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Lemon Tart (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #1)

Lemon Tart (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #1)

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by Josi S. Kilpack

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A recipe for murder!

  • 5 families living on Peregrine Circle
  • 1 flowered curtain tieback
  • 1 missing child
  • 1 body in the field

Mix with a long list of suspects and top with two very different detectives. Increase heat until only the truth remains.

Award-winning author Josi S.


A recipe for murder!

  • 5 families living on Peregrine Circle
  • 1 flowered curtain tieback
  • 1 missing child
  • 1 body in the field

Mix with a long list of suspects and top with two very different detectives. Increase heat until only the truth remains.

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 Anne Lemmon, her beautiful young neighbor--a single mother who was mysteriously killed while a lemon tart was baking in her oven. At the heart of Sadie's search is Anne's missing two-year-old son, Trevor. Whoever took the child must be the murderer, but Sadie is certain that the police are looking at all the wrong suspects--including her!

Armed with a handful of her very best culinary masterpieces, Sadie is determined to bake her way to proving her innocence, rescuing Trevor, and finding out exactly who had a motive for murder.

Product Details

Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date:
Culinary Murder Mysteries Series , #1
Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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“I told you to wait outside,” Officer Malloy said, his eyebrows pinched together and his eyes angry. Sadie couldn’t be sure but he seemed to be pulling himself up taller too—perhaps to look down on her a little better. She was not impressed.

“And let the tart burn?” she asked with exaggerated incredulity. What she wanted more than the salvation of the tart was to look around the house herself, but for the moment she kept her eyes locked on Malloy’s, not wanting to appear the least bit intimidated. She had at least twenty years on this kid and she wasn’t the type of woman who let herself be pushed around.

He let out a breath as if she were a child and that got her back up even more. He might know how to investigate some tip and enjoy bullying the neighbors, but Sadie knew Anne and she knew this house. If something wasn’t right, she’d be the one who would notice—not him. He narrowed his eyes and took a deep breath. Sadie mimicked his expression, narrowing her eyes even more.

“Please return outside,” he said slowly, calculating. “Harris, turn off the oven.”

“Turn it off?” Sadie said in disbelief, stepping back to block the oven door. “No way.”

Malloy’s expression faltered and she saw his uncertainty, which only strengthened her resolve.

“Excuse me?” he asked as if he hadn’t heard her correctly.

“Most people vastly underestimate the satisfaction of good homemaking skills and I won’t have anyone sabotage Anne’s attempts. There are”—she turned her head to look at the timer—“three minutes left. This oven will not be opened a minute sooner.”

“You’re interfering with a police investigation,” Officer Malloy said as he took a step toward her, his jaw clenched.

“And you’re interfering with a woman’s kitchen.” Sadie lifted her chin even higher—partly because he was now only ten inches or so from her face. Malloy seemed to be trying to find a reply, but she continued before he had the chance. “You said yourself it was all clear and that whatever tip brought you here was unfounded,” she said. “And Anne wouldn’t have been baking if she weren’t going to be right back. In case she isn’t, I’ll remove it.” Yet even as she said it, the unease in her stomach grew. There were too many questions in her mind now.

Why would Anne put a tart in the oven and then leave? Sadie had been at her kitchen window all morning, how could she have missed Anne leaving? Why was the house locked up if she were only going to be gone a few minutes?

Meet the Author

Josi S. Kilpack is the author of twenty-five novels—including the twelve-book Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series—one cookbook, and has been part of several coauthored projects and anthologies. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.

