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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 Her Beautiful Young Neighbor, A Single Mother Who Was Mysteriously Lured From Her Home While A Lemon Tart Was Baking In Her Oven At The Heart Of Sadie S Search Is The Woman S Missing Two Year Old Child Whoever Took The Child Must Be The Murderer, But Sadie Is Certain That The Police Are Looking At All The Wrong Suspects Including Her For An Added Treat, Original Mouth Watering Recipes For Sadie S Lemon Tart, Homemade Alfredo Sauce, Carrot Cookies, Brownies, And Granny S Gingerbread Bundt Cake Are Sprinkled Throughout The Book

10 thoughts on “Lemon Tart: A Culinary Mystery

  1. says:

    I wish I had the knack for writing a concise, informative review of books I love reading those where they set down a brief overview of the plot and then praise, or pan, the book I somehow can t really do that I had high hopes for this book It was so highly rated by so many readers The writing was much better than I expected and it really held my interest throughout the book Even though there were no surprises and I had the culprit figured out for a long time.The reason I didn t rate this book higher was that I just couldn t stand the main character Much is made of her being 56 years old She doesn t exhibit 56 year old behavior And it isn t a case of her being a young 56 year old More like a totally immature 56 year old Her character is so unbelievable to me She whines and complains about someone swearing and then justifies her own lying Lying is a much worse behavior than swearing Her sneaking around, being deceitful with the police and generally superior attitude just really got to me Food does not solve every problem, nor does it always wipe out one s rude behavior Sadie seems to think that all she has to do is make something for someone to eat and all is forgiven Usually people learn from their mistakes, or unpleasant behaviors But Sadie just keeps doing them and wipes her conscience clean by baking something It s just bothersome to me.I also want to interject I m surprised that this was published by Deseret Book.I might try one of Mrs Kilpack s earlier books to see if I can find something there to redeem this one But then again, there is so much out there to read

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    It s not horrible but what a rip off of Diane Mott Davidson Seriously How is this not bordering on plagiarism Let s see 1 Set in Colorado, check Couldn t you even come up with your own state 2 50ish main character who likes to cook, check 3 Recipes included, check 4 Boyfriend is a police detective, check 5 Involved in the community, check The difference is, I like Goldy from the DMM books I can t stand Sadie Hoffmiller, the main character of this book She is super annoying Who seriously interferes with a police investigation And really, in the midst of a murder and life and death situations, would you honestly think, Oh Ron said one curse word That is a strike against him Give me a break And while walking across the street with a plate of cookies in her hand, she stops to text her daughter and says it takes an inordinate amount of time to text with one hand Why couldn t she take 10 steps to her house and put the cookies down and then text Wouldn t that have been faster My breaking point was, spoiler, when she is running away, mere yards away from the killer, and she stops to put on her seatbelt and says, Safety first Really You are worried about being in a car accident when a MURDERER with a gun is after you The big saving grace is the recipes They are great at least the lemon tart was the rest look worth trying It is a nice safe clean mystery but a little too goody goody for me.

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    I ve been eyeing this Culinary Mystery series for quite a while and hadn t read any yet I own several of them in paperback but they were random ones in the middle of the series If you ve followed my reviews or know me, then you know that I MUST read things in order I just don t like skipping around and not knowing everything from beginning to end Everything is laid out in a specific order for a reason and I just enjoy watching it unfold as the author plans it So let me just say that I finally dove in and am starting the series I have a subscription to a site for audio and ebooks and this series is on there So, here starts me listening to all of these culinary mysteries I usually listen a lot when I m driving places, cleaning, cooking, workingbasically anytime I can squeeze in a few minutes So I need books that are ok for my family to listen to as well This was definitely one that they all were hooked on listening to I will say that there were a couple times that I rolled my eyes over the main character, Sadie Ha She was a fun character but sometimes a little too sweet or too good Not that that s bad Because I m probably very similar to her but the way it was written into the book, it definitely caused several laughs and a few eye rolls The mystery suspense was well written I honestly changed my mind many, many times for who I thought was the bad guy Can I just say, that usually doesn t happen to me I m pretty good at picking out who it is right away But nope, Josi Kilpack sure tricked me on this one Kudos to her I m definitely looking forward to adventures with Sadie and Detective Cunningham, oh yeah Content It is a murder mystery so there is murder Not overly graphic but some detail, enough to give the reader the basic idea of what happened A character has an affair so a little talk about that but no detail Moments of suspense and peril And safety first that might be one of my eye roll moments hee hee I listened to a copy on Deseret Bookshelf All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.Happy Reading

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    This is my first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series When Sadie s neighbor is found murdered while a lemon tart bakes in her oven, Sadie finds herself both a suspect as well as suspicious of the other people around her She takes the case, determined to find the killer and her neighbors son who is missing This was a fun book to write and I hope readers enjoy it as much as I do.

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    I really enjoyed this book Despite the goofy description on the backcover, which left me with really low expectations for this book, the book was not nearly as cheesy as I thought it would be It held my interest and I read it in 2 days It was not entirely predicatable as nearly all Mormon fiction is Although I thought the ending was a little over the top and I just didn t buy it when everything was tied together with a nice big bow I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it for a fun, easy read.

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    I wish I could give it 2 and half stars as I didn t hate this book, but it seemed too contrived and the main character Sadie, did come off as self righteous Making food for others does not excuse or dismiss rude behavior Also she was way to nosy I felt we were celebrating a character who actually built her house in such a way as to be able to spy on everyone in her cuol de sac and hated a tree that made it impossible to spy on her next door neighbor Really, would I want to live next door to this person No way Plus don t get me started on her total disregard for the law and being secretive with the police, but could not forgive others for also having secrets of their own Also, the police in this story came across as totally inept when a 56 year old substitute teacher was finding out than they could.Okay maybe this really is 2 stars.

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    I ve had this series on my TBR pile forever I m glad I finally got the chance to start it Lemon Tart was a fun read I enjoy that the main character, Sadie, deviates from the norm I m glad she is in her 50 s and sorting out the next chapter of her life I can easily relate to her and her family The author s description of Sadie s character being written to portray Paula Deen cooking show host meets Angela Lansbury, made me laugh The mystery had lots of twists and turns and kept you guessing until the last minute I look forward to seeing where relationships evolve from here The recipes are an added bonus.

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    The less than talented LDS Author strikes again The writing is poor, the story simplistic, and the heroin annoying Did I miss anything I gave it one star instead of none because it did include some recipes that might be worth trying Although just like this Lemon Tart book, they may just leave me feeling sour.

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    This cozy mystery is just that Cozy Main character and amateur sleuth busy body neighbor Sadi Hoffmiller is a delight At 50 something, Sadie is a single widowed mother who is in a steady relationship once again She is the rock of her neighborhood and every neighbor has trusted her with keys to their homes When a tragic murder takes place, Sadie is the first to discover the circumstances Trouble is, she knows about each neighbor than the police could possibly discover on their own Sadie is funny, quirky, and just the person to get her neighborhood back to normal With a little romance and a lot of yummy baking, you ll have fun trying to guess who done it until the last couple of chapters After reading this I baked some peanut butter bars nothing as fancy as lemon tart or cinnamon ginger cookies but now I have a few new recipes to try.