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25 May 2010

Book Review and Tour: English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack

Title: English Trifle
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Publisher: Deseret Book
Publication Date: August 5, 2009
Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN: 978-1606411216
Genre: Mystery

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About the Book:

Sadie Hoffmiller calls her new-found sleuthing ability a gift. Her daughter Breanna, however, calls it a disease—detectivitis, to be exact.

But when when they find a dead man impaled by a fireplace poker in an English Estate, and that same body then comes up missing; Sadie feels she has no choice but to take the case. Stranded at the estate until police clear her and Breanna to leave, Sadie seems to encounter one dead end after another and begins to wonder if anyone is telling the truth—or are these the dead ends she thought they were?

What began as a holiday trip becomes a full-fledged mystery that is anything but trifling. Layer by layer, Sadie uncovers another mouth-watering mystery with an English flair

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.

My Review:

Sadie has a nose for posh nosh as well as murder and stumbles across both while visiting England. English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack is the second in her Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series and is quite delightful. With only a few more hours until their flight departed, Sadie Hoffmiller and her daughter Breanna found themselves in the sitting room of Southgate Estate awaiting Liam, Breanna's boyfriend and heir to an Earldom. While taking a turn about the room they encounter John Henry, the nurse to Liam's ailing father William, skewered to the wall with a fireplace poker. Unfortunately no one believes their witness since someone removed his body and according to the staff, no one saw or heard anything. Waiting to give their statement, Sadie and her daughter Breanna miss their flight home, leaving them stranded in the ninth Earl of Garnett's home, Southgate Estate, long outstaying their welcome, if they are judging the staff correctly. Sadie wants to know what happened to the body and who had motive to not only kill this man but to remove all traces of the crime. Kilpack delivers another charming and intriguing mystery along with recipes, each sounding more delicious than the previous one. Her main characters are charming and face some rather standoffish staff members who would prefer to see Sadie and Breana off. Each staff member as well as the guests at Southgate Estate appear to have secrets of their own, making it all the more difficult to determine who has done what, if anything. While English Trifle is the second in her series, it can be read as a stand alone novel, however the first novel, Lemon Tart and the third novel Devil's Food Cake must be mentioned for those readers who like a good mystery series, especially with a culinary twist and prefer to read a series in order. I recommend English Trifle for anyone looking for a quaint mystery to curl up and enjoy.

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.

Josi Kilpack’s ENGLISH TRIFLE VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ‘10 officially began on May 3 and ends on May 28. You can visit Josi’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.comduring the month of May to find out more about this great book and talented author!

I received a complimentary copy of English Trifle 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.



Banteringblonde said...

sounds very mysterious! I may look for all of those books on kindle!

LiveLaughLoveCj said...

Okay, I love the sound of this book, and now that I know, this whole series... food and mystery (YAY!)

Now because once I know there is a series... I MUST begin with book 1... *sigh*

adding this to my ever growing list of must reads - thanks knitty! :)

Tea said...

I would love to read English Trifles. I love the word "detectivitis."

Artystitches said...

I am reading this at the moment, did not know there was a series will def be checking out the others, i am enjoying this one and you do not have to of read previous one in the series to read this one.

Nice review