With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the perfect final touches to her wedding plans. But the arrival of a mysterious letter that bears a San Francisco postmark and no return address could change everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn't seen or heard from since their mother's funeral nearly fifteen years ago. Sadie has faced off with murderers and crooks in recent years, yet the potential of her sister reentering her life is both overwhelming and frightening. But, as Sadie soon discovers, the letter is just the beginning. Wendy's world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one motive for murder.
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By Rachelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Josi continues to delight and indulge mystery readers with her latest culinary mystery, Fortune Cookie. In this book, Sadie travels to San Francisco and embarks on a dark and sinister hunt for the truth about her older sister Wendy. Suspicions are high, the mystery is spine-tingling, and the depth of emotions that Sadie must go through makes this novel a fast-paced read.
By Sheila, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Fortune Cookie is another fabulous addition to the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery books. This one is set in San Francisco and is more personal to Sadie. She is there to pack up her older, estranged sister's apartment. Of course there is a mystery involved around her death. Sadie and Pete, three weeks before their upcoming wedding, go to help and investigate. There are also some struggles between our future newlyweds as old memories surface for them about their former spouses. This made me quite anxious wondering if there would be a wedding.
This series has proven itself to be one of my favorites and Sadie is one of my all-time favorite characters! As I've said before, these books could be stand alone reads, but I strongly recommend reading them in the order they were written. It will be a more satisfying experience. This series has one more book to go, Wedding Cake, and I'll be so sad to see it end. But, as the beauty of books go, you can always go and dive back into the mysteries of Sadie Hoffmiller again and again. Fortune Cookie is right up there with one of my favorites and the ending is a nail-biter that will leave you breathlessly reading until the end!
By rhonda, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I liked this story. It has interesting characters that I care about and like. The mystery was good. I had no clue. The personal lines of the story touched me and made me think.
I really hate the recipe that comes between each chapter and throws me out of the story. It makes it hard to get lost in the story. Plus if you want to find them it makes it hard to search for them. I like them best at the end of a book personally.
This is book 11 of A Culinary Mystery but only the third one I have read. The next book is the last so I need to catch up and read the ones I have missed.
There is only 3 weeks before the wedding now. Sadie gets a letter telling her about the death of her sister and is asked to come help close up her apartment.
Sadie has not seen her sister for 15 years and they are not close at all. Their is a lot of mystery around her death and a fire a month later.
Pete and Sadie decide to go and help figure out what happened to her and meet her nephew. while their Pete and Sadie both end up going with deep emotions at the time. I even wondered if they were ready to get married.
I was given this book to read for purpose of giving a honest review of it.
By katie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Fortune Cookie takes place in San Francisco. I've only been there once, but I was fascinated with the city--so much diversity and so much to see and do. I loved visualizing where this was all taking place. As mentioned in the book description, Sadie was here because of her sister's death. I love the way Sadie gets characters to open up and the way she tries to worm her way into relationships and situations. She is definitely not as pushy as she was in the beginning and she has a way about her of drawing important information out.
Pete, her fiance, came along. He's one of my favorite characters and really had to deal with some complex emotions while here. He's such a calming influence on Sadie and they balance each other well.
I really felt bad for Ji, Sadie's nephew. His whole situation was very complex and evoked some emotions that were hard to deal with. It was sad, yet the story didn't come off as depressing.
Content: no language; murder and crimes--hey, it's a murder mystery--but no graphic details; mild romance/kissing. I would consider if clean.
By Mindy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
There are few things I love more than a Sadie Hoffmiller mystery by Josi. Sadie has become like an old friend to me. Everything about her makes me smile. I worry for her, I cheer for her, and I laugh with her.
This time the mystery is different for Sadie. It involves her estranged sister, Wendy. Sadie's memories of Wendy were not pleasant. Wendy was troubled and treated Sadie very badly. She left home when Sadie was 12, and they didn't hear from her much. So, when Sadie receives a letter from Wendy's son, 3 weeks before her wedding to Pete (one of my all-time favorite characters), she and Pete travel to San Francisco to try to figure out what happened to her. What they find are more questions than answers at first. It turns out, Wendy was awful to everyone. And Pete is plagued by memories of his late wife, making Sadie feel he may not be ready to re-marry.
