Friday, April 23, 2010

Review: Lemon Tart by Josi S. Kilpatrick

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 the tragedy 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!

For an added treat, original mouth-watering recipes for Sadie’s Lemon Tart, Homemade Alfredo Sauce, Carrot Cookies, Sadie’s Better Brownies, and Granny’s Gingerbread are sprinkled throughout the book. 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.

Received from the publicist for review.

Sadie is certainly no Agatha Raisin but she is mildly amusing. I didn't particularly care for her as a person and I'm not entirely sure I would like to have her for a neighbor, but she was an interesting character. Think Mrs. Fletcher from Murder She Wrote if Mrs. F had been a fussy, religious woman – good in a crisis but not someone you'd like to know the other 99.9% of the time. She had no redeeming qualities and I liked her even less when I discovered that she was a cat hater.

This one gets three stars. It was an interesting cozy with some very good plot twists but it could be a bit overly detailed at points. I would recommend this for fans of culinary mysteries. The recipes sprinkled throughout were nice and I'll have to try “Granny's Gingerbread” out for the holidays. This was certainly a solid start to the series.

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Ryan G said...

My favorite cozy mysteries are the ones that include food so I may have to check this one out. Thanks for the review.

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