A Culinary Mystery #11
by Josi S. Kilpack
Shadow Mountain, 2014
ABOUT THE BOOK
Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list. With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago. Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder. The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.
Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.
Fortune Cookie is another interesting mystery by Kilpack with more delicious sounding recipes to try. Books like this always make me wish I were more of a cook than I am, because the food sounds so good. I also really enjoyed the descriptions of San Francisco, I almost felt like I was there (I actually wanted to leap into the book and visit). I quite enjoy watching Kilpack's mysteries unfold, piece by piece, and how it all comes together in the end. I also appreciate the lack of bad language and graphic violence, it makes for a much more comfortable read for me. Sadie is an appealing character and I like experiencing things with her. Her relationship with Pete is quite sweet and realistic. I can heartily recommend this series to those, who like me, enjoy a good mystery without a lot of excess ugliness.
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