Fortune Cookie (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #11)

Fortune Cookie (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #11)

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by Josi S. Kilpack
     
 

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Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list.

With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the perfect final touches to her wedding plans. But the arrival of a

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Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list.

With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the perfect final touches to her wedding plans. But the arrival of a mysterious letter that bears a San Francisco postmark and no return address could change everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn't seen or heard from since their mother's funeral nearly fifteen years ago. Sadie has faced off with murderers and crooks in recent years, yet the potential of her sister reentering her life is both overwhelming and frightening. But, as Sadie soon discovers, the letter is just the beginning. Wendy's world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one motive for murder.

Editorial Reviews

Jennifer Moore

“The mystery’s personal this time as Sadie confronts painful memories and makes a surprising discovery in her quest for answers. A story chock-full of humor and tenderness—and of course plenty of yummy food. Sadie Hoffmiller is the real San Francisco treat!”—Jennifer Moore, author of Becoming Lady Lockwood

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781629730721
Publisher:
Deseret Book Company
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Series:
Culinary Murder Mysteries Series , #11
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
283,008
File size:
1 MB

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“Is your father Ji Doang?”

The girl looked up at her and nodded.

Sadie couldn’t help but smile. She put her hand to her chest. “My name is Sadie Hoffmiller. My sister was your grandmother, Wendy.”

The girl’s face fell, and her eyes went wide, causing Sadie’s smile to falter. This wasn’t happy news? She remembered Ji had said he and Wendy hadn’t been close, and she wondered if perhaps Ji’s daughter didn’t know what had happened to her grandmother. Or perhaps she did know, and Sadie mentioning it had caused this girl some pain.

Meet the Author

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. Blackberry Crumble is Josi’s thirteenth novel and the fifth book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her wonderful husband, four amazing children, one fat dog, and a varying number of very happy chickens.

