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Lemon Tart (A Culinary Mystery #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  3,439 ratings  ·  972 reviews

A recipe for murder!

5 families living on Peregrine Circle 1 flowered curtain tieback 1 missing child 1 body in the field
Mix with a long list of suspects and top with two very different detectives. Increase heat until only the truth remains.

Award-winning author Josi S. Kilpack introduces a new series of culinary "cozies" that is sure to tantalize mystery lovers. In th

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published (first published March 4th 2009)
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I wish I had the knack for writing a concise, informative review of books. I love reading those where they set down a brief overview of the plot and then praise, or pan, the book. I somehow can't really do that.

I had high hopes for this book. It was so highly rated by so many readers. The writing was much better than I expected and it really held my interest throughout the book. Even though there were no surprises and I had the culprit figured out for a long time.

The reason I didn't rate this b
It's not horrible but what a rip off of Diane Mott Davidson. Seriously. How is this not bordering on plagiarism? Let's see: 1) Set in Colorado, check. Couldn't you even come up with your own state? 2) 50ish main character who likes to cook, check. 3) Recipes included, check. 4) Boyfriend is a police detective, check. 5) Involved in the community, check. The difference is, I like Goldy from the DMM books. I can't stand Sadie Hoffmiller, the main character of this book. She is super annoying. Who ...more
I wish I could give it 2 and half stars as I didn't hate this book, but it seemed too contrived and the main character Sadie, did come off as self righteous. Making food for others does not excuse or dismiss rude behavior. Also she was way to nosy. I felt we were celebrating a character who actually built her house in such a way as to be able to spy on everyone in her cuol-de-sac and hated a tree that made it impossible to spy on her next door neighbor. Really, would I want to live next door to ...more
Inspired Kathy
I really enjoyed this book. Despite the goofy description on the backcover, which left me with really low expectations for this book, the book was not nearly as cheesy as I thought it would be. It held my interest and I read it in 2 days. It was not entirely predicatable as nearly all Mormon fiction is. Although I thought the ending was a little over the top and I just didn't buy it when everything was tied together with a nice big bow. I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it for a fun, ...more
This is my first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series. When Sadie's neighbor is found murdered while a lemon tart bakes in her oven, Sadie finds herself both a suspect as well as suspicious of the other people around her. She takes the case, determined to find the killer and her neighbors son who is missing. This was a fun book to write and I hope readers enjoy it as much as I do.
Ali Cross
I loved Josi Kilpack's Lemon Tart. It was a fun and fast read, totally enjoyable from start to finish.

Kilpack managed to bring to life a whole cast of colorful characters and even while the main character was a goody-two-shoes busybody, she managed to make me really like her and route for her the whole way. I'm excited there's a new culinary mystery in the works featuring Sadie Hoffmiller, because she's just awesome.

Lemon Tart tells the story of a murdered young mother, a missing baby, an adulte
Lemon Tart (Josi S. Kilpack) is a "candy book." Easy to ready, fun, and hard to put down.
A neighbor is found murdered and her death exposes secrets about the neighborhood and about assumed relationships. The protagonist, widow Sadie Hoffmiller, is forced to question her judgment on friendships and family and ultimately her staunch faith in family members is battered but ratified.
Sadie is a busy-body, but she has logic and concern beyond surface gossip gathering that helps her assist the unwillin
Josi Kilpack sent me this book back in February to read, and sadly I am a total slacker and just barely finished it. IN TWO DAYS, I finished it.

I really enjoyed Lemon Tart: A Culinary Mystery. It was an exciting, quick read! There are actual recipes littered throughout the book, and I found myself craving brownies as she talked about brownies and Fettuccine when she talked about Fettuccine! (thank heavens I actually had some leftover Costco Fettuccine on hand!)

