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A Batter of Life and DeathA Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on June 30th 2015
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
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Welcome 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?

Reading Challenge


Well, I’ve been doing four challenges pretty much simultaneously over the past month or so. I must pat myself on the back – as y’all know by now, I’m shitty at finishing challenges – but, I ALMOST completed one! Yay!


Funny Bone Tickling Books

TGIF! 😀 Welcome to Feature and Follow Friday, hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee! The weekly meme features a question and answer format, with a new prompt each Friday. In addition, Feature and Follow Friday gives bloggers a means of promoting their work as well as the chance to discover new blogs.

The Prompt

What are your favorite humorous books? [courtesy of Brooke @ The Broke Book Bank]

The Answer

As I think of my response, I realize that I don’t read many funny books. I tend to lean toward dark, fantastical books. However, I can think of some cozy series that aren’t technically serious that I enjoy.

I’ve always loved Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who… series, with my favorite being The Cat Who Moved a Mountain. My favorite aspect of Braun’s tales is the hilarious names she comes up with for characters and places.

I’ve read book one of Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery series, Meet Your Baker, and adored it! Janet Evanovich is also a funny, yet serious, writer.

Well, it looks like I’ve read more funny stuff than I first thought! 😀 Celebrity memoirs are almost always fun, like Amy Poehler’s Yes Please and even Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison!

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