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Torte―the small-town bakeshop no one can resist―is hosting a midsummer night’s wedding . . . where merry-making and murder are served up in equal measure. Till Death Do Us Tart is Ellie Alexander's eighth delectable novel in the Bakeshop mystery series. Jules Capshaw has too much on her plate―and she’s feeling the pinch: the whole town of Ashland, Oregon, is in on the surpr Torte―the small-town bakeshop no one can resist―is hosting a midsummer night’s wedding . . . where merry-making and murder are served up in equal measure. Till Death Do Us Tart is Ellie Alexander's eighth delectable novel in the Bakeshop mystery series. Jules Capshaw has too much on her plate―and she’s feeling the pinch: the whole town of Ashland, Oregon, is in on the surprise Elizabethan-themed wedding she’s planning for her mom and soon-to-be stepdad. But is her secret scheme half-baked? She’s hiding racks overflowing with sweet treats while Torte is topsy-turvy with a major remodel and the return of Jules’s estranged husband, Carlos. And until now, Jules had no clue about the bitter family feud that has her friend Lance frazzled and suspicious. But when a party crasher takes someone out with a serving of poisoned wine and Jules discovers the deadly cup was intended for her, it’s time to turn the tables on a killer.


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Torte―the small-town bakeshop no one can resist―is hosting a midsummer night’s wedding . . . where merry-making and murder are served up in equal measure. Till Death Do Us Tart is Ellie Alexander's eighth delectable novel in the Bakeshop mystery series. Jules Capshaw has too much on her plate―and she’s feeling the pinch: the whole town of Ashland, Oregon, is in on the surpr Torte―the small-town bakeshop no one can resist―is hosting a midsummer night’s wedding . . . where merry-making and murder are served up in equal measure. Till Death Do Us Tart is Ellie Alexander's eighth delectable novel in the Bakeshop mystery series. Jules Capshaw has too much on her plate―and she’s feeling the pinch: the whole town of Ashland, Oregon, is in on the surprise Elizabethan-themed wedding she’s planning for her mom and soon-to-be stepdad. But is her secret scheme half-baked? She’s hiding racks overflowing with sweet treats while Torte is topsy-turvy with a major remodel and the return of Jules’s estranged husband, Carlos. And until now, Jules had no clue about the bitter family feud that has her friend Lance frazzled and suspicious. But when a party crasher takes someone out with a serving of poisoned wine and Jules discovers the deadly cup was intended for her, it’s time to turn the tables on a killer.

30 review for Till Death Do Us Tart (A Bakeshop Mystery #8)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    It has been a weekend of weddings here. I finished Death Do Us Tart on Friday, perfect book to read just before the royal wedding. I love Ellie Alexander's series based in Ashland Oregon and her bakery Crew from Torte. This was a great read. So much more than a book just about a wedding. There was the beautiful wedding of The Professor and Jules mom, but also great twists with in twists of story lines. Lance, Carlos, Thomas, not to mention the staff and changes happening at Torte, Even the nasty It has been a weekend of weddings here. I finished Death Do Us Tart on Friday, perfect book to read just before the royal wedding. I love Ellie Alexander's series based in Ashland Oregon and her bakery Crew from Torte. This was a great read. So much more than a book just about a wedding. There was the beautiful wedding of The Professor and Jules mom, but also great twists with in twists of story lines. Lance, Carlos, Thomas, not to mention the staff and changes happening at Torte, Even the nasty Richard Lord in the mix. I loved this book, I love this series and I know you are going to as well! This one is out June 26th and is published by St. Martin's Press.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    It is always a pleasure to return to Ashland Oregon and Torte to see what Juliet and the rest of the cast is up to. This is a fun series and fans will not be disappointed with this installment. I love how the author has grown these characters over the course of eight books and continues to allow them to grow and evolve. This is definitely a character drive cozy mystery series but there mystery itself was good. Juliet and Lance are once again right in the middle of what is going on and provide as It is always a pleasure to return to Ashland Oregon and Torte to see what Juliet and the rest of the cast is up to. This is a fun series and fans will not be disappointed with this installment. I love how the author has grown these characters over the course of eight books and continues to allow them to grow and evolve. This is definitely a character drive cozy mystery series but there mystery itself was good. Juliet and Lance are once again right in the middle of what is going on and provide assistance to the police in wrapping up the case. The author has left a mini cliffhanger and I am looking forward to seeing how that plays out in future books. I am a fan of this series and will return for future installments. I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided to me by the publisher, St. Martin's, through Netgalley. This book is scheduled for release in late June and I will have a full review on the blog closer to the release date.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Jules and her team at Torte have very nearly finalised the plans for Helen and Doug's surprise wedding, everyone is saying that the party (and therefore all the food etc) is for the grand re-opening of Uvo Winery (which is held by Jules/Carlos, Lance and sadly Richard Lord), at the same time the final preparations for the remodel of Torte (basically the kitting out of the new basement bakery/pizza place followed by the gutting of the old kitchen to provide a larger pastry display, larger coffee Jules and her team at Torte have very nearly finalised the plans for Helen and Doug's surprise wedding, everyone is saying that the party (and therefore all the food etc) is for the grand re-opening of Uvo Winery (which is held by Jules/Carlos, Lance and sadly Richard Lord), at the same time the final preparations for the remodel of Torte (basically the kitting out of the new basement bakery/pizza place followed by the gutting of the old kitchen to provide a larger pastry display, larger coffee station and more seating), Carlos and his son are coming over (so the they need to be warned about the subterfuge!) Lance, however, has more drama in his life, he has finally reconciled with his estranged father only to discover that he is dying (his father - not Lance), but Lance has the horrible feeling that someone (his brother?) is trying to speed the process along, so with this, Richard Lord being even more pompous and domineering, the wedding and a death (or two) Jules's life is in turmoil. Another brilliant episode in the life and times of Ashland, Ellie Alexander weaves a story as wonderful as A Midsummer Night's Dream, and like that play there is more than one story strand and some wonderful characters.  