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Title: Bake, Borrow, and Steal

Series: A Bakeshop Mystery #14

Author: Ellie Alexander

Release Date: 12/28/21

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads

Synopsis from Goodreads: As the autumnal hues of November fall over the Shakespearean hamlet of Ashland, Oregon, Jules and her team at Torte are working on their biggest event ever. They’ve been invited to create chocolate showpieces for the gala opening of a new exhibit, Shakespeare’s Lost Pages at SOMA. The museum, located on the campus of Southern Oregon University, is getting ready to unveil the Bard’s lost manuscript, Double Falsehood, which is being touted as the greatest artistic discovery of modern times. In addition to molding luscious, silky chocolate into magnificent structures, Torte will be serving an authentic Elizabethan feast straight from the pages of a sixteenth century cookbook featuring Lardy cakes, Frangipane tarts, and jellies with chestnut cream.

Jules has underestimated the amount of work required to pull off such a culinary feat. She finds herself in the strange position of feeling frazzled and stressed as the day of the gala approaches. However, her team rallies around her and once the massive works of chocolate art are safely installed at the museum, she can finally let out a sigh of relief and revel in the excitement of the grand celebration. But her relief is short-lived. Right before the unveiling, news quickly begins to spread that Shakespeare’s lost manuscript is missing. Not only that, but the security guard tasked with keeping the priceless artifact safe has been killed. Is this a case of a heist gone terribly wrong? Or could it be that a killer is lurking in the museum archives?

My Review: I love this series and this one was no exception. I enjoyed getting back into the story, back into the town and back into the food! I love the food descriptions in this book, they all sound so yummy! The cast of characters in this book was well done, especially because there were so many of them. I already enjoy and know all the main characters but the extra ones were also very well done. I thought the mystery in this one was really well done and I enjoyed reading the book. Although this can certainly be read as a stand alone, it will be much more enjoyable if you start with the first book in the series.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*

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