A Day in the Life of Juliet Montague Capshaw by Ellie Alexander

Meet Your BakerOne of Shakespeare’s most famous quotes begins with “What’s in a name?” Well let me tell you when your name is Juliet Montague Capshaw and you live in the charming Shakespearean town of Ashland, Oregon there’s a lot in that name. As in a lot of pressure, and a lot to live up to.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved growing up in the sweet Southern Oregon town surrounded by actors, playwrights, artists, and a warm and welcoming community of locals. My dad was a Shakespeare buff and thought naming me after the bard’s most romantic heroine would set me up for a life of love. He was wrong. Let’s just say that I haven’t exactly been lucky in love.

I thought shortening my name might help. That’s why I go by Jules. It fits. And it kept the nasty chef I trained under in culinary school from mocking me by singing, “Romeo, oh Romeo, where are you?” whenever I made a mistake.

After I graduated from culinary school, I landed a job as an apprentice pastry chef on a cruise ship. I left Ashland and the name Juliet behind, and set sail for new adventures. Working on a cruise ship had its advantages like exotic ports of call, experimenting with high-end pastry recipes, learning new techniques from world-class chefs, and meeting seductively handsome foreigners like my estranged husband Carlos.

I never thought I was homesick until things fell apart with Carlos. Suddenly I found myself longing for my idyllic childhood home with its quaint Main Street, friendly shop keepers, sun-drenched mountains, wild rivers, and our family bakeshop, Torte. When I called Mom to tell her I was coming home I could hear the excitement in her voice, mingled with unspoken worry. We’d kept in touch during my years at sea, but I hadn’t been home in a decade.

Returning to Ashland felt both familiar and entirely new. The town hadn’t changed much since I’d been away. I recognized its bubbling sulfur fountains, the meandering trails through Lithia Park, and all of the shops themed after Shakespeare, like Puck’s Pub and A Rose By Any Other Name. I recognized many faces too. They greeted me with hearty hugs and genuine excitement, “Juliet, you’re home!” Was I home? What did home even mean?

I wasn’t sure of much these days, but I did know one thing—baking. The only remedy for my problems was to lose myself in the dough. So I cinched on an apron and returned to my roots.

Torte, our family bakeshop, sits right in the middle of all of the action downtown. Our handcrafted pastries and treats are legendary with tourists and locals alike. The busy bakeshop was the perfect place to disappear for a while. Mom and I quickly found our rhythm while rolling out pie crust and piping decadent layers of chocolate frosting on hazelnut cakes.

My legs felt less shaky. Baking on solid ground certainly had its advantages. Returning to Ashland may have been the best choice I’d made in a while. I began to wonder why I ever left. That is until I discovered a body in the bakeshop and one of Torte’s employees was named the top suspect.

Murder was on the menu, and I was on a mission to find the killer and settle back into the delicious life I never knew I was missing.


You can read more about Jules in Meet the Baker, the first book in the new “Bakeshop: mystery series, published by St. Martin’s Press.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on January 2 for the chance to win a copy of MEET THE BAKER. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Meet the author
Ellie Alexander, author of the Bakeshop Mystery Series (St. Martin’s Press), 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. Find out more about Ellie and her books by visiting her here:

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168 responses to “A Day in the Life of Juliet Montague Capshaw by Ellie Alexander

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  2. candace knight

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  3. Sounds like I will enjoy this whodunit!

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  4. Sounds like a good read, with good food. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. Oooh, this sounds yummy! I’m glad there will be a new series for me to read (as well as more books about food. Hahaha). 🙂

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  12. Stephanie Koenig

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  13. Looking forward to hanging out in Torte!

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  14. THIS SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT NEW SERIES. WOULD LOVE A COPY OF THIS BOOK! THANKS!

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  20. Sounds like a great mystery.

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  22. Love bakery cozies!!!! If I can eat as much cakes, pies and doughnuts as I want at least I can read about them!

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  26. Ruth Lyons Mazur

    This book sounds like great fun. While I was reading it I was thinking about what it would be like to return to my hometown after so many years. It would be quite a life changer! Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway.

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  30. With a name like Mark Baker, how can I resist reading this book?

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  31. This sounds like the start of a great cozy, you can never go wrong with food. Thanks for the chance to win, and congrats on your release.

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  32. Ah, it sounds delightful. I can tell I will be tempted to look for pastries while reading. I’m so impressionable.

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  33. Linda Langford

    This sounds like a yummy new cozy series! I’d love to read it! Thank you!

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  34. Connie Reynolds

    What a great title!

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  35. Sounds interesting

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  36. Thanks for a chance.

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  37. The cover is delicious– sounds like a GREAT read!!

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  38. This book sounds great~thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy!

