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Devil's Food Cake (A Culinary Mystery #3)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,886 Ratings  ·  358 Reviews
Its been years since author Thom Mortenson has been back to Garrison, Colorado. As part of the committee who invited the bestselling writer to speak at the library fundraising benefit, Sadie Hoffmiller wants everything to be perfect right down to the homemade devils food cake she baked herself. Certainly, murder was not on the menu.
Paperback, 361 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Shadow Mountain
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Apr 04, 2016 Josi rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the third book in the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series. She's back in Colorado and, once again, in the middle of a murder investigation.
Jan 04, 2012 Helynne rated it liked it
I agree with other critics who have said that Kilpack really hit her stride with this third of her series of culinary mysteries. This plot shows more imagination and inventiveness than the first two, and really keeps the pages turning. After a stint in England (second book), Sadie Hoffmiller is back in her hometown in Colorado and another murder has occurred by a shotgun blast right in front of a group of townspeople at a meeting. (Eww). Sadie, of course, feels she must rise to the occasion (des ...more
Oct 02, 2012 Brandy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I don't really know why I keep reading these books. Through the entire first half of the book I am usually bugged by the way the main character acts and thinks. Sadie Hoffmiller is the star of this particular series and she always starts out very annoying to me. She is obsessive about weight (hers and others), the way she looks, the way she dresses and she is also very judgy. The exact kind of person I would not want to be friends with. And since characters in books usually become my "friends" I ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Feb 16, 2010 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
I love Sadie Hoffmiller. She's a kick and she's eccentric. But, she's also loyal. Josi Kilpack has created a charming character who just continues to grow on you as you read each successive story.

Sadie imagines herself an amateur, yet very experienced sleuth and since the police aren't listening to her, she decides to investigate things on her own. What follows is an intricate comedy of errors as Sadie uncovers layer upon layer of deception and secrets. If she's not tracking down potential crim
Oct 11, 2014 Mindy rated it it was amazing
Josi's books just get better and better. I love Sadie. She is so funny. What goes through her mind at times, even times of stress, makes me laugh. I appreciate how detailed and important everything is, even little things like a character's daughter. I did figure something out though, and I'm glad it will be "discussed" in the next book. This story takes place in a very short amount of time, and yet it doesn't seem rushed. It flows well, and once you get going, you won't want to stop. I really en ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it
It had been awhile since I had read a Sadie Hoffmiller mystery, but I jumped right back into these stories and the main character. I hate reading a series out of order, so I read this one(and the others) before reading and reviewing book #8. I enjoyed this one and the recipes. I like Sadie. Some people find her annoying, but I really like her and can understand her in many ways. I'm not as adventurous as her, but her being a "busybody" is part of Sadie and why these stories happen. This story mo ...more
Jun 26, 2015 Barb rated it liked it
I found this book on vacation and it continued my recent pattern of reading whatever I happen to pick up. I somehow made it through this book over a period of several days without breaking down and baking a cake or truffle cookies, which I though was a major success. This is an interesting genre of mixing recipes with murder mysteries. There are decadent recipes scattered throughout the book and it's hard to resist them, so I tried to not look at them too closely so I wouldn't be dreaming of lus ...more
Jessica Chamberlain
Jun 23, 2014 Jessica Chamberlain rated it it was amazing
Great book! Kilpack is amazing! This book is a pretty easy read, but it has a great story line and great characters. Plus, it even has awesome recipes too!!
May 15, 2012 Sandy rated it liked it
It's been years since author Thom Mortenson has been back to Garrison, Colorado. As part of the library fundraising committee, who invited him to speak, Sadie Hoffmiller wants everything to be perfect—right down to the homemade Devil’s Food Cake she made herself. Murder, however, was not on the menu.
Sep 10, 2014 Trinna rated it really liked it
Such a fun easy read! I love Sadie! She has such a funny character. Can't wait to try out some of her recipes!

