Baked Alaska (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #9)

Baked Alaska (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #9)

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by Josi S. Kilpack

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Sadie Hoffmiller is looking forward to an entire week cruising the Alaskan wilderness with her two grown children, Shawn and Breanna, and her boyfriend, Pete. Not only will they all have the chance to get to know one another better, but Sadie will finally be able to help Breanna plan her upcoming wedding. They board the ship with high expectations of a

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Sadie Hoffmiller is looking forward to an entire week cruising the Alaskan wilderness with her two grown children, Shawn and Breanna, and her boyfriend, Pete. Not only will they all have the chance to get to know one another better, but Sadie will finally be able to help Breanna plan her upcoming wedding. They board the ship with high expectations of a well-deserved vacation.

And except for the mysterious woman on the ship that Shawn seems to know but will not discuss, and the fact that Breanna's future mother-in-law has already hijacked the wedding plans, and the unexpected death of a passenger in the middle of the buffet line, Sadie's vacation would have been perfect.

As it is, Sadie will need all her investigative skills to navigate the deep waters of the mystery that is soon swirling around her family. Amid her growing fears for the future, Sadie must also come to terms with the fact that her role in the lives of her children is changing and that even the best laid plans can go awry when a secret gets thrown into the mix.

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Culinary Murder Mysteries Series , #9
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Sadie slowed her steps and observed the scene with a little more interest. The woman Shawn was talking to was a light-skinned black woman with hundreds of long thin braids pulled back into a bulky ponytail. Some of the braids were dyed hot pink. She wore a black cotton sundress and was very engaged in whatever it was she was explaining to Shawn, who had his arms crossed over his chest and a scowl on his face.

The woman was gesturing with her hands, but the expression on her face was somewhat pleading, as though she was trying to convince Shawn of something. As Sadie got closer, she realized the woman was older than Shawn; but it was often hard to tell with women of color, they held their age so well. She was thickly built and at least six feet tall. The two of them completely blocked the hallway.

Sadie stopped about twenty feet from them, not wanting to be rude and interrupt, but not inclined to back away either. Why was Shawn upset? Who was this woman?

The woman said something, then leaned forward slightly, awaiting his answer. Shawn shook his head and began to speak, then saw Sadie out of the corner of his eye and pinched his lips together. She smiled, but he didn’t smile back and instead turned to the woman with some urgency. Sadie couldn’t hear what he said, but the woman looked at Sadie too. She didn’t smile either, and Sadie found herself taking a step backward. Were they angry with her? What for? 