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  39. Fingers crossed.

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  41. I always like to start with the first book of a series—so I hope I win this one. Thanks for the contest.
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  42. Sounds like a fun new series.

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  44. I would love to read this. I love reading books set in my home state.

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  45. I love Ashland and visit every year for the festival. This books sounds wonderful and I appreciate the opportunity to win a copy – thank you!

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  46. I’d love to give this book a try. It sounds interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  47. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  48. Yum! Food and a mystery. Cool!

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  49. Marilyn Watson

    I love the Shakespeare references. Sounds good.
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  50. Another new series for me. Sounds great and would love to win ! Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck all 🙂

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  51. Barbara Hackel

    Sounds like this is going to be a great new series! I would love the chance to win a copy of the book. Thanks!

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  52. I am looking forward to reading Meet the Baker. It sounds like a series I would like to try. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

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  53. I can’t wait to read the rest!!!!

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  54. Thanks for the opportunity. Haven’t read but would like to.

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  56. It sounds like an enjoyable read. The cover is really cute. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  57. This sounds like a book I will really enjoy

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  58. Sounds like a fun read

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  59. I have a friend whose husband called her Jules.
    This book appeals to me from what has been shared, so include me in the draw. I love the idea of Shakespeare though I am not someone who has read him. I have been to Verona, however, and Juliet has always fascinated me.

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  60. Paula Thompson-Staton

    would love to read this one!

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  61. Sounds like a great book. I will be reading it 🙂

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  62. Definitely on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  63. A definite ‘must-read’ for me!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!!!

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  64. I am really looking forward to Meet the Baker! Looks like a great book. Thank you for a chance to win and Happy New Year!

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  65. Oh a new author. I so need more. 🙂

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  66. Always looking for a new series. Happy eading

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  67. I saw a blurb for this seties on-line and have been wanting to read it since then. It sounds like an fun read. I love foodie mysteries, though they do make me hungry, lol. I would love to win a copy, but I think I need to add this to my TBR list regardless. Thanks for the chance.
    Happy release day!

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  68. Sounds like a fun read!

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  69. Food and murder that is the ticket.

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  70. Love the cover and it sounds like an awesome read. I’ve seen this book mentioned on several blogs and it’s certainly on my TBR list for 2015.

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  71. I love to read and it gets better every year!!!
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  72. Cynthia E. Blain

    I love to start out with a new series and so this would be ideal as the story sounds really unique and I have a connected to a town called Ashland, but not in the west but here in the east. So, I consider it an omen for me to read this book. 🙂 You do a great job with your blog Dru; I try to never miss a day although if I do, I catch up the next day. You are one terrific blogger and I want to thank you for all of the great information and smiles that you have given me all year long.

    Happy New Year.
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  73. Two of my favorite things…food and reading!

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  74. Would love to read this!

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  75. Happy New Year! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

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  76. While I love mysteries, my favorites are the ones food related. This sounds like a great story and I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

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  77. I’ve so been looking forward to this book! Thank you for the chance to win Ellie and Dru!

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  78. Looks like a great read.

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  79. Looks like a yummy mystery!

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  80. Sounds like another great book that I need to read. Hopefully I won’t gain weight reading this delicious mystery.

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  81. Liz Caldwell

    Food and mystery – can there be a better combination?

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  82. I really enjoy reading a mystery and am always on the lookout for one.

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  83. Catherine Bogert

    Sounds like a good read.

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  84. I would love to win this book and read this series

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  85. Alicia Farage

    Not sure how I missed one but looks great!!

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  86. Marilyn Watson

    Wow…this sounds good…
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  87. Sounds great! Can’t wait to read!

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  88. Connie Reynolds

    What a great title. Would love a chance to read it.

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  89. Sharon Forrest

    Happy New Year! Sounds awesome!

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  90. I love mysteries with recipes.

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  91. Sharon Baker

    Thank you so much for all the good mysteries coming up. I can’t wait to read.

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  92. Culinary cozies are some of my favorites! Happy New Year!

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  93. My favorite thing to do is read

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  94. sounds like a great series, wpould love to win

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  95. sounds like a great series, would love to win

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  96. candace knight

    This book sounds great

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  97. Shakespeare and food, sounds good!

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  98. donnadurnell2013

    I don’t cook anymore [hubby does the cooking and has spoiled me], but I do occasionally still bake some. But I sure wouldn’t want to find a body in the bake shop! Reading about it is A-OK though. 🙂
    Hope your New Year is is filled with good books — and my year too. This would be a good start.

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  99. This is a book I am looking forward to reading. Too bad it never became available on Netgalley or I would have done a review. A new series I really want to read.

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  100. contest is closed.

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