgalley, I was super excited because it is not often you come across fiction books that follow people who are on a weight loss journey. However, I thought the story would be a little more lighthearted and would focus on the camp primarily while only taking bits and pieces of why each woman was attending the camp.

While the author did go into the stories of both Alice and Daphne, I felt that it was too much. By that I mean, it went into too much detail that it took away from the actual story. I would have preferred to learn more about the other five women who were attending the camp because each of their stories were kind of thrown in at the last minute.

I wanted to love this book so much, but overall it fell flat to me.

 

xoxo,

Nicole

What I’m Reading 02.25.19

Happy Monday friends, it has been quite some time! I was so sick the last week and could not get the energy to create content let alone read. I even had to cancel my trip to West Virginia which was a bummer, but hopefully I can go in the next couple of weeks!  I was hoping to complete three books last week, but was only able to finish Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers. My review for this book will be up in the next couple of days! As for this week, I am hoping to complete two books and start a third! The books I will be reading are:

  1. Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale
  2. Crimes Against a Book Club by Kathy Cooperman
  3. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

What are you reading this week?

 

xoxo

Nicole