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Pastry chef and amateur sleuth Juliet Capshaw finds herself on thin ice as she attempts to solve her latest case of small-town murder in Ellie Alexander's Chilled to the Cone: A Bakeshop Mystery. The deep freeze has thawed in Ashland, Oregon and Torte is gearing up for a busy spring. When a surprise opportunity to launch a pop-up ice cream shop comes her way, Jules jumps at Pastry chef and amateur sleuth Juliet Capshaw finds herself on thin ice as she attempts to solve her latest case of small-town murder in Ellie Alexander's Chilled to the Cone: A Bakeshop Mystery. The deep freeze has thawed in Ashland, Oregon and Torte is gearing up for a busy spring. When a surprise opportunity to launch a pop-up ice cream shop comes her way, Jules jumps at the chance to showcase Torte’s signature iced drinks and cold custards. But selling the desserts of her dreams comes at a price. . .and, before she knows it, Jules’s life swirls into a nightmare. One of the town’s most colorful characters, a street performer known for wearing capes and a cone-shaped hat, turns up dead just as Torte 2.0 is set to open its doors. Can Jules get the scoop on what happened to “The Wizard” of Ashland before her new business venture reaches a chilling conclusion?


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Pastry chef and amateur sleuth Juliet Capshaw finds herself on thin ice as she attempts to solve her latest case of small-town murder in Ellie Alexander's Chilled to the Cone: A Bakeshop Mystery. The deep freeze has thawed in Ashland, Oregon and Torte is gearing up for a busy spring. When a surprise opportunity to launch a pop-up ice cream shop comes her way, Jules jumps at Pastry chef and amateur sleuth Juliet Capshaw finds herself on thin ice as she attempts to solve her latest case of small-town murder in Ellie Alexander's Chilled to the Cone: A Bakeshop Mystery. The deep freeze has thawed in Ashland, Oregon and Torte is gearing up for a busy spring. When a surprise opportunity to launch a pop-up ice cream shop comes her way, Jules jumps at the chance to showcase Torte’s signature iced drinks and cold custards. But selling the desserts of her dreams comes at a price. . .and, before she knows it, Jules’s life swirls into a nightmare. One of the town’s most colorful characters, a street performer known for wearing capes and a cone-shaped hat, turns up dead just as Torte 2.0 is set to open its doors. Can Jules get the scoop on what happened to “The Wizard” of Ashland before her new business venture reaches a chilling conclusion?

30 review for Chilled to the Cone

  1. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Torte is growing again. This time across town in a pop-up space. Scoops will feature Torte’s signature iced drinks and frozen concrete custards as Andy and Sterling take their delicious creations to the new venue. The place needs some updating but the Torte crew is up to the task. That is until The Wizard, one of Ashland’s colorful characters known for his cape and cone-shaped hat, usually seen riding his bike is killed near the new pop-up shop. The murder gives Jules the chil Dollycas’s Thoughts Torte is growing again. This time across town in a pop-up space. Scoops will feature Torte’s signature iced drinks and frozen concrete custards as Andy and Sterling take their delicious creations to the new venue. The place needs some updating but the Torte crew is up to the task. That is until The Wizard, one of Ashland’s colorful characters known for his cape and cone-shaped hat, usually seen riding his bike is killed near the new pop-up shop. The murder gives Jules the chills but with a little help, she is confident she can take the killer down. I am so excited that I finally got all caught up on this series and was able to read this book the day it was released. Chilled to the Cone takes us back to Ashland as the busy season is about to take off. All the characters I have come to love are back and Spring seems to be a time of romance for several. I was pleased to see Carlos in town and that he and Jules are working on their relationship. It has reached the time for them to make some hard decisions. I also enjoyed how Andy and Sterling are growing in their jobs at Torte. The way Jules and her mom encourage their employees is really satisfying. The staff truly is an extended family and each person is valued for their unique talents and personalities. Lance and Jules continue to lean on each other and join in a little sleuthing. They are a fun team. All the characters have really grown over the course of the series in realistic ways but there’s still room for future growth. Ms. Alexander gives readers a nice mystery with plenty of suspects and twists and turns. Several characters were involved in trying to solve the murder. The killer was at the top of my personal suspect list but the motive didn’t completely lock in until the very end. They shared the spotlight with a couple of other viable individuals but this person never fell from my top spot. The way the mystery played out was very exciting and I was totally engaged from beginning to end. The story was very well-plotted. The author takes on a theme of homelessness and mental illness in a way to bring awareness without detracting from the mystery. As usual, the author tempts our taste buds with several food and drink descriptions. Thankfully we have a Culver’s here in town so I could satisfy my custard cravings with one of their concrete mixers. They have a wide variety of flavors but none as creative as Sterling’s. Chilled to the Cone is a delightful addition to the Bakeshop Mystery Series. Ellie Alexander never disappoints. Her characters draw you in and the mysteries hold on tight. The bad thing about being all caught up on this series is that I now have to wait for the next story to be released. Mocha, She Wrote will be released on June 29, 2021. But the author does have another series for me to investigate. The Sloan Krause Mysteries will be headed to my Kindle soon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Chilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander takes us back to Ashland, Oregon when the theater season is about to begin. Jules Capshaw has an opportunity to open a seasonal shop in the Railroad District. It would give her a chance to expand Torte’s offerings into iced coffee’s and ice cream. Jules is worried about taking on more work while Carlos is in town. She can tell that he is debating about where he wants to spend his future and Carlos has been keeping secrets recently. With encouragement from h Chilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander takes us back to Ashland, Oregon when the theater season is about to begin. Jules Capshaw has an opportunity to open a seasonal shop in the Railroad District. It would give her a chance to expand Torte’s offerings into iced coffee’s and ice cream. Jules is worried about taking on more work while Carlos is in town. She can tell that he is debating about where he wants to spend his future and Carlos has been keeping secrets recently. With encouragement from her mother and her staff, Jules signs the lease and work begins on the new space (and it needs it). Plans are derailed when a local eccentric homeless man named Wizard is murdered. Jules cannot help but delve into the death and the other misdeeds that have been happening in the area. Chilled to the Cone is the 12th A Bakeshop Mystery. If you have not read the previous books in the series, I do not suggest you start with Chilled to the Cone. The storyline regarding Carlos and Jules’ future is finally resolved. Will Carlos stay in Ashland or return to the cruise ship? I like that we are seeing growth in the characters. Jules, Andy, Sterling, Stephanie, Lance, and Thomas are growing in their careers and in their personal lives. I like how Jules, Helen, the Professor, the Torte staff, and their friends have become one big family. They support each other and are there for each other in times of need. The identity of the killer was a no brainer (it would have been nice if it had not been so obvious). I would have liked a more complex mystery as well, but I know that it does not go with this series. There are good details, a couple of suspects, and helpful clues. Cooking, baking, eating, coffee drinking, and romance abound in this cozy mystery. I liked the idea of Scoops. The Torte gang came up with some clever ideas for this pop-up shop. The ending will leave readers smiling. Chilled to the Cone is a sweet treat with chilled coffee confections, blooming romances, teen trouble, pop-up problems, a furtive figure, and long anticipated answer.

