A Batter of Life and Death, by Ellie Alexander

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Welcome to my tour stop for A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander! This is the second book in the Bakeshop Mystery series.

The tour runs July 6-17 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

About the Book:

A Batter of Life and DeathWelcome to Torte–a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for…

It’s autumn in Ashland, Oregon–’tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte’s famous peach cobbler. It’s also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family’s beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel’s reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered–death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

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Review:

Once again, Ellie Alexander has baked up an irresistible treat of a story. Juliet (Jules) Capshaw is just settling back into life in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon. The summer tourist season has come to an end and Jules has enrolled her family bakery, Torte, in an exciting opportunity: a reality baking show filming right in town. Jules has volunteered space at Torte for one of the five competing bakers; what she didn’t expect, was that she would be approached to be one of those contestants herself–or that one would turn up dead before filming even begins.

Police detective (and Jules’ ex-boyfriend) Thomas warns Juliet away from any involvement in figuring out what happened to the chef. Even though she found him, Jules has absolutely no desire to be involved in any way, shape, or form. But it just seems as though circumstances keep putting her in the center of the mystery. As Jules tries to navigate the world of working with Hollywood producers and television personalities, she is also trying to figure out her feelings for her estranged husband and her ex-flame, Thomas.

A Batter of Life and Death is a delicious treat of a read; a well-balanced mix of mystery and warmth, sprinkled with flavors of romance, humor, and family, all topped off with a hearty serving of mouth-watering recipes. Best to be enjoyed with your favorite cup of coffee and a tasty treat – trust me, it’ll help to have something to snack on as you read about all the great-sounding treats Jules bakes up!

Mexican sugar skulls

About the Author:
Ellie Alexander is a Pacific Northwest native who spends ample time testing pastry recipes in her home kitchen or at one of the many famed coffeehouses nearby. When she’s not coated in flour, you’ll find her outside exploring hiking trails and trying to burn off calories consumed in the name of research. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.
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Giveaway

Signed copy of Meet Your Baker and A Batter of Life and Death, 1 pound coffee, Oregon Chai, Gourmet cupcake liners (US)

Ends July 21st

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This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.
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