Baked Alaska (A Culinary Mystery, #9)
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Baked Alaska (A Culinary Mystery #9)

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An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmiller’s latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughter’s upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has sus...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 4th 2013 by Shadow Mountain
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Inspired Kathy
Jan 11, 2013 Inspired Kathy marked it as to-read
I'm setting up a blog tour & book blast for Baked Alaska:
Whoa, did this book pull me in quickly! I haven't read any of the other books in the series but I definitely will be after reading this one. I liked Sadie right from the get go. She's plucky and determined and very, very curious. I can't say I blame her, the world is an interesting place. While she does have a tendency to poke her nose into places it doesn't really belong, her intentions are good. And in this case I don't blame her for being concerned since it's her son that is the one keeping s...more
Frishawn Rasheed
Josi Kilpack's "Baked Alaska" is a literal smorgasbord of interesting characters, winding plot lines, and delicious foodie goodness all rolled into one.
This book was my first experience with Sadie, Shawn, Breanna, and Pete but I was able to fall in love with all of them and found myself swept up in the story from the first page.
Sadie is a great mother to Shawn and Breanna, and I was very impressed with her level of involvement in their lives.
This mystery made great use of all of it's characters...more
Lily (Lily Pond Reads)
I received a copy of this book for a review in exchange of an honest review for a tour.

Sadie Hoffmiller latest adventure takes place on an Alaskan Cruise. Sadie decides to take a relaxing trip and enjoy the luxury of the ship with her two grown children Shawn and Breanna as well as her boyfriend Pete. Before the ship even manages to leave the Port, it seems that her own son Shawn is carrying secrets when she spots him and another passenger woman in an awkward conversation and questions their ten...more
I started reading this book Wednesday and completed it today, Monday. In the midst of driving to Riggins, and then Cascade, and then home, after a four-day, 250 mile four-wheeling ride in and around Hells Canyon.

It was just the type of book to read when you only have snippets of time here and there for reading. This is the second book I've read by this author. Her book are a bit repetitive as I think she wants to make sure you're keeping up with the intrigue, mystery and clues along the way in...more
Come sail away with Sadie Hoffmiller, as she cruises along to a new mystery. Sadie is on a cruise with her boyfriend, Pete, and her children, Breanna and Shawn. This "fun" family vacation soon turns into anything but fun. Sadie's son Shawn has been keeping a secret from his Mom. This secret has followed then to Alaska and turns their lives upside down.

I was thrilled to read about an Alaskan cruise. This is the cruise that I have wanted to go on for years. How exciting to read about the places an...more
Well I enjoyed this book very much, motivation wasn't explained very well
Ranee Clark
Audience: Adult (Clean)
Genre: Cozy Mystery (Culinary)
Length: 368 pgs.

Rating: **** (Really liked it)

Review: This is the first of the Sadie Hoffmiller mysteries and it's number 8...what a time to jump in, right? But you can see how it's totally appropriate. (Long story short--I sat down at my first day in church in Alaska and saw that this book was on top for their book club. I downloaded it the next night.)
I really enjoyed it. I can see how reading the books in the series before it would have enh...more
Yep. There is another book coming out after this one called Rocky Road. If it's the last one of the series, I may just read it. If not, I'm done. I've had about all of Sadie Hoffmiller that I can handle. What a hoot. She is amusing and bumbling for sure. I definitely would NOT hire her as a PI, are you kidding me? That said, even amidst all her harrowing adventures, she is overwhelmingly human. Which is fine.

I think the double whammy in this book was a bit of "overkill" (yes, I am soooo punny)....more
I'm so happy to be a part of the blog tour for Baked Alaska by Josi Kilpack. I have really enjoyed this series and every book comes with a fun new setting and awesome recipes.

Sadie is honestly a busy body type that can't sit still. She likes to know everything. In the last few books she has calmed down a bit and I'm so glad. She is still Sadie but just not quite so overboard. She has been through a rough patch but she is rebounding and coming into a new and improved Sadie. At least I think so.