  3. 5 out of 5

    K.A. Davis

    CHILLED TO THE CONE, the twelfth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander, recaptures the strengths of earlier books in this delicious series which made this newest release a delight to read. Ms. Alexander has always penned strong, well-developed characters that fans love, however with the last few installments the mystery has taken second seat. Chilled to the Cone remedies that with a well-plotted, page turning, heart-rending whodunit that drew me in and kept me turning pages. Pro CHILLED TO THE CONE, the twelfth book in the Bakeshop Mystery series by Ellie Alexander, recaptures the strengths of earlier books in this delicious series which made this newest release a delight to read. Ms. Alexander has always penned strong, well-developed characters that fans love, however with the last few installments the mystery has taken second seat. Chilled to the Cone remedies that with a well-plotted, page turning, heart-rending whodunit that drew me in and kept me turning pages. Protagonist Jules Capshaw has a lot to balance: a growing bakery/café, part owner in a winery, trying to find out if her marriage is salvageable, and an opportunity to take on a satellite location for their signature ice creams. Thrown into the hectic mix, Jules finds the body of the homeless man, known as The Wizard. The varieties of situations she finds herself in and how she reacts and interacts with family, friends, and customers, allows the reader to feel like they can get to know her. Jules is one of the kindest, most thoughtful protagonists there are and I love the relationship she’s developed with so many of the supporting characters. Each new release makes me feel like I’m receiving a special visit from close friends. Part of that caring personality prompts Jules to find out why The Wizard was killed Ms. Alexander treats the social issue of homelessness and mental illness, so prevalent in that population, with sincere respect and sensitivity. I appreciate how she weaves the issues into the story without detracting from the plot. Jules, together with her charming sidekick, Lance (who often steals the scenes he’s in) start asking questions around town in order to find the justice The Wizard deserves. Clues are sprinkled throughout for the sharp reader and there are several suspects to keep the reader guessing. As I turned pages, I found myself immersed in enjoying the unfolding of the mystery while experiencing the sights, sounds, smells, and especially tastes that are offered up in this delectable read! I was provided with an advance copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    This is my first read by Ellie Alexander and it's number 12 in the Bakeshop Mystery series. I can see I have quite a bit of catching up to do. Chilled to the Cone isn't just your typical cozy mystery, it deals with some serious issues as well like teenage delinquency, homelessness and mental health issues. I enjoyed reading the rapport between the employees, they seemed to have a good relationship with each other. I also enjoyed reading the step by step process of professional cake making. There was This is my first read by Ellie Alexander and it's number 12 in the Bakeshop Mystery series. I can see I have quite a bit of catching up to do. Chilled to the Cone isn't just your typical cozy mystery, it deals with some serious issues as well like teenage delinquency, homelessness and mental health issues. I enjoyed reading the rapport between the employees, they seemed to have a good relationship with each other. I also enjoyed reading the step by step process of professional cake making. There was a murder but the book wasn't exclusively focused on this. The romances were great to read, very realistic and heartwarming to read. I look forward to reading more by this author. Published December 29th 2020 by St. Martin's Press I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    The latest of the Baker Mystery series finds Torte further expanding its business and into the world of ice cream (concretes as it’s called in the novel) into a place called Scoops. With a new location to feature the season treats, we are introduced to new characters who own the neighbouring businesses. We also learn more about Carlos, Jules’ estranged husband who is in Ashland for an extended period of time so that they could sort out what direction they want their marriage to go in. But when t The latest of the Baker Mystery series finds Torte further expanding its business and into the world of ice cream (concretes as it’s called in the novel) into a place called Scoops. With a new location to feature the season treats, we are introduced to new characters who own the neighbouring businesses. We also learn more about Carlos, Jules’ estranged husband who is in Ashland for an extended period of time so that they could sort out what direction they want their marriage to go in. But when the neighbourhood’s well-known homeless man is found murdered near Scoops, most of the business owners in the area are under suspicion as the killer. With this novel, there are conclusions regarding some of the characters’ love lives, which is something that was nice to have. However, I may or may not have liked the direction they went. It was also nice to know more about Carlos’ and his true intentions. But what really threw me off was why Jules thought that a certain someone was going to propose to her when that man was dating someone else for some time. That specific part made me shake my head. I felt it was really unnecessary and turned me off from the story a bit. On another note, I was able to figure out who the killer was and a part of what they were up to that led to the murder! That never happens. Overall, while it was nice to read about characters furthering their lives, I felt it wasn’t as entertaining as the previous Bakeshop Mystery books.