I cannot even begin to tell you h
Mary Louise Sanchez
Sadie Hoffmiller, a retired widow going on 60 years, who is on the verge of getting engaged is busy canning applesauce when she notices two police cars parked in front of her young, single neighbor's house in the cul-de-sac. The police are ready to break down the door because of a tip call when Sadie offers them the neighbor's keys. Sadie has been entrusted with keys for all the neighbors, which include her younger brother and sister-in-law, except Mr. Henry. When the police exit the house they ...more
I really thought the idea here sounded unique and possibly fun, but I was hugely disappointed in its execution. This is a mystery intended for adults, but it reads more like a teen soap -- very wishy-washy writing (and wishy-washy characters) with a lot of melodrama. There was NO tension at all (really bad for a mystery novel) other than very contrived tension deliberately (and obviously) meant to misdirect the reader. It was so obvious, in fact, that I never believed a single "suspect" the auth ...more

I liked this story, and the writing wasn't too bad. The plot was pretty interesting and kept my attention, and I thought it was fun that there were recipes included. The mystery was fun and I liked the book overall.

The only reason this book didn't get 4 stars from me is that I just didn't like the main character, Sadie, all that much. Sadie is a retired former teacher in her mid-50s who has been a widow for twenty years and raised two adopted kids on her own, and she loves to cook. She is a
Genre: Mystery, Culinary
Recommend to: If you like mystery or baking
This is written by an LDS author, and while the main character is LDS, this book doesn't have much content in way of religion.
Sadie Hoffmiller is busy canning her homemade applesauce when she notices two police cars drive into her otherwise quiet cul-de-sac. She soon discovers her neighbor, single mom Anne Lemmon, has been murdered and her son, Trevor has gone missing. After giving the detectives as much information as she can, s
I finished chapter one of this book and wanted to bake . . . normally, I wouldn’t use that quality to rate a book more highly, but in this case, it’s entirely appropriate. Kilpack’s mystery about the murder of a suburban single mother combines the domesticity of home life with the standards of the mystery genre to make an interesting, thoughtful and very engrossing novel.

The basic plot involves a murder, a detective Ms. Sadie Hoffmiller (baker and apple sauce maker), and suspicions about all the
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
A lot of fun. I'm not normally a big fan of mysteries, but I'm a big fan of Josi Kilpack. Lemon Tart is simply a fun book to read.

