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Tres Leches Cupcakes (A Culinary Mystery #8)

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Sadie Hoffmiller has relocated from Colorado to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is starting a new job as an informant for the Bureau of Land Management on an archeological site. The sun and dirt blocks her initial excitement about the job, but she makes the best of it, using her baking prowess to help her gather background information on her fellow dirt geeks. Being in the middl ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 10th 2012 by Shadow Mountain (first published September 7th 2012)
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Tristi
Sep 02, 2012 Tristi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Sadie Hoffmiller is still running from danger. A threat was made against her life a year ago, and it’s not safe for her to return home. Moving from place to place, hoping to keep her enemies from picking up her trail, Sadie moves in with Caro, her boyfriend Pete’s cousin, in Santa Fe. The Bureau of Land Management has asked her to follow up on some employees on an archaeological dig, so she has something to do to keep her mind off her troubles.

Digging in the dirt sounded like fun at first, but n
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Heather
Sep 04, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
A fabulous installment of the Sadie Hoffmiller series. I've read all of them, in order, and was excited to pick this up as soon as it hit the shelves.

Sadie is supposedly undercover in New Mexico, gathering information for an ancient artifact preservation group. This means she has to work at a dig and spend hours each day in the heat, digging in the dirt. You can only imagine what Sadie thinks about this.

Many times I laughed out loud--she couldn't quite keep her undercover name straight--and I l
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Andrea
Sep 02, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
I feel like the main character, Sadie, was so much stronger mentally and physically in this book. I enjoyed reading her more, and it was really nice to see how supportive Pete was to her. Sadie can be very misunderstood and I feel like Pete ::finally:: "gets" her now. :)

I loved the place where the story took place! Made me totally want to go to the balloon festival in NM and track down some delish tres leches cupcakes (I've never had them and I want to try them so bad!).

The plot was very cool a
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Melissa
Jan 25, 2015 Melissa marked it as did-not-finish
Okay, the recipes look AMAZING. I want to try them all. Maybe I should have started with the first book, but jumping into the 8th volume, I'm having a hard time getting into it. The biggest problem is that I find the main character to be a little annoying. We get little comments along the lines of "modesty is always best" peppered throughout the story. Hey, I'm not saying modesty isn't a good thing, but the narrative is coming across as rude.

Will probably end up on my DNF list. But I'll write d
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Carol
Feb 07, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
I love this series of books and this one was a good story. Sadie is hiding out in New Mexico trying to avoid some bad guys who want her dead. She gets involved helping the BLM with a band of people who are taking relics and selling them on the black market. She even helps at an dig where they are uncovering pottery and burial sites that have to be moved to make way for a new road. She seems to be "growing up" a little and not being such a wimp in this story.
Juli
Oct 06, 2012 Juli rated it it was amazing
Great book! I LOVE how she never gives away the secrets from other books. I absolutely hate it when the author feels the need to insert old stuff all the time. I read the previous book, I know what happened. Thank you Josi for NOT making me suffer. Great author!
Sarah B 5
Oct 18, 2016 Sarah B 5 rated it it was amazing
The book, Tres Leches Cupcakes by Josi S. Kilpack, is an excellent book. The eighth book in the culinary mystery series, it is one of the best.
Sadie is spending time in New Mexico hiding from a threat made in Boston a few months earlier. While she is there, she joins a archeological dig in a ancient burial site. While digging, she finds freshly buried bodies. Shortly afterward, Sadie's friend, Margo, goes missing. Sadie sets out to find her and gets mixed up in the murder, too.
The life less
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Andrea
Sep 05, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
Sadie is back! And by back, I mean she's out of her depressed funk (at least mostly) that bound her in Banana Split . Yay!

In Tres Leches Cupcakes Sadie is in New Mexico working undercover for the Bureau of Land Management at an archeological dig site. She isn't in the know about what the BLM is investigating, but she does her job, and tries not to get involved more than she's been asked to. But, trouble seems to follow Sadie, and more is unearthed than expected at the dig site.