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    Chilled to the Cone, the 12th book in the Bakeshop Mystery series is a delicious addition to a wonderful series. I continue to return to Ashland and the Bakeshop Mystery series for the characters. By now, when I pick up each book it is like visiting with old friends and catching up on what's new in their lives. However, just because this is the 12th book in the series doesn't mean that the author doesn't have a few surprises in store for us in terms of character growth. Fans are going to be thri Chilled to the Cone, the 12th book in the Bakeshop Mystery series is a delicious addition to a wonderful series. I continue to return to Ashland and the Bakeshop Mystery series for the characters. By now, when I pick up each book it is like visiting with old friends and catching up on what's new in their lives. However, just because this is the 12th book in the series doesn't mean that the author doesn't have a few surprises in store for us in terms of character growth. Fans are going to be thrilled with the changes in several of the relationships and we finally get a resolution to Jules and Carlos' relationship. I have to admit, based on previous books I thought I know how Ms. Alexander was going to resolve their relationship, but as I said she still can surprise her readers with where she takes the characters. The mystery was engaging. There are a few viable suspects to choose from and the clues are laid out nicely. I have to say, I did have the killer on my radar but it didn't detract from the enjoyment, and frankly, it's nice for me to be right every once in a while. This is a really terrific series, and I will continue to return to Ashland and Torte for as long as the author continues to write the series. Fans of the series won't want to miss this sweet treat, which is scheduled to be released on December 29th. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, St. Martin's Press, through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I definitely enjoyed this one better than the last - we're back to why I love this series so much - the relationships between all the characters in the present. While the recurring characters really drive the story, some of the new ones added in this one were just as delightful. Which makes it somewhat easier to figure out whodunit. Also, while I love the recipes and the descriptions of all the wonderful desserts, the step-by-step instructions that take up pages of the chapter are a little much. I definitely enjoyed this one better than the last - we're back to why I love this series so much - the relationships between all the characters in the present. While the recurring characters really drive the story, some of the new ones added in this one were just as delightful. Which makes it somewhat easier to figure out whodunit. Also, while I love the recipes and the descriptions of all the wonderful desserts, the step-by-step instructions that take up pages of the chapter are a little much. Still, visiting Ashland and Torte again was a welcome experience and I look forward to the next one. (view spoiler)[ The whole build up with the proposal from Thomas was silly. How conceited do you have to be to think your ex-boyfriend from high school, who is dating someone else, is proposing to you?!!! (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    "Chilled to the Cone" was an easy book to pick up and get into quickly. I have not read any other books in this series, but it took very little time to get into the plot. The storyline moved quickly and I really enjoyed meeting these characters. I do want to go back and catch up on the series! I particularly enjoyed the relationship Juliet had with her employees. And the food! I was drooling. It sounded so delicious! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and re "Chilled to the Cone" was an easy book to pick up and get into quickly. I have not read any other books in this series, but it took very little time to get into the plot. The storyline moved quickly and I really enjoyed meeting these characters. I do want to go back and catch up on the series! I particularly enjoyed the relationship Juliet had with her employees. And the food! I was drooling. It sounded so delicious! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    Another fun read in a good long running series. Anyone who loves cozies that revolve around food will be in heaven. Besides all the wonderful pastries, cakes, bread, pizza and soup, Torte is opening a seasonal location with ice cream, coffee and milkshakes. All goes well until a local homeless person is killed near her new location, Jules is on the case, so there will be plenty of action and lots of appearances by some of our favorite folks!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debbi

