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Devil's Food Cake (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #3)

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

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    Offbeat Mystery

    Sadie Hoffmiller is expecting an exciting night. A member of the library fund-raising committee, she has helped plan a fund-raiser that they expect to bring in lots of money. The committee has invited Thom Mortensen, an author to speak at a dinner at a local hotel, and the event is one that is raising lots of buzz and expectations.

    Mortensen used to live in Garrison, Colorado, where Sadie and the rest of the committee still lives, and the connection that led Thom to agree to give a talk. His big thriller was published after a tragedy in his own life. His son, Damon, whom Thom had raised as a single parent, had gone off the rails ten years before. He dropped out of high school, and then became notorious throughout the area when he killed himself and his date after the local high school prom.

    Sadie is surprised that Thom has agreed to return to an area that holds such painful memories for him. The event is even more shocking when Thom's agent is killed in front of everyone. A shotgun has been wired to the speaker's podium, and goes off when the agent starts to introduce Thom.

    The police close down the hotel and start to investigate. Sadie's date for the evening, Pete, is actually a detective on the force she met when she got involved in a previous murder. She is hurt when Pete goes into offical mode and refuses to listen to her ideas and theories. She leaves the hotel, determined to find out what went on.

    She soon collects a team to help her. Her son, Shawn, is home from college and can provide the brawn. Josh was Damon's best friend in high school, and has remained close to Thom over the years. Eric is a local locksmith who Sadie meets as she moves from site to site in her investigation. Finally, Jane is a reporter who believes there is more to the event that meets the eye. Although not always a harmonious team, they work together to determine what has occurred and who killed the agent. Will they find an answer before someone else is harmed?

    Devil's Food Cake is the third in Josi Kilpatrick's culinary mystery series. Her heroine, Sadie, is a refreshing character, full of vim and vigor and an offbeat way of putting clues together to solve a crime. The other characters are believable, and the resolution is satisfying. There are also recipes scattered at the end of many chapters, and the reader will be anxious to try them out as they all sound delicious. This book is recommended for cozy mystery lovers.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

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    Devil's Food Cake

    DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE by Josi S. Kilpack is quite delicious. Sadie Hoffmiller is somewhat like an amateur sleuth and offers her assistance to the police when a literary manager is shot dead on the stage during a fund-raiser. She tries to lend a hand, but her date, Pete Cunningham, the lead detective wants her out of it and she only gets herself in trouble. The more she tries to help; the worse she makes her case. With help from her son, Shaun and others, she eludes the police (who are trying to arrest her) and is determined to solve the case. Kilpack has written a tasty treat and keeps the reader interested in the outcome of Sadie's plight. She also interjects some baking recipes throughout the book that I totally want to try.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

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    Not So Cozy Culinary Mystery!

    This is the third installment in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series and the most delectable so far. Devil's Food Cake is a culinary mystery on another level. Josi S. Kilpack has taken the 'cozy' out of culinary cozy.

    Sadie started off as a bit of a caricature back in Lemon Tart, but she has developed into a character with depth. I'm not sure she's someone I want to know, but only because people she knows have a nasty habit of being murdered. Is she a bit of a busy body? Perhaps, but she certainly is useful one. An active member of her community, Sadie has personal inside knowledge of relationships and people that perhaps are not so obvious to the police force. She's also very gutsy. (Sadie makes a murder suspect a snack in the home of a woman who just attacked her... could I? Maybe, but would I? No way!) Unfortunately, because she's dating a detective on the force and she has a reputation for interfering in investigations, Sadie is ignored by the police. But she does find a stranger to aid her investigation, one who just may crumble her relationship that is already on the rocks.

    The plot is intricate and compactly woven. The story moves without lulls and while the reader may question the validity actions of the characters, they are sure of their motivations. As crazy as the cast is, they all mean well. As a reader, I never found myself ahead or behind the investigation. I was right with Sadie every step of the way, and just as shocked as she was by every turn of events.

    Kilpack's writing style can go from witty to serious in an instant, and lets not forget about the delicious recipes included! The food is pulled into the story, and the recipes follow the chapter, but they are never forced.

    It is the most complete in character and plot of the three books in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series and I couldn't put it down.

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