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Lemon Tart (Culinary Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Josi Kilpack
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Book Description

A recipe for murder!

  • 5 families living on Peregrine Circle
  • 1 flowered curtain tieback
  • 1 missing child
  • 1 body in the field

Mix with a long list of suspects and top with two very different detectives. Increase heat until only the truth remains.

Award-winning author Josi S. Kilpack introduces a new series of culinary "cozies" that is sure to tantalize mystery lovers. In this debut volume, cooking aficionado-turned-amateur detective, Sadie Hoffmiller, tries to solve the murder of Anne Lemmon, her beautiful young neighbor - a single mother who was mysteriously killed while a lemon tart was baking in her oven. At the heart of Sadie's search is Anne's missing two-year-old son, Trevor. Whoever took the child must be the murderer, but Sadie is certain that the police are looking at all the wrong suspects - including her!

Armed with a handful of her very best culinary masterpieces, Sadie is determined to bake her way to proving her innocence, rescuing Trevor, and finding out exactly who had a motive for murder.

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    A Very Cozy Culinary Mystery!!!!, June 05, 2009
    By Teri

    Lemon Tart: A Culinary Mystery by Josi S.Kilpack With Josi's previous books on issues, her newest is the start of a delightful culinary series. I've always enjoyed culinary mysteries, what with several mouth-watering recipes interspersed through out just to whet our appetite, it just makes you want more. Since this one is Lemon Tart, the cover is uniquely yellow!!!! Sadie Hoffmiller, cooking afficianado and amateur sleuth, finds her neighbor's dead body in a field out in the neighbor's back yard. The police tend to suspect Sadie when she runs ahead of them searching for suspects and reasons why the young mother was murdured. With more suspects looming on the horizon, Sadie's not sure what will happen next. And, Anne's two year old son is miussing and it's up to Sadie to find him and bring the murderer to justice. With her second in the series, English Trifle, due out in Aug, you'll want to read this and savor each page!!!! Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri

    About the Author

    Josi Kilpack was born and raised in Salt Lake City and credits much of her success to her mother always making oatmeal for breakfast. She is the author of several contemporary LDS novels for women, including Her Good Name, Sheep s Clothing, and Unsung Lullaby. She recently received the 2007 Whitney Award in the mystery/suspense category for her book Sheep s Clothing.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 485 KB
    • Print Length: 368 pages
    • Publisher: Deseret Book (September 24, 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002QCJNZS
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,569 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun! February 16, 2009
    I loved Josi Kilpack's Lemon Tart. It was a fun and fast read, totally enjoyable from start to finish.

    Kilpack managed to bring to life a whole cast of colorful characters and even while the main character was a goody-two-shoes busybody, she managed to make me really like her and route for her the whole way. I'm excited there's a new culinary mystery in the works featuring Sadie Hoffmiller, because she's just awesome.

    Lemon Tart tells the story of a murdered young mother, a missing baby, an adulterous man, a pair of completely opposite detectives and Sadie Hoffmiller, the neighborhood's resident baker AND busybody. With so many balls up in the air, I wondered hos Kilpack was going to put it all back together again, but she did and it was amazing.

    The only reason why I didn't give the book five stars is because it was a LIGHT read. I reserve my fifth star for those books that really make me THINK and change me somehow. But sometimes, you just need a great book that you can sit down with and not worry about it churning up your soul, ya know?

    Lemon Tart is just such a book. Grab a blankie, curl up by the fire and crack open Lemon Tart for an evening of fun and relaxation. And don't forget your favorite treat! Lemon Tart will have you drooling and maybe throwing off your blankie so you can go bake up one of it's handful of included recipes. They sound delish!
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Delightul. April 6, 2009
    A lot of fun. I'm not normally a big fan of mysteries, but I'm a big fan of Josi Kilpack. Lemon Tart is simply a fun book to read.

    Sadie Hoffmiller is one of those neighbors you wish you had living next door. A widow whose children are raised, Sadie loves to cook and bake and look out for her neighbors. When Anne Lemmon, a young, single mother moves into the neighborhood, Sadie becomes her friend and mentor. When Anne is tragically murdered while a lemon tart bakes in her oven, Sadie decides to begin her own investigation. Anne's young son is missing and Sadie is convinced that the police detectives aren't able to solve the murder and find Trevor.

