“Piecing together a murder was much more difficult than piecing together a cake.”
– Ellie Alexander, Meet Your Baker (Baker series #1)
True to its title, Meet your Baker by Ellie Alexander was a prelude to a cozy mystery series, which includes,yes, baking. But, Ellie Alexander offers more than that- this is a fun and definitely a very promising start to a series. I say this because it has everything a hungry mystery reader is looking for; it is packed with the rudimentary elements of mystery solving, of course, the guessing game that is who did what, where, when, how, and the salivating mention of recipes, several of them peppered throughout the story (oiiiii, that turkey sandwich!)
Chef Juliet Capshaw’s return to her home town of Ashland, Oregon has a sad history to it. After a painful separation from her husband, her escape back was to forget and heal a broken heart, but was welcomed with more crushing and tragic reality- a family bakeshop, Torte, was on the brink of shutting down after so many years of operation, and a murder in this very homey bakeshop on top of all these.
What makes a great mystery read? To me, it’s the essence of waiting, guessing, and execution of words, if you have these, then for me, it’s a good read. This book kept me guessing till the very end, and sad as this may sound, I am embarrased to admit that I accused the wrong person-completely crazy conclusion there (ha-ha)
Meet Your Baker is cozy and mild. I loved the mix of drama with the mystery and how the story carefully evolved from start to finish. The characters and their stories were realistic and , the Town was so inviting, and thank you Ellie Alexander for the mouth watering recipes and mention of food. I will definitely read the rest of books in the series and I happy to recommend this book.
Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander
320 pages St. Martin’s paperbacks