So, as many books as I've read in the Sadie Hoffmiller cozy mystery series, I haven't read the first few. The good thing about the series is you can read them as stand alone books, but where is the fun in that? I finally had a moment to sit down and read the first one to see how it all started.
Goodness, what a tangled web! She's widowed, engaged, and all is not well on her quaint cul-de-sac, esp. when it comes to her brother who lives next door.
Sadie certainly is a novice at her detective skills, but her powers of observation border on the occult. Some would say she's a busybody with her nose stuck in other people's business and to butt out, but if she didn't, we'd probably never know 'whodunit.' We meet many characters, like her children & Pete, who figure into books in the series.
I found the writing solid (as always), the descriptions right on, and the climax - stomach tightening.
As for recipes, I haven't tried any of these. Perhaps, I should go try my hand at making Lemon Tart, but then look what happened to the character that did!
Lemon Tart on Amazon
A recipe for murder!
- 5 families living on Peregrine Circle
- 1 flowered curtain tieback
- 1 missing child
- 1 body in the field
Mix with a long list of suspects and top with two very different detectives. Increase heat until only the truth remains.
Award-winning author Josi S. Kilpack introduces a new series of culinary "cozies" that is sure to tantalize mystery lovers. In this debut volume, cooking aficionado-turned-amateur detective, Sadie Hoffmiller, tries to solve the murder of Anne Lemmon, her beautiful young neighbor - a single mother who was mysteriously killed while a lemon tart was baking in her oven. At the heart of Sadie's search is Anne's missing two-year-old son, Trevor. Whoever took the child must be the murderer, but Sadie is certain that the police are looking at all the wrong suspects - including her!
Armed with a handful of her very best culinary masterpieces, Sadie is determined to bake her way to proving her innocence, rescuing Trevor, and finding out exactly who had a motive for murder.