Okay, so puns are lame—but I couldn't help myself.
Last weekend, I had three books I've been dying to read sitting on my nightstand. It was a very, very tough decision as to which to read first.
But because Josi S. Kilpack has NEVER failed to entertain me, I decided on Pumpkin Roll.
And yes, Josi did it again!
If you like culinary mysteries, the Sadie Hoffmiller series is my absolute all-time favorite. I like that Sadie is mature (but not old), kind, creative, interested in others, and trying to redefine herself in life—kind of like me. and Pumpkin Roll is the best of the bunch! I give it a FULL 5 STARS!
Not that the previous books are bad. They are all very, very good. (One of the books only got 4 stars; the rest are full 5s!)
This series just keeps getting better and better—and harder for me to figure out ahead of time.
This one totally surprised me when the who-dunnit was revealed. Not totally surprised in a way that it didn't make sense and I wanted to throw the book across the room (I hate books like that) but totally surprised in the way that Josi very deftly left clues and hints all along the way, but kept them subtle enough that I was still guessing at the end. (I had it narrowed down to two.)
In this book, Sadie travels to Boston to help Pete (her boyfriend) tend his grandsons. Here's the backliner:
Sadie Hoffmiller 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. But 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 Halloween-induced ideas. However, it gets harder and harder to explain the strange things that keep happening, particularly after Sadie learns the eccentric Mrs. Wapple has been attacked in her home.Pumpkin Roll is book 6 in the series, and while some of the books can be read out of order, you really need to read previous ones to fully enjoy this one.
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 Sadie’s last case?
Pumpkin Roll's official release date is September 7th, but it's available at Amazon now and it should start showing up in stores any second. (I got my copy early because I have connections—and I know how to grovel.)
You can read the first chapter here.
Oh, and I almost forgot! Josi and her publisher are hosting an awesome drawing for an iPad. (This contest did not at all influence my review, as you would know if you're my friend on Goodreads.) (Devil's Food Cake and Key Lime Pie made my top 10 list for 2010.)
In conjunction with the release of Pumpkin Roll the author, Josi S. Kilpack, and the publisher, Shadow Mountain, are sponsoring a contest for a new iPad. To enter, leave a comment in the comment section of this blog before November 1, 2011. Winners will be announced and notified November 3rd 2011.
For additional ways to enter, go to www.josiskilpack.com
Sadie Hoffmiller series (in order):