MODERN MISS MARPLE: A MAGNET FOR MURDER?
by Jane Seeley, feature reporter, The Denver Post
Local "celebrity" Sadie Hoffmiller has been involved in a number of unfortunate situations that have taken her to crime scenes from London, England, to Miami, Florida, and even in her own backyard of Garrison, Colorado. But is she truly an unwitting bystander in all these investigations? Or is she something more? Is she, perhaps, even the cause ...?
The word is out about Sadie Hoffmiller's amateur detective work, but it's not the kind of publicity Sadie wants. When Jane's article threatens Sadie's reputation in the community, she accepts her first investigation-for-hire and travels to Portland, Oregon - if only to give herself some space from her whispering neighbors. And from Pete, who is sending her mixed signals about their budding relationship.
Sadie hopes the Portland air will clear her head, and she is eager to get to work for May Sanderson, who has suspicions about her father's untimely death.
Putting her detective skills to the test, Sadie delves into a complicated past that includes a business partnership that didn't end well, several unsavory family secrets, and more than a few motives for murder.
Sadie is afraid she might crumble under the pressure, but in a new place with new recipes, she finds herself more determined than ever to uncover the answers buried in scandal, insatiable appetites, and pure and simple greed.
"Blackberry Crumble offers up a thrilling murder myster!
—Association for Mormon Letters
"Eleven delicious recipes ... delicious on their own as is this latest culinary mystery from a talented author."
—Association for Mormon Letters
Unabridged audio book
I have read and enjoyed all of Josie Kilpack's books, but this one is my least favorite. Unlike her other books, Blackberry Crumble has been a slow read and too easy to put down.
I think one of the things that makes this book hard to read is how distracted Sadie is with food. It seems unlikely that an investigator would get off task so often by her preoccupation with food. I realize that this is a culinary series, but I think this time it feels forced.
Is modern-day Miss Marple a magnet for murder? It seems that Sadie Hoffmiller somehow lands herself in the middle of unexpected murder crimes. But this time, May Sanderson, who is suspicious of her father’s untimely death, seeks out Sadie. Trouble is, Sadie is not a license private investigator. Yes, she’s been doing her research and can unpick locks and even knows to keep her car keys and cell phone in her pockets and not her purse. If you know Sadie, she never backs down from a challenge, even when it might put her relationship with her new boyfriend, Pete, at risk.
Sadie follows May to Portland where she begins a topsy-turvy investigation as she uncovers clues by getting to know each of May’s family members. Sadie’s quirkiness continues as she adds delicious recipes to her growing collection. There are several laugh-out-loud places in the story, as well as a serious side to May’s family and their many struggles. I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery and became just as attached to May and her family as I did Sadie. This fifth volume in the Sadie Hoffmiller series is excellent and perhaps my favorite one . . . but that’s very hard to say . . . it just depends on which Sadie book I’m currently reading. Looking forward to book # 6: Pumpkin Roll.
I have been waiting for this book to come out for what seems like forever.I got it last Wed and had it all read by Fri because it was very good. It held my attention from the very beginning .I love how Sadie is a motherly type that ends up solving murders just by being her. I really like how Sadie has good morals which is one reason I really like to read books the Josie writes. In this day and age its really hard to find books that aren't embarrassing to read.This book kept me guessing right up until the end . Also it has lots of really yummy looking reciepes in it that I am dieing to try. I recomend this book and every other one of her books. I have read them all and I haven't found one yet that I haven't completly enjoyed.
Josi has done it again! Another mouth-watering adventure. The recipes are amazing (the Loaded Bread Dip and the Marvelous Bran Muffins are to die for!!!) The story is eventful and sucks you right in. Definitely a book to sink your teeth into!
The first three books I had a hard time putting down, but Key Lime Pie and Blackberry Crumble have been a disappointment. I lost interest half way through this book and probably will not continue to read future books in the series.