Lemon Tart (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #1)

Lemon Tart (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #1)

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. 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

ISBN-13: 9781606410509
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2009
Series: Culinary Murder Mysteries Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 486,033
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About 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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“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?

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Lemon Tart 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 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 10 months ago
You will really enjoy how this adventure unfolds and the recipes that go along with it. You can’t figure out if you want to bake or keep reading.
RomancingThePage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review by Laura Lynn @ RomancingThePage.com After multiple people told me they enjoyed ¿Lemon Tart¿ by Josi S Kilpack, I broke down and spent part of my book budget to obtain the 346 page mystery. I have to say I am impressed. As I have never read anything by this author before, I was a little wary when I picked it up. I wasn¿t sure whether to expect a book about food or a sour tease. In fact, it is a mystery revolving around a lemon pastry.Sadie Hoffmiller, is an unexpected heroine. At 56 she is a widow and mother of two. She is also the neighborhood watch dog. She can see everything from her kitchen window, where she spends most of her time cooking.The character of Sadie is well written, if a bit stereotypical of a female mystery heroine. While you gain empathy for her journey, you do wonder how she gets into the predicaments she is in. The last I checked, most people don¿t get involved in police investigations¿unless you are Angela Lansbury in Murder She Wrote.As light mysteries go, I enjoyed the plot. I have to give Ms. Kilpack credit for keeping me guessing. As soon as I was sure who did it there would be a plot twist and I would be unsure again. She never let anything sit long enough for the reader to get bored.The supporting cast of characters was a little odd. I felt at ease with some of them, tortured by others and repulsed by yet others. I am not sure if I made a connection with any of them, but then again, I¿m not sure if I was supposed to. This book is all about Sadie. You see everything through her eyes and her experiences.Overall, this was a fun book. It was a quick, one day read which did not require a lot of thought, just fancy. If you are looking for a spellbinding, gory mystery with mind numbing plot and details, this book is not for you. If you want a fun summer read with clean subject matter, a respectable heroine and cute ending, this is your book.
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From my blog...Lemon Tart by Josi S. Kilpack is the first in her cozy Culinary Mystery series and is a light and fun read guaranteed to make any reader hungry; fortunately Kilpack does indeed provide the reader with a lot of delicious recipes. Set in the relatively quiet cul-de-sac of Peregrine Circle, Sadie Hoffmiller notices two police cruisers heading to Anne Lemmon's home. Sadie cannot help but go outside to investigate the scene further and injects herself into the crime scene by helping the police officers enter Anne's home. Although she was asked to remain outside of the crime scene, Sadie could not help but burst inside and head directly to the kitchen to save a lemon tart from burning in the oven. While Sadie is saving the dessert, the police find Anne's body and after some hesitation, the police allow Sadie to identify Anne's body. Who murdered her and where was her young son Trevor? Who would wish Anne dead? Kilpack writes an interesting novel filled with food as well as a charming cozy mystery. Sadie becomes one of the prime suspects, so naturally she heads up her own investigation to find out not only who murdered Anne, but to discover the whereabouts of Anne's missing 2-year old son. Lemon Tart is filled with an array of characters, suspects, food, and suspicions. The plot is standard for a cozy mystery, except for the extra bonus of all the baking and recipes, an added bonus for any reader who enjoys baking. The characters are interesting, not endearing, yet interesting enough to keep the story moving along at a nice clip. Lemon Tart makes for a quick, enjoyable and easy read, an excellent choice for a vacation book.
fredamans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a delight!I loved the cover, and that was a great start. Immediately upon reading, I was pulled directly into the plot on this cul-de-sac. I hated the idea of putting this cute book down.Yes, it is a murder mystery, but it also has recipes hidden throughout. You know how I love recipes! Of course I tried one, and to say the least, I can surely serve my Italian Mother-in-law this dish. It was THAT good!So was this book.I HIGHLY recommend you, yes, all of you, get a copy and enjoy the read! It is a great trip down Culinary Lane, with a significant twist!
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow, this was just about at cozy as it gets - and I don't mean that in a good way. Sweet, middle-aged neighbor interferes with police investigation of a murder and solve the crime. Fans of Rosemary and Thyme - the ones who find that series completely believable - would eat this book up. Actually, that's probably the best audience for this book. I like a little light mystery sometimes, but this was too much. I skipped to the end only to find that yes, the obnoxious bad cop was indeed the murderer, and yes, the nice cop is the new love interest. I know this was written by an LDS author and I'm sure she's a nice person, but this was absolutely NOT the book for me.
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