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.
My ThoughtsJosi Kilpack's "Baked Alaska" is a literal smorgasbord of interesting characters, winding plot lines, and delicious foodie goodness all rolled into one.
This book was my first experience with Sadie, Shawn, Breanna, and Pete but I was able to fall in love with all of them and found myself swept up in the story from the first page.
Sadie is a great mother to Shawn and Breanna, and I was very impressed with her level of involvement in their lives.
This mystery made great use of all of it's characters in a very new and interesting "all inclusive" way that adds to it's mystery element as well as it's emotional appeal.
This book is also written in a "story within a story" plot line format. By doing this the author is able to establish a central story line, while having other related subplots playing out in the background. This is very effective in this type of book because it allows the main story of Shawn, Breanna, Pete, Sadie, and the mystery women to play out; while other mysteries and happenings simmer in the background until there is a lull in the main story.
There is never a chance for boredom because of this style of writing and Josi does a wonderful job of keeping her story balanced and easy to follow.
Having come in on the tale end of this series, I must say that "Baked Alaska" is not a stand alone read. It becomes quite clear early on that there are things that those who have not read previous books are missing out on, as far as back story is concerned. This is most expressed in the character of Shawn.
So if it is at all possible start from as close to the beginning of this wonderful series as you can
Praise for Baked Alaska
Josi Kilpack has done it again. You would think that all these events that occur in Sadie's life wouldn't be natural, but Josi Kilpack has a way of making you believe that it just "happens" and it is normal. I have grown to love Sadie's character, even if she is a busybody, you can't help but cheer for her as she attempts to solve a mystery or crime. One of my favorite series. :)
~Goodreads Reviewer Lacey McNeill
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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