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Fortune Cookie 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
This is a continued Sadie Hoffmiller adventure/mystery. The story plot steadily moves forward and thickens. However, the long awaited marriage between Sadie and Pete is on very “shaky ground”. Perhaps her wedding day will have to be postponed or cancelled after her and Pete experience the attractions of this historical city. Sadie dreads opening a mysterious letter which eventually leads her to San Francisco where she meets a nephew for the first time and becomes involved in a deadly murder investigation. This may be the deadliest yet! Sadie is once again drawn into a captivating mystery. In this case, it is very difficult to limit the suspects. As always, Kilpack developed the characters in a realistic manner and portrayed the background scenes very well. This story was entertaining and kept the reader guessing at “Who did it?” yet, was largely similar to her  other sleuthing antics. The title was perfect and the book cover attractive and eye-catching. The character developments were done well. I listened to the book on CDs very well read by Diane Dobczynski. My review of this book on CD offers Four+ Stars.
Rachellewrites More than 1 year ago
Josi continues to delight and indulge mystery readers with her latest culinary mystery, Fortune Cookie. In this book, Sadie travels to San Francisco and embarks on a dark and sinister hunt for the truth about her older sister Wendy. Suspicions are high, the mystery is spine-tingling, and the depth of emotions that Sadie must go through makes this novel a fast-paced read.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars I liked this story. It has interesting characters that I care about and like. The mystery was good. I had no clue. The personal lines of the story touched me and made me think. I really hate the recipe that comes between each chapter and throws me out of the story. It makes it hard to get lost in the story. Plus if you want to find them it makes it hard to search for them. I like them best at the end of a book personally. This is book 11 of A Culinary Mystery but only the third one I have read. The next book is the last so I need to catch up and read the ones I have missed. There is only 3 weeks before the wedding now. Sadie gets a letter telling her about the death of her sister and is asked to come help close up her apartment. Sadie has not seen her sister for 15 years and they are not close at all. Their is a lot of mystery around her death and a fire a month later. Pete and Sadie decide to go and help figure out what happened to her and meet her nephew. while their Pete and Sadie both end up going with deep emotions at the time. I even wondered if they were ready to get married. I was given this book to read for purpose of giving a honest review of it.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but the theme is so sad, an estranged daughter, sister, and mental illness. Often unrecognized, but dealing with it day in and day out, so very hard, and this is what happened in Sadie’s family. Her sister Wendy, she did things to her family, that still make me cringe, like putting spiders in her sisters mashed potatoes. UGH! We never really see Wendy in this story; she is already deceased when we meet her. We learn about the highs and lows of her life, and the evil that seemed to consume her. What was really hard to understand was how she treated her child, but winter months were her worst. We meet so many characters in this read, like the pink lady, the annoyed tenant, the unlikeable daughter-in-law, the loveable Granddaughter, the X-husband, and so on. Sadie has traveled to San Francisco to help the nephew she has never met with her soon to be husband Pete. Can you imagine meeting a nephew for the first time under such circumstances? They think her sister was dead at least a month, and then set on fire…huh? Now Sadie again cannot accept that this is a natural death, she again has those detective feelings, and with Pete being a retired Police Detective, this pair have there crime ears on. As we travel the streets of San Francisco, you will get the feeling that you are walking these hills, and eating at China Town, don’t try those ribs! You will make up your mind several times as to who committed the crime, if there was one. I know I was sure that I knew, but then, nope another. This will keep you on the edge of your seat, and believe me you will be shocked at the end. Come along on another great Sadie adventure, a really great, and mysterious read. I really want more, the author did state at the end that it is really getting harder to come up with scenarios, but I think she did a wonderful job! I received this book through I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, and was not required to give a positive review.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
FUN! INTRIGUING! KEEPS YOU READING UNTIL THE VERY END! Sadie just wants to plan her upcoming wedding. But when she receives a strange letter from a nephew she wasn't really sure existed with a newspaper clipping of her sister's death... She goes to San Francisco to help clear out her sister's things and try to find out what happened. She is also hoping to form a relationship with her nephew, a owner of a Chinese restaurant. Each time she meets with him she grabs a fortune cookie... And each fortune helps her find another clue to the murderer. Hard memories come to the surface for both Sadie and Pete. "As Sadie keeps finding unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one motive for murder..." Will their friendship hold or will the marriage be called off? LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. THIS. BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this series right when it first came out and I've been a fan from day one. It broke my heart a little bit when I read in the Acknowledgements about how hard this series is getting for her to write, because I think they're getting better and better. I've really enjoyed each and every one of them--they're similar with our beloved heroine, Sadie, yet they're each different in setting and mystery. Fortune Cookie takes place in San Francisco. I've only been there once, but I was fascinated with the city--so much diversity and so much to see and do. I loved visualizing where this was all taking place. As mentioned in the book description, Sadie was here because of her sister's death. I love the way Sadie gets characters to open up and the way she tries to worm her way into relationships and situations. She is definitely not as pushy as she was in the beginning and she has a way about her of drawing important information out. Pete, her fiance, came along. He's one of my favorite characters and really had to deal with some complex emotions while here. He's such a calming influence on Sadie and they balance each other well. I really felt bad for Ji, Sadie's nephew. His whole situation was very complex and evoked some emotions that were hard to deal with. It was sad, yet the story didn't come off as depressing. Content: no language; murder and crimes--hey, it's a murder mystery--but no graphic details; mild romance/kissing. I would consider if clean.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
