Baked Alaska by Josi S. Kilpack
Josi S. Kilpack
If you like a really good mystery, you will love this one.
Sadie Hoffmiller is looking forward to an entire week cruising the Alaskan wilderness with her two grown children, Shawn and Breanna, and her boyfriend, Pete. Not only will they all have the chance to get to know one another better, but Sadie will finally be able to help Breanna plan her upcoming wedding.
They board the ship with high expectations of a well-deserved vacation. And except for the mysterious woman on the ship that Shawn seems to know but will not discuss, and the fact that Breanna’s future mother-in-law has already hijacked the wedding plans, and the unexpected death of a passenger in the middle of the buffet line, Sadie’s vacation would have been perfect.
As it is, Sadie will need all her investigative skills to navigate the deep waters of the mystery that is soon swirling around her family. Amid her growing fears for the future, Sadie must also come to terms with the fact that her role in the lives of her children is changing and that even the best laid plans can go awry when a secret gets thrown into the mix.
Review by Reading Renes:
A cruise to Alaska! Well that is the scene for this novel. When Sadie Hoffmiller books a cruise for her son, daughter and her she nervously adds her boyfriend. Laughing that at her age she has a boyfriend. It sounds cute and funny and basically that was the book. Pete, her boyfriend stays in his own room on the cruise, while Breanna and stays with her. Shawn stays alone and is immediately suspect to lies. She stalks her own son because of this mysterious passenger. Before you know it the woman’s dead body is discovered. This is the FIRST night!
While Sadie should enjoy planning her daughter’s wedding and enjoying luxury, she spends her days investigating. That is really what Sadie wants to do!
I don’t want to give anything away but I will say that the recipes, humor and loveable Sadie make the book a fave of mine. So you have murder and a lot of lies that are mixed with what I would call hilarious detective work. If you like a really good mystery, you will love this one. The recipes at the ending of a chapter are GREAT! What a sweet treat!
Review by S. Staley: Come sail away with Sadie Hoffmiller, as she cruises along to a new mystery. Sadie is on a cruise with her boyfriend, Pete, and her children, Breanna and Shawn. This “fun” family vacation soon turns into anything but fun. Sadie’s son Shawn has been keeping a secret from his Mom. This secret has followed then to Alaska and turns their lives upside down.
I was thrilled to read about an Alaskan cruise. This is the cruise that I have wanted to go on for years. How exciting to read about the places and adventures that I have been dreaming about!
After reading the whole series now (Books 1-9), this has to be one of my favorites. For one, this is the book where we really get to know Pete, Sadie’s boyfriend. Sadie is in her late 50’s and has found a great love. Readers will truly see how devoted this couple is to each other. We also spend more time getting to know Sadie’s children, Breanna and Shawn. I liked how more personal this book felt. Once again we are bedazzled by all of the great food/recipes that are talked about and eaten in this book. I have been so inspired by all of Sadie books I have been reading, that I made homemade bread and Lasagna tonight for my family.
As with all of the books in this series, there are many twists and turns that keep you hanging until the end. Josi’s writing keeps you involved in the story, and not wanting to put the book down until the last paragraph. I know that each of these books can be read on their own, but I highly suggest reading them in the order that they were written. My reasoning for this, the more you read about Sadie, the more you feel like you are revisiting an old friend. Each book has drawn me more and more into the character and her life. I can’t wait until I can visit once more with Sadie in Rocky Road this Fall.