Sadie Hoffmiller is one of those neighbors you wish you had living next door. A widow whose children are raised, Sadie loves to cook and bake and look out for her neighbors. When Anne Lemmon, a young, single mother moves into the neighborhood, Sadie becomes her friend and mentor. When Anne is tragically murdered while a lemon tart bakes in her oven, Sadie decides to
This cozy mystery is just that--Cozy! Main character and amateur sleuth/busy-body neighbor Sadi Hoffmiller is a delight. At 50-something, Sadie is a single widowed mother who is in a steady relationship once again. She is the rock of her neighborhood and every neighbor has trusted her with keys to their homes. When a tragic murder takes place, Sadie is the first to discover the circumstances. Trouble is, she knows more about each neighbor than the police could possibly discover on their own. Sad ...more
Sadie's life takes a tragic turn when her friend and neighbor, Anne Lemmon is found dead with a lemon tart in the oven. Everyone is a suspect and yet there is more pressure put on Sadie from the start. Sadie is the busy-body of the street, she knows when people come and go, what their children's schedules are and she has a key to everyones house.
Sadie doesn't think that the 2 detectives are doing enough and set out to find the killer herself and hopefully find Anne's small son Trevor in the pro
Emily Nielsen
This was a very interesting and suspensful book. I loved it and was always interested. I would highly recommend this to anyone that loves a good, intense mystery!
Cindy Barnett
Recipes are easy enough & tasty. Mystery is nice but rudeness should remain for bad guys or pretentious people, not heroines. Standalone & TTS-enabled.
This was just an okay read. More like 2.5 stars, but I'm feeling generous today! I didn't really like Sadie. I suppose pious would be the best word I could use to describe her. She was too full of herself with all her thoughts about what a "good" person she was. And then she did some things a real person could never have gotten away with. The story itself wasn't bad, I just didn't care for the protagonist. I would probably read another of these if I could it on PBS or something. There ARE some r ...more
This is a WONDERFUL book! It's no surprise that it's currently #1 on Deseret Book's General Fiction list! The best way I can describe Lemon Tart is this (and I have my mother to thank, before I forget)--picture the main character Sadie Hoffmiller as a poor man's Miss Jane Marple from the Agatha Christie novels. That's all I can say. But I plan to try the recipes (which were a very creative touch!) that were listed in the book. And believe me, if you enjoy mysteries as much as I do, this one will ...more
I have been reading Lemon Tart, I like this book so far it is really interesting to see the different persrective from a fifty year old women it is really different! It is still really interesting even though it is not as a action book it still has a thrill. I like the the plot how she is trying to solve the crime on who killed her neighbor, and she is going up against another detective. It is really cool to see how she veiws other people and what she thinks of them and says. I would reccomend ...more
Reese Curtis
Overall I really enjoyed this book! I must admit that it was hard to get into for the first little bit, but once you do, it really grabs your attention! Lemon Tart is a murder mystery about an older lady named Sadie who is living a simple but pleasurable life. She is living alone now that she is without a husband, but Sadie has a boyfriend whom she is quite serious with. Sadie lives in a nice cozy cul-de-sac where everything seems to be just right.Yet when disaster strikes in their seemingly per ...more
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This is my first Josi Kilpack book and it was a pretty fun read. It did pull me in quickly at the beginning and kept me interested for most of the way through. The main character was fun and likeable, and it was a fun mystery, without being sordid or violent.
My only complaints were tied to the mystery itself. For one, there were people involved that just tossed incriminating evidence in their city trash can out in front of their house! We're talking really big, really incriminating evidence! Th
Kelley Lynn
I loved everything about this book. I haven't read a mystery in forever and this was just the one I needed.

This totally reminds me of a 'Murder She Wrote' type story. An unlikely, mid-aged, woman deciding to take it upon herself to discover what happened to her neighbor. The writing is simple and brilliant and the characters very well developed. I can't wait to read more in this series.
The main character was a little over the top, and such a busy-body I told my husband half way through, I almost wish they'd think it was her and throw her in jail so she'll stay out of their lives! That said, the ending was good and different, and I hope to try some recipes included. Cute idea - completely fluffy book
Fun book. The main character had me giggling at times as well as one of her neighbors. They both reminded me of people I know! The mystery was good, if a bit predictable. I have to say, Sadie is one tough 56 year old! I am going to try the lemon tart recipe sometime. My mouth was watering for it through most of the book.
The less-than-talented LDS Author strikes again. The writing is poor, the story simplistic, and the heroin annoying. Did I miss anything? I gave it one star (instead of none) because it did include some recipes that might be worth trying. Although just like this Lemon Tart book, they may just leave me feeling sour.
I really do need a 3.5 star. I shouldn't complain too much about this book--I think within its genre it was really good, and if I were a better cook it would have appealed to me more, because there are some delicious-sounding, difficult-looking recipes at the end of almost every chapter. It's quite well-written, with a good plot and plot twists.

My only complaint: I had a really hard time liking the main character, a busybody-turned-sleuth. She struck me as incredibly nosy, yet she's this amazing
Ann Hartman
I had high hopes for this book...but the dialogue and characters were all quite lacking. I think I will skip the others in this series. (English trifle, devils food cake, etc.) I did copy down a couple of the recipes in the book that looked like they were worth trying.
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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 the final book, Wedding Cake, will be released in December 2014 with a cook book made up of all the recipes from the series plus a few extras.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, children, and cat.
More about Josi S. Kilpack...
English Trifle (A Culinary Mystery, #2) Devil's Food Cake (A Culinary Mystery, #3) Key Lime Pie (A Culinary Mystery, #4) Blackberry Crumble (A Culinary Mystery, #5) Pumpkin Roll (A Culinary Mysteries, #6)

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