    I missed going to Ashland last year which made Chilled to the Cone that much sweeter. The Bakeshop Mysteries are the next best thing to being there. The author does a great job of developing the characters and keeping things fresh. The writing never feels too formulaic. It is another delicious installment in the series and I look forward to the next book this summer.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    I adore this series so much (and I'm not much of a fan of cozy mysteries) and this one did not disappoint. More to come. Thanks to the publisher for the advance digital reading copy. I adore this series so much (and I'm not much of a fan of cozy mysteries) and this one did not disappoint. More to come. Thanks to the publisher for the advance digital reading copy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Chilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander takes us back to Ashland and to Torte where the expansion has settled and business is good. Carlos has returned to try to make their marriage a reality again and is running that winery that she and Lance had invested in. Life was good when her friend Laney arrived to announce that she had found the perfect opportunity for Jules in a outdoor/garden space in the up-and- coming Railroad District where she parked her food truck. It needed work but was perfect f Chilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander takes us back to Ashland and to Torte where the expansion has settled and business is good. Carlos has returned to try to make their marriage a reality again and is running that winery that she and Lance had invested in. Life was good when her friend Laney arrived to announce that she had found the perfect opportunity for Jules in a outdoor/garden space in the up-and- coming Railroad District where she parked her food truck. It needed work but was perfect for their concretes and cold drinks, with maybe a few baked goods. Jules, Andy, and Sterling took off to see it and agreed. It needed work, mostly elbow grease, but could really be something. Since it would be seasonal it would be easy to hire part-time help to staff it and fill in at Torte. Then things started happening down there. Graffiti, theft, and then, a murder. It was a homeless man who had been riding his bike around for years, entertaining people. Why would someone do such a thing? This whole gang is lovable and interesting. Sterling and Stephanie are moving forward in their relationship; Jules' mom and the Professor are very happy and the professor is thinking of retirement; Carlos is a hand and Jules loves him more than every, but is worried he misses the cruise ship too much, and Lance may have fallen for someone. As always the crime comes together and allows the correct people to pay for their crimes. All out friends are working and living and are well. Alexander has a good series here and a good book in this one. One of its themes is the way a portion of the population feels about homeless people and tens to blame things on them, often unjustly. Her characters show growth and movement, which keeps them relevant. Good book. Worth the read. Start at the beginning, if you have time. I recommend. I was invited to read a free ARC of Chilled to the Cone by Netgalley. All opinions contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #chilledtothecone

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emma Rose Ribbons

    An absolute return to form for this series - Juliet opens an ice cream shop in Ashland and investigates the murder of a gentle but troubled soul. The murder was so sad, so deeply sad, and I was afraid I wasn't going to love this book as much because of it. Usually, loathsome characters nobody likes end up dead and I couldn't care less but the victim here is really hard to stomach. That being said, this book is full of gorgeous recipes, new lattes, ice cream extravaganzas, secondary characters wh An absolute return to form for this series - Juliet opens an ice cream shop in Ashland and investigates the murder of a gentle but troubled soul. The murder was so sad, so deeply sad, and I was afraid I wasn't going to love this book as much because of it. Usually, loathsome characters nobody likes end up dead and I couldn't care less but the victim here is really hard to stomach. That being said, this book is full of gorgeous recipes, new lattes, ice cream extravaganzas, secondary characters who find love and happiness in many different ways (go Lance!). I do love that Juliet's business is growing so much and she's evolving so much as a character too - her romance with Carlos takes a very unexpected turn here and I couldn't be happier. What a lovely book, and since I'm one of those weird people who enjoys ice cream in the middle of winter, I think it's the perfect release this time of year. Happy holiday season, everybody! -- My endless thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for this advanced copy. I've read all of the Bakeshop Mystery books and will buy a copy when it's released but thank you for not prolonging the agony!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Renovating Torte, the bake shop owned by Jules Caps had and het mother, is complete and a huge success. So when the opportunity to open an adjunct site for Torte focusing on ice cream arises, Jules steps up to the challenge. One of her most basic personality components is kindness and caring for everyone from her family, staff and friends to an eccentric homeless man nicknamed Wizard. When the Wizard is found dead, Jules is thrown into figuring out what happened. The characters in this series ar Renovating Torte, the bake shop owned by Jules Caps had and het mother, is complete and a huge success. So when the opportunity to open an adjunct site for Torte focusing on ice cream arises, Jules steps up to the challenge. One of her most basic personality components is kindness and caring for everyone from her family, staff and friends to an eccentric homeless man nicknamed Wizard. When the Wizard is found dead, Jules is thrown into figuring out what happened. The characters in this series are always engaging and the mystery in this book is even a little stronger than a few of the latest ones. Even though you can read this as a standalone, you would miss out on the charming interplay and growth among the characters. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    This book is exactly what I have been wanting. I loved getting to catch up with Juliet and the gang at Torte. I loved getting to see where Juliet and Carlos relationship is going. I also loved seeing the relationships of some of the other characters. The mystery is once again very well written. I had a slight inkling of who might have done it but not why they did it. I can't wait to see what is next for Juliet. I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley, St Martin's Press, and Ellie This book is exactly what I have been wanting. I loved getting to catch up with Juliet and the gang at Torte. I loved getting to see where Juliet and Carlos relationship is going. I also loved seeing the relationships of some of the other characters. The mystery is once again very well written. I had a slight inkling of who might have done it but not why they did it. I can't wait to see what is next for Juliet. I received an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley, St Martin's Press, and Ellie Alexander in return for my honest review. Thank you for the opportunity.

  16. 4 out of 5

    David G

    So, I got hooked on this series because I love Ashland. My kid went to school here. I have gone here for 20 years. I have to say at first the books were fun, but seemed to be written by someone who loved Ashland but didn’t care whether they were accurate. I started to feel like Alexander had moved here, more specific, more real, more Ashland And then we moved here. And everyday I walked in the area that Jules starts her pop up. This is a valentine to a wonderfully weird town.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Polly

