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13 April 2010

Book Review: Lemon Tart: A Culinary Mystery by Josi S. Kilpack

Title: Lemon Tart: A Culinary Mystery
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Publisher: Deseret Book
Publication Date: March 4, 2009
Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN: 978-1606410509
Genre: Fiction, Mystery


From the Publisher:
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.

My Review:

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.

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. Josi currently lives in Utah with her husband, four children, one dog and varying number of chickens.

For more information about Josi, you can visit her website or her blog.

I received a complimentary copy of Lemon Tart by Josi S. Kilpack from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Book Chick City said...

This does sound a fun, light read, which is all I want sometimes, especially on holiday. Although, it will probably have my mouth watering while reading it, even the title had me going! Thanks for the review :)

Chriss said...

My sister may enjoy this book, I'll have to suggest it to her.

kaye said...

I think I'll bookmark this one. nice review

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

There's a growing trend of incorporating recipes into a novel (or including them, anyway). I think it's a great combination, as long as the novel would stand on it's own as well. This cozy mystery sounds like it does.

Josi said...

Thanks so much for the review, Jennifer. I appreciate it very much!

Cozy in Texas said...

Thanks for the review - it sounds like a fun cozy read.
Ann Summerville
Cozy In Texas

Juju at Tales of said...

I need to read this. I recently read and LOVED English Trifle.

If you get a chance maybe you can check out my review