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Lemon Tart 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
we read Lemon Tart for our Book Group in March. It was very fun talking and reviewing the book. We all enjoyed the characters, the plot and the recipes. For dessert at book group, we sampled the brownies and the cookies from the book. The surprise ending of "who done it" was great.
Bookaddicts More than 1 year ago
This book has many intriguing elements: a mystery, humor and yummy recipes! Sadie Hoffmiller is a busybody neighbor who knows her way around the kitchen. When a delicious mystery rears its intriguing lemon head, Sadie pushes herself into the middle of it; she can't help herself, especially where food is involved. I liked Sadie and look forward to reading more of her adventures. She's spunky, honest, smart and grounded. Plus, her neighbors get to enjoy Sadie's baked goods. Sadie was sharing her baking knowledge with a young neighbor. The neighbor is killed and her two-year old son is missing. Can Sadie connect the clues in this murder recipe without getting herself in trouble? This 'cozy' mystery was a fun, clean, quick read that kept me guessing until the mystery was solved. The books in this series would make delightful gifts for any reader on your list.
JordanMcC More than 1 year ago
Josi Kilpack's Lemon Tart is a fun read. I read English Trifle first (the second in the series), and was excited to read the first installment of amateur sleuth Sadie Hoffmiller. I really enjoyed the final chase sequence after the murderer is revealed. I also liked that the murderer was such a surprise--I'm usually pretty good at calling the murderer (except when my imagination is far more interesting than the author's!), but Kilpack totally got me. At times, Sadie can be a little preachy (okay, it almost makes me *want* her to get her comeuppance!), but she does hold herself to as high a standard as she holds others, and she recognizes that she's not perfect. And of course, I can't wait to try the recipes!
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this culinary mystery. The Main character is likable and the plot thickens in the end to be very enjoyable. I will read another.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Josi Kilpack's LEMON TART is a recipe for murder, intrigue and fun. This first book in her culinary mystery series introduces Sadie Hoffmiller, a widowed and retired with nothing to do but cook, garden and watch her neighbors. When her beautiful young neighbor Anne Lemmon is murdered and her child is missing, Sadie takes it on herself to investigate; much to the chagrin of the two detectives assigned to the case (a real good cop-bad cop duo). Kilpack has created a fantastic group of characters; keeps the reader in suspense and adds a few recipes along the way (for those of us you like to cook). I enjoyed reading this fun mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book! It was an easy read but captivating! I love all the recipes and can't wait to host book club for this one at my house... I'm making Lemon Tart! :) It is definitely one to buy so you'll have the recipes!
Sweet-Tangerine More than 1 year ago
Lemon Tart: A Culinary Mystery by Josi S.Kilpack With Josi's previous books on issues, her newest is the start of a delightful culinary series. I've always enjoyed culinary mysteries, what with several mouth-watering recipes interspersed through out just to whet our appetite, it just makes you want more. Since this one is Lemon Tart, the cover is uniquely yellow!!!! Sadie Hoffmiller, cooking afficianado and amateur sleuth, finds her neighbor's dead body in a field out in the neighbor's back yard. The police tend to suspect Sadie when she runs ahead of them searching for suspects and reasons why the young mother was murdured. With more suspects looming on the horizon, Sadie's not sure what will happen next. And, Anne's two year old son is miussing and it's up to Sadie to find him and bring the murderer to justice. With her second in the series, English Trifle, due out in Aug, you'll want to read this and savor each page!!!! Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook Publisher: Deseret Book Company Pub. Date: March 2009 ISBN-13: 9781606410509 361pp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and thought I would try it. There were times where it felt like the writing was amateurish. The recipes were fairly basic. I could have overcome that, but the main character was judgmental, and that got to me more than anything else. If I'm going to read something light, I would like some characters that didn't mind a laugh, but that never happened here. Instead, the main character came across as someone who would not accept her own fallacies, but didn't hesitate to pass judgement on others. As a result, she came across as hypocritical. If I wouldn't want to spend time with this person in real life, I won't be aiting my time reading a book with a dislikable main character. Life is too short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a kids book? I really need to know
MamaRio More than 1 year ago
really enjoyed reading this first in the series, look forward to reading the next installment
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable mystery.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
LEMON TART is the first in a series of culinary mysteries, with recopies included throughout the story.  Sadie Hoffmiller lives in a small, friendly community where neighbors watch out for each other, and also seem to know everyone's business.  Sadie's a widow, and her children are all grown-up and moved out of her house.  Therefore, she loves to help other people, and sharing her cooking and baking skills with those around her.   When , Anne, a young single mother, is found murdered in her back yard, Sadie seems to be the neighbor who was most involved with her, and was helping her learn cooking and gardening.  With Anne having no other relatives, Sadie was called upon to identify her mangled body.  But the bigger question became, what has happened to Anne's two year old son, Trevor. Anne wants to help to find Trevor , and his Mom's murderer, but the two policeman working the case seem to have a mystery grudge going between themselves already.   One policeman welcomes the inside knowledge that Sadie brings to the case, while the other one wants to charge Sadie with the murder.  Working this case becomes a trial in itself. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions of all the characters in this story.  Even though Sadie was a bit of a busybody neighbor, her actions seemed very reasonable in the situation because the focus was often on the officers bickering, rather than focusing on the investigation.  So, of course, Sadie found herself in numerous compromising and scary situations.  Then when Information about Anne, showed she was not who she seemed, everything got even more interesting. Exciting mystery, yummy recipes, good characters, and less than perfect police procedurals made for a great read.  Looking forward to the next read in this culinary mystery series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When my grandma told me to read this I thought it would be some old boring history of a lemon tart but it is actually a murder mystery. It takes you on alot of r twists and turns and is very surprising at the end. After I read this book it became my absolute favorite.
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From the beging if the book it has you you cant put the book down very well writen
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*smiles* rap.e me.