Friday, May 28, 2010

Review: Lemon Tart by Josi S. Kilpack

First line: The first police car went by at 9:23 according to the clock on the microwave.

From the back cover:
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.

My thoughts: This is the first Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery. I hadn't heard of this series until a publicist contacted me wanting to know if I would read and review English Trifle - the second in the series. Well, I found myself in a similar predicament as I was with the Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft mysteries - I can't start a series in the middle. So, I went ahead and purchased the first book. Well, I was glad I did - I thoroughly enjoyed this book (as well as the second one - review to come!).

In this first book, we are introduced to Sadie Hoffmiller, neighborhood resident baker/cook and busybody. It is a light, fun read filled with many intriguing elements: a mystery, humor and some really yummy recipes. There are many interesting twists that keep the reader in suspense right until the end. We meet a cast of characters that are all interesting and who will hopefully make appearances in future books. Sadie in particular is delightful and at times you find yourself laughing out loud at her antics and thought processes. I am definitely going to try making Sadie's Perfect Brownies - they sound amazing! This is a series that I will definitely be following.

(I purchased this book.)


  1. I am so glad you liked this book! It is on its way to me right now from Goodreads Swap....

  2. Julie: It is a great series...I am waiting to get my hands on the 3rd one now, Devil's Food Cake. The recipes included aren't bad either!

  3. Hi Kristin, wanted hop by and say hi. I need to get by more often, and hopefully since I am off all summer I will be able to do that. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend.


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