Tres Leches Cupcakes (A Culinary Mystery, #8)
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Tres Leches Cupcakes (A Culinary Mystery #8)

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Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 10th 2012 by Shadow Mountain (first published September 7th 2012)
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Tristi
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...more
Heather
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
Andrea
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...more
Carol
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.
Cinnapatty
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...more
Juli
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!
Jen
Okay, technically, I didn't actually finish this book. I started it twice. TWICE. I've read all the others in the series. And really, I liked them. But these last couple have become so unbelievable that I just can't go any farther. (which is a shame because I actually bought the next three in the series from Costco) I just can't go on. The antics she's in are so unbelievable for me, I can't buy in anymore. I've tried. I really have. (especially since I OWN the books) but I will be taking the who...more
Kylene
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
Julie
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
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
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
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...more
Andrea
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 i...more
Sharee
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
Nicole
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Angie
I enjoyed this Sadie story. Less emotional and not as deep as Banana Split. Kept me guessing throughout... in fact left me guessing a little even when the book ended. I kind of felt like there were some questions not fully answered and some story lines that weren't wrapped up entirely. But I liked the story a lot and stayed up late reading a few nights in a row. And I really want to go to the balloon festival in NM now!!
Tales Untangled
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
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
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
Deborah R
This was another good book in the series. I was hoping for some more places mentioned of my old stomping grounds in New Mexico. The mystery has a lot of little pieces to put together. Sadie is still away from home due to a death threat. She is on assignment and the mystery unfolds at a site where they are digging for artifacts. I'm liking Sadie's character a little more with each book.
Mina
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
Brooke
I loved the recipes in this book. I am a little tired of all the characters she introduces in her books. I can't keep track of who is who. I know she does it throw you off, but it gets annoying trying to figure out who everybody is.
Diane
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
Liz
Apr 02, 2013 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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
Diane
First book I've read in this series. It was hard to follow some of the story line without the history of the characters from the previous books. The recipes looked interesting.
Monica
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
Crystal
amazing..... not sure how josi keeps coming up with new ideas but she is wonderful. my suggestion.... have pete quit his job marry sadie and go on these adventures with her!! :) great read
Lorell
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
Brooke
I'm thinking those cupcakes sound yummy, can't wait to make them. Oh yeah, and I liked the book too.
Jennifer
I liked the ending of this one, but either I'm getting tired of the genre, or the author just isn't capturing my interest as much as she did with her first few books, because it took me forever to get through this one. Also I was hoping to have a little bit of closure or something to the plot from Pumpkin Roll. It was referenced, but it would have been nice to know what was going on there. I just keep wishing too that Pete will just get it over with and propose already. Loved the recipes as alwa...more
Heather
Another fun Sadie mystery! 3 1/2 stars! Perfect fluffy airplane and beach reading.
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I'm the third of nine children born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah. I met my husband in high-school--well, he wasn't my husband then, just the cute guy in weight training with the permed mullet--and we married in 1993. I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child and have gone on to publish 18 novels, the most recent being part of The Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series.

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