English Trifle (A Culinary Mystery, #2)
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High Crimes at High Tea Things to Do in England Visit Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and the London Zoo Take the Jack the Ripper tour creepy! Sample authentic English scones and crumpets Discover a dead body What begins as a holiday trip for amateur sleuth and cooking aficionado Sadie Hoffmiller and her daughter, Breanna, turns into a bizarre mystery when they dis...more
Paperback, 361 pages
Published July 15th 2009 by Deseret Book
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Claire
I love the premis of this book. To be honest, it was very appealing to me and I had heard good things about the book.
I found the book to be slow and dull. After sticking with the book, I came to a point where I was going to quit half way. I stayed through it but decided to just skim the last few chapters.
I found Sadie, the main character, a little annoying. She was very pushy and a bit self-righteous for me. Her daughter Breanna was a weak character who was engaged to the potential next Earl an...more
Helynne
The second of Josi S. Kilpack's culinary mysteries is set at an earl's elegant estate in English where spunky heroine Sadie Hoffmiller busybodies her way into another murder case. Sadie, a 56-year-old widow from Colorado, has accompanied daughter Breanna to the home of Breanna's love-of-the-moment, Liam Martin, who is heir to his father's title. When the earl's male nurse turns up dead in the stately home with a poker in his chest, Sadie can't resist the urge to snoop around the estate, asking q...more
Becki
lucky, lucky me - i got to read 'English Trifle' before it's even on the book shelves (it helps to know the author:) ) I loved this second installment in the Sadie Hoffmiller mysteries. Sadie is a fun, spunky character whose determination to make things right gets her in some pretty tight spots. i enjoyed the look at modern England, the lines of 'titles', the yummy recipes. the only one missing was chocolate torte but it was a frozen dessert in the story, not homemade so that's probably why.:( T...more
AngieA
I enjoyed this book, but found Sadie's gung ho attitude just a little annoying at the beginning of the investigation. I found the mystery plausible and the characters believable. It was interesting to watch Sadie's opinions shift as she found out more about each character and how she had to change her initial assumptions as more facts were uncovered. The recipes look wonderful and I will be trying them, especially the crumpets. I had no idea they were made the way they are. If I had to choose, I...more
Jessica
My grandmother had a word for people like Sadie Hoffmiller - -Nebby. And that is not a compliment. Mostly predictable plot and Sadie is more annoying than ever. I know people like Sadie - always right, know it all, can't mind their own business, come up with their own rules (everything on the bulletin board must be stapled and not pinned), fake smile to get what they want, and generally not helping. If I read another one of these books it would be for the recipes.
Jenifer
I must make crumptets!!!! I really enjoyed this book. It's the second in a series, but can be read on it's own. None of that review of previous book, which I find obnoxious and tedious. Each of the characters stands on their own. Side note: I thought English food was supposed to be awful. This book has several recipes that look good and I will be making some of them in the future.
Josi
Jul 01, 2009 Josi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
This is book two in the Sadie Hoffmiller Mystery series. Sadie and Breanna find themselves caught up in a murder investigation in Devonshire England. It's a fun book with seven original recipes including Crumpets and English Scones. Enjoy!
Sidney
Mar 12, 2014 Sidney rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls or boys who would like a Thriller kind of book
Recommended to Sidney by: Saw the whole series at the store
This book was very fun and spunky. The main character, Sadie, is an older lady. Even though she is older, I thought she was a lot of fun and I enjoyed reading from her perspective. I liked this book a lot because I never knew who was guilty of the murderer in this book and I kept wanting to know what was going to happen. It was very captivating, fun, and interesting! There were a lot of twists and turns that I just had to keep reading. I ended up reading this book in 2 days, so it kept me on my...more
Julie
Nov 02, 2012 Julie added it
So dull I couldn't even finish it. I skipped to the end to find out who the killer was and left it at that. Wish I could give it some stars, but I just didn't have the energy to trudge through it.
Theresa
In just the first pages, I was whisked to England and got lost in the story and didn't even realize that I had been reading for hours. Josi has such a way of drawing you in and keeping you captivated! From characters to the plot to the recipes - I was totally in love with "English Trifle".

