Friday, March 12, 2010

DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE: REVIEW and GIVEAWAY

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DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE

BY JOSI S. KILPACK

ABOUT THE BOOK:

It’s been years since author Thom Mortenson has been back to Garrison, Colorado. As part of the library fundraising committee, who invited him to speak, Sadie Hoffmiller wants everything to be perfect—right down to the homemade Devil’s Food Cake she made herself. Murder, however, was not on the menu.

When Thom’s manager ends up dead on stage, Sadie does what any woman with a history of solving murders does–jumps right in to offer her guidance and expertise. The police, however, are not very appreciative. In fact, they’d rather she just go home. But can Sadie help it if she keeps stumbling over information? Can she help it if the people intricately woven into the deception keep crossing her path? The more she learns, the broader the spectrum becomes and when the police refuse to take her seriously, Sadie has no choice but to sidestep them altogether in the pursuit of justice.

With her son Shawn at her side, her reputation on the line, and a full cast of suspicious characters, Sadie Hoffmiller is once again cooking her way through a case that offers far more questions than answers.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998, while on bedrest with a pregnancy, and never stopped. Devil’s Food Cake is Josi’s eleventh novel, and the third book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. The other novels, Lemon Tart (Book 1) and English Trifle (Book 2) were released in 2009. While the books all feature Sadie Hoffmiller as the main character, they stand alone in regard to plot and can be read as a set or as individual titles. In addition to her writing, Josi enjoys reading, baking, traveling, and snuggling with her sweetheart, Lee. They now live in Willard, Utah with their four kids, a dog, and a varying number of chickens.

MY REVIEW:

Josi S. Kilpack’s DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE is my first Sadie Hoffmiller Mystery and I thoroughly enjoyed her. She is a bit kooky and unusual but in a wonderfully funny, sweet way. She’s the kind of friend I think I’d like to be around. She dreams of being a detective and so whenever a mystery arises (and they seem to quite often around Sadie, if Kilpack’s series is an example of that) not only is Sadie in the middle of it, wanted or not, but she also is the one who solves it!

Sadie dreams of being a detective and when a murder occurs in front of her eyes, what is she to do but “get on the case“. Her recipe for solving these mysteries always somehow involves food which give the book an extra bit of flavor. In fact, when author Thom Mortenson is in town to speak for a fundraiser, Sadie had hoped for a perfect evening complete with her homemade Devil’s Food Cake. Instead, when shots rang out and Thom’s manager winds up dead while trying to adjust the microphone, Sadie’s night is a disaster to say the least!

With this mystery now the flavor of the month in Sadie’s book, she mixes right in with the police investigation, much to their distaste. Also, in this book, her son Shawn is introduced and likes to get into chasing criminals as well as has been the recipient of Sadie’s culinary skills! With some twists and turns, the mystery is a real “who done it” up until the very end and will have you guessing at all kinds of scenarios. Also, there is a morsel of temptation about Josi Kilpack’s next “killer recipe” with Sadie, and this one is going to be called Key Lime Pie. This is a fun book for casual enjoyment and relaxation along with some yummy tasting recipes…I just wish the cake really came along with it!


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48 comments:

Linda Kish said...

This book is part of a culinary mystery series

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Linda Kish said...

She takes her portable word processor with her when she runs around getting things done.

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I always like books that involve libraries, and cake plus libraries - what could be better?

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I found out at her website that you can get recipes - yum, the lemon tart looks wonderful!

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wheresmyrain said...

what I found interesting was the book that turned her on to reading "the witch of blackbird pond" i remember that book!

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Misusedinnocence said...

This sounds like a delicious series ;)

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traveler said...

Her unique website is appealing with lovely recipes and great info. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

Love the sound of this delectable series. Unique and great combo with libraries. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

bookmagic said...

I am drooling at the cover, just drooling. I was hooked before I even read your review!

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justpeachy36 said...

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Please enter me in the giveaway.

A culinary mystery, very interesting.

Sarah said...

I love cooking, so I'm really excited that this book features a lot of cooking!

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holdenj said...

I was thrilled to see that an old favorite, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, was the book she credits with getting interested in reading etc!
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holdenj said...

I love that Sadie is kind of kooky and things just seem to happen around her! Plus, who can resist that cover! Thanks for the chance to win!
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Colleen Turner said...

It seems interesting to combine murder mysteries and food...I haven't seen that before.
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Colleen Turner said...

I found it interesting that the author hated reading until she was 13.
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Margie said...

From the author website...I learned that she hated to read when she was very young. Interesting.
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Margie said...

A good mystery and tasty food (especially with recipes) are a winning combination.
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Vera said...

What an interesting idea to combine recipes and cooking with a mystery story line! When I first saw the cover, I totally thought it was a cookbook! vvperesk@gmail.com

Carol M said...

She has four children, o dog and a varying number of chickens.
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Carol M said...

Devil’s Food Cake is Josi’s eleventh novel, and the third book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series.
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Carol M said...

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throuthehaze said...

I think it is interesting that the character has a son :)
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enyl said...

The section of the review that sold me on Devil's Food Cake: " . . .can Sadie help it if she keeps stumbling over information? Can she help it if the people intricately woven in the deception keep crossing her path?"
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enyl said...

I found it intresting that the author says that "I only finishes1/3 if the books I pick. . ."
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enyl said...

Tweeted.
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g.g. said...

She is a Whitney Award winning author

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g.g. said...

I like that she gets to work with her son who also is a "detective"

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Cindy said...

I agree with you, Bingo! The only thing missing from this book is not including the cake too!

I love any book that has a picture of a cake on the front of it, though! I think it is neat that it includes recipes.

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Cindy said...

I have not read any of this author's books yet, but I love the author already! She has the neatest website and I now follow her blog.

I found it interesting that the author took in 24 hour care elderly persons in her home.

What a great person! I can't wait to start reading her books.

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Benita said...

I loved your review. You really got me interested when you wrote, "Sadie dreams of being a detective and when a murder occurs in front of her eyes, what is she to do but “get on the case“. Her recipe for solving these mysteries always somehow involves food which give the book an extra bit of flavor."
I can't wait to read this book.

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Benita said...

I found out that the author grew up hating to read until at the age of 13, her mother gave her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

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amweeks said...

I love a good mystery, and especially one that puts recipes in the book too!

amweeks said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/amweeks/status/10671920017

amweeks said...

I see that the author's 1st book was rejected by 3 publishers before changes were made & it was picked up by another publisher! Hooray for stick-to-it-tiveness!

MiscMayzee said...

I like the author's other book featured on the web-site, English Trifle

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MiscMayzee said...

I think the way the murder happens out of the blue makes the book sound like a somewhat fun mystery despite the murder (love the cover!)

Jolee said...

I learned and can appreciate the fact that the author grew up hating to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. joleehamlin@comcast.net

Jolee said...

from her webpage, learned that there are 3 books in this series.

rubynreba said...

I like the fact that it combines mystery with foods. The book cover is neat too!
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rubynreba said...

Her website has so much information - love all the beautiful looking book covers!
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etirv said...

It's interesting that the author wrote her first book while on bedrest while she was pregnant!

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etirv said...

The author gives a book 50 pages to hook her!

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Francine said...

I like that the character is kooky.

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CherylS22 said...

I found it interesting that Thom’s manager was shot - I thought the author would somehow work in the Devil Food cake as a weapon!

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CherylS22 said...

The author was born in Salt Lake City & comes from a family of 9 children!
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Nancye said...

I learned that Josi wants to be a detective.

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Nancye said...

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Nancye said...

I learned that Josi used to hate to read.

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