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Baked Alaska 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
DaleneH More than 1 year ago
I had heard a lot about this author and this series, so when I was asked if I wanted to review the book for the tour I gladly accepted. Since I’ve been reading a lot more cozies lately, this fit right in with my reading mood. Even though this is book nine of the series, I didn’t feel left out, but did decide I need to go back and read others in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed the setting on an Alaskan cruise. Even though I’m a warm weather gal, I think I would enjoy a cruise through this beautiful part of the world. Sadie only had to put on a jacket, so there are times when it would not be awfully cold and maybe sitting out on the deck at night would not be so much an option. The mystery begins right away and Sadie is instantly curious of what is happening with her son. I liked the twist and turns of the mystery and it had me continually guessing what and who. I enjoyed the mystery part of this book very much. I also liked how the mystery blended with the personal story of Sadie, her boyfriend, her kids, and her new friends on the cruise. Sadie is a likeable sleuth. A little apprehensive when she needs to be, but smart and funny when working her magic. Great surprises at the end of the book. I highly recommend this book and series to all cozy mystery readers. I am definitely going to go back and read some earlier books of this series.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Baked Alaska: A Culinary Mystery This is the first Culinary Mystery that I have read. I now have a new bunch of Mystery books I want to read. This book does stand alone but are built on a lot of the same characters. The characters are well developed. I do wonder what happened in Boston last year. The book brings the reference up several times. The Suspense and Mystery kept me guessing to the end. I did like the ending a lot. This is a clean read. One thing they do is talk about food and put the recepie in front of the chapters. Me personally would like them all in one spot if I was going to use them. It would make them easier to find on a ebook. Sadie is a mother of two grown children. She planned this vacation cruise for her family to get together and spend time to get to know her boyfriend Pete. Pete has just retired from the police force. Her son Shawn is almost ready to graduate from collage but lately has been keeping secrets from her. Her daughter Breanna is planning her wedding and hopes to use this time to help her. She has been living in England and her fiance lives their too infact he will inheirit a title and a estate. Sadie has so many hopes for this cruise. But instead of getting her son to open up to her he seems to be hiding things from her. She sees him arguing with a lady on the ship but tells his mom its nothing. Breanna knows some of Shawn's problems but does not feel like it is better for Shawn to tell her. Even Pete learns his secrets before she does. While Pete and Sadie are watching the stars they discover a woman having passed out and they get her help. They are afraid she would freeze if left their overnight. Since it is a Alaska cruise they are on and does get colder at night time. Sadie recongizes the lady that she saw arguing with her son. I liked reading Josi S. Kilpack's book and will lookout to read more of her work in the future. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when I have read it by Netgalley. Publisher: Shadow Mountain (February 4, 2013) 368 pages ISBN-13: 978-1609073282
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Josi’s website states that it’s recommended to read the books in series order, but that they can be read out of order. The site goes on to state that once you get to Pumpkin Roll, which is book six in the series, that it gets a little trickier. I’ve never read any of the other books in this series. While there are references to something big that happened in the past, I had ABSOLUTELY no problem reading and enjoying this book. Sadie Hoffmiller, along with her boyfriend Pete Cunningham, her daughter Breanna, and her son Shawn are all set to spend a wonderful fun-filled week cruising from Seattle to Alaska. Sadie hopes that her kids will get to spend time with Pete and get to know him better and she can help Breanna with her wedding plans. As in life, sometimes the best laid out plans are never meant to be. Shawn is a little late getting on board the ship and Sadie, being the mother hen she is, has a feeling that something is going on with him. She spots Shawn with a woman she has never met before having what appears to be a pretty hot and intense conversation. In fact, when she gets close to them, they immediately stop talking and look at her. Shawn refuses to tell Sadie who the woman is or what their conversation was all about. Sadie’s suspicions are raised even higher when everytime she gets close to the woman, the mystery woman runs away from her. Breanna knows what’s going on with Shawn but feels that it isn’t her place to tell Sadie. She feels that if Shawn wanted their mother to know, he would tell her. Sadie has no choice but to let this issue go for now. Breanna lives and works in the United Kingdom and Sadie doesn’t get to see her very often. Sadie is very excited to be able to use this time to help Breanna with her wedding plans. Turns out, Breanna is stressing out over the wedding for more reasons than one. Breanna feels that it’s her and Liam’s big day, so they should have things the way they want them. Too bad not everyone agrees with that. The way things are going, it’s possible that Liam and Breanna will just forget about the whole wedding. For Baked Alaska to be the ninth book in the series, I really liked it. Just when I thought the book was going to go in one direction, it went in several different directions. Sadie Hoffmiller, God bless her little fictional character heart, is so nosy, it isn’t even funny. She just can’t seem to let things go. But what is a mother to do when the police are looking at your son as a murder suspect? Sadie will do whatever it takes to clear Shawn. Whether that means committing B&E, stealing, or risking her own life. With Baked Alaska, you get little side mysteries along with a couple of bigger mysteries, with the ending all wrapped up in a pretty little bow. I have to admit, I’m looking forward to reading more of this series. Oh, and the recipes are another plus for the book. Source: Publisher Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What a great captivating mystery this is, or should I say mysteries? We are on an Alaskan Cruise with Peter and Sadie, and Sadie's children Breanna and Shawn. Breanna lives in London, and is planning a wedding, that her future MIL is taking over the planning of! She wants a small wedding and has picked out her gown and cake, but not what the Duchess wants...I forgot that she is marrying into Society. Sadie wants to help her Daughter, but how? Upon boarding the ship she soon sees her son in an argument with some woman, she wants to know what is going on? No one seems willing to tell her so she starts investigating. Right up Sadie's alley! There are at least a couple of murders, attempted murder, deception, attacks, and other devious activities on this beautiful Alaskan Cruise. Wow! So much adventure going on, and just when one thing is kind of cleared up, there is something else happening. I really felt sorry for the character of Maggie, she was really being used, and had already had so much heartbreak. I hope in the end that some kind of relationship is forged between her and Shawn, and Sadie. If you like a really good mystery this one is for you, it sure won't let you down. I received this book through I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Blog Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I'll bet that my regular "readers" of my reviews grow very tired of starting a review this way, but I believe in always sharing my experience with you. As far as I am concerned, I prefer reading reviews that tell me what the reader was thinking and feeling throughout the book rather than a rehashing of the actual story. So here goes. For the first one third to one half of the book, I struggled to get into this book. I love mysteries, and I often judge them right alongside the Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie. I was hoping that Sadie would be a Miss Marple type, and when she wasn't, I was somewhat disenchanted. And I struggled to truly drum up any interest for the other characters or even the story. The mystery did not seem "mysterious," but it had two things going for it. I had agreed to review it, and it was clean.  As I pushed onward through the book, I suddenly noticed the subtle twist the author had introduced. Maybe I had misjudged the book. Perhaps it needed a higher rating than 4 or 4.5. As I continued to read, I wanted to do nothing buy finish the book. I have to admit that action of the last third of the book sold me on this book. Sadie was not Miss Marple, but she was one smart cookie. And I seriously doubt that most would see the ending coming the way it did. Since this book is part of a series, I am sure that one of the problems I encountered in the beginning was the fact that this is the first and only book from the series that I have read to date. I certainly want to read the others after reading this one. Though not impossible to connect with the characters if you have not read the other books, I think I can attest to the fact that reading the series chronologically works better. If you like love and romance, I feel that you will enjoy this book, too--especially the ending. I will admit that this got a little sappy for me and I could have used a bucket (just kidding), but it was pleasantly brief. I can also recommend this book for its clean content. No profanity and no sex. Also, no gratuitous violence. As a side note, I loved the recipes that were scattered throughout the chapters. Some of them sound really good, and I may have to go back and pull some out to try pretty soon! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg I cant believe that Pete proposes to Sadie!! That was soooo cute. I kind of expected it, though. Soooo cute!!!
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Mamapeck More than 1 year ago
I love the series. Josi does a great job continuing story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the series and love everyone of them can't put them down. Josi s Kilpack is a very good writer i have read alot of her books a must read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Want it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yuck ppl