This is a series that never disappoints.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Till Death Do Us Tart is a delightfully, delectable addition to the series. Reading about the adventures of Jules and the gang is always a true pleasure. This book opens with the preparations for the surprise wedding for Jules mom, Helen and the Professor. Renovations are still taking place at Torte, the family owned bakery in Ashland, Oregon. Jules has a lot on her plate, so when her overly dramatic best friend Lance confesses shocking news, she has to make time to help. This story has so many diff Till Death Do Us Tart is a delightfully, delectable addition to the series. Reading about the adventures of Jules and the gang is always a true pleasure. This book opens with the preparations for the surprise wedding for Jules mom, Helen and the Professor. Renovations are still taking place at Torte, the family owned bakery in Ashland, Oregon. Jules has a lot on her plate, so when her overly dramatic best friend Lance confesses shocking news, she has to make time to help. This story has so many different things going on, you certainly won't want to put it down. I found myself reading late into the night to finish this fantastic book. As the eighth in the series, the books just keep getting better and better. I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    What a deliciously good series! I love all of the folks at Torte. In this installment of A Bakeshop Mystery, we meet more magnificent characters as author Ellie Alexander takes us on a ride with many delightful twists and turns. Love is in the air, but someone is not in a celebratory mood and poisoned wine gets served. Who was the poison meant for? Why? And who did it? These questions will compel you to keep turning the pages. This book can be read alone, but I highly recommend you read the othe What a deliciously good series! I love all of the folks at Torte. In this installment of A Bakeshop Mystery, we meet more magnificent characters as author Ellie Alexander takes us on a ride with many delightful twists and turns. Love is in the air, but someone is not in a celebratory mood and poisoned wine gets served. Who was the poison meant for? Why? And who did it? These questions will compel you to keep turning the pages. This book can be read alone, but I highly recommend you read the others in the series, not because you have to, but because they are so good.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Till Death Do Us Tart by Ellie Alexander is the eighth tale in A Bakeshop Mystery series. Jules Capshaw has a lot of on her plate. She is busy planning a surprise wedding for her mother and the Professor. Everyone in Ashland, Oregon is in on the surprise except the couple getting married. The nuptials will take place Uva, the vineyard that Jules now owns shares in along with her estranged husband, Carlos (and the horrible Richard Lord). Carlos will be arriving in Ashland along with his son, Rome Till Death Do Us Tart by Ellie Alexander is the eighth tale in A Bakeshop Mystery series. Jules Capshaw has a lot of on her plate. She is busy planning a surprise wedding for her mother and the Professor. Everyone in Ashland, Oregon is in on the surprise except the couple getting married. The nuptials will take place Uva, the vineyard that Jules now owns shares in along with her estranged husband, Carlos (and the horrible Richard Lord). Carlos will be arriving in Ashland along with his son, Romero in two days. It is a Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding and guests have been asked to wear Elizabethan themed attire. The renovations of Torte are still ongoing. The downstairs will be complete within the week and then they can begin work upstairs. As if that is not enough, Lance returns to town and he has a problem. He believes his brother, Leo is poisoning their father and that someone is following him. He would like to invite Leo and his entourage to the wedding (oh no) as part of his plan. Then Lance’s father passes away under suspicious circumstances and a wedding guest collapses from poisoned wine. That glass of wine, though, was meant for Jules. Are the two cases connected? Murder, mayhem and the makeover of Torte are on the menu in Till Death Do Us Tart. Return to Ashland, Oregon in the latest A Bakeshop Mystery. While Till Death Do Us Tart is the eighth book in the series, it can be read alone. The author does provide the necessary background details for readers. Till Death Do Us Tart is nicely written and it has a fast pace. Ellie Alexander has a conversational writing style that makes her books easy to read and enjoy. There are many cozy moments with baking, friendship, the vineyard, touring the town and the wedding. Carlos is back in Jules life and the attraction between them in undeniable. Jules is falling back in love with Carlos, but she is not sure if he would be happy in Ashland. While I liked the mystery, I thought it was a cinch to solve. I would have liked a better wrap up of the mystery at the end. I wanted more facts and less assumption. My rating for Till Death Do Us Tart is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). Many delectable delights are mentioned in the book. They will have your mouth watering (there are recipes at the end of the book). We are left with a small cliffhanger at the end. Readers will have to wait for the next A Bakeshop Mystery to discover what happens next with Jules. Till Death Do Us Tart is a light-hearted, charming cozy mystery that will leave you smiling.