Happy Thursday! We are nearing the midway mark of January. Are you sick of snow and cold weather, or in my case the rain? If so, I have a little cure. How about a nice, cozy mystery with all kinds of delicious comfort food, a bit of romance as well as mystery to snuggle in with on a stormy winter day? On Thin Icing was the perfect winter read. I loved the wintery setting and all the delectable food. You even get some recipes. Today, I am delighted to be hosting a spot on the Thin Icing Tour hosted by Candace's Book Blog and Promotions. Be sure to check out Candace's blog for upcoming tours. For my stop today, I have a review and a terrific giveaway, so let's get to it.
Here is my review:
On Thin Icing (Meet Your Baker #3) by Ellie Alexander
Welcome to Torte-a small-town family bakeshop where the treats are killer good.
It's the dead of winter in the sleepy town of Ashland, which means no tourists-and fewer customers-for Jules Capshaw and her bakery. But when she's asked to cater an off-season retreat for the directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, business starts heating up...until Jules finds a dead body in the freezer.
"An intriguing new series."-Reader to Reader
Someone at the retreat has apparently iced the bartender, a well-known flirt with a legendary temper-that is, before a killer beat him to the punch. Then, from out of nowhere, Jules's own ex-husband shows up at the shop-and soon becomes a suspect. With accusations piling up higher than the snow-and thicker than a chocolate mousse cake-Jules has to think outside the (recipe) box to find the real culprit...and make sure he gets his just desserts.
"A delectable tale of murder and intrigue."-Portland Book Review on Meet Your Baker
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published: December 29th 2015 by Minotaur Books
Four Stars: A delicious cozy read, perfect to curl up with on a wintery afternoon.
Jules has forgotten how cold a winter in Ashland, Oregon can be. At least she can spend the days in the cozy confines of her family bakeshop, Torte. Things might have slowed down in Ashland, but Jules finds herself busy as ever, especially when Lance, one of the theater directors, requests her to cater a weekend retreat in the mountains. Jules can't turn down the offer, so she quickly packs up her car and Sterling, her sous chef in training, and heads up the winding mountain road. Once Jules reaches the mountain top, a snowstorm ensues snowing everyone in, and things get more complicated when an unexpected visitor shows up for Jules, and then it gets even worse when someone is murdered. Will Jules survive the weekend?
What I Liked:
- On Thin Icing is the perfect cozy mystery for curling up with on a wintery afternoon. I loved the snowy setting, the delectable food, and the romance and the mystery. If you are looking for a fun read perfect for the winter season, this is a good one to wile away a snowy day.
- For me, a good cozy is one that features delicious food. I loved the food in this one. Since Jules is catering a winter retreat and not confined to her bakery, there is more than just sweet treats in this one. Think warm comfort food. I loved the resort kitchen with its wood fire stove, and all the wonderful food that Jules and Sterling created. My mouth was watering!
- I always love Torte, the bakery, but I found that I enjoyed a break from it. This time out, the book is set in a mountain resort during a snow storm. I loved the cozy, wintery setting. The author does a terrific job with the atmosphere. She makes it warm and inviting, and also makes it a bit sinister with the snowstorm and the entrapment. A perfect blend of comfort and suspense.
- In the past two books, the focus of the plot has been more on the murder mysteries and the reinvigoration of Torte while the romance has been a subtle side story. This time around, the romance is more of the main focus, and I found myself quickly drawn into it. I thought I had my mind made up as far as the romance goes, but this one has me second guessing. I am more than eager to see how things will work out for Jules. Her suitor in this one swept me off my feet.
- Even though the murder mystery wasn't as strong, it was still entertaining and I liked seeing it play out.
- This book can be read as a stand alone because you get a complete mystery with all the main lines resolved by the end. However, I would recommend reading the other books so you can understand the ongoing story lines. I like that there are no major cliffhangers with this series.
- This book features some delicious recipes, some savory like roasted chicken and stew, as well as sweet rolls and cookies. I love that this series always includes recipes.
And The Not So Much:
- The murder mystery was on the weak side mainly due to the confined setting. Having a small group of people snowed in limits the suspects and motives, not to mention the person who was murdered wasn't known previously by most of the characters. That significantly narrows down pool of culprits and makes it easier for the reader to guess who did it. For me, there was only two people who had motives. Yes, there are red herrings, but they weren't believable.
- I felt like the murder victim was cartoonish. He only makes a brief appearance before dying, and when he does, he is belligerent, obnoxious and a horrible flirt. He is also chubby and has a bad comb over, and no one liked him. You knew from the get go that he was the one to die.
- Near the end, Jules finds herself in a dangerous predicament. Of course, it is predictable because that is the way the cozy goes, but I found it to be unrealistic. Where were the police?
On Thin Icing was a fast, fun cozy little read that I devoured in an afternoon. I loved the wintery setting and all of the delicious comfort food. The romance takes center stage in this one as well, and I more than eager to see how it plays out. The mystery was on the weak side, but still entertaining. If you want a good cozy for a winter day, this is one to grab.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter to learn more. Find her:
Finally, as part of the tour, I am able to offer you a chance to win: A triple chocolate cookie mix, Alpine spiced cider, Collection of Stash teas, Collection of gourmet hot chocolates, Oxford tea towel, Signed copy of On Thin Icing. To enter please fill out the Rafflecopter.
This giveaway is not hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. Please see Candace's Book Blog and Promotions for all contest details.
Ends Jan. 20, 2016
Prizing provided by the author. Must be 13 or older and have parental permission if under 17. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.
Thanks to Candace for hosting the tour. Be sure to visit her blog for future tours.
Check out all the stops of the tour:
Guest Post – Brooke Blogs
Review & Guest Post - Girl of 1000 Wonders
Review & Excerpt - Chasing My Extraordinary
Review & Interview – The Blacksheep Project
Excerpt – Deborah Jay
Interview - SolaFide Self-Publishing And Book Blog
Review & Excerpt - The Girl with Book Lungs
Review - I Wish I Lived in a Library
Review - Whimsical nature
Review & Excerpt - Bea's Book Nook
Review - Booked on a Feeling
Excerpt - CBY Book Club
Review - WS Momma Readers Nook
Review & Guest Post - Jane Reads
Excerpt - Crystal's Chaotic Confessions
Review - Rainy Day Ramblings
Review - A Page to Turn Reviews
Excerpt - Deal sharing aunt
Review - The Book Lovers' Lounge