This eighth book
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Julie
Oct 22, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Tres Leches cupcakes stars my favorite Josi Kilpack heroine, Sadie Hofmiller and her latest adventure in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sadie is still in hiding from a threat in Boston (I missed a book, so I'm not sure what that is! I need to go back and read that one.) She takes a job on an archaeological dig as a BLM informant. Everything is going along fine, no bumps in the road at all, until two "fresh" bodies show up at the dig and one of the best people they have goes missing. And she goes missing ...more
Katey
Feb 16, 2017 Katey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: culinary
This book was a little more exciting than I thought it would be. I liked how there were some things in the book I wasn't aware of, and I want to take a trip to New Mexico now. Short review, but I'm not sure how to do one without spoiling the book. I really enjoy this series.
Kylene
Sep 09, 2012 Kylene rated it really liked it
Shelves: yummy
Yummy! I so love these books. Sadie isn't my favorite MC ever to grace the pages, but I feel like I've gotten to know her well through these 8 books. I love the mystery and the excitement, and I love how she talks about the places she visits and the foods she eats. This time she is in New Mexico...my current home. I loved that I could picture a lot of the places and events described. And I am so excited to try these recipes. I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of New Mexican cuisine, but most of ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Mar 01, 2013 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
After leaving Hawaii rested and back in the detective game, Sadie finds herself in Santa Fe, New Mexico working undercover. Pete is still concerned about threats made against Sadie and, while he's pursuing those threats, wants her to stay under the radar. That's impossible for Sadie to do and soon she finds herself arrested in a bar fight, unearthing dead bodies and embroiled in the black market antiquity trade. Of course, being Sadie, she also discovers new recipes and excuses to cook and bake. ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Nov 27, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
Our sleuth, Sadie Hoffmiller, is going undercover as an informant for the Bureau of Land Management, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sadie is staying temporarily with boyfriend, Pete's cousins, Caro and Rex. To fill in her days, Sadie (who is trying to avoid a death threat from her days in Boston, MA,) joins up at an archaeological dig in Santa Fe. Losing herself in the beauty of the pottery, Sadie is shocked when the dig finds recent burials.

As Sadie's dig partner disappears, and more secrets come
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Mary Louise Sanchez
Sep 24, 2014 Mary Louise Sanchez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Although the dessert Tres Leches is rich and heavy,the story is light and fun. Sadie Hofmiller is staying undercover at her boyfriend Pete's cousin's house in Santa Fe, New Mexico and helping out at a bakery making cupcakes for the Balloon Fiesta. She also works for the Bureau of Land Management as an informant helping out at an archaelogical dig when some fresh bodies are discovered.

Said can't stay undercover for long as she investigates at a bar, gets thrown in jail,and realizes the connectio
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H.B. Moore
Jan 06, 2015 H.B. Moore rated it it was amazing
A fabulous installment of the Sadie Hoffmiller series. I've read all of them, in order, and was excited to pick this up as soon as it hit the shelves.

Sadie is supposedly undercover in New Mexico, gathering information for an ancient artifact preservation group. This means she has to work at a dig and spend hours each day in the heat, digging in the dirt. You can only imagine what Sadie thinks about this.

Many times I laughed out loud--she couldn't quite keep her undercover name straight--and I l
...more
Cinnapatty
Jan 17, 2014 Cinnapatty rated it liked it
Sadie Hoffmiller strikes again. I really just want to be DONE with this series. That's why I keep on reading. This book was pretty good. Had me jumpy enough my kids were laughing at me. Recipes are mouthwatering. Made me want to go to New Mexico to the hot air balloon festival for sure.

