#CoverReveal & #Giveaway – A BATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH by Ellie Alexander #cozy #MurderMystery

Today I’m excited to share the cover of A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander, the second book in the Bakeshop Mystery series. This book releases June 30, 2015 by St. Martins Press.

Welcome to Torte–a small-town family bakeshop where the coffee is hot, the muffins are fresh, and the cakes are definitely to die for…

It’s autumn in Ashland, Oregon–’tis the season for a spiced hot apple cider with a serving (or two) of Torte’s famous peach cobbler. It’s also the perfect time for Jules Capshaw to promote her family’s beloved bake shop by competing in The Pastry Channel’s reality show, Take the Cake. The prize is $25,000. But as Jules quickly learns, some people would kill for that kind of dough. Literally.

Then, just as Jules dusts off her Bavarian Chocolate Cake recipe and cinches up her apron, the corpse of a fellow contestant is discovered–death by buttercream. What began as a fun, tasteful televised adventure has morphed into something of a true-crime detective show for Jules and everybody else on set. Who could have killed Chef Marco, and why? Can Jules sift out the killer before someone else gets burned?

Don’t miss out on book one, Meet Your Baker, available now!
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.
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Triple chocolate brownie mix
Oregon Chai tea
Custom handmade coasters and napkins
Signed copy of Meet Your Baker
Signed Advanced Reader copy of A Batter of Life and Death
Open to US only

Ends April 9, 2015


This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.



  1. Hi Deborah!

    I consider this a winning cover, in that it accurately conveys what is in the book.

    The fact that this is a murder mystery is conveyed by the doughey skull, but the trappings of the bakeshop tell me that it is going to be free of graphic sex, violence, or strong language. I could be wrong in that, but that is my imression of a cozy mystery and that is what this cover implies to me.

    I am a fan of old timey mysteries from authors such as Katherine Green, and Mary Roberts Rhinehart. I keep meaning to read modern stuff, but have found it difficult to find any that I am comfortabole with. {I have a low threshold for graphic violence.} I have been wanting to try this genre, so I entered the rafflecopter.
    Wish me luck!

    Cheers, Deborah!
    Congratulations, Ellie! Icky approves of your cover and I bet Deborah does too. 😉
    Your pal,


    1. It is a great cover, isn’t it? As you say, Icky, it delivers all the right messages.
      I do love these cozy mysteries as a change on occasion; here’s one I reviewed that might fit your tastes: https://deborahjayauthor.com/2014/04/17/book-review-inn-keeping-with-murder-by-lynn-bohart-cosymystery/
      Good luck in the rafflecopter – I entered the one for your book on Tome Tender:


      1. On the strength of your recommendation, I bought and read, ‘Inn Keeping with Murder’. I loved it! Thanks!


      2. Excellent!
        I have another of this type coming up for a review post next week – and it’s great 😀


  2. Thank you so much for sharing the cover! As to Ichabod’s comments, they are right, it is a clean read!

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    1. Certainly sounds like it. I look forward to getting my teeth into these 😉


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