When I think of the main character, Sadie Hoffmiller, I find myself smiling. She's a card, plain and simple. She's a mom of an adult daughter that isn't too worried about being straight-forward, and sometimes t...more
Jennifer
From My Blog...[return][return][return]Sadie has a nose for posh nosh as well as murder and stumbles across both while visiting England. English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack is the second in her Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series and is quite delightful. With only a few more hours until their flight departed, Sadie Hoffmiller and her daughter Breanna found themselves in the sitting room of Southgate Estate awaiting Liam, Breanna's boyfriend and heir to an Earldom. While taking a turn about th...more
Nicole
I'll give this one 3.5 stars. I think because I knew what to expect from the author this time that I liked this book a bit better than the first. I knew the main character's flaws, personality, etc., so I wasn't disappointed in her, I expected her actions, snooping, and sometimes silliness (which seems odd considering it's another murder mystery commited in a quite grueling manner). This book, like the first, also had a twist at the end, although there was one very carefully placed statement ear...more
Erin
I love Mysteries. I enjoyed this story more than I would have because I went to England for the this time this year. I could totally relate to "good english cuisine" and Breanna's desire for a "Ho-Ho". I think for me, this setting reminds me of my other favorite genre "Regency Romances". The large sitting rooms with floor to ceiling windows, heavy curtains, four poster beds, lots of decorative pillows, etc. reading these books, really transform me to another world in which, I have no pre-concept...more
Kami
- This was a fun clue-like mystery. I don't read many murder mysteries, but I liked this one.

- It was nice read about a grown woman. I usually read about teenagers, so this was a nice change.

- I want to bake all sorts of foods now. I just love that there are recipes to a lot of the foods mentioned in the book! I want to try them all!!

- What are crumpet rings? I cannot even picture what they should look like!

- I like how curious and stubborn Sadie is, but I would not want her as a neighbor. She w...more
Kathryn
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Brenda
Jun 05, 2012 Brenda added it
Recommends it for: people who like Kilpack's other books
Recommended to Brenda by: no one
I'm not sure how to rate this one. It's not better than a 3, but not worse than a 2. When I bought the book the sales clerk told me everyone who bought and read the book said it was their least favorite. I can't decided between this one and Devil's Food Cake.

Kilpack got boggled down in this one and it got convoluted. And at some points she just rambles on. I am glad that I read them out of order. I read book 5 first and then book 1. Both were real good so I didn't mind hunting for books 2,3 &...more
Amy
I didn't like this one nearly as well as Lemon Tart. For a fluff book, I'm probably analyzing it too much, but I really felt like it was an unbelievable plot with too many angles (most of which didn't really seem to matter in the end anyway) that was executed poorly. I think a good mystery should have the reader guessing and leave them just a trifle confused, but in the end, things should begin to start clicking, leaving the reader with many "aha moments" and recognizing the significance of vari...more
Mina
Alright. Having read the 6th book first, I think the problem is that I liked Sadie Hoffmiller a lot more as an official private detective. When she's just a busy-body, obnoxious, middle-aged, hungry citizen, she's almost hard not to hate. For me, anyway.

So the mystery elements of this book were still pretty good. I figured out the identity of the murderer though pretty early on, unlike the first book, and that's a bummer. I liked her daughter's character, and would have liked some more focus on...more
Valerie
Fun mystery with great recipes. to admit I am more addicted to this series for the recipes than the story line itself. Here is my favorite recipe from this book.

I Sadie’s Scrumptulicious Scones


Bake at 350 for 20-25 min.
Makes: 8 to 14

1 cup sour cream (light works just as well)
1 tsp baking soda
4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp cream of tarter
1 cup butter
1 egg
(I like to add dried cranberries and orange zest, then instead of using powdered sugar I use and orange glaze:(2-3...more
03KamiH
She’s done it again! Josi S. Kilpack has written another fabulous story. It’s called English Trifle. It is the second book in the Sadie Hoffmiller series. Like the first one it involves murder, mystery and food. It’s only 346 pages and a quick read.
English Trifle is set in England. Sadie and her daughter, Breanna, are visiting Breanna’s boyfriend, Liam. Liam is going to inherit the title of Earl of Garnet when his father dies. Sadie and Breanna are almost ready to leave when they find the body...more
Taffy
Josi has done well to transport her readers to England with descriptions of place, characteristics and food (as far as I know since I haven't been to England...yet). This story is a good, clean mystery that would appeal to any reader.