The climax of this book had me down right anxious. I could not stop reading, and at one point felt this was Sadie's most dangerous mission yet. And, if you like teasers, make sure you read the sneak peak chapter of Wedding Cake, due fall 2014. If you are like me, you will be counting the days until it is released.
5 out of 5 stars. This series is one of my all-time favorites. They can be read as stand alones, but why not start at the beginning...
By Lisa, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Josi Kilpack has written another wonderful book in the Culinary Mystery Series. It astounds me how cleverly this book is written. She is able to take several characters and situations and unexpectedly tie them all together into a story that is credible and feels realistic.
This is not the first book featuring Sadie Hoffmiller. She is a fun character. She is full of spunk and carries a natural curiosity that tends to get her in trouble. Her fiance, Pete, is a grounding force for her. They are a great team, but in this story the past comes to the front of their minds as deceased spouses cause some friction weeks before their wedding.
The majority of the story takes place in China Town, San Francisco. I loved reading about the Chinese Culture in modern America. Sadie learns that she has a nephew who is half Chinese. Her sister dies under suspicious circumstances and Sadie goes to take care of her sisters belongings and try to make a connection with her nephew. This is not an easy task, Sadie's sister was not a nice lady and her son paid the price and carries emotional scars. Sadie carries an emotional burden, her sister walked out of her life when she was young and she hadn't reached out to her nephew. It's a tough relationship to read about and you can't help feel compassion for everyone involved.
There are several characters who had a motive and means to kill Sadie's sister, Wendy. As I stated above, she wasn't nice or lovable. It could be said that she went out of her way to push people away.
It is very interesting to read Sadie's efforts to learn more about her sister and why she died the way she did. I found myself thinking several times that I had it all figured out, then the next chapter more was revealed that had me second guessing what I thought to be the resolution.
If you love clean mystery and like trying new recipes, this is a great book to pick up. You don't need to start at book one, each story has it's own plot line. It's easy to pick up on family and friend relations in the book, Josi Kilpack does a wonderful job at seamlessly bringing them into the book and letting you know where they fit in.
By Cathy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I was way excited to read the newest of the Sadie mysteries, she is one of my very favorite characters. I'm sad that there's only going to be one more book, but glad that I can revisit Sadie anytime I want by reading her adventures again. I was not disappointed in any way with this book. Sadie is her normal nosy self, always in trouble. Pete is her fiancee and voice of reason. San Francisco sounds like a great place to spend some time. And there are several recipes I'd like to try from this book. I liked that there was a bit of conflict coming from Pete in this book, it brought a different depth to the story. I also liked that I had no idea who the killer was in this book. I can't wait for the last book to see what will happen to Sadie and Pete!
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
KEEPS YOU READING UNTIL THE VERY END!
Sadie just wants to plan her upcoming wedding.
But when she receives a strange letter from a nephew she wasn't really sure existed with a newspaper clipping of her sister's death...
She goes to San Francisco to help clear out her sister's things and try to find out what happened.
She is also hoping to form a relationship with her nephew, a owner of a Chinese restaurant.
Each time she meets with him she grabs a fortune cookie...
And each fortune helps her find another clue to the murderer.
Hard memories come to the surface for both Sadie and Pete.
"As Sadie keeps finding unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one motive for murder..."
Will their friendship hold or will the marriage be called off?
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. THIS. BOOK!
By Aften, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love it when Sadie gets involved in a mystery. Not only is she plagued by the natural human condition of curiosity, but she brings along her zest for good eats to help ease the pressures of death and family.
I don't want to give away all the good stuff, but if you have complicated sibling relations, have ever been engaged, had to interact with barely known relatives at an event, or traveled to a city for the first time with someone who has been there more than once and already has established memories around certain places and events you will relate. Sadie has a tendency to meddle, but years of private investigating experience seem to have had an impact on her reactions. In this adventure she tries to hold back from jumping to conclusions both in her investigation and in her personal life.
I love to see the growth of the character in this series. Josi Kilpack does an amazing job at keeping character growth realistic and continuous. Not to mention it's fun to whip up the recipes I read about. I wish every book I read included the recipes for food mentioned.
Wonderful book in a fantastic series. I highly recommend all of the books in the Sadie Hoffmiller collection.