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Series: A Bakeshop Mystery #4
 Ellie Alexander
 adult, contemporary, mystery
Published: June 28, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Vintage Books

Welcome to Torte—a friendly, small-town family bake shop where the oven is heating up as high as the body count… 
Jules Capshaw is still chewing over her husband Carlos’s return to Ashland, Oregon. Could there be too many cooks in the kitchen? Whatever is stirring between those two will have to wait. Despite the Oregon Shakespeare Festival being dark for the winter, the bakeshop is bustling, the dough is rolling, and there’s no rest for the weary…especially when murder is thrown into the mix. 
When Mindy Nolan, the owner of a new restaurant in town, turns up dead, the batter at hand thickens. Jules knows that there was bad blood between Mindy and others in town, and tracking down the killer could prove to be an unwelcome treat. And to top it all off, there’s Carlos, who is pleading—with those delicious dark eyes and sexy Spanish accent—for Jules to take him back. Is home where the heart is or will she make a fresh start…and risk getting burned?
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Caught Bread Handed is a delectable read that made my stomach grumble at each chapter!

{ 5 things about Caught Bread Handed }

There's food!
and we all like (or maybe LOVE) food and I like reading about it too [Don't want to read about it? Let me tell you this, try reading and you'll end up looking for more books that involves your favorite pastries and coffee and everything else! Trust me.]! Ellie Alexander always throws in the perfect words to make me feel hungry. Caught Bread Handed, like any other A Bakeshop Mystery novel, has a good number of recipes you, my friends, should definitely try.

The romance is too sweet!
and part painful. At the beginning of the series, I was so sure that I'm #TeamThomas. Just look at how cute they are ad how caring Thomas is of Jules and how everything just felt so right. But then, Carlos enters the scene at book three. I ended up being torn between the two of them. But as I read through this book, i ended up wanting Jules and Carloes to happen - for them to get back, to be together for good, to settle down in Ashland. I JUST WANT THEM TOGETHER!! Carlos is just one of the sweetest man I read!

There's more to Ashland than Torte.
and the OSF, and the Mary Windsor. Oh come on now, the first three books were really focused on these three and this book showed that there's more to this small town- there are new establishments explored and newly introduced characters to make this even more enjoyable. I LOVE how Alenxader slowly but surely opens up Ashland and at the same time makes me feel that I'm there whenever I read it.

Jules and her dilemma.
I love Jules and I love her in Torte. Throughout the novel, she's torn between leaving Torte and Ashland for Carlos or staying with it and letting Carlos go (for a while). Her decision in the end stabbed me lightly (but whichever she chooses will give me the same feeling though. She just can't have everything.). At the end of the book, I just wanted to give Jules a pat in the back and tell her, you made your decision and however it turns out, I'm sure things will work out.
Jules is always a lady to root for! I want her happy. I want to see what's next for her, for Torte, and for her relationship with Carlos.

The murder.
How can we even forget this? While I loved almost every aspect of Caught Bread Handed, the mystery didn't felt strong for me. In the beginning, I did felt intrigued as always - the recalling of events, the rumor mill, the number of suspects. But as I read on, I ended up partially forgetting abut it and focusing more on things like Jules's dilemma, Carlos, Torte's business, etc. There are much more interesting things around!
But I do have to admit that I like the different take on the murder - the suicide look on the murdered, how it doesn't involve Jules running for her life (which is so typical and overused already), and the revealed suspect. It's not exactly bad. It's just pales in comparison to the mysteries of the previous books. And there really wasn't much thrill on this one.

OVERALL, Caught Bread Handed is an enjoyable cozy mystery read. The mystery was intriguing but wasn't as strong as those from the previous books. There's further delving into Jules character and her relationship with Carlos which is a huge plus! The recipes and food talk are, once again, completely great. It's highly recommended for those who enjoy cooking and baking (trust me, so much tips and tricks right here. Alexander definitely had great research and experience!). 

~I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~

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{ how about you }
Have you read books that involves food? (this series is honestly my only food-related read). What do you think of them? OR do you want to read one? Ever been to Ashland, Oregon? (Never been there but this series really takes me there). Tell me something about it? Your experience, maybe? What do you think of a murder mystery series being set there?

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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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