I love this book! The turns and twists all made sense and yet were unexpected. The writing is great and the characters well developed. I was amazed how the author was able to carry the story along with great rhythm. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the series.
What a great book to start a fun series. I admit I have been reading these books out of order, which is perfectly fine to do with the exception of the last one, but I am glad to see how Sadie started her adventure. This book is very interesting and exciting the whole way through. I really enjoyed it! She keeps you on your toes and guessing all the wrong people, this book takes an unexpected twist and you may not be able to guess who is responsible for the murder of her neighbor. This book is great for everyone, teenage and up. Worth the read! You will be hooked too!
This book was enjoyable for the most part, and I kept reading because I really wanted to know how everything worked out. However, Sadie annoyed me so much. I wanted to yell at her so many times for the things she did or didn't do.
Lemon Tart is a fun book to read. Sadie Hoffmiller keeps you on your toes with all the detective work she tries to do on her own even against police orders. I thought I figured out the killer in the beginning but with all the twists and turns doubted my thoughts. Turns out my first thought was correct! Can't wait to read English Trifle next.
It is so refreshing to finally get to read a good ole mystery that is funny and no language, There are alot of these recipe books out there but none like Josi Kilpack! I can't wait for the newest one, and I even shared this with our Local Librarian and she ordered them for our county Library.
Great characters. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the rest of her books.
I rarely give five stars to a book, but this one earned every one of them! This book introduces us to Sadie, who loves to cook almost as much as she loves sticking her nose in others' business, and is a delightful and sometimes surprising character.
This book was a fun read and a true page-turner, with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing right up to the end. I also love that the book was clean - no profanity, vulgarity, etc., something which my teenage daughter also appreciated.
I've tried a couple of the recipes, and they were a delicious and fun addition to the book. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Josi Kilpack's Lemon Tart is a fun read. I read English Trifle first (the second in the series), and was excited to read the first installment of amateur sleuth Sadie Hoffmiller.
I really enjoyed the final chase sequence after the murderer is revealed. I also liked that the murderer was such a surprise--I'm usually pretty good at calling the murderer (except when my imagination is far more interesting than the author's!), but Kilpack totally got me.
At times, Sadie can be a little preachy (okay, it almost makes me *want* her to get her comeuppance!), but she does hold herself to as high a standard as she holds others, and she recognizes that she's not perfect.
And of course, I can't wait to try the recipes!
How can you not love Sadie? She is unlike any other character that I have read about in a book like this. And the story is very entertaining as well as suspenseful and really drew me in!
I was not sure if I would like this book as much as Josi's other ones since Sadie is an older character, and I am used to reading about younger characters, but once I started reading I could not put it down! I had to keep reading to figure out who was guilty, and the book really kept me guessing and on edge the my seat the whole time!
This book has many intriguing elements: a mystery, humor and yummy recipes!
Sadie Hoffmiller is a busybody neighbor who knows her way around the kitchen. When a delicious mystery rears its intriguing lemon head, Sadie pushes herself into the middle of it; she can't help herself, especially where food is involved.
I liked Sadie and look forward to reading more of her adventures. She's spunky, honest, smart and grounded. Plus, her neighbors get to enjoy Sadie's baked goods.
Sadie was sharing her baking knowledge with a young neighbor. The neighbor is killed and her two-year old son is missing. Can Sadie connect the clues in this murder recipe without getting herself in trouble?
This 'cozy' mystery was a fun, clean, quick read that kept me guessing until the mystery was solved.
The books in this series would make delightful gifts for any reader on your list.
I had a great time reading Lemon Tart. The main character is real and sassy, the mystery is engaging, and the recipes are yum!
Josi, I love your style anyway, but this was your best! I thought the main character was great, the story kept me page-turning, and I got a kick out of the unexpected spunk Sadie had tucked under her belt. The recipes are great, too! I've tried them. The only "gripe" I had was the idea that a 56 year old widow is a senior citizen. I'm 56 and I can still run circles around people years younger than I am--and I don't getting any senior discounts yet, either. I need to talk to somebody about that. It was so amusing to see the wisdom this character had, though, because of her age. She had me laughing but on my toes, too, all the way through. (I can't imagine trying to cram myself under a bed to hide from the bad guy.) Couldn't put it down. Read it and enjoy!
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.
I had so much fun reading Lemon Tart. The recipes throughout the book are great--I can't wait to try them. When I read mystery, whether I want to or not, I work out "whodunit" long before the end of the book. This book had enough twists to keep me guessing, which made it extra fun.
I thoroughly enjoyed Josi's first book in her new culinary mystery series. I loved the characters and it kept me guessing right up to the end. Definitely love the recipes!
I loved this book! Often when I'm reading books I can guess what's going to happen. When I was reading this book there were a couple times I thought I had it figured out, but I always turned out wrong. I love when that happens! I couldn't put it down because I had to find out what happens next. I can't wait to read English Trifle! Josi is an amazing author!
If you're planning on a little R&R before bed, don't pick up this book. It will grab a hold of you and won't let go until you turn that last page!
Filled with mystery, humor, and delicious recipes, Lemon Tart is a feast for your senses. You'll have the hypnotic urge to abandon all responsibility in favor of "just one more chapter." You've simply GOT to find out how Sadie Hoffmiller gets herself out of this mess.
Josi takes you on a sumptuous ride of both mind and tastebuds! You won't want to miss it! (And guess what? The sequel comes out July 25th!)
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
Until Next Time, See You Around The Book Nook
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Pub. Date: March 2009
I loved this little cozy from Josi. It was a great read. I curled right up with it and made an enjoyable night of it. My mother-in-law loved it for Mother's Day and I'm excited for her next one to come out. Sadie (the main character) is a lot of fun!