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I adore this series so much and this latest entry didn't disappoint. Fingers crossed that the author doesn't end the series for a while but I think I can read the writing on the cake. [Update 4-30-18: Author assures me this series won't be ending any time soon. Yay!] This is the perfect series for anyone who wants a cozy mystery with no objectionable content (except perhaps some very appealing and fattening food descriptions and recipes) and likable characters--well, except for Richard Lord and t I adore this series so much and this latest entry didn't disappoint. Fingers crossed that the author doesn't end the series for a while but I think I can read the writing on the cake. [Update 4-30-18: Author assures me this series won't be ending any time soon. Yay!] This is the perfect series for anyone who wants a cozy mystery with no objectionable content (except perhaps some very appealing and fattening food descriptions and recipes) and likable characters--well, except for Richard Lord and there has to be a villain somewhere. Thanks to the publisher for the advance digital reading copy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Courtagonist

    As always Ellie Alexander has left my heart fluttering and my mouth watering! This was the 8th book in The Bakeshop Mystery series featuring the amazing baker Jules Capshaw. She has a lot on her plate during this book! A wedding to plan, an expansion of her bakeshop Torte, her feelings for her estranged husband, and trying to be there for her friends. To top it off someone has a grudge towards Jules herself and tries to poison her! This book had me laughing, it had me tearing up, and falling in As always Ellie Alexander has left my heart fluttering and my mouth watering! This was the 8th book in The Bakeshop Mystery series featuring the amazing baker Jules Capshaw. She has a lot on her plate during this book! A wedding to plan, an expansion of her bakeshop Torte, her feelings for her estranged husband, and trying to be there for her friends. To top it off someone has a grudge towards Jules herself and tries to poison her! This book had me laughing, it had me tearing up, and falling in love with the characters over and over again. Ellie has a way with her characters, she brings them alive. She is able to weave words of meaning, feeling, and scrumptiousness like The Bard himself! I recommend this series to anyone who loves coffee, friends, family, and a good mystery! You will find yourself lost in the world of the characters trying to figure out the 'whodunit'. This book had me on my toes the whole time guessing and I loved every second of it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Till Death Do Us Tart by Ellie Alexander is the 8th book in the Bakeshop Mystery series, and another great addition. I love this series, and have read them all. When a new book comes out it's like visiting old friends. In this book several things are going on. Jules Capshaw is throwing a surprise mid summer wedding for her mom and the police chief. Jules husband Carlos has returned with his son, and Jules finds out shocking secrets about Lance. The plot and characters are well written, and this Till Death Do Us Tart by Ellie Alexander is the 8th book in the Bakeshop Mystery series, and another great addition. I love this series, and have read them all. When a new book comes out it's like visiting old friends. In this book several things are going on. Jules Capshaw is throwing a surprise mid summer wedding for her mom and the police chief. Jules husband Carlos has returned with his son, and Jules finds out shocking secrets about Lance. The plot and characters are well written, and this book will keep you guessing and wondering about all the suspects. I suggest you read the books in order, to get the full effect. I strongly recommend this book for all cozy mystery lovers. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Liz Jones

    I have waited a long time to read this book and it had the ending I was hoping for!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Three and a half stars: Another fun installment that features great food, a sweet wedding and a murder. Jules is busy with the latest renovations of her beloved bakery Torte. She is also trying to pull off planning a secret wedding for her mother and the Professor. Plus, Carlos is coming to town with his son. How will she manage to juggle it all? Just when everything seems to be going smoothly, a poisoned glass of wine turns up at the wedding, and it seems the wine may have been meant for Jules. Three and a half stars: Another fun installment that features great food, a sweet wedding and a murder. Jules is busy with the latest renovations of her beloved bakery Torte. She is also trying to pull off planning a secret wedding for her mother and the Professor. Plus, Carlos is coming to town with his son. How will she manage to juggle it all? Just when everything seems to be going smoothly, a poisoned glass of wine turns up at the wedding, and it seems the wine may have been meant for Jules. Who would want to murder Jules and why? What I Liked: *Even though this is the eighth book in this series, it still delights. I love catching up with the cast, reading about the delicious food and trying to solve the murder. If you enjoy cozies, this is a series worth checking out. *The story revolves around the secret wedding that Jules is planning for her mother. I loved reading about all the wedding preparations, so much fun! *Carlos is back, and this time he introduces Jules to his son. I am thrilled with the direction the romance is taking, and I have my fingers crossed that things will settle out in a positive direction. No more love triangle! *Lance also returns, and as usual he has a flair for the dramatic and he proves to be highly entertaining. I loved exploring Lance’s past and learning about his family and his upbringing. *The murder itself was interesting. I wasn’t sure who the culprit was and what the motives were. I was guessing until the end. *As usual, there are some tantalizing recipes at the end. It is totally worth reading this series to absorb the wonderful food descriptions and for the recipes! And The Not So Much: *I felt like the foreshadowing was a little heavy handed in this one. I don’t like when too much is given away too early. *A lot of time is devoted to red herring suspects, which made it easy to ascertain that they weren’t the real culprits. *Once the murder was revealed, there was a lot of supposition and I found it hard to believe how the dots were connected. Tell Death Do Us Tart was another fun installment in a solid cozy series. I love the small town setting, the characters, the food and the recipes. If you want an entertaining cozy series, this is one to add to your list. I have enjoyed each and every book in the series, and I am eager for more. