Posted in Blog tour, Cozy, mystery, Review on March 14, 2013
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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.

Review

This is the first book I have read in this series…and this is book #9!  It has been on my wishlist on Paperbackswap.com for awhile since my library does not carry these books.  I was hoping to be able to read some of the earlier works to get a feel for the characters, but it wasn’t in the cards.  That being said this is a typical cozy….a non-police type person manages to solve the crime.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE cozies!  If you have seen my Mystery Mondays, they are mostly cozy series.  Anyway, I had high hopes for this series and I found it to be a little better than average.  I think my problem was with Sadie.  She was very annoying.  I understand protecting your kids but she goes overboard (at least in this book).  When she wasn’t freaking out over the situation with the kids, the book was actually quite good and the storyline flowed quite nicely.  There were some interesting twists and I didn’t guess who the killer was until those final clues were revealed.

Overall I would give this 3 1/2 paws.  I’m willing to start with book 1 and give this series another shot!

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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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