There were many sides of Sadie in this book that were new. It was almost too much. Plus, I'm not a big fan of her for some reason. She strikes me as irresponsible, nosey and immature. She's 57 years old! It's almo
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Emily
Oct 01, 2015 Emily rated it liked it
This wasn't the worst book in this series, but it wasn't my favorite, either. I appreciated learning about archaeology and artifacts in the black market (I assume Kilpack did her research--she seems to know her stuff). However, the plot felt a little loose. There were some loose ends that never got tied up, and I ended the book with a lot of questions. Also, this book wasn't as much of a page-turner as some of the others; I actually ended up returning it to the library before I finished it (and ...more
Sharee
Oct 18, 2012 Sharee rated it it was amazing
I loved the suspense in Tres Leches Cupcakes! I was on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put it down the last few chapters. Josi has developed a pattern of increasing her skill with words with every book she publishes. Sadie has a knack for getting herself into trouble. She is undercover for the BLM and ends up right in the middle of murder, mystery and getting herself kidnapped. Up to now she's had Caro--Pete's cousin in Santa Fe, as her assistant. To protect Caro and to prevent any further we ...more
Mary
Jan 23, 2016 Mary added it
Shelves: mystery, recipes, market
Sadie Hoffmiller has relocated from Colorado to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is starting a new job as an informant for the Bureau of Land Management on an archeological site. The sun and dirt blocks her initial excitement about the job, but she makes the best of it, using her baking prowess to help her gather background information on her fellow dirt geeks. Being in the middle of nowhere and digging up artifacts from hundreds of years ago is supposed to keep Sadie out of trouble until recent burial ...more
Nicole
Sep 07, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
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Tales Untangled
Dec 19, 2012 Tales Untangled rated it really liked it
Some of the Culinary Mystery series are better than others. Tres Leches Cupcakes is definitely one of the best in the series. The pace is quick and interesting, the bar scene was so funny I laughed imagining how uncomfortable and embarrassed Sadie would have been in the situation. I also liked this novel because of the ambiance which includes artifacts, the desert, photographic art, hot air balloons and delicious sounding food. I missed having Pete in the novel, but on the plus side Sadie has go ...more
Dlora
Apr 28, 2013 Dlora rated it really liked it
I found this culinary murder mystery starring Sadie Hoffmiller back up to par. Banana Split just before this one dealt with chronic depression and was kind of depressing. Tres Leches Cupcakes is set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has great color. I was fascinated with the Albuquerque balloon festival as well as Sadie's work at an archaeological digs uncovering Indian gravesites and artifacts. The antiquities black market is scary and powerful and Sadie, who is trying to stay below the radar, gets ...more
Lisa
Jan 03, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
The best so far in Kilpack's "culinary mysteries" series about Sadie Hofmiller and her adventures. This one was engrossing to the point of helping me through some very anxious hours. Sophie has developed into a less reckless, smarter person, although she is forced by the stupidity of another to take some reckless chances. And she breaks the cardinal rule: "make all kinds of noise and even get hurt before you get into a car with a kidnapper when you are in a public place." Anyway, the story is a ...more
Mina
Sep 04, 2012 Mina rated it really liked it
This is sort of a relative rating ... I only liked it. But I liked it SO much more than the previous Sadie Hoffmiller installments. Sadie has had some traumatic experiences followed by depression/anxiety issues that have left her, well, more likeable. Vulnerable, humble, at times reserved. Her busy-body side was a turn-off for me. So this new, uneasy Sadie is a lot easier to read. Pete was not in this story much, and I view that as a down-side. (Always one for the romance aspect.) But some great ...more
Lorell
Nov 22, 2012 Lorell rated it really liked it
I didn't like this installment of the series quite as well as the others, but I still really enjoyed it. Josi Kilpack created yet another story that was hard to put down. It was interesting to read about Sante Fe, and someday, I hope to see the Balloon Fiesta. I usually get about three or four recipes from these books that I work into our family's meals, but this time I'm not sure I liked them as much. Tres Leches cupcakes do sound really good, though! If you liked the other books in this series ...more
Erin
Apr 16, 2015 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a way to start out the new year. I really like Sadie Hoffmiller. I have read the books in order, although slowly, so the story line flowed well for me. I love the fact that Sadie can make friends (BFF's even) with just about anyone. It makes me laugh that Sadie can find herself in the most difficult situations in a matter of seconds. Working in a bakery sounds so fun and I would love to be at that Balloon Fest. Love the recipes in this book. all of the books actually. That is what makes thi ...more
Diane
Oct 01, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
I liked it! I've had a season of difficulty with settling down to read - started a lot of books and couldn't work up enough interest to finish them. Do you ever get partway through a book and suddenly realize that you just don't care? I want to make it clear that, for the most part, this problem was not due to any fault of the books - I have recently had the attention span of a gnat - must be the holiday spirit taking up my few brain cells! So I will just leave those unfortunate books on my "to ...more
Monica
Aug 30, 2012 Monica rated it really liked it
Josi Kilpack's latest installment in her culinary mysteries is a tasty treat of intrigue and suspense. Lying low in Santa Fe, Sadie Hoffmiller is keeping out of mischief by working on an archeological dig and helping out at a local bakery. With the upcoming hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, Sadie is looking forward to a relaxing weekend selling cupcakes and watching the multitude of balloons with Pete. Her best laid plans are thrown in a jumble, however, when bodies are uncovered in an an ...more
Liz
Dec 26, 2012 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I agree with my sister that this only deserves three stars because too much is left unanswered at the end. Also, the mystery didn't start very early in the book. Most of the first part of the book was spent with character development, descriptions of New Mexico, and recipes. The recipes did fit in the book well, unlike some of the other installments. The prologue began very intense by having skipped ahead to the climax, then the first chapter began the true story starting a few days earlier. I d ...more
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I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children.
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