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review. [email protected] Day Ramblings.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first book I have read in this series. What a sweet and fun read. This sure will not be the last time that I read a book in this series. In fact, I want to go back at the beginning and get more familiar with these characters. Although, every woman needs a "Lance" in their lives. He is the best guy pal that women could have. He is not only not afraid to get his hands dirty when it comes to solving a murder but he also brings the flair and laughs. Jules is not to be counted out. She ma This is the first book I have read in this series. What a sweet and fun read. This sure will not be the last time that I read a book in this series. In fact, I want to go back at the beginning and get more familiar with these characters. Although, every woman needs a "Lance" in their lives. He is the best guy pal that women could have. He is not only not afraid to get his hands dirty when it comes to solving a murder but he also brings the flair and laughs. Jules is not to be counted out. She may not have had the stomach like Lance but she was willing to go along. Actually, it was really Lance and Jules that played a huge part in helping to solve the case. Jules did also contribute some very yummy treats. I do want to touch on the other characters; they were interesting. They didn't just play minor roles in the story. Bonus: There are several recipes in the back of this book that will have you wanting to make them all.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Starting a new book from this series always feels like getting together with an old friend. No matter how long it has been since you've last talked, you can pick right up again in a comfortable and connected way. I would love to one day see if the real life Ashland, Oregon, is as cozy, warm, and inviting as Ellie Alexander paints it in her Bakeshop Mysteries! Till Death Do Us Tart is the eighth book in this series and the whole town is secretly abuzz. Jules and the team at Torte are deep in cland Starting a new book from this series always feels like getting together with an old friend. No matter how long it has been since you've last talked, you can pick right up again in a comfortable and connected way. I would love to one day see if the real life Ashland, Oregon, is as cozy, warm, and inviting as Ellie Alexander paints it in her Bakeshop Mysteries! Till Death Do Us Tart is the eighth book in this series and the whole town is secretly abuzz. Jules and the team at Torte are deep in clandestine plans to throw a Shakespeare inspired wedding for Jules' mom and The Professor. But there are a few other things on Jules' mind, too. First, her estranged husband, Carlos, is due back in town. Their relationship is one that Jules has yet to fully sort out--not to mention that this visit will be the first time she'll meet her husband's son. Second, her BFF Lance has been MIA for days. When he does return, he reveals some very surprising details about his life, his family, and his fear that someone is trying to kill his father. Finally, the Torte bakeshop is undergoing serious expansions and renovations--two words that would strike fear and anxiety into the hearts of any small business owner! As always, Ellie Alexander weaves together the various threads of characters, plot, and twists into quite an enjoyable read. Her stories never disappoint--and the recipes always leave me wanting more!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Running Torte, a premier bakery in Ashland, Oregon, is a full-time job. Add in organizing a surprise midsummer- night themed wedding for her mother and step-dad-to-be that the entire town is invited to attend, major renovations to Torte, and the arrival of her cruise chef husband and meeting his preteen son, and you have the recipe for a nervous breakdown. Oh, don't forget her friend, Lance, and his family troubles that may turn deadly. Yet, in Jules Capshaw's latest adventure, you see she can h Running Torte, a premier bakery in Ashland, Oregon, is a full-time job. Add in organizing a surprise midsummer- night themed wedding for her mother and step-dad-to-be that the entire town is invited to attend, major renovations to Torte, and the arrival of her cruise chef husband and meeting his preteen son, and you have the recipe for a nervous breakdown. Oh, don't forget her friend, Lance, and his family troubles that may turn deadly. Yet, in Jules Capshaw's latest adventure, you see she can handle it all with aplomb. Another excellent entry into this tasty series. It's tons of fun, readable and highly recommended. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    Once again, Jules and her crew at Torte deliver the goods in this latest installment set in idyllic Ashland where Jules has returned to helping her mom while sorting through her feelings about her marriage. Jules is planning a secret themed MidSummer Night's Dream wedding for her mom and the Professor. Unfortunately among all the wedding plan prep, Lance suffers a personal loss and enlists Jules help getting to the bottom of the situation. An entire cast of characters comes to life in this story; Once again, Jules and her crew at Torte deliver the goods in this latest installment set in idyllic Ashland where Jules has returned to helping her mom while sorting through her feelings about her marriage. Jules is planning a secret themed MidSummer Night's Dream wedding for her mom and the Professor. Unfortunately among all the wedding plan prep, Lance suffers a personal loss and enlists Jules help getting to the bottom of the situation. An entire cast of characters comes to life in this story; the relationships between the people and the food stand out. I love how the author really gets the character's speech and tone in the story, you can really imagine the characters accent and how they come across in the dialogue. The food prep made me hungry, and I bit my nails to the nub trying to figure this one out. Each book in this series gets better with the next..

