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English Trifle (A Culinary Mystery #2)

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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 discover a dead body in the sit
Paperback, 361 pages
Published July 15th 2009 by Deseret Book
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Dec 01, 2011 Helynne rated it liked it
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
Jul 06, 2009 Becki rated it it was amazing
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
 Mummy Cat Claire
Apr 17, 2010 Mummy Cat Claire rated it it was ok
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
Jul 09, 2009 Cheri rated it really liked it
I had a great deal of fun with Sadie this time around. I'd even go so far as to say I liked English Trifle better than Lemon Tart, but I think that has more to do with the setting of English Trifle than anything else.

I see Sadie as kind of like my mom, if my mom were remotely adventurous (luv ya Mom!). The recipes at the end of some of the chapters make my mouth water, but I have to confess it's the peek at Devil's Food Cake at the end of the book that really has me excited. If that delicious so
Aug 23, 2009 AngieA rated it really liked it
Shelves: how-to, mystery
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
Mar 15, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 16, 2009 Jenifer rated it really liked it
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.
Katie W
Jul 11, 2009 Katie W rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I have to say that I enjoyed the first book in this series a little more than this one, but it was still a fun, whodunit mystery. Sadie (the main character) got a little annoying and over the top for me in this one. This book is about Sadie and her daughter, Breanna, and the mystery they encounter at a Christmastime vacation in England, while visiting Breanna's boyfriend.
Jul 01, 2009 Josi rated it it was amazing  ·  (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!
Oct 22, 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.
Oct 27, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
These books will not win any awards in my book, but I just can't help reading them. And I will probably continue to read them. Here are a few reasons
1) They are perfect "escapist reading" for me. I had a too busy Harvest Break and just needed something light-hearted, simple, and entertaining to read. This fit the bill.
2) The main character's name is Sadie. My daughter is named Sadie. I just think that is fun.
3) The main character reminds me a little of me. Or how I imagine I might end up in anot
Erin Crittenden
Dec 29, 2016 Erin Crittenden rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to try the tikka masala recipe! Her writing just flows so smoothly to me. It's easy and fun to read these books.
Jan 06, 2017 Hannah rated it liked it
Fun recipes and mystery. The main character is a bit self righteous and obnoxious though.
In English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack what seems to be a normal holiday trip for Sadie and Breanna Hoffmiller turns out to be a very bizarre mystery when they discover a dead body in the sitting room of an English manor. Breanna’s boyfriend, Liam, is heir to both the family title and the family estate of Southgate. Everyone there seems to have a secret… or two. When the body in the sitting room disappears, Sadie and Breanna are stranded at the estate until the police clear them to leave. With th ...more
Apr 24, 2010 Candace rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it
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
Jun 05, 2011 Valerie rated it really liked it
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
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 t
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
May 20, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Oct 18, 2010 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, 2010, mystery
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
Mar 28, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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Jan 21, 2017 Marsha rated it liked it
Entertaining read but it drug a bit in the middle as it seemed the author got lost. Because it drug a bit and got confusing keeping track of all the players it was easy to put down and just read as time allowed.
Sep 19, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
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
Apr 26, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
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
Apr 10, 2013 04HeatherS rated it really liked it
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
Apr 27, 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 &
Aug 27, 2011 03KamiH rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2010 Nicole rated it really liked it
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
Sep 03, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
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
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Jul 01, 2009 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
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
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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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