Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Devil's Food Cake by Josi Kilpack (Review)
About the book:
It's been years since author Thom Mortenson has been back to Garrison, Colorado. As part of the library fundraising committee, who invited him to speak, Sadie Hoffmiller wants everything to be perfect—right down to the homemade Devil’s Food Cake she made herself. Murder, however, was not on the menu.
When Thom's manager ends up dead on stage, Sadie does what any woman with a history of solving murders does--jumps right in to offer her guidance and expertise. The police, however, are not very appreciative. In fact, they’d rather she just go home. But can Sadie help it if she keeps stumbling over information? Can she help it if the people intricately woven into the deception keep crossing her path? The more she learns, the broader the spectrum becomes and when the police refuse to take her seriously, Sadie has no choice but to sidestep them altogether in the pursuit of justice.
With her son Shawn at her side, her reputation on the line, and a full cast of suspicious characters, Sadie Hoffmiller is once again cooking her way through a case that offers far more questions than answers.
I thought this was an okay secular cozy mystery. Even though it is third in a series the only thing I missed was a little relationship history between Sadie and her somewhat boyfriend who is a police officer. I would have liked to see more of a relationship between them. It is almost never mentioned in the book. The mystery part is developed and interesting. The supporting characters are good. I did have a little bit of a hard time bonding with Sadie's character and it was difficult to believe she was in her 50s. But in the end I liked her character. Even though a few parts seemed a little unrealistic I was surprised by the twist at the end. I would like to read the previous two books in the series too. This series reminds me of the Hannah Swenson mysteries by Joanne Fluke. Recommended for fans of this genre especially.
About Josi Kilpack
Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating 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, while on bedrest with a pregnancy, and never stopped. Devil’s Food Cake is Josi’s eleventh novel, and the third book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. The other novels, Lemon Tart (Book 1) and English Trifle (Book 2) were released in 2009. While the books all feature Sadie Hoffmiller as the main character, they stand alone in regard to plot and can be read as a set or as individual titles. Josi currently lives in Utah with her husband, four children, one dog and varying number of chickens.
For more information about Josi, you can visit her website at www.josiskilpack.com or her blog at www.josikilpack.blogspot.com
Review copy provided for the Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour. Thank you Tracee.