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    If I lived in Ashland, Oregon, Torte would be my favorite place. With the remodel underway and her mother’s surprise wedding, Juliet has her hands full. Complicating matters is the arrival of her husband Carlos and his son. When Lance reveals he has been spending time with his estranged father, Juliet’s life gets more complicated, especially after Lance’s father dies. Another fun adventure for the staff at Torte.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Ugh. Why can't Carlos just go away forever?! He totally ruins an otherwise good series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cat Tutt

    I was having a really lousy day when I got approved for an ARC of this book. The Bakeshop Mystery series is my favorite cozy mystery series and I was just delighted to have a new one to read. By the end of the first chapter, I felt right at home again in Ashland, Oregon, with my friends from the series. I found myself turning pages all the way to the end without so much as a pause for a deep breath. I had to know what would happen next from the first page to the last. And when I finished, I foun I was having a really lousy day when I got approved for an ARC of this book. The Bakeshop Mystery series is my favorite cozy mystery series and I was just delighted to have a new one to read. By the end of the first chapter, I felt right at home again in Ashland, Oregon, with my friends from the series. I found myself turning pages all the way to the end without so much as a pause for a deep breath. I had to know what would happen next from the first page to the last. And when I finished, I found myself feeling better emotionally than I had in some time. A good book can do that. I can't recommend this series highly enough. *5 Stars ** Thanks to St Martin's Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    I’m always excited to hear when another Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander is scheduled to release and TILL DEATH DO US TART is no exception. This eighth book in her delightful series proves once again that cozy readers love memorable characters that we can relate to and cheer for. Ms. Alexander brings back the full cast of characters, including the dreamy Carlos. (Can you tell I’m team Carlos?!?!) We also get to finally meet his son, who is just as dreamy and has all the teenaged girls in Ashl I’m always excited to hear when another Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander is scheduled to release and TILL DEATH DO US TART is no exception. This eighth book in her delightful series proves once again that cozy readers love memorable characters that we can relate to and cheer for. Ms. Alexander brings back the full cast of characters, including the dreamy Carlos. (Can you tell I’m team Carlos?!?!) We also get to finally meet his son, who is just as dreamy and has all the teenaged girls in Ashland, Oregon swooning. For those who have never read any of the other books in this series, there shouldn’t be a problem with following the story and figuring out who is who. The author provides just enough backstory to make it easy to follow. The protagonist, Jules Capshaw, owns Torte Bakeshop with her mom. They are expanding and remodeling so the shop is quite chaotic, to say the least. Still, Jules manages to bake copious amounts of bread, goodies, and even an amazing one-of-a-kind designer wedding cake for her mother and ‘The Professor’s’ surprise wedding. The descriptions of her baking process are quite vivid and will have the reader drooling and wanting a special treat. Another central character in this new release is Lance, the artistic director for Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Even though Lance has been a fixture in previous books, he’s always been an enigma. I enjoyed reading as Jules is finally allowed to see beyond his façade and it was sweet to watch their friendship grow as they worked together to solve the mystery. While I love revisiting the cast of characters and catching up with them, the actual murder(s) took place much later than usual in a cozy. I felt that it slowed the pace of the plot down, despite Jules being frantically busy with the remodel and her mother’s wedding. However, once the murder happened, the pace picked up and kept me glued to the pages. Ms. Alexander provides some twists that kept Jules (and me) guessing and the surprising reveal was one I didn’t see coming. Fans will gobble up this newest installment along with the delectable recipes at the back of the book! I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    Till Death Do Us Tart is the eighth book in Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery series. The books in this series are fun and easy-to-read cozy mysteries, with interesting mysteries and a well-developed cast of characters. Ms. Alexander’s writing style is so descriptive and vivid that I often felt I was right there experiencing all the excitement and delectable food along with the characters. The author provides enough background information that each book in this series can be read as a standalon Till Death Do Us Tart is the eighth book in Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery series. The books in this series are fun and easy-to-read cozy mysteries, with interesting mysteries and a well-developed cast of characters. Ms. Alexander’s writing style is so descriptive and vivid that I often felt I was right there experiencing all the excitement and delectable food along with the characters. The author provides enough background information that each book in this series can be read as a standalone. Juliet “Jules” Capshaw works in her family’s bakery, Torte, in the quaint Shakespeare-themed village Ashland, Oregon. Torte is thriving and is undergoing an expansion project. Her mother, Helen, is engaged to Ashland’s lead detective, Professor