Laurie Carlson
This was a FUN book to read! This author can write a GREAT 350 page cozy mystery! Her talent really gets us, the reader, involved in it, too! You feel as if you are right there, in the midst of it al!!
Sadie is looking forward to going on an Alaskan cruise! Saide is going along with her boyfriend, Pete, and her two grown kids, Shawn and Breanna. Breanna is getting married to a man named Liam, back in England and and both Breanna and her mother are very much looking forward to planning her wedding...more
I had heard a lot about this author and this series, so when I was asked if I wanted to review the book for the tour I gladly accepted. Since I’ve been reading a lot more cozies lately, this fit right in with my reading mood. Even though this is book nine of the series, I didn’t feel left out, but did decide I need to go back and read others in this series.

I thoroughly enjoyed the setting on an Alaskan cruise. Even though I’m a warm weather gal, I think I would enjoy a cruise through this beauti...more
Maureen Timerman
What a great captivating mystery this is, or should I say mysteries? We are on an Alaskan Cruise with Peter and Sadie, and Sadie's children Breanna and Shawn.
Breanna lives in London, and is planning a wedding, that her future MIL is taking over the planning of! She wants a small wedding and has picked out her gown and cake, but not what the Duchess wants...I forgot that she is marrying into Society. Sadie wants to help her Daughter, but how?
Upon boarding the ship she soon sees her son in an argu...more
Bluerose's  Heart
I enjoyed Baked Alaska! I almost *know* I would have enjoyed it more if I'd read any of the other books, though! This is the 9th book for Sadie, and while I wasn't lost in the story, I do feel I could have connected with the characters more if I'd learned more about their quirks and personalities in the other books. I'm sure a great deal has happened in the previous nine stories.

In Baked Alaska, Sadie is on an Alaskan cruise with her boyfriend, Pete, and her two adopted children, Breanna and Sha...more

Baked Alaska: A Culinary Mystery

This is the first Culinary Mystery that I have read. I now have a new bunch of Mystery books I want to read. This book does stand alone but are built on a lot of the same characters. The characters are well developed. I do wonder what happened in Boston last year. The book brings the reference up several times.

The Suspense and Mystery kept me guessing to the end. I did like the ending a lot. This is a clean read. One thing they do is talk about food and pu...more
This book sucked me in from the very beginning, and it was really hard to put it down! I definitely got in a lot of reading during those midnight feedings with baby. I really liked the story line, much more so than the last book. In fact, I would say that this was one of my more favorite books in the series. Sadie is her curious investigator self again, but this time it's more because of interest of what's going on with her kids. I felt like I could kind of understand the Mama Bear mode she was...more
Ruth Hill
I'll bet that my regular "readers" of my reviews grow very tired of starting a review this way, but I believe in always sharing my experience with you. As far as I am concerned, I prefer reading reviews that tell me what the reader was thinking and feeling throughout the book rather than a rehashing of the actual story. So here goes.

For the first one third to one half of the book, I struggled to get into this book. I love mysteries, and I often judge them right alongside the Queen of Mystery, Ag...more
This book is another home run for Josi Kilpack in her Sadie Hofmiller series. I love how Sadie just seems to fall into these things in an organic way. Her family is funny and quirky and still has issues, and her boyfriend is always taking what happens to her in stride, although even he raises his eyebrows at her sometimes. It's cute and fun. The mystery always keeps me turning pages and this one was no exception, although I think this is the first one that I've read that really involved her chil...more
Sadie hopes that a week-long cruise to Alaska will give her grown children, Shawn and Breanna, a chance to get to know her boyfriend, Pete Cunningham, a bit better. Things don’t work out so well right from the start. Shawn is hiding something from her and Sadie’s feelings are hurt that everyone seems to know what it is but her. Suspicious activity on the cruise ship leads to someone being hurt and the authorities take Shawn in for questioning. Determined to help clear Shawn’s name, Sadie embarks...more
An Alaskan cruise was supposed to be a good opportunity for Sadie Hoffmiller to celebrate her boyfriend Pete’s recent retirement and catch up with her two children as part of a relaxing vacation. Yet things don’t exactly turn out as she had hoped, as on the first evening she witnesses her sons strange encounter with a mystery woman, a woman who is later found unconscious on the deck....

