Monday, December 28, 2020

Chilled to the Cone - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Chilled to the Cone (A Bakeshop Mystery #12) by Ellie Alexander

Rating: Really Liked It!
Source:  Publisher

Description:  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?

Genre:  Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  This is one of my favorite books so of course I had to pick up the next one!

My Impression:  It's springtime in Ashland, Oregon and Jules and her team are thinking about expanding.  This time into a summer outside kitchen that sells frozen custards, and concretes and iced coffee.  For the first time we get off the square and spend some time in another area of Ashland.  The Railroad district is starting to come to life with a yoga studio, a bike shop and a yummy food truck that is run by a good friend of Jules'.  

This mystery was a little bit different then the usual books.  There's not nearly as much time in Torte and while there are some yummy food descriptions most of the focus was renovating the new space.  The mystery of who killed The Wizard and just what is going on in Torte 2.0's new home was really interesting and definitely had me guessing.  

My favorite thing was seeing some resolution between Jules and Carlos though I still have some questions about a few issues that were raised.  I'm hoping those will get resolved in future books.  This probably wasn't my favorite book in the series but it was an enjoyable read and I am always happy to spend some time in Ashland.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  This is one of my favorite series and I'm already looking forward to the next book!

Would I Recommend this Book?  Definitely!  If you enjoy cozy mysteries this is a series not to be missed.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Why haven't I given this series a try yet?! I am glad you enjoyed this installment in the series, Katherine.

  2. Now I need to check this one out. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sounds like a delightful series, and one of Ellie's that I haven't tried yet. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  4. This sounds like another fun one. I've read and enjoyed a few in this series and would love to catch up.

  5. I definitely have to continue this series. I only read the first book but had given it a high rating which means it really impressed me right off the back.