Sadie Hoffmiller has survived eighteen months of nonstop adventures filled with murder, deceit, and danger. She could really use some rest—and maybe even some time to heal—relaxing in the tropical paradise of Kaua'i. However, palm trees and sunshine are not as effective a medication as Sadie had hoped. And when she finds herself entangled—literally—with a dead body, she is forced to face the compounding fears and anxieties that are making her life so difficult to live.
Her determination to stay out of danger and to focus on overcoming her anxieties soon takes a backseat when she meets eleven-year-old Charlie, the son of the woman whose body she discovered near Anahola Beach. Charlies has some questions of his own about what happened to his mother, and he is convinced that only Sadie can help him. If only Sadie were as confident in her abilities as Charlie is.
With the help of her best friend and a local social worker, Sadie dives into another mystery with the hope that, at the end, she'll be able to find the peace and closure that has eluded her.
About the Author
Josi S. Kilpack began her first novel in 1998. Her seventh novel, Sheep's Clothing, won the 2007 Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense and was the Best of State Fiction Winner in 2012. She is also the author of the 12-volume Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and children.
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When she reached the end of the dock, Sadie waited for the boat like a penitent child. Watching the water lap against the sides of the wood that was green with moss and other sea life gave Sadie the chills. Long strands of dark seaweed flowed alongside, like the hair of a mermaid from some long-ago fairy tale. Sadie watched it move, fluid and graceful, and tried to draw calmness from its easy motion. After a few seconds, however, she realized the seaweed was black, not green. Despite her misgivings, she bent down to get a closer look into the water and was soon on her knees, peering at the underside of the dock where what she thought was seaweed was actually hair connected to a human head. Scrambling to her feet as fresh panic descended like a hammer, she screamed for help at the same moment that she lost her balance, dropped the flippers, and plunged headlong into the sea that had already claimed one victim.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another strong offering from Josi. Sadie is a different lady this time around. She is plagued by anxiety and stress. When she finds a dead body under a pier, she goes to a psychiatrist to help her. It takes a visit from the deceased's son that spurs Sadie into action, to help him find out what really happened to her. I had to wipe away tears at the end of this, and it kept me guessing.