When this book came up for review, I had to grab it.  Who doesn't love a mystery, and then a mystery involving food.  Yes, Please..hehe.   I didn't realize this was a series, until I started reading more about it.  I don't think I would consider it a true "series" because it can be read as a stand alone.  I wasn't lost or confused by anything happening.  I was pleasantly surprised by the book and especially about how clean it is for a mystery.  It's fantastic.  Now, onto my thoughts. I really enjoyed reading this book.  I think that at the beginning it moved a little slow, but it was interesting enough I wanted to know what happened.  When Sadie and Pete travel to San Francisco to go through the boxes that were Saides estranged sisters life, the book got really interesting.  I love mystery books.  I love trying to figure out who the bad guy is before it is revealed.  I cannot say I did that in this one.  Which, means (to me) that the author did a great job of hiding the "criminals".  It was fantastic. When Sadies sister Wendy ends up dead things are a little sketchy.  I thought the story between Sadie and her sister was so sad.  Wendy was messed up.  Really messed up.  Sadie was the sister with her head on her shoulders.  When Sadie is forced to go through Wendy's things at the request of Wendy's son Ji, the story really begins to come to life. There are a lot of twits and turns in this book, which made it exciting for me to read.  We learn that Ji suffered horribly at the hands of his neglectful mother.  He was a little bitter when Sadie showed up, and I don't blame him.  His life had sucked living with an emotionally unstable mother for way too long.  He was bitter at the fact that Sadie and his grandparents didn't do more to help him.  It really turns out to be a fascinating story.  When it all comes together I was like "how did I not see that coming"?  Having said that I don't think I would have seen the ending.  It still is surprising to me.  Which is awesome. Sadie and Pete have such a sweet, complicated relationship.  Pete is such a great character.  You cannot help but love him, and feel sorry for him.  Sadie is also a great character.  She is a strong, complicated woman.  She is torn between finding the truth behind her sisters death, and dealing with the feelings Pete is having for his dead wife. This is a great mystery/love story.  If you like that kind of thing, pick this book up, and hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I did.  The book has a few recipes in it and I think I am going to have  to try.  Although I think they are over my head..hehehe.  I am not a good cook, but the things they had in the book made my tummy growl a few times just thinking about them.  A book, and food.  What an awesome combination.  In San Francisco we are introduced to more characters, and each one comes with a story.  I love how it all comes together.  I love it when there are a lot of characters in a book and the process of connecting them becomes just as interesting as the story.  Or, when the connections come to light and you have that "AH HA" moment.  I love that.  This was such a fun read.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews What would you do if you found out the person who loved to torture and torment you more than anything as a child and teenager died. What if that person was your sister? Sadie Hoffmiller should be happily preparing to get married and start a new life with her fiancé, Pete Cunningham. Unfortunately, with less than a month to go before the big day, Sadie just might not make it to the wedding. The last time Sadie saw her older sister, Wendy, was fifteen years ago, at their mother’s funeral. After the funeral, Sadie tried to reach out to her sister but got no response in return. Now, with an unexpected letter, Sadie’s life is about to be turned upside down. Sadie’s nephew, a person she and her family were never sure actually existed, writes to tell Sadie that Wendy was found dead in her apartment of natural causes. Eddie asks Sadie to come and help pack up Wendy’s belongings. Though part of her is hesitant to do so, Sadie does, thinking it will bring closure. Upon arriving in San Francisco, Sadie is in for quite a few shocks. Pete starts to act differently, she has no idea how to interact with her newfound nephew and things about Wendy’s life just aren’t adding up. While confirming beliefs about her sister, Sadie also makes new discoveries. With the PI in her realizing something is wrong, Sadie starts to ask questions. Unfortunately for her, she doesn’t know who she can trust. Sadie is going to have to fight for her life and have faith in both herself and Pete if she has any hope of getting out of this situation. It took me a while to figure out where Josi was going with this story. I knew the mystery was there, I just wasn’t sure exactly where it was. I was surprised to find myself feeling sorry for Sadie during her time in San Francisco, as far as dealing with her nephew, his family, and Pete. When you say a book has surprises, that was definitely the case with Fortune Cookie. When you think you have everything figured out, think again. I went into reading this book thinking it was the last book in the series. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. While I haven’t read the entire series, I have come to love Sadie. I am now patiently waiting for the next book in the series to come out. Source: Publisher