Aug 18, 2010 Hillary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite -so far- of the three that are released! Sadie does it again!
Nov 29, 2014 Tara rated it liked it
Okay, Sadie is beginning to get on my nerves. She's too much of a busybody, getting into everyone's business trying to solve this mystery that she has no connection to or reason to be solving. Maybe if she were a private detective, then I could sit back and enjoy the mystery. I'm not sure I'll read another book in the series, but the recipes are awesome - the brownies I tried from Lemon Tart were fantastic! It was a light, easy read, and I may pick up the final book in the series to see how the ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Linnae rated it it was ok
Sadie's back, this time at a library fundraiser that she organized. Thom, the main speaker, used to live in Garrison, until a tragedy many years ago. His teenage son killed his date and himself right after junior prom. He has written a book and has agreed to return to talk about it. Things are going okay, though something is wrong with the sound system, so Thom's agent pulls over a podium with a microphone attached. Then is shot by a gun installed in the podium.

As usual, Sadie pokes her nose aro
Donna Weaver
I've heard such great things about this series and was glad to see the audiobooks finally made it out of the 20th century and onto audible.

I'm not normally one to go for murder mysteries. I've read a few and enjoyed them but do tend to be pulled to other genres. Initially, I found Sadie a little irritating. This is the third book in the series but my first one to read. The term "busybody" seemed justly earned. However, it wasn't enough to stop me from listening.

I'm VERY glad I didn't stop. As t
May 04, 2012 Debbie rated it it was ok
Maybe 2.5 stars Third in a series of "culinary mysteries"

So I have to preface this review with ... I read every morning for 45 minutes while I am exercising on the elliptical - to distract me from the discomfort and boredom. It can't be anything too intense or serious, because it isn't that easy to focus the entire time (trying to keep my heart rate up, getting a sip of water, etc). IF a book is really, really engaging, I will read it straight through when I get home or at least pick it up again
Jan 16, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I was loving this book until I got to the last 50 pages or so. I mean, I'm all for surprise endings, well sort of, but they have to be executed correctly, and I don't really think this one was. I felt like almost the ENTIRE book was spent figuring out that Mark Ogreski had committed suicide, and then, to suddenly find out that Thom Mortenson really murdered him was a little odd to say the least. I felt like there were really no facts to lead us up to that point. In fact, it almost seems like the ...more
Apr 17, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
Sadie Hoffmiller is at it again! But of course it's not her fault she just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bestselling author, and former resident of Sadie's hometown, Thom Mortenson arrives to give a presentation for the library fundraiser.

When Thom's manager is mysteriously shot while getting the microphone ready on the stage, Sadie is right there to uncover all of the clues. No, she didn't actually see the shot blast because she was savoring--eyes closed--a delicious bite
May 22, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok
I'd probably give this book 2.5 stars if I could give half stars. It's an easy read and there are actually a couple of good recipes in the book. I think my problem is it took me a while to get into it and I read the book out of order in the series (I heard it didn't matter if they were in order or not) so I guess I hadn't bought into the characters and their relationships. It's a murder mystery and this woman with an obsession with food finds herself present when the murder occurs. Apparently be ...more
Apr 04, 2010 AngieA rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Sadie Hoffmiller is at it again! She seems to have become a magnet for murder. Just back from her adventure in England (English Trifle), Sadie is once again caught up in a mysterious death; this time it is the manager of home town boy now famous author, Thom Mortensen. Thom is slated to speak at the local library fund raiser but Mr. Ogreski becomes the featured attraction during desert, which just happens to be Sadie's famous devil's food cake.

Sadie's boyfriend (dare she use the word?) detectiv
Aug 16, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: 6th-journal
Loved, loved, loved this book! I don't know why but it hooked me from the get go. I couldn't believe the mess that Sadie found herself and her son Shawn in. It only took a couple of hours before she was up to her elbows in a new murder mess and it's only been 6 months? I know it's a bit dramatic but it's exactly what I need right now in my life. What fun is a murder mystery if you can't have a little bit of drama? Sadie is delightful and it's fun to finally meet her son. It's also fun to see tha ...more
Aug 07, 2013 Kami rated it really liked it
- This was a fun and exciting mystery! This is probably my favorite so far. It was clever and thrilling to read.

