Another Day in the Life of Juliet Montague Capshaw by Ellie Alexander

On Thin IcingSailing the seas for the past decade had allowed me to see far-off corners of the globe and experience taste and flavor combinations from different regions and cultures. My palate developed and expanded at each port of call. From spicy curries in Egypt to delicate French pastries, I made it my mission to immerse myself in the food culture wherever the cruise ship’s mighty bow pointed me. I cherished my time on the ocean, but nowhere in the world compared to home.

I’d been home in Ashland, Oregon for six months, and had finally found my land legs. Working in my family’s bakeshop, Torte, and by my mom’s side had helped eased the pain of leaving my husband and the life I’d known. As had the warm and vibrant community of locals and tourists who welcomed me back with open arms. It was nearly impossible to linger in sadness with the scent of fresh bread being pulled from the oven or rich espresso brewing. I embraced my new life and found solace in rolling pie crust and icing dainty tea cakes.

Winter closed in and the tourists returned to sunnier locales, leaving Ashland in a quiet slumber. When my friend Lance asked me to cater a retreat for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s board of directors at a high alpine lodge, I jumped at the chance. I hadn’t seen snow in years and couldn’t wait to prepare a winter feast sure to dazzle Lance and his guests.

Armed with winter boots, a parka, and my pastry knives, I made the trek to Lake of the Woods Resort, a rustic lodge located in Oregon’s Southern Cascade Mountains. The quaint and charming lodge was blanketed in snow. It was like stepping into a winter wonderland. I had to pinch myself when I discovered where I would be working for the next few days—in the lodge’s vintage kitchen complete with cheery gingham curtains and a wood burning pizza oven.

Soon a fire was crackling in the pizza oven as fat flakes fell outside. The atmosphere was picture perfect and the hearty menu of soups and stews and orange cardamom sweet rolls and double chocolate cookies that I’d prepared should satisfy hungry guests. The weekend was off to a great start until the wind began to howl and the snow began to dump from the sky. A blizzard hit at five thousand feet, sending tree limbs hurling through the air and cutting off power to the lodge.

My culinary skills were going to be put to the test. Cooking at elevation was a challenge, but cooking without power was nearly impossible. Thank goodness for the pizza oven. As I quickly sketched out a new plan for the weekend, something even more dangerous than the conditions outside struck—murder!

The lodge’s bartender had been iced, literally. His body had been stuffed into a freezer and left out in the cold. If I couldn’t figure out who had killed him, I might be next. And to make matters worse my estranged husband, Carlos, appeared with a singular mission to win me back. Suddenly I was baking up a storm, distracted by Carlo’s romantic advances, and on the hunt of a killer.

You can read more about Jules latest adventures in On Thin Icing, the third book in the “Bakeshop” mystery series, published by St. Martin’s Press. The first two books in the series are Meet Your Baker and A Batter Of Life And Death.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a signed copy of ON THIN ICING along with some delectable winter teas and hot chocolates. (US entries only, please.) The giveaway will end January 7 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

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.
Visit Ellie at, Facebook and Twitter at @bakeshopmystery

83 responses to “Another Day in the Life of Juliet Montague Capshaw by Ellie Alexander

  1. Thank you for the chance to win! I adore foodie cozies and all things tea.

  2. Sounds like an exciting mystery – and all that food! Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Definitely need to read. 🙂

  4. This mystery sounds delightful for I do like food cozies. Thank you for the chance to win.
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  5. This cozy mystery sounds wonderful, love food cozies. Thank you for the chance to win.

  6. This book sounds really good, different, I would love to read it. Definitely added to my TBR list!

  7. Loved the first 2 books in this series! Cannot wait to read this one!

  8. Sounds like a fun addition to this series

  9. On Thin Icing sounds really good read. I would love to read it.

  10. I love bakeries as a setting! Thanks.

  11. Kathy Gonzales

    Excellent series , thank you for the chance to win such a great prize !

  12. Barbara Hackel

    I’m not sure which is more challenging-baking without power or solving a murder! 🙂 This sounds like a book I have to read. Thanks Dru for cluing me in to the book and series! Thanks to Ellie for the chance to win a copy of your book.

    • Barbara, so true! I was working on this book in the middle of a heat wave and used our backyard fire pit as my test kitchen. Let’s just say I burned more than one pizza in the process. It’s a good thing that Jules is a professional chef 😉

  13. Looks like great cozy mystery.

  14. Wonderful to see another new book in this series. I am sure it will be a great read just like the previous ones.

  15. Della Williamson

    Thanks to Drusbookmusings I have found many new authors, series. I look forward to getting to know your works. On Thin Icing looks like a most intriguing start. Thank you for this opportunity for a quicker start on your “Bakeshop” mysteries.

  16. The classic cut off in a storm in an isolated inn motif.

  17. I just started this series and would like to get the newest book so I can continue enjoying the story. thanks
    Happy New Year

  18. Katrina Edwards

    I love this series!

  19. Sounds yummy!

  20. I read On Thin Icing and I love it! I’m plan on going back and reading the earlier books. Thanks for the great mystery and give away.

  21. Sounds like a great read. Happy New Year!

  22. On Thin Icing would be a real escape and sounds captivating and special. Thanks.

  23. Lin Casteel-Butler

    Can’t put the book down, except to make the chocolate cookies. Just when I think what direction the book goes in, pulls another direction… love it. See you January 7th. Ellie. Bravo!!!!

  24. sounds good, hope I win, ty for the chance

  25. Yes please Dru, I love the series and would kill to own a copy for my home library.

  26. Starting to read this series, would be great to have this one on hand after I finish the other two. Really enjoy mysteries with recipes. Happy New Year.

  27. This seems like a wonderful read. I am putting it on my tbr list for sure. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  28. This is a wonderful series. Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. elainehroberson

    I’m always on the lookout for new-to-me authors to try. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  30. This sounds very exciting! Another new mystery series for me to explore.
    Thanks for the reviews and the opportunity.

  31. Sounds like another great book! Thanks for the chance!

  32. I’d love to win a copy! thanks Dru and Ellie!

  33. Dru, thanks for introducing me to another wonderful book in a series that sounds great.

  34. Ellie, do you have a favorite pastry?

  35. Any book with icing in the title is going on my TBR list! Would love to win this giveaway

  36. I love this series. I love the characters and of course that it’s set in Oregon. lol

  37. Karlene Barger

    This sounds like a great winter mystery! I’d love to win.

  38. There’s nothing like curling up on a cold winter’s day with a cup of hot tea and a murder mystery, especially in combination with pizza and pastry.

  39. Mary Jane H.

    Love the premise of this series! Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  40. A new series for me. Sounds wonderful!

  41. Sounds like a great series!

  42. Really need to binge-read this series soon!!!

  43. Thanks Ellie for commenting and interacting with my readers.
    Contest is closed.