About the Book:
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.
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.
Series: A Bakeshop Mystery (Book 3)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Printing edition (December 29, 2015)
In an effort to bring in more revenue for the bake shop, Jules decides to take her show on the road. Adding a catering service to the bakery's line-up of available services, Jules meets with Lance about a job for him. As part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), Lance is holding a board meeting away from town. After agreeing, Jules and Sterling head up to a lodge to cater the board meeting retreat for the OSF executive board. After a not-so-pleasant run-in with the obnoxious bartender, Jules finds him dead in a freezer. Holed up due to sever weather, Jules must figure out who killed the bartender from the small group of guests and other staff before someone else gets iced.
On Thin Icing is a great addition to the Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander. The author wove many stories into the book, not just the murder; Jules' ex-husband shows up at the retreat, a winter storm, and multiple potential suspects make for an interesting catering job. Each thread makes sense as you move along in the book, some intersecting with the murder and others just additional storytelling. The book was descriptive and was able to immerse myself into the town of Ashland and the lives of its residents.
I found that I didn't enjoy On Thin Icing as much as the first two books in the series. I think it's because Jules and Sterling were away from the bake shop. We were missing the interactions between Jules and everyone else; customers, staff, friends, etc. The plot of the story was enjoyable and different from the start of the series but I missed the everyday hustle and bustle in the bake shop.
The characters in the Bakeshop Mysteries are well developed, interesting, and written realistically. The story is fast paced and I was engaged from the start. The author continues to build up an emotional connection with Jules and her a cast of characters are realistic and believable - so real that I felt like I was part of the book.
I enjoyed trying to unravel the murder mystery. Ellie Alexander did a great job keeping everything under wraps and revealing things methodically and at the right time. The possibilities of who committed the murder seemed endless until the final reveal, causing every hint to fall perfectly into place.
Paperback review copy courtesy of author at no cost in exchange for an honest review.