- Another murder though? I'd like a different mystery. How about Sadie could visit a haunted house, catch a burglar, or anything else!

- Sadie is a bit of a busy body who thinks she can do a better job than the police. I get that she is curious, but she goes beyond that!

- I don't like that the police are pretty useless. I like to have a bit more faith in my police officers! They know
Aug 08, 2014 Kylene rated it really liked it
Shelves: yummy
This book was my favorite and yet my least favorite in the series at the same time.

Why my favorite? I really liked the storyline. I tend to read fast and can miss some details and have to go back and reread stuff. But with this book, I didn't need to do that. I was able to catch right on to what was going on. I enjoyed the storyline and it really had me guessing even up to the end.

Why my least favorite? The MC really was getting on my nerves, especially for the first 75 pages of the book or so.
Mar 29, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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Nov 11, 2011 Liz rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This mystery took place all in one evening. It certainly kept me guessing and was a good story. However, I didn't like it as well as the others for the following reasons. Sadie takes her curiosity to a whole new and obnoxious level. She tries to stay out of things at first and has no luck, but then when she has a chance to back out she just keeps pushing and getting in everyone's way. Then she keeps dragging other people into her mess. Will she ever learn? I know the character needs to be snoopy ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery, 2011
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Mar 29, 2012 Mina rated it it was ok
I want to like this book series. I really do. And I partially do like it. (Here's where I will start sounding like a broken record.) Writing is quite good, no problems there. Storyline, very good. I like mysteries with lots of twists. Supporting cast ... nicely done. Shawn is a good character, and I liked what I saw of Eric. Fun, clean, compelling, quick reads. Good, good, good.

But Sadie. Good heavens. She just drives me crazy. It's almost painful to read not only her actions, but her thought p
Oct 25, 2011 03KamiH rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Sadie Hoffmiller series. It’s called Devil’s Food Cake. It was a mediocre book and I gave it a three out of five. It was creepy and kind of dark. A person it shot on stage in front of a lot of people. Who does that?! It still is an action packed adventure full of food, mystery and new characters. It has 348 pages and I read it quickly.
Devil’s Food Cake is set in Garrison, Colorado. Sadie is at a library fundraiser with her “boyfriend”, Detective Pete Cunningham. A
Oct 04, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: food-lit, favorites
This is the third installment in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series and the most delectable so far. Devil's Food Cake is a culinary mystery on another level. Josi S. Kilpack has taken the 'cozy' out of culinary cozy.

Sadie started off as a bit of a caricature back in Lemon Tart, but she has developed into a character with depth. I'm not sure she's someone I want to know, but only because people she knows have a nasty habit of being murdered. Is she a bit of a busy body? Perhaps, but sh
Aug 08, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it
I wish I could go back in time and never start to read this book. The writing is atrocious and juvenile. The main character is beyond ridiculous in her stupidity and holier-than-thou know it all whatever-ness. Sadie is a meddler and a nincompoop. She has the nerve to shake her head about a reporter who has a LEGITIMATE reason to be investigating something, “It seemed so unfair that Jane should benefit from all of her shenanigans.” Um, like doing her actual job? And your shenaningans were for wha ...more
Mar 27, 2010 Veronica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
I received this book through Good Reads "First Reads" program.
It came in the mail at the beginning of the month, but I saved it so I could read it by the pool on my vacation. It was the perfect book to help me escape from the day to day things of life.
I've read each book in the "Culinary Mysteries" series. I love that they are sprinkled with delicious recipes to go along with the plot. I might have gained a few pounds during this series!
Although I have enjoyed all three books, Devil's Food Cak
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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 The Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series and "A Heart Revealed," a Regency Romance novel.

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