Title: Rocky Road
(Culinary Mystery #10)
Author: Josie Kilpack
Length: 333 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Rating: 4 stars
It was supposed to be a girls’ weekend in scenic St. George, Utah that would include shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fundraiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fundraising event, a local doctor, disappeared two months ago was not supposed to be Sadie’s problem. In fact, she refuses to participate in the grassroots investigation her friend Caro, and Caro’s cousin, Tess, have put together prior to her arrival. But then she meets the ex-wife of the missing doctor. How could she not ask a few questions . . . that lead to a few more questions . . . that lead to a small town and yet even more questions. Before she knows it, Sadie is in the middle of yet another murder investigation and trying to piece together a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.
Excerpt: Rocky Road“I wonder,” Caro said, boldness coloring her words. “If you and I could look into things while we’re here, ya know? Answer some of the as-yet unanswered questions and figure out what happened to Dr. Hendricks. It could be fun!”Fun? “Search and Rescue looked for six days, Caro.” She thought of the expansive wilderness that surrounded this relatively small city—a bit of an oasis set within a valley surrounded on every side by magnificent red rock mountains, canyons, and plateaus. Even with this being Sadie’s first visit to St. George, she was aware of Southern Utah’s numerous national parks that protected the unique topography of the region. Though Sadie had hoped to go on a hike or two while they were hear, searching for a missing hiker was a laughable undertaking.“I don’t mean searching the backcountry. I mean why did he go out by himself, and why hasn’t anyone found any of his gear, and what was his personal life like? Professional life? Was anyone angry with him? Did he have debts to hide from?“St. George isn’t a big city and the people are nice, I bet we could gather a lot of information—find things the police know nothing about and figure out what really happened to Dr. H.”
Sadie strikes again...
Albeit a little trepidatiouslyin this the tenth installment
of the deliciously down to earth detective series known as,
This is a bit of a bait and switch for Sadie, who thinks that she is off
to a much needed "girls weekend" with her friend Caro. Only to find
herself thrust headlong into a missing person's case involving Caro's uber-annyoying
This is a sweet cozy that is heavy on a gentle charm that is unique to
author, Joise Kilpack and her beloved Sadie.
It is this charm coupled with Sadie's quick wit,
that make you trust that she is going to get to the bottom of things,
and as such, want to throttle the incessantly bad tempered Tess,
who seems to do all she can to thwart Sadie at every turn.
Caro is peacemaker throughout most of this read.
Thankfully, she is there to smooth the waters between Tess and Sadie.
This is not an action packed edge of your seat thrill.
The thrills here are much more of the cerebral nature,
with the reader matching wits with Sadie and
sorting through a host of colorful and quirky characters to find the truth.
There is also a faith based undertone to this series,
that while not preachy,
does lend credence to Sadie's sincerity in her world view.
Not to be forgotten,
the variety of mouth-watering recipes in this read are enough
to make any foodie fans jumpfor joy!
Though it is not required,
this revewer recommends that readers
take the time to read the preceding book in the series
before starting this.
This will give a bit of background information about
Sadie and her family,
helping new readers to more fully understand her.
About The Author
Culinary Mysteries by Josi Kilpack
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