    Loved this addition, fun seeing several relationships changing, becoming more as Torte also becomes more. Very enjoyable.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Chilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander is the 12th book in A Bakeshop Mystery series, and another great addition. I love this series, and have read them all, and when a new book comes out it's like visiting old friends. Juliet Capshaw owns Torte Bakery with her mother. When an opportunity comes along for Torte to have a second business featuring ice cream in the railroad area, they jump at the chance. When a well known homeless man is murdered, Juliet much find the truth. Carlos is back and it's Chilled to the Cone by Ellie Alexander is the 12th book in A Bakeshop Mystery series, and another great addition. I love this series, and have read them all, and when a new book comes out it's like visiting old friends. Juliet Capshaw owns Torte Bakery with her mother. When an opportunity comes along for Torte to have a second business featuring ice cream in the railroad area, they jump at the chance. When a well known homeless man is murdered, Juliet much find the truth. Carlos is back and it's time to make a final decision on their relationship. I suggest you read the books in order, to get the full effect. I highly recommend this book for all cozy mystery lovers. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (read_with_steph)

    Look, I am a HUGE Ellie Alexander fan--I love her Bakeshop and Sloan Krause series and will generally read anything by her. But this just wasn't my favorite of hers. It's still a super solid cozy mystery and better than many I have read, but when compared against Alexander's other works isn't quite at the same level. Jules and the gang decide to open Torte 2--an ice cream and coffee stand--but when a homeless man is murdered behind their new location, Jules is, as usual, tossed into the middle of Look, I am a HUGE Ellie Alexander fan--I love her Bakeshop and Sloan Krause series and will generally read anything by her. But this just wasn't my favorite of hers. It's still a super solid cozy mystery and better than many I have read, but when compared against Alexander's other works isn't quite at the same level. Jules and the gang decide to open Torte 2--an ice cream and coffee stand--but when a homeless man is murdered behind their new location, Jules is, as usual, tossed into the middle of the investigation. Meanwhile, love seems to be in the air for everyone in Asheville--will the same be said for Jules? The mystery itself was pretty good. I enjoyed the overall plot elements and while I suspected who the killer was fairly early on, there were enough red herrings and other plot elements to not make it super predictable. It's really the other plot elements that made me like this book less so. First, seems crazy that after expanding and buying a vineyard that they're going to expand again into an ice cream shop. The beginning of the book laid the foundation for this plot point, and it wasn't super exciting, and I could have done without it. Two, everything wrapped up super neatly in this book. It almost felt like an end of series? Trust me, I hate cliff hangers and love a good bow, but it was just strangely settled for nearly every character. I don't want to say more without spoiling certain plot elements! This is still Ellie Alexander and it's still great and still worth a read, it's just not quite as good as, say, Cup of Holiday Fear or Beyond a Reasonable Stout. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for my free eARC in exchange for an honest review! 4 stars - 6/10

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura Salas

    I love the Bakeshop Mysteries. The series has always been one of my favorites. Book 11 was a huge disappointment to me, though, and Chilled to the Cone, Book 12, started out slowly. At 11% in, I wrote a note to myself: "Are we ever going to get to a freaking story?" Because it was just a whole lot of background and business stuff up to that point. (And I do LIKE the business side of most cozy series!) The murder doesn't occur until about a quarter of the way into the book, which is taking it too I love the Bakeshop Mysteries. The series has always been one of my favorites. Book 11 was a huge disappointment to me, though, and Chilled to the Cone, Book 12, started out slowly. At 11% in, I wrote a note to myself: "Are we ever going to get to a freaking story?" Because it was just a whole lot of background and business stuff up to that point. (And I do LIKE the business side of most cozy series!) The murder doesn't occur until about a quarter of the way into the book, which is taking it too slow, to me. Once things start happening, though, the story improves, and I'm reminded why I enjoy this series. The relationships, the touches of humor, the plotting, the setting, the community. I do wish that the author didn't feel the need to occasionally lecture the reader on baking techniques, and it would be nice if, for example, one of Andy's creations occasionally WASN'T amazing. Just for a tiny taste of reality, ya know. All that said, when I got the review copy of this title, it moved straight to the top of my TBR pile. I couldn't wait to see what Jules and the gang were up to, and I'll be eagerly looking forward to the next one. Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Ashland, Oregon is a lovely community of artists, craftspersons, and theater lovers. It’s where pastry chef Juliet Capshaw grew up and where she has returned after spending years of her life baking on cruise liners. Coming back to Ashland means that she’s working at her family’s restaurant Torte, and she is loving it. When a seasonal outdoor kitchen opens up, Juliet and her team consider taking it over, serving iced coffees and ice creams for the summer. It would be an amazing opportunity for th Ashland, Oregon is a lovely community of artists, craftspersons, and theater lovers. It’s where pastry chef Juliet Capshaw grew up and where she has returned after spending years of her life baking on cruise liners. Coming back to Ashland means that she’s working at her family’s restaurant Torte, and she is loving it. When a seasonal outdoor kitchen opens up, Juliet and her team consider taking it over, serving iced coffees and ice creams for the summer. It would be an amazing opportunity for them, but it would also be a lot of work. The new space includes garden seating near a friend’s food truck, but it’s also by the railroad tracks. And although most of Ashland’s residents are upstanding and compassionate citizens. there are some who spend time near the tracks that are a little dodgy or homeless. One of the homeless men, an avid bicyclist known as The Wizard, is one of the homeless men. Most of the people of Ashland like him and leave him alone. Sometimes he will spend time in the nearby park, making balloon animals for the kids. But Juliet’s new landlord, yoga teacher Addie, is outspoken against The Wizard. She accuses him of going through her garbage and painting graffiti on her building. The man who owns the bicycle store across the street says that The Wizard stole from him and damaged his property. Juliet doesn’t understand the accusations. The Wizard she knew would never do any of that. He is kind and careful, even if he does suffer from mental illness. And then The Wizard ends up dead. Juliet and her crew from her new shop tried to help him, but they were too late. The police think that someone killed him. Juliet doesn’t understand who would kill a man like The Wizard, and she starts to worry about the wisdom of opening an ice cream stand so close to the railroad tracks. Is the area unsafe? Is it possible that The Wizard saw something illegal and was killed so that he wouldn’t tell? As Juliet tries to figure out her relationship with her estranged husband Carlos, who is spending time with her in between the cruises where he cooks for passengers, she also feels the need to figure out what’s going out in her new neighborhood. She has questions about her landlord Addie, about their new organic milk farmer Dean, for her food truck friend Laney, and about The Wizard’s friend Sky. She feels like everyone has secrets, and until she finds out what they are, Juliet can’t help but feel like something is off. But when it’s all said and done, and The Wizard’s killer is brought to justice, will she still have her new Torte location? Will she still have her marriage? Or could this investigation even endanger her life? Chilled to the Cone is the 12th book in the Bakeshop Mystery series. Author Ellie Alexander is adept at describing the small town of Ashland, Oregon, making you feel like you’re walking down the streets there yourself. She talks about cooking and baking like someone who has done her time in the kitchen, and the mysteries are told with grace and kindness. Although Chilled to the Cone is the first I’ve read in this series (I’ve been a fan of her Sloan Krouse mysteries for years, also set in the Pacific Northwest, but at a brewpub), it certainly won’t be the last. Juliet and her family and friends are great characters, and I can’t wait to spend more time with them. Also, there are pastries, which is always good. I really enjoyed Chilled to the Cone. It’s a lovely cozy in a strong series, and if you’re looking for a new cozy series with sweet treats, then this is one you need to be looking at. This book is well plotted, well written, and has an inviting setting and smart characters. The only thing better than reading this series would be to curl up on the sofa and read it in front of the fireplace at Torte, enjoying the delectable pastries, inventive coffees, and warm service. Egalleys for Chilled to the Cone were provided by St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley, with many thanks.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Smitten

