Dr. Trenton Hendricks was last seen Friday, April 8, when he set out alone on a backpacking trip. Hendricks's Jeep Grand Cherokee was located Tuesday at the Chuckwalla Trailhead, but after six days and thousands of man-hours, the official search has been called off. He is presumed to be deceased.
It was supposed to be a girls' weekend in scenic St. George, Utah, that would included shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fund-raiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fund-raising event, a local doctor, had disappeared two months before was not supposed to be Sadie's problem.
When Sadie learns that her friend Caro and Caro's cousin, Tess, have started a grassroots investigation into Dr. Hendrick's disappearance, Sadie graciously refuses to be a part of it. With her wedding to plan and her most recent case still fresh in her mind, Sadie is determined to leave this case to the police—until she meets the ex-wife of the missing man.
How could she not ask a few questions ... that lead to more questions ... that lead to a small town and even more questions? When the local police ask her to be their eyes and ears, Sadie can't help but jump in with both feet. Before she knows it, she is on the rocky road of another investigation, following a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.
By Melanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
(4.5 stars) I read book 1 years ago but haven't read any since. What I enjoyed about this book was that I didn't feel like I was lost because I hadn't read books 2-9. There's obviously some history with Pete and it will be fun to go back and learn more about their story.
This is a great mystery! I like Sadie--she has a lot of spunk and determination. She seems easy to get along with so it's kind of surprising that Tess doesn't warm up to her. I didn't care for Tess. She seemed like a hindrance and for someone that pushed for them to investigate, she wasn't focused on the task at hand. Caro was caught in the middle between a cousin and good friend. It was an interesting dynamic which created some tension. There are some twists and turns and the ending wasn't what I was expecting!
By Sheila, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have read the first nine books in the series, and I have really liked all of them. Main character Sadie Hoffmiller is someone I could be good friends with. After reading all of the books in the series, you do feel like you are back with an old friend.
In Rocky Road, Sadie is a more restrained Sadie than we have ever seen before. It isn't too long after her adventure in Alaska and becoming engaged. Speaking of that, I truly missed the hunky, strong and silent type, Pete Cunningham in this story. I kept thinking he would show up, but he never did. I can't wait for the next book when he will return. Sadie was on her own, and performed her super sleuthing ways quite well. Sadie does have the help of her friend Caro(who wasn't too bad with her own investigative skills) and a new policeman, Officer Nielson, who shows a lot of faith and confidence in Sadie. I really liked this new male character. Tess, Caro's cousin, she wasn't to my liking and seemed very immature.
The action is toned down in this book, but the mind games are there aplenty. There are also twists and turns that will continually lead you astray, just when you think you have figured things out, surprise you're wrong! The recipes in this book are off the charts, including the barbacoa pork salad that I love from Cafe Rio.
As I've said before about this series, many of these books can be read alone, but I STRONGLY suggest you read the others first in the order written. You will understand Sadie better and how she ticks. I love this series and I'm always excited when the next one will be coming out.
This book has more Christian themes than other Sadie books, and some violence, but nothing graphic. Rocky Road will take you on another fun ride, where a more sensible and confident Sadie takes the wheel steering the way to another exciting read.
By Andrea, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Rocky Road is a great addition to the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mysteries. When I first heard about this book I was excited that it was taking place in a familiar location (St. George, Utah). The story was very intriguing, and my suspicions were proved wrong with Kilpack's twists and turns.
The resolution was a big surprise. It all made sense after it was revealed, but I'll admit I was a bit sad about it. The "bad guy" was so smooth. I was definitely taken in, and the idea of someone doing everything this person did is just sad (maybe the idea hit me harder being familiar with the community-yes, I know this is fiction, but the idea of this type of deceit was just sad).
The recipes in this book sound so delicious! I can't wait to give them a try. And, the sneak peak of Josi's next book is such a great way to end this book. I am really looking forward to learning more about Sadie's extended family, and how the mystery presented will unfold.
Rocky Road is clean with a great amount of suspense. I missed having Pete in this story, but he is mentioned enough throughout that it keeps those interested in their romance happy.
If you are looking for an entertaining suspense that is a quick read, don't miss Rocky Road and the rest of the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mysteries.
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Sadie is back... doing what she does best... and we SO LOVE IT!
Originally Sadie was just going on a girls'-out-weekend.
They were suppose to go shopping, eating, and walking for the breast cancer fund-raiser.
But her friends had other ideas....
Knowing Sadie had solved a few mystery cases, Caro and Tess had put together ideas on how to find out what really happened to Dr. Trenton Hendricks, a local doctor who has helped so many women get through breast cancer and the organizer of the cancer fund-raiser....
He has been missing for the past two months.
Sadie wants nothing to do with it as she has the wedding to plan and she doesn't even know any of the people involved.
Then she ends up helping with the luncheon for the funeral services and talking with the ex-wife.
Seeing how the Doctor's disappearance has affected her, Sadie starts asking questions.
One questions leads to another and soon Sadie finds herself right in the middle of the police investigation.
Knowing she can possibly help she agrees to find some answers...
But it will take her on a very "Rocky Road."
SUCH A GOOD BOOK!
A DEFINITE MUST READ!
And of course there are recipes too!
*Ol' Dad's Dutch Chicken
*Ol' Dad's Dutch Potatoes
*Maddox Rolls w/ Raspberry Butter
*No-Brainer Fruit Salad
*Strawberry Pretzel Pie
*Waffle Mania Waffles
*Cafe Rio-Style Barbacoa Pork w/ Cilantro Lime Rice and Tomatillo Dressing
*and Granny Annie's Rocky Road Fudge
By Heather, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Another fabulous installment of the Sadie Hoffmiller series. I missed Pete in this one, but I loved how Sadie just can resist getting caught up in an unsolved mystery even when she's on a "girls only" vacation. The further I got into the story, the more complex it became... definitely a rocky road of a plot!
By Julia, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Rocky road is a great addition to the Sadie series. Kept me on my seat the whole time. Josie Kilpack delivers another great book! Can't wait for the next one!