This story had me twisted and turned trying to figure out the "bad guy." I knew it couldn't be the obvious person, but I thought maybe the motive was the mystery.

Sadie's character is spunky and smart. She's older and throughout the story she feels the pangs of her...more
04HeatherS
This book is mainly for young adult. The setting is modern time it fits very well and wouldn't be as good a book in another time period. Sadie: age 56 very smart, nosey, and investigative. Brenna: Sadie's daughter, smart, loves animals, in love with and earl, and like her mother investigative. Sadie and Brenna decide to take a trip to London to visit Brenna's boyfriend Liam. Only to find out he is an earls son. While on their visit they go into a large family room only to find a dead man stuck t...more
Lisa
If you can survive the first third of this book, when likable busybody Sadie Hoffmiller transforms into a rude, inconsiderate, ugly American while she's a guest in an English country house, you'll like the rest of the book as well as Lemon Tart, the first of Kilpack's culinary mystery series. Sadie's egregious behavior is especially disturbing because the character claims to have read books in which English country houses play a role, and so should understand why her intrusiveness and rudeness a...more
Skylar Hatfield
Josi S. Kilpack's mysteries are fun reads. For me, most of the fun in a mystery is in the characters. I like the characters in this series. I relate to them. They don't drink, swear, or sleep around, but they do get into some deep trouble and have adventures. I think the personalities of the cast are well developed.

This story did keep me guessing through the end. It contained enough red herrings to do so. I am not a great sleuth, and that is why I relate to Sadie. She is put off the trail as eas...more
Elizabeth *Swords for Fighting*
English Trifle was a fun, murder-mystery read. I did not know what to expect, but the cover sure made it look delicious! I really enjoyed the recipes that were included at the end of some of the chapters. Too bad I cannot cook. Harry Potter fans will be excited to see a few Harry Potter references mentioned throughout the book. I know I liked them!


English Trifle is, of course, a murder mystery novel, and Kilpack does an excellent job keeping you guessing who did it with all of the twists and tur...more
Kristen
I don’t read a lot of mystery novels and I’ve finally realized why. The writing, more often than not, stinks! It might be that a lot of writers go the mystery route because they can get by on the whodunit factor without honing the craft of writing. In other words, the “mystery” carries the reader through to the end despite the lack of writing skills! I could be generalizing here so if you know a really skilled mystery writer, let me know.

This book was a cause in point. I’m really not sure why I...more
Candace
I got lucky enough to be a stop on Josi Kilpack's blog tour. Today I'll be reviewing English Trifle. English Trifle is a culinary mystery set in an English Manor. It is the second in a series, the first being Lemon Tart: A Culinary Mystery. I haven't read the first one and was a bit concerned about it but it really didn't make any difference. This was a completely separate story and the previous story didn't seem at all important to this one.
In this one Sadie and her daughter Breanna are in Eng...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
A sequel to Lemon Tart, this is the second in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series. And, this novel is just as much fun! Sadie Hoffmiller returns and manages to find death and mayhem in upper crust England.

Sadie and her daughter Breanna are off to visit England with Breanna's boyfriend, Liam, who is heir to an English title and a fancy English estate, complete with servants and a dead body in the living room.

The body disappears, the staff have secrets and the British police are inept. In...more
February Four
I am annoyed that the source I checked said this was the first book in the series. As soon as I opened the book I could tell it wasn't, because this book does not do a very good job of standing alone--I'm not at all connected to these characters, and I can't tell whether the 2nd-book effect is in place or whether it's just that the characters aren't likeable where I'm concerned.

ETA: Done. I broke a rule I have not broken in about 10 years, and I flipped to the end to read the denouement; I want...more
Katie
I have determined that these books are like a good horse race- I think the Preakness. Why? Well the pace starts a little slow but you know something is coming so you stick with it. Then BAM you round that corner and the climax happens right down to the wire with a photo finish and you are left wanting an instant replay.
As I approached the climax of this book (and Lemon Tart; also by Kilpack) I just felt like I was holding on for dear life as the story sped along. So many questions are asked and...more
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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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