    Love has a way of comforting us through our most difficult moments. The love of family and friends can call us from the highest seas, to the rich-fruitful lands of the earth. Love abounds in Chilled to the Cone, but when love is unsecured and a loved member of the community is murdered, loved ones will have to prove that they can make all the difference. Although, this is a cozy murder-mystery, I felt the murder-mystery was secondary in this story. If you’re looking for a strong murder-mystery, f Love has a way of comforting us through our most difficult moments. The love of family and friends can call us from the highest seas, to the rich-fruitful lands of the earth. Love abounds in Chilled to the Cone, but when love is unsecured and a loved member of the community is murdered, loved ones will have to prove that they can make all the difference. Although, this is a cozy murder-mystery, I felt the murder-mystery was secondary in this story. If you’re looking for a strong murder-mystery, full of twists and suspenseful rearing moments, this is not it. This is a book dealing with serious social issues; mental health, teenage delinquency and love conquering relationships. Still, this is a read to savor with a light mystery- murder and even though it fell a bit short for me in the murder-mystery department, this book was particularly refreshing and one I won’t soon forget. This book was surprisingly romantic. As I read along, I felt the emphasis the author put into the structure of the relationships built by the many characters in this book. I felt the longing of love between the main character Juliet and her estranged husband, Carlos. I felt the desire they felt to make their delicate and precarious relationship work, their promise and dedication for more sunsets on land. I loved the evolution of the relationship between these two characters and their commitment to each other. Owner of the bakeshop, Torte, and the its upcoming second location, comes with many perks, including a wonderful and artistic staff. I found the supportive characters of this book to be the kind of people I would love to work with. Loyal and kind, they see Juliet as a mentor and someone they can trust and respect. Friends and family make up the rest of the lovely cast and are a fantastic addition to the story. Very well written and realistic dialogue makes this book an easy and comfortable read. You won’t even notice the time go by. Chilled to the Cone brings the beautiful setting of the mountains, located north of California. An artists’ town, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where you can find delicate pastries, rich-delicious food and amazing coffee. It is the 12th mystery in A Bakeshop Mystery Series, and it delivers all the sweet and secret ingredients to make this read, both cozy and mysterious. ~ Patricia

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was my first visit to Ashland, Oregon with Jules, but it won’t be my last! This is the twelfth in Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery series. I didn’t know all of the backstory, but I was able to glean enough information from this book that I didn’t feel too lost. I love a good cozy mystery, and Alexander hits the cozy nail on the head with this one. Jules is a likable protagonist, and the food theme in cozies is one of my favorites. Here, Jules’ friend Laney lets her know about an available This was my first visit to Ashland, Oregon with Jules, but it won’t be my last! This is the twelfth in Ellie Alexander’s Bakeshop Mystery series. I didn’t know all of the backstory, but I was able to glean enough information from this book that I didn’t feel too lost. I love a good cozy mystery, and Alexander hits the cozy nail on the head with this one. Jules is a likable protagonist, and the food theme in cozies is one of my favorites. Here, Jules’ friend Laney lets her know about an available space in Ashland’s Railroad District. After some consideration, Jules and her crew move ahead with opening Torte 2.0, a second location that will serve ice cream, iced coffees, and other cool treats. The renovation is put on hold, however, when The Wizard, a local colorful character, ends up dead. Who could have killed him, and why? In addition to sorting out where she and Carlos stand and getting the new space ready, Jules has to investigate the mystery. This was a lot of fun to read! The recipes and descriptions of all the treats were positively drool-worthy, and I wish I lived in Ashland and could really go to Torte to try some of them. The mystery was an engaging one, with clues and hints, but not so many as to give away the ending too early. In addition to the food and the crime to be solved, the story also looked at several relationships. Carlos has come to Ashland and left the high seas behind, but Jules fears he misses the cruise ship life more than he loves her. I adore the Professor and his relationship with Jules’ mom. I’m probably more of an age with those two characters, and they just make me smile. And Lance, who is apparently something of a playboy, not much for settling down, may have been stricken by Cupid’s arrow at last. A story with richly drawn relationships, whether longstanding and comfortable or brand-new, is always a treat to read. Whether you’re new to the series or all caught up already, this latest addition to the Bakeshop Mystery series will satisfy your craving for a good cozy read! I’ll definitely be reading the first eleven to get myself up to speed. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance reader copy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Teena in Toronto