Doug Curtis. The happy couple each wanted to surprise the other with a Midsummer Night’s Dream wedding on the summer solstice, but because Helen wanted everyone in their community to be invited, they couldn’t find a venue large enough. Jules didn’t tell them, but she found a venue, created a decoy event, and with the help of her friends and the Ashland community, planned their dream wedding. Jules’ estranged husband, Carlos, who is the executive chef on a luxury cruise ship, and his teenage son, Ramiro, who lives in Spain, will also be in town. Her friend, Lance, returns to Ashland after being gone for three weeks and shares some of his family history with Jules. Even though Lance’s father was elderly and ill, when he passes away, he thinks his brother, Leo, is responsible for his death. Jules has a lot on her plate, but she can’t refuse to help Lance figure out if he’s right. Things escalate when someone is served poisoned wine after the ceremony. Once again, Jules and Lance are right in the middle of the action and are able to assist the police in their investigation. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    In an Oyster Shell - I loved this current book in the series. A secret wedding with jealousy and murder in the mix. It keeps you turning the pages.  The Pearls - Well it seems that the Jules love triangle might be to an end. Was it team Thomas or team Carlos? Well, you'll have to read it to see for yourself but I can tell you there are lots of potentials for the chosen couple to move forward. I will tell you this writer has a knack for keeping me on my toes and twisting to the unexpected.  How can In an Oyster Shell - I loved this current book in the series. A secret wedding with jealousy and murder in the mix. It keeps you turning the pages.  The Pearls - Well it seems that the Jules love triangle might be to an end. Was it team Thomas or team Carlos? Well, you'll have to read it to see for yourself but I can tell you there are lots of potentials for the chosen couple to move forward. I will tell you this writer has a knack for keeping me on my toes and twisting to the unexpected.  How can you not love a story with a wedding in it? A surprise wedding at that. So there's a little murder involved all the while to make things more interesting.  An attack on Jules? Who would have ever thought the pastry queen would have a target on her back?  I love Lance! He definitely dances his way into your heart with his theatrics. I like that Alexander has given Lance more of a prominent role in the series and made Jules his sidekick. Yes, it does seem that a supporting character has made the main character his partner. If you've kept up with this series you would expect nothing less from him. 

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carol Bisig

    This is a good Cozy mystery. Jueles is working overtime to surprise her Mother with a surprise wedding! That itself was too much too believe, considering she was also renovating at the same time! I liked her, her Mother, her friends, everyone who worked in the shop! Her husband who has a teenage son, he never told her about, and they never behaved like they were married, spoiled this book for me. I am sorry,that was the deal breaker for me. If you like just cozy mysteries with no depth, this is This is a good Cozy mystery. Jueles is working overtime to surprise her Mother with a surprise wedding! That itself was too much too believe, considering she was also renovating at the same time! I liked her, her Mother, her friends, everyone who worked in the shop! Her husband who has a teenage son, he never told her about, and they never behaved like they were married, spoiled this book for me. I am sorry,that was the deal breaker for me. If you like just cozy mysteries with no depth, this is for you. A light read, for a rainy afternoon. Thank you! Carolintallahassee.com

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Siarkiewicz

    Till Death Do Us Tart finds Jules dealing with the construction of the expansion of Torte, the family bakeshop. Along with this she is dealing with the stress of the upcoming surprise wedding she has planned for her mom and the Professor and with the upcoming visit off her estranged husband Carlos who is bringing his son whom Jules has never met. When a guest at the wedding is poisoned everyone wonders who the poisoned wine was really for. Jules jumps headfirst into the police investigation. You Till Death Do Us Tart finds Jules dealing with the construction of the expansion of Torte, the family bakeshop. Along with this she is dealing with the stress of the upcoming surprise wedding she has planned for her mom and the Professor and with the upcoming visit off her estranged husband Carlos who is bringing his son whom Jules has never met. When a guest at the wedding is poisoned everyone wonders who the poisoned wine was really for. Jules jumps headfirst into the police investigation. You won't be able to stop reading!! I highly recommend not just this book but the whole series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    Till Death Do Us Tart is the eighth book in Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery series and can definitely be read as a standalone. I enjoy this series the more I read it. This is a fun series and fans will not be disappointed with this book. Questions you need answered will compel you to keep turning the pages. I can really say that the mystery was neatly done. The tension, the buildup, the way the secrets were revealed and the setting really appealed to me. The characters feel real and believabl Till Death Do Us Tart is the eighth book in Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery series and can definitely be read as a standalone. I enjoy this series the more I read it. This is a fun series and fans will not be disappointed with this book. Questions you need answered will compel you to keep turning the pages. I can really say that the mystery was neatly done. The tension, the buildup, the way the secrets were revealed and the setting really appealed to me. The characters feel real and believable, like people you'd know. I highly recommend this series. Thank you for the copy provided to me by the publisher, St. Martin's, through Netgalley. Till Death Do Us Tart is out June 26th and is published by St. Martin's Press.