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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review - Fortune Cookie by Josi Kilpack

Fortune Cookie by Josi Kilpack 
Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list.

With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago.

Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder.

The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.

Book Readers Review 

Fortune Cookie by Josi Kilpack is yet another success in her Sadie Hollmiller culinary mystery series, there are ten earlier volumes in the collection.  This story is set in San Francisco where Sadie and her fiance Pete investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Sadie's sister.  Wendy is this sister who left home at an early age.
 No one has seen Wendy or heard from since their mother's funeral fifteen years ago.  She has alienated all who have loved her including her brother, her sister, and even her own son. Sadie and Pete's wedding is just three weeks away and their time in San Francisco has evoked emotional for turmoil for them both.  Pete is working through attachment issues regarding his late wife and Sadie is feeling a loss of control over her own destiny.

The novel has many twists and turns that keep you turning the pages and wondering how much more tragedy Sadie can endure. I found the author's ability to create mystery and drama skillful and enticing.  Josi Kilpack develops the characters and events in a compelling manner.  You become completely involved in their lives and emotional turmoil.  Throughout the book, Josi introduces her wonderful food ideas, providing the recipes at the end of the chapter.  Kilpack's novels a literary delight and a gourmet feast.  I have read one other of the Sadie Hollmiller series 'Baked Alaska' but the rest are on my list to enjoy.  Sadly, Josi is completing this series with her final book 'Wedding Cake' to be released this fall.  Excellent writing Josie, I highly recommend 'Fortune Cookie' and the whole series.

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