    Juliet (aka Jules) was raised in small town Ashland, OR, but dreamed of seeing the world. She grew up helping her parents in their bakery and went on to culinary school. She got a job with a cruise line and didn't get home often after that. She met her husband, Carlos, an executive chef, on a cruise and things were going well until she discovered he had a secret. With a broken heart, she headed home to figure things out. It's been two years and she now shares ownership of the bakery with her mot Juliet (aka Jules) was raised in small town Ashland, OR, but dreamed of seeing the world. She grew up helping her parents in their bakery and went on to culinary school. She got a job with a cruise line and didn't get home often after that. She met her husband, Carlos, an executive chef, on a cruise and things were going well until she discovered he had a secret. With a broken heart, she headed home to figure things out. It's been two years and she now shares ownership of the bakery with her mother and Carlos has been living with her trying to work things out. A pop-up opportunity opens up and Jules decides to try it out for the summer. She's going to sell drinks, ice cream and pastries from the store. She and her staff are getting the space painted and cleaned when The Wizard, an elderly homeless man, is found dead on the train tracks nearby. Most of the townspeople had helped the eccentric man over the years but there were some who would have wished he'd stop hanging around. Did one of them kill him? This is the twelfth in the Bakeshop Mystery series and I liked it. I've read all in this author's Sloan Krause Series. It works as a stand alone ... I'd read the first one in the series last month (but none of the others) and there was enough information provided. It's written in first person perspective in Jules' voice. It was a quick light read and is a "cozy mystery" so there is no swearing, violence or adult activity. I look forward to reading the others in this series. Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2020/12...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Malinda Wilson

    Love is in the air I absolutely love this series by Ellie Alexander. Ashland Oregon is such a great town and these fictional characters seem real. Juliette had a hard time figuring out if having her estranged husband Carlos in Ashland with her instead out on adventures while being head chef on a cruise ship. Carlos seemed happy but she just wasn’t sure if he really could be in such a quiet little town. Quiet little towns are not always quiet and Ashland definitely has some exciting moments. This Love is in the air I absolutely love this series by Ellie Alexander. Ashland Oregon is such a great town and these fictional characters seem real. Juliette had a hard time figuring out if having her estranged husband Carlos in Ashland with her instead out on adventures while being head chef on a cruise ship. Carlos seemed happy but she just wasn’t sure if he really could be in such a quiet little town. Quiet little towns are not always quiet and Ashland definitely has some exciting moments. This time around one of the beloved homeless men in town is murdered. Ellie keeps us guessing at every turn. Who could have done such a horrible thing to such a sweet man? How are all the suspects connected and what motive could they possibly have? Not only is there a murder to figure out but there are a few love stories to focus on as well. First, will Carlos and Juliette figure out what they want and live happily ever after? Will Thomas and Kerry get their romantic evening and perfect moment? Will Sterling and Stephanie move forward in their relationship? The end of the book brings us an exciting moment for Andy too. I can’t wait for the next book to see the whole town cheer him on. There may also be romance in Lance’s future. I highly recommend this book and this series to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and love stories. Another great thing about this series is the recipes for bake goods and coffee drinks at the end of the book. A great read and yummy treats. You can’t beat that.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of CHILLED TO THE CONE (Book 12 of the Bakeshop Mysteries) by Ellie Alexander in exchange for an honest review. As spring begins, new beginnings are abundant for Juliet Capshaw. Jules’ husband Carlos has taken an extended leave from the cruise line so they can try to mend their differences and so Carlos can decide if he’s suited for a life ashore. Also, Torte is opening a seasonal second location in the Railroad District to sell cold coffees and frozen t Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of CHILLED TO THE CONE (Book 12 of the Bakeshop Mysteries) by Ellie Alexander in exchange for an honest review. As spring begins, new beginnings are abundant for Juliet Capshaw. Jules’ husband Carlos has taken an extended leave from the cruise line so they can try to mend their differences and so Carlos can decide if he’s suited for a life ashore. Also, Torte is opening a seasonal second location in the Railroad District to sell cold coffees and frozen treats. During her work to ready the second location, Jules comes into contact with her business neighbors and witnesses their interactions with some of the local homeless people. It appears that some of her new business neighbors habitually engage in angry harassment of one of Ashland’s most beloved homeless street performer called, “The Wizard.” Then, The Wizard is murdered on the train tracks, and Jules soon finds herself seeking the scoop on her neighbors in the hope of putting a killer on ice. I liked this book and love the series. I recommend this book to fans of the series. I recommend this series to fans of cozy mysteries featuring murder, food, small businesses, themed towns, theater, and quirky villagers. #ChilledtotheCone #NetGalley