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Jules is trying to remodel her bakery and plan a huge surprise wedding for her mother. It did seem rather odd that the whole town would be in on it and no one would tell. uses estranged husband and the son he had kept hidden from her are also visiting. At the wedding party a guest dies and they are sure the poison is for Jules. An interesting entry in the bake shop mysteries.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Wilcox

    Love is in the air in Ashland! And a little poison and murder too! I loved having Lance back as himself, even sharing a little of his family history we had no idea was coming! The grand wedding event we've been waiting for was perfect! Jules and her crew keep getting more amazing with every book. Ellie has left us with a few cliffhangers though, and I can't wait to see what she does with them in the next go 'round.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is the 8th in series and one of my favorites of the series. I adore this series and was thrilled to receive a ARC for review . My opinions are my own. This book can be read as a stand alone to those new to the series . I highly recommend the entire series! Each book in the series is delightful and fun to read with a excellent sleuth. Jules and her Mother own a fabulous dessert bakery in Ashland Oregon. The descriptions of the food in each book are divine. The preparation of the desserts and This is the 8th in series and one of my favorites of the series. I adore this series and was thrilled to receive a ARC for review . My opinions are my own. This book can be read as a stand alone to those new to the series . I highly recommend the entire series! Each book in the series is delightful and fun to read with a excellent sleuth. Jules and her Mother own a fabulous dessert bakery in Ashland Oregon. The descriptions of the food in each book are divine. The preparation of the desserts and presentation will take your breath away. The beautiful setting of Ashland and the Shakespearean Festival is the backdrop for this series. While reading each book you will want to immediately book your next vacation in Ashland. The author has a talent for vivid descriptions that entrance the reader into the location and is described with such perfection you can fall for Ashland through this series as I have. In this next in series Julies and her Mother are preparing for her Mothers wedding while overseeing a large expansion of Torte, their bakery. Her Mother Helen is engaged to a detective. They had wanted a Midsummer Night's Dream wedding on solstice but finding the right venue proved difficult. Jules found the perfect venue and is planning the ultimate surprise for the happy couple as she has taken on all the baking and preparation while keeping the wedding a secret She is also a skilled investigator and is helping her friend Lance with a family mystery. Lance believes his Brother may have killed his elderly Father and wants Jules to investigate for him. Jules is a able sleuth and has solved murders in the past. She has a talent for finding clues and suspects. During the preparations and sleuth her husband Carlos returns to Ashland with his son which adds much humor and romance for Jules. Carlos lives and works on a cruise ship as they are separated but he wants Jules back. Carlos still has a hold on her heart but she will not leave her family, friends and her bakery behind . They have a amicable reunion amidst the preparations. After the wedding someone is served poisoned wine.! Jules and Lance are right in the middle of the action and are able to assist the police while doing their own investigation on the side . This next in series has such a fun theme with so many wonderful charcters. The action is fast paced and I loved the well crafted sleuth.. It is a delightful return to Torte and Ashland. I adore this series and always look forward to the next in series with great anticipation. I appreciate the ARC and my opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Homerun2

    Baker Juliet Capshaw is back in the eighth entry in the Bakeshop Mystery series. Background: Jules grew up involved in her parents' bakery and restaurant in Ashland, Oregon, but left to pursue a professor culinary career. She spent years away as the pastry chef for a cruise ship and fell in love and married the handsome Spanish chef Carlos. When she finds out he has a son that he never told her about, she leaves him and her job behind and returns home to Ashland. This is a terrific setting people Baker Juliet Capshaw is back in the eighth entry in the Bakeshop Mystery series. Background: Jules grew up involved in her parents' bakery and restaurant in Ashland, Oregon, but left to pursue a professor culinary career. She spent years away as the pastry chef for a cruise ship and fell in love and married the handsome Spanish chef Carlos. When she finds out he has a son that he never told her about, she leaves him and her job behind and returns home to Ashland. This is a terrific setting peopled with interesting and believable characters. As this book begins, Jules' widowed mother is on the eve of her wedding to a local Ashland police detective. Jules has taken over the operation of the family bakery, Torte, and has a great work crew. She is a little overwhelmed between her mother's wedding and a major renovation and restaurant expansion. In addition, she still maintains contact