Blackberry Crumble (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #5)

Blackberry Crumble (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #5)

by Josi S. Kilpack

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The word is out about Sadie Hoffmiller's amateur detective work, but it's not exactly the kind of publicity Sadie wants. In the newest culinary mystery from bestselling author Josi Kilpack, Sadie accepts her first investigation-for-hire and travels to Portland, Oregon, at the request of a woman who has suspicions about her wealthy father's untimely death. Putting her detective skills to the test, Sadie delves into a past business partnership that didn't end well, discovers some unsavory family secrets, and exposes more than a few motives for murder. When the investigation leads to threats against her safety, Sadie pretends to crumble under the pressure. But secretly, she is more determined than ever to uncover answers that seem to be buried in shocking scandal, insatiable appetites, and pure greed.
• Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadie's Virtual Test Kitchen.
• Josi's culinary mysteries have become favorites with members of Goodreads and other book networking sites.
• Reader's guide available online.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606419410
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 03/09/2011
Series: Culinary Murder Mysteries Series , #5
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,282,470
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Josi 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 is a two time Whitney award–winner (Sheep's Clothing in 2007 and Wedding Cake in 2014) and the Utah Best in State winner for fiction in 2012. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children and live in Utah.

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Blackberry Crumble: A Culinary Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
I usually prefer mysteries with strong romantic or horror elements included in them, because let's face it -- if I'm going to spend that much brain power on trying to unlock the quintessential "puzzle", I might as well do it efficiently. Blackberry Crumble is neither erotic nor terrifyingly spine-chilling, yet I still had a great time reading it. The main reason why this is not my usual type of book is because first of all, the main protagonist, Sadie Hoffmiller, is at least twice my age. However, Sadie's fifty-year-old issues do not stand prominent throughout the story. Rather, the timeless, ageless dilemmas that Josi S. Kilpack presents are what make the novel shine. As part of the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mysteries series, Blackberry Crumble makes a fantastic stand-alone novel. I haven't read the four previous titles, but I still got through it fine. Of course, now I want to go back and read all of the first books. Sadie is one fine sunny day, presented a problem greater than anything she's ever encountered. A problem that may risk her clean reputation in her friendly, small-town neighborhood. A problem that may risk her life...and the lives of those she loves. She knows there is only one way to get out of this mess, and that is to help out a woman in need, a woman named May who claims Sadie is perfect for a private investigation she wants to solve. Sadie is by no means a detective, but her moral and social values know it would be best to assist this troubled stranger. In the end, Sadie betrays and is betrayed, learns secrets and reveals secrets, and once, is even slapped (not much of a horror to me, but seemed terrifying to Sadie). But the whole time, she sticks to her determination to find out what truly happened to May's father, if it's the last thing she does. Kilpack's writing style flows well -- it's very easy to read and oftentimes funny. Occasionally, the dialogue is a little unrealistic, as if it were formatted exactly to be written in print. But other than that, the story was easy to comprehend, and I had a few laughs along the way. What I loved most were all the recipes featured at the end of every few chapters. Blackberry Crumble may keep you at the edge of your seat, attempting to solve the mystery (that completely dupes you at the end -- such an unexpected and riveting ending!), but more importantly, it will keep you licking your lips and your stomach growling. Now that is what I call power of a book. Kilpack writes a humorous and intriguing novel about family and love, that is all the while completely appropriate and chaste. The characters are relatable and the food sounds scrumptious. Definitely a culinary mystery you don't want to miss. Stephanie Loves: "'Sadie?' Pete said, squeezing her hand. She loved the sound of her name on his lips." Where Stephanie Got It: Tracee from Pump Up Your Book for review, as part of the Blackberry Crumble blog tour. Radical Rating: 8 hearts- Would recommend to lots of really good friends.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book even more than I did Key Lime Pie! Ms. Kilpack has what it takes to create a FANTASTIC culinary mystery. She mixes my two favorite things and throws out a novel that is so worth reading. She blends it all with just the right amount of funny humor, making her newest dish a sensation of a read! Sadie is one character that I will not forget for a long time to come. She was in Ms. Kilpack's 4 previous novels (though, sadly, I only have read book 3, Key Lime Pie!), and she just gets better and better. It seems that where ever Sadie is, there's food and......murder. Unlike Key Lime Pie, Blackberry Crumble brings Sadie to an unexpected profession: PI. Yep, that's right. Private Investigator. She's set and determined to help solve the mysterious crime of murder, and along the way, she makes the readers laugh. She's a funny, witty, and often times down right lovable, but that doesn't stop her from trying to prove innocence when innocence is due! I absolutely love Sadie! She is the ULTIMATE character for a culinary mystery. Her character is so life like and when I read Sadie's stories, I feel like I've known her my entire life. I love following along side her in her crime solving mode. I laugh until I cry in spots and in others, well, let's just say I am just plain happy to be able to be a part of Sadie's fun. If you love getting new recipes, and if you love to solve those ups and downs of a fun, great mystery, then look no further than Josi Kilpack's wonderful work of culinary mysteries. She will be a hit with any book lover! Five stars and two thumbs, no doubt, to an author who is masterful! I absolutely can not wait to go back and read the first 3 novels, as well as read #6 six in this fantastic, fun series!
momisreading More than 1 year ago
Sadie Hoffmiller is in the middle of things again! This time she's even getting paid. Sadie is the perfect nosy heroine for a cozy mystery. She's unassuming and kind, and trying to glean information wherever she can. I love the drive she has to hone her investigative skills. It's also fun to watch her delight over all things food.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It should be free. I only have the sample because it is over 10.00
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bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
Trade PB/I really enjoy mysteries, but this one was slow. I read the first 160 pages and didn't want to not finish it since it was a gift. I decided to skip and read the last 50 pages. Sadie is an interesting character that is a amateur sleuth. She is shamed by a newspaper reported and takes a case out of town till she can hold her head up high in front of her town. It takes over 100 pages to get to the case, and that development is slow. I really wanted to like it more. The last 50 pages flowed right in and I didn't feel like I missed too much. The way I read it really worked for me.