So begins the ninth book in a culinary mystery series that I really wish I’d chanced upon sooner as this new to...more
Baked Alaska by Josie S. Kilpack
The Sadie Hoffmiller series continues with book number nine, Baked Alaska. The novel has a little of everything, murder mystery, romance, and recipes to make your mouth water at the end of several chapters.
Baked Alaska is a page-turning read full of twists and turns keeping the reader guessing to the end. Just when you think you've figured out what happens, another clue leads you in a new direction. Kilpack masterfully creates wonderful characters you either love...more
Sadie Hoffmiller is a mother of two adult children who likes to do a little detective work on the side. She decides to take a cruise with her children and her boyfriend, Pete, so that they can get to know each other better. Unfortunately the cruise starts off with Sadie finding an unconscious woman on the ship's deck.

From there Shawn, her son, tells her about a secret he's been keeping from her that threatens to jeopardize their close relationship. Her daughter is struggling to plan a wedding...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

Josi’s website states that it’s recommended to read the books in series order, but that they can be read out of order. The site goes on to state that once you get to Pumpkin Roll, which is book six in the series, that it gets a little trickier. I’ve never read any of the other books in this series. While there are references to something big that happened in the past, I had ABSOLUTELY no problem reading and enjoying this bo...more

This is a true cozy mystery. There is nothing that steps outside of the boundaries in the story design with this book. You have a wonderful inquisitive leading lady with two grown children, one of which has worked with his mom in past adventures as a private investigator, and a daughter who is trying to put together a fairytale wedding in England from a cruise ship in Alaska. In addition to an awesome mystery, the book has my foodie heart of pure bacon and baked goods going #nomnom.

Food is a hu...more
This series is pure fluff and fun, and I like this entry more than some of the others. As we are planning a cruise to Alaska, I appreciated the tips and information! The story involves Kilpack's usual somewhat-incredible plot and somewhat lovable but also frustrating protagonist. Getting to know Sophie Hoffmiller's children and sweetheart Pete better was a plus. I was also interested in the exploration of Sophie's problem with panic and anxiety, which is an addition to the series from the last c...more
this book reads different than the others. Usually there’s one big mystery that takes the whole book to figure out. This is set up a bit more like several short stories all about the same people at the same time. I thought I knew what mystery needed to be figured out, but then it’s done by page 50. A few more pages twiddling my thumbs, and then I find a new mystery! But actually, that was great! My least favorite thing about a short story is it’s always just long enough to make me ticked when it...more
Another fun sleuthing adventure with Sadie Hoffmiller, her steady boyfriend Peter, and her two children, brought together on an Alaskan cruise to cement family relationships in preparation for Sadie and Pete getting engaged. The setting was fun for me because I have been on an Alaskan cruise and can picture all the events and ports. However, the family didn't get to enjoy it much because of the immediate tension about a secret Shawn is keeping and long-distance problems Breanna is having with he...more
Lindzee Armstrong
I keep waiting to not enjoy one of the books in this series, but each one is better than the last, and I think Baked Alaska might be my favorite to date.

Baked Alaska sort of departed from the normal murder mystery formula most of the other novels have held, and took on a more emotional tone as we watched Sadie and Sean struggle with their mother/son relationship. My heart broke for Sadie and for Sean. I have somewhat of a background in adoption, and I really felt their struggles.

Something else...more
If you're considering taking a cruise, this probably isn't the book to read. Sadie Hoffmiller is looking forward to bringing her busy family together--her daughter who is making wedding plans, her son who is more busy than ever with school, and her boyfriend, who has just retired. Sadie believes it will be the perfect trip for everyone to spend time with each other.

But when her son, Shawn, is unusually late in joining them at the first meal, Sadie goes searching for him, and finds him in a heate...more
Same Sadie, she sure has a way of getting herself in crazy predicaments. Good thing she is as good at getting herself out of them too. If there is ever a problem it is lucky she has Pete. Fun stories. I listened to this one and didn't much care for the reader, and I missed out on looking at the recipes. I'll read the next ones.
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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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