with Carlos and he has invested in a local winery with both him and Jules as stockholders. And if that's not enough, Carlos and his son are in town for the wedding. The festivities come off as planned except for an attempted murder by poison. Soon several plot threads emerge: Jules' friend Lance has re-connected with his estranged family and there is a wealth of money and motive there. Someone has hired an investigator but who is she working for and who is she shadowing, and why? And who was the poison intended for? Juliet and Lance can't help but become involved, much to the consternation of her old high school flame Thomas and new police detective Kerry. And then the investigator is found murdered. Jules has to try and handle ferreting out information, helping Lance, trying to sort out her feelings for Carlos, and the logistical challenges of a remodel. But she's a resilient and appealing character, and Ashland is a great foil for a series with its unique setting and the background of the famous Shakespeare Festival. Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Jules Capshaw's bakery is extremely busy with streams of tourists during the town of Ashland, Oregan's peak season. However, she can't pass up the chance to throw a surprise wedding with an Elizabethan "Midsummer's Eve" theme for her mom. This includes supplying a huge amount of unique, custom desserts for the reception. It's all worth if to Jules, but then things get complicated when her best friend Lance invites some extra guest to the celebration which leads to danger for Jules and another we Jules Capshaw's bakery is extremely busy with streams of tourists during the town of Ashland, Oregan's peak season. However, she can't pass up the chance to throw a surprise wedding with an Elizabethan "Midsummer's Eve" theme for her mom. This includes supplying a huge amount of unique, custom desserts for the reception. It's all worth if to Jules, but then things get complicated when her best friend Lance invites some extra guest to the celebration which leads to danger for Jules and another wedding guest. This book is the eighth in the Bakeshop Mystery series. I've only read one other book in the series that was much earlier in the series. I had enjoyed that book but was struck by the fact Jules had an ideal, although not perfect, husband in Carlos, but continued to push him away. Now five books later, she is still doing the same thing and I'm still puzzled. There isn't another man involved this time, just her own doubts. Carlos is continually showering her with affection, so hopefully Jules sees this in future books before it's too late. Missing the most recent books also left me at a disadvantage when it came to the character of Richard Lord. I never understood the details of how and why Jules and Carlos became partners in the winery with such an arrogant and shady man as Richard. The plot of the book itself is interesting with plenty of suspects. The author gives clues as to the solution of the crime, but unlike Jules and her best friend Lance, I wasn't able to identify the killer. I liked the suspense and the unexpected solution. Lance definitely adds some drama to the book and she and Jules make a great team who won't rest until they get to the bottom of all the suspicious things going on in their beloved town. Fans of the series or of author Cleo Coyle will enjoy the latest by Ellie Alexander. 3.5 stars I received this book through the courtesy of NetGalley and St. Martin's Press. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is the first book that I have read in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it probably would have been better to read others first. I plan to go back and check out others in the series. The characters were likable and well developed with a multilayered mystery that kept me interested. Juliet Capeshaw and her mother own a delightfully sounded pastry shop, Torte, in the picturesque town of Ashland, Oregon. Her mother and her fiance', Doug (the Professor) want to have an Elizabet This is the first book that I have read in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it probably would have been better to read others first. I plan to go back and check out others in the series. The characters were likable and well developed with a multilayered mystery that kept me interested. Juliet Capeshaw and her mother own a delightfully sounded pastry shop, Torte, in the picturesque town of Ashland, Oregon. Her mother and her fiance', Doug (the Professor) want to have an Elizabethan themed wedding but haven't been able to work it out. Unbeknownst to them, Jules and the Torte crew as well as the whole town are planning a wedding for them at the Uva Winery where Jules is a partner. Jules is also helping her friend, actor and theater director, Lance, investigate who might be trying to kill his father-even looking at Leo, Lance's brother. There are different other suspicious characters to look into as well. Torte is being remodeled and expanded for extra cooking space as well as serving spaces by a contractor whose wife appears to hate Jules; but why? The wedding is lovely and turns out really well until someone poisoned a glass of wine intended for Jules but drank by an investigator hired by Lance. Jules is also on edge because her estranged husband, Carlos, and his son, Romiro, are in town from Spain for the wedding. What is to become of their marriage? This book has all the qualities to make a fun cozy mystery-a small town of quirky characters where everyone knows each other, a murder plot with twists and turns, a pool of suspects and yummy sounding foods! This is a fun read with a ending that I really didn't see coming. I highly recommend. I received a complimentary ARC from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley. The thoughts and opinions stated are mine only.

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