Pumpkin Roll (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #6)

Pumpkin Roll (Culinary Murder Mysteries Series #6)

by Josi S. Kilpack


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Sadie Hoffmiller believes in her abilities as a cook and as a detective. She believes in the beauty of a perfectly baked pumpkin roll. She does not, however, believe in ghosts.

As Halloween approaches, Sadie is looking forward to spending her favorite baking season of the year making delicious New England recipes in Boston, Massachusetts, with her favorite leading man, Pete Cunningham, as they babysit his three young grandsons. When the boys insist that Mrs. Wapple, the woman who lives across the street, is a witch, Sadie and Pete are anxious to distract the boys from such silly ideas.

Sadie tries to befriend Mrs. Wapple, but when her foolproof plate of cookies fails to work its magic, she is left with more questions than answers. And Sadie has never been one to leave a good question unanswered.

The more she investigates, however, the stranger the answers become. And when Sadie learns the eccentric Mrs. Wapple has been attacked in her home, she knows times is running out. As the unexplained occurrences escalate, Sadie finds herself embroiled in yet another mystery with life-or-death consequences. Can Sadie discover whoever—or whatever—is behind the mystery before anyone else gets hurt? Or will this be the last time Sadie takes the case?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609087456
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 09/07/2011
Series: Culinary Murder Mysteries Series , #6
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 897,488
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Josi S. Kilpack is an accomplished and prolific author of nearly two dozen novels including the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. She has won the Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense and the Utah Best of State Fiction Winner. She lives with her family in the Southwest.

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Sadie ended the call and put her phone in her coat pocket before pulling the collar up as a stiff wind came at her from the north. It had been nice weather when she and Pete arrived in Boston, but it had gotten colder every day since. Despite the temperatures, however, she loved autumn, loved New England, and was glad to be out of Garrison, Colorado, for a little while. Things had been changing for her over the last year, ever since the discovery of her neighbor’s body in the field behind her house, and whereas she once felt perfectly accepted and comfortable in her small town, she now felt as though she were growing out of it. Most of her investigative work was from Fort Collins, an hour west of Garrison, but she’d even had a couple from Denver hire her; her world was so much bigger than it used to be.

She let out a breath and wondered where life would take her next. It wasn’t that she regretted the changes—she’d always been open to adventure—but she missed the easy comfort she used to feel living in Garrison. It wasn’t fair to give other people all the blame, though; she knew she approached them differently too, unsure what gossip they had heard or what decisions they’d made about her.


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Pumpkin Roll 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading never suspected the ending great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cute easy read. Enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these murder mysteries (and the great recipes). It's nice to lose myself in a good book that isn't full of sex and profanity.
GRgenius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mysterious story that changes course time and again from events that are perhaps blown out of proportion with an explainable cause to those things that can only truly be described as done by the unseen hands of something paranormal. Word to the wise....do not go into this book with an empty stomach or at least without a well stocked kitchen because it being a ¿Culinary Mystery¿, there are several great food options mentioned along the way AND the recipes are INCLUDED in the book. Sadie Hoffmiller is not your average Jane Gumshoe. She¿s an investigator and will follow the course of the case from beginning to end with the help of her son and her growing list of contacts, but she¿s not a 20-something-ish newbie, nor is she a hardcore knuckle-cracker who could freeze a polar bear with her icy stare. She¿s a lady of years with cooking skills to boot and a penchant for being in the right place at the right time. This is book six in this deliciously titled series with book seven just on the horizon (Banana Split, 2012) and while I haven¿t read any of the preceding novels, I was still able to grasp the story fully without feeling like an outsider looking in. Her past cases are mentioned now and again but to only a degree of comparison or remembrance, not actual detailed recognition. Would I be interested in checking out the rest of the series? Yes, but with a slight hesitation... The beginning of the book¿.for me, dragged in a major way. I mean after I gathered who everyone was, I was ready for a bit of action, but it was slow in coming. There were tidbits here and there to pick up along the way and then about a third of the way in ¿BOOM. The magical seeds grew into a bean stock leading straight on to a giant of a mystery to be solved¿and the novels trickier nature is revealed. Just as you think things are going to go one way, the author switches back to surprise you with an outcome you weren¿t prepared for¿in a good way¿.often inducing gasps, laughs and small chuckles at how easily you were led.In summary, though slow to catch fire, a worthy mystery nonetheless and the timing for it couldn¿t be better. You get to visit the Northern side of the US of A at a beautiful time of year and share in the sites and sounds that surround¿all while trying to solve a mystery unfolding right before your eyes. Try as you might, you won¿t be able to guess the ending¿.I (pretty much) guarantee it.
JacobsBeloved on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is the most recent in a mystery series, but the first book I have read by Josi S. Kilpack. I do not read much in the mystery genre, but the cooking aspect of the book interested me enough to try this one. All of the page numbers to the recipes are listed nicely on the back of the first page, so I was able to check those out without having to search for them, and they do look like quite delicious recipes, perfect for this time of year.The main character is an older woman, Sadie Hoffmiller, who has recently opened a P.I. business in her hometown in Colorado, but has taken a vacation to Boston with her love interest, Pete, to house-sit and watch over his three grandsons. Right away she strikes me as both ultra-conservative - Sadie and Pete sleep in separate bedrooms - and a perfectionist. Not only is her cooking described in detail, but also her cleaning and personal grooming habits. She also comes off as a "busy-body" as she very quickly gets involved in the life of the woman who lives across the street and bears the reputation of a witch, the eccentric Mrs. Wapple. It is as if she is so addicted to her job back home that she must continue its nosy approach wherever she travels.The city of Boston is obviously chosen for its proximity to Salem, Massachusetts and the many references and allusions to ghosts and witches throughout the plot. When pranks begin to strike in the house that Sadie and Pete are staying at, the obvious choice is ghosts, but their sensibilities and penchant for detective work prevent them from embracing this as the solution.When something dire happens to Mrs. Wapple halfway through the book, Sadie is right in the thick of it, her curiosity taking prominence over even her duties as babysitter with Pete. Not even a vacation will deter her from solving yet another case.On the whole, the book is entertaining, though Sadie can be annoying at times. Like any mystery, I want to know who is the responsible party, but my favorite part of this book is definitely the recipes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If youre still there meet me at the next response ~kat
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
The first part of the book I feared Josi had ran out ofcreativity for Sadie and her mysteries. I was pleased inhow the suspense and mystery steadily built. The last two thirds of the book kept one constantly guessing on'Who did it? and Why?'. Once again she didn't disappointand it is a great book to read at the beginning of the holiday season - before Halloween.
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The arctic wolf licks her g spot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kisses her privates and sucks her boobs.
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If you want it kiss my private part and my boobs