Sadie Hoffmiller believes in her abilities as a cook and as a detective. She believes in the beauty of a perfectly baked pumpkin roll. She does not, however, believe in ghosts.
As Halloween approaches, Sadie is looking forward to spending her favorite baking season of the year making delicious New England recipes in Boston, Massachusetts, with her favorite leading man, Pete Cunningham, as they babysit his three young grandsons. When the boys insist that Mrs. Wapple, the woman who lives across the street, is a witch, Sadie and Pete are anxious to distract the boys from such silly ideas.
Sadie tries to befriend Mrs. Wapple, but when her foolproof plate of cookies fails to work its magic, she is left with more questions than answers. And Sadie has never been one to leave a good question unanswered.
The more she investigates, however, the stranger the answers become. And when Sadie learns the eccentric Mrs. Wapple has been attacked in her home, she knows times is running out. As the unexplained occurrences escalate, Sadie finds herself embroiled in yet another mystery with life-or-death consequences. Can Sadie discover whoever — or whatever — is behind the mystery before anyone else gets hurt? Or will this be the last time Sadie takes the case?
The first part of the book I feared Josi had ran out of
creativity for Sadie and her mysteries. I was pleased in
how the suspense and mystery steadily built. The last
two thirds of the book kept one constantly guessing on
'Who did it? and Why?'. Once again she didn't disappoint
and it is a great book to read at the beginning of the holiday
season - before Halloween.
I appreciate that Josi Kilpack keeps sharing her many talents with us. I have thoroughly enjoyed the books that I have read of hers. In "Pumpkin Roll" she keeps you guessing all the time and adds a lot of fun twists and turns, with a surprise ending that leaves you wanting more. I highly recommend Josi's books.
I loved this book! I have loved the entire series, as well, and each one seems better than the last! If you are looking for a book to sweep you away into a mystery, then this is for you! I also love having new recipes to try out!!!
Don't ask me how I have gone so long without reading one of Josi Kilpack's culinary mysteries, but I have obviously been missing out on all the fun. Pumpkin Roll is absolutely perfect for Fall and Halloween! Set in Jamaica Plain, a small township of Boston it is close to heart of the Salem Witch Trials. Things get spooky fast for Sadie and boyfriend Pete who are on vacation together while watching Pete's grandchildren. Between light bulbs exploding, strange faces in the window, night time visitors and the witch across the street who is always digging in her yard, Sadie is sure there's a mystery to be unraveled. In her nosy neighbor way she offers a plate of cookies to Mrs. Wapple and is determined to figure out why she's so strange. But danger lurks around the fence!
With mouthwatering recipes for cookies, whoopie pies, clam chowder and cinnamon twists, Pumpkin Roll is one you don't want to read while hungry! Sadie will have you itching to bake and trying to put together all the little clues behind this who done it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all readers as a must have before Halloween. The atmospheric creepy tone is topped off with lots of comfort foods for a perfect combination. Now that I've discovered The Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series I can't wait for Banana Split coming in Spring 2012. Thanks so much to Deseret Book for sending me Pumpkin Roll!
Content: some violence and creepiness