Baked Alaska by Josi S. Kilpack
An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmillers latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughters upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship between her normally easygoing son and a mysterious female passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss. When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadies apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets and it would seem her son is keeping one from her. *Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadies Virtual Test Kitchen.
I had heard a lot about this author and this series, so when I was asked if I wanted to review the book for the tour I gladly accepted. Since I’ve been reading a lot more cozies lately, this fit right in with my reading mood. Even though this is book nine of the series, I didn’t feel left out, but did decide I need to go back and read others in this series.
I thoroughly enjoyed the setting on an Alaskan cruise. Even though I’m a warm weather gal, I think I would enjoy a cruise through this beautiful part of the world. Sadie only had to put on a jacket, so there are times when it would not be awfully cold and maybe sitting out on the deck at night would not be so much an option.
The mystery begins right away and Sadie is instantly curious of what is happening with her son. I liked the twist and turns of the mystery and it had me continually guessing what and who. I enjoyed the mystery part of this book very much. I also liked how the mystery blended with the personal story of Sadie, her boyfriend, her kids, and her new friends on the cruise.
Sadie is a likeable sleuth. A little apprehensive when she needs to be, but smart and funny when working her magic. Great surprises at the end of the book.
I highly recommend this book and series to all cozy mystery readers. I am definitely going to go back and read some earlier books of this series.
Author Josi S. Kilpack
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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