Baked Alaska by Josi S. Kilpack
An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmillers latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughters upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship between her normally easygoing son and a mysterious female passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss. When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadies apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets and it would seem her son is keeping one from her. *Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadies Virtual Test Kitchen.
Whoa, did this book pull me in quickly! I haven't read any of the other books in the series but I definitely will be after reading this one. I liked Sadie right from the get go. She's plucky and determined and very, very curious. I can't say I blame her, the world is an interesting place. While she does have a tendency to poke her nose into places it doesn't really belong, her intentions are good. And in this case I don't blame her for being concerned since it's her son that is the one keeping secrets. I liked her kids too, Breanna and Shawn as well as her almost retired boyfriend, Pete. I liked the believable feel to the story, how it all seemed to just flow. And I loved the setting. I would love to go on an Alaskan cruise myself so it was fun to read about one. Once I got into the story, I had a really hard time putting it down. I came to care about the characters quickly and wanted to know what was going to happen to them. Josi Kilpack provides readers with a great mystery with delightful characters and a great setting. Highly recommended.
Praise for Baked Alaska
Josi Kilpack has done it again. You would think that all these events that occur in Sadie's life wouldn't be natural, but Josi Kilpack has a way of making you believe that it just "happens" and it is normal. I have grown to love Sadie's character, even if she is a busybody, you can't help but cheer for her as she attempts to solve a mystery or crime. One of my favorite series. :)
~Goodreads Reviewer Lacey McNeill
Author Josi S. Kilpack
Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until she was thirteen and her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began her first novel in 1998 and hasn’t stopped since. Her seventh novel, Sheep’s Clothing, won the 2007 Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense, and Lemon Tart, her ninth novel, was a 2009 Whitney Award Finalist. Josi was the Best in State winner in literature for 2012 and currently has two books (Banana Split and Tres Leches Cupcakes) as finalists in the 2012 Whitney awards.
Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her family.
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