I've been a fan of Josi S. Kilpack's Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mysteries for a few years. Sadie and her quirky ways always make for an entertaining read, and Baked Alaska is a great addition to the series.
One of my favorite things about Baked Alaska was that Sadie's adult children and her boyfriend Pete were all together. This is new in the series, and I liked having everyone involved with each other. I also liked how the issue of adoption and birth mothers was addressed.
The cruise ship setting was fun, and definitely made me want to try an Alaskan cruise someday. I have been on one cruise, and I remember feeling bad for some of the cruise employees for how long they have to be away from their families. I didn't think about any mysteries while I was on board, but I'll admit that Baked Alaska made me wonder if anything happened and was kept quite on my cruise.
Parts of the mystery in Baked Alaska were predictable, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the story. Sadie is a bit unpredictable, so it's always interesting to see what crazy situations she'll get herself stuck in.
I loved the ending of Baked Alaska! I won't ruin it with any spoilers, but I was really happy with what happened.
As usual, the recipes included sound delicious, and there is a preview of the next book in the series, Rocky Road. I'm excited for its release, especially because I'm familiar with the area it takes place.
Praise for Baked Alaska
~Goodreads Reviewer Lacey McNeill
About the Author
Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until she was thirteen and her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began her first novel in 1998 and hasn’t stopped since. Her seventh novel, Sheep’s Clothing, won the 2007 Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense, and Lemon Tart, her ninth novel, was a 2009 Whitney Award Finalist. Josi was the Best in State winner in literature for 2012 and currently has two books (Banana Split and Tres Leches Cupcakes) as finalists in the 2012 Whitney awards.
Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her family.
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