  27. 4 out of 5

    April

    This Bakeshop mystery expands into ice cream (concretes). Jules is trying to figure out what her future with Carlos will be. At the same time she is given the opportunity to expand Torte to an outdoor location in the Railroad District. It is an exciting opportunity for Sterling and Andy to expand their skills and independence. This is an exciting addition to the series. As usual the relationships between characters are so important, it is the glue that makes this series work. I expected the outco This Bakeshop mystery expands into ice cream (concretes). Jules is trying to figure out what her future with Carlos will be. At the same time she is given the opportunity to expand Torte to an outdoor location in the Railroad District. It is an exciting opportunity for Sterling and Andy to expand their skills and independence. This is an exciting addition to the series. As usual the relationships between characters are so important, it is the glue that makes this series work. I expected the outcome for Thomas. I wasn’t sure how things would end with Jules and Carlos relationship. The culprit(s) in this book were not a surprise. There was something off from the beginning. The book highlights homeless situations. I love the support and positivity that Mrs. the Professor and the Professor off along the way. It was a pleasure to visit Ashland. The author subtly raises the issue of what happens to a town when it’s main draw is at risk. I appreciate that the author doesn’t bring in the pandemic but is able to interest the reader in supporting those things that will keep a town alive and businesses thriving. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book prior to publication.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is the 12th in this popular Bakeshop Mystery series by cozy author Ellie Alexander. I have enjoyed the entire series and recommend it for all cozy mystery readers. The author has a nice group of charcters , the sleuth is always entertaining and the setting of a bakery in Ashland Oregon is a foodie delight. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. In this next in series Juliet is expanding to a Ice cream business after the recent renovation of the Bakery. We meet som This is the 12th in this popular Bakeshop Mystery series by cozy author Ellie Alexander. I have enjoyed the entire series and recommend it for all cozy mystery readers. The author has a nice group of charcters , the sleuth is always entertaining and the setting of a bakery in Ashland Oregon is a foodie delight. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. In this next in series Juliet is expanding to a Ice cream business after the recent renovation of the Bakery. We meet some new charcters and Carlos also returns for this book. He is back to decide with Juliet if they will stay together for long needed closure. I like that they are finally figuring out their relationship and Juliet may be moving on. When a local homeless man is brutally murdered by her new ice cream shop Juliet is disturbed by his death and wants to solve his murder with help from Carlos. This has wonderful receipes we have come to love from this series. I enjoy how Jules put her heart and soul into her bakery and loves baking. All the fun charcters are back and the sleuth was well crafted with red herrings and surprise clues that kept me guessing to conclusion. I enjoyed this next in series and highly recommend this for all cozy readers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Spring is on the horizon in Ashland, OR and Jules Capshaw has a very busy life. She has the chance to open a seasonal location in the Railroad district, perfect for Torte 2 to sell cold drinks, ice creams and various baked goods from Torte. All it needs is some TLC and a lick of paint. Her husband, Carlos is back on dry land but how long will he stay? Will the call of life at sea draw him back to the cruise line or will he and Jules start a new chapter as a couple after too long apart? Soon thin Spring is on the horizon in Ashland, OR and Jules Capshaw has a very busy life. She has the chance to open a seasonal location in the Railroad district, perfect for Torte 2 to sell cold drinks, ice creams and various baked goods from Torte. All it needs is some TLC and a lick of paint. Her husband, Carlos is back on dry land but how long will he stay? Will the call of life at sea draw him back to the cruise line or will he and Jules start a new chapter as a couple after too long apart? Soon things turn ugly with some of her new neighbors. Not all are happy with the local homeless population, especially a colorful older man known as The Wizard. Harsh words and confrontations occur but that is tame when The Wizard is found murdered. Was it because he was homeless or was it more personal? Jules feels compelled to get justice for the man. I love Ashland, OR in real life and I have enjoyed every one of the books in this wonderful series. It's like visiting friends who make you feel right at home. The mystery is well crafted, full of fair clues and the required twists and red herrings. As for the food, well maybe it's a good thing Torte is not real or I would have real issues with the waistband of my jeans. My thanks to the publisher St. Martin's Press and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    Juliet Capshaw runs Torte, her family bakery. She’s been given the opportunity to start a new location that would grow the business, but she and her husband are also giving their relationship a chance to determine if they are meant to be together. With so m much going on, she almost passes the new space up, but decides to go for it. After all, their relationship should be based on whether or not it can handle the daily grind of work. When a local homeless man is murdered and the new space is set Juliet Capshaw runs Torte, her family bakery. She’s been given the opportunity to start a new location that would grow the business, but she and her husband are also giving their relationship a chance to determine if they are meant to be together. With so m much going on, she almost passes the new space up, but decides to go for it. After all, their relationship should be based on whether or not it can handle the daily grind of work. When a local homeless man is murdered and the new space is set on fire, Juliet may have bitten off more than she can handle. She needs to focus on her relationship with Carlos, but to walk away from a crime that happened on her turf is just not in her. With her partner in crime, they do a little digging and have to hope that Juliet can keep all the balls she is juggling in the air and not lose everything at once. I adore all books from Ellie Alexander and this series is no exception. As a matter of fact, this was the series where I discovered her books. She has several series and I never miss a new release! If you haven’t read a book from Ellie yet, it’s time! You will not be disappointed.

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