    Josi has given us a cast of interesting characters and blended the story so well, that I didn't have the actual murderer figured out until the very end. Sadie is delightful and you just want to laugh out loud at her antics and thought processes as she trips up the detectives and forms her own opinions and conclusions.

    A simply delightful read. Light, but not fluffy and packed full of delicious recipes that I'm determined to try. I'm excited that this is part of a series. Sadie is someone I want to visit again.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    Josi S. Kilpack hails from Salt Lake City, where she was born and raised. She is a baker; traveler; canner; and has a deep faith. She won the Whitney Award in 2007 in the mystery/suspense category for her book SHEEP'S CLOTHING. LEMON TART is her ninth published mystery.

    Sadie Hoffmiller is a culinary virtuoso. She lives in a tight community with her brother, Jack, living beyond the black walnut tree that gives both homes a degree of privacy. But Sadie is well known in her community, and she also has a deep, abiding interest in the "goings on" around her. So when another neighbor, Anne Lemmon, is found murdered and her son, Trevor, has turned up missing, Sadie goes into action. The police try in vain to stop her, and one particular officer, who has recently transferred into their town, seems particularly hostile. And, he is well connected:

    "'The name Madsen - doesn't it ring a bell?'

    Sadie thought hard. Madsen - Marlene Madsen had been a girl in Sadie's graduating class, but Sadie didn't think that's what Susan meant.

    'Think upper levels of the Colorado state judicial system,' Susan prodded, a half smile showing her amusement.

    Sadie's eyebrows went up. 'Madsen as in Barney Madsen, attorney general of Colorado?'

    'Bingo,' Susan said, leaning forward across the desk with a glint in her eye that Sadie knew too well - gossip was on its way. 'Barney Madsen has one son - Sterling.' She said 'Sterling' as if she were a serpent, elongating the S and letting the rest of the name seep out from between her teeth. 'He was a second-year cop in downtown Denver, maybe you remember how our distinguished AG made a big deal about his son finding the criminals and Barney prosecuting them.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    Review by Laura Lynn at - [...]

    After multiple people told me they enjoyed "Lemon Tart" by Josi S Kilpack, I broke down and spent part of my book budget to obtain the 346 page mystery. I have to say I am impressed. As I have never read anything by this author before, I was a little wary when I picked it up. I wasn't sure whether to expect a book about food or a sour tease. In fact, it is a mystery revolving around a lemon pastry.

    Sadie Hoffmiller, is an unexpected heroine. At 56 she is a widow and mother of two. She is also the neighborhood watch dog. She can see everything from her kitchen window, where she spends most of her time cooking.

    The character of Sadie is well written, if a bit stereotypical of a female mystery heroine. While you gain empathy for her journey, you do wonder how she gets into the predicaments she is in. The last I checked, most people don't get involved in police investigations...unless you are Angela Lansbury in Murder She Wrote.

    As light mysteries go, I enjoyed the plot. I have to give Ms. Kilpack credit for keeping me guessing. As soon as I was sure who did it there would be a plot twist and I would be unsure again. She never let anything sit long enough for the reader to get bored.

    The supporting cast of characters was a little odd. I felt at ease with some of them, tortured by others and repulsed by yet others. I am not sure if I made a connection with any of them, but then again, I'm not sure if I was supposed to. This book is all about Sadie. You see everything through her eyes and her experiences.

    Overall, this was a fun book. It was a quick, one day read which did not require a lot of thought, just fancy. If you are looking for a spellbinding, gory mystery with mind numbing plot and details, this book is not for you. If you want a fun summer read with clean subject matter, a respectable heroine and cute ending, this is your book.
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    More About the Author

    Josi S. Kilpack began her first novel in 1998 and hasn't stopped. Her seventh novel, Sheep's Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense and she was the Best of State winner for Fiction in 2012. Her most recent book, Rocky Road, is the tenth book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. She is a frequent presenter at writers conferences.

    Josi was born and raised in Utah and only made it about 50 miles from home. She lives in Northern Utah with her husband and three children (her oldest is now in college. Go Utah Utes!) For more information about Josi, you can visit her website at or her blog at

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