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Blackberry Crumble (A Culinary Mystery #5)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,334 ratings  ·  235 reviews

The word is out about Sadie Hoffmiller's amateur detective work, but it's not exactly the kind of publicity Sadie wants. In the newest culinary mystery from bestselling author Josi Kilpack, Sadie accepts her first investigation-for-hire and travels to Portland, Oregon, at the request of a woman who has suspicions about her wealthy father's untimely death. Putting her detec

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Published March 9th 2011 by Deseret Book Company (first published February 14th 2011)
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Well, if you've been following my reviews on this series, it will come as no shock that this is probably my favorite to date. I feel almost THANKFUL that Sadie was actually HIRED to investigate this murder. Now her boldness and daring have purpose and are actually useful assets.

The players in this mystery were all quite interesting. I especially liked the children of the murdered man and all of their issues and interactions. I actually wish we could have watched them interact together a little m
After being involved in helping to solve several murder cases, Sadie Hoffmiller has gained a reputation. A reputation that Sadie would rather not have. Unfortunately for Sadie, the harder she tries to not get involved, she always seems to fine herself in the wrong place, no matter what she does. Sadie’s reputation has caused the townsfolk to gossip even more. Also Sadie, is trying to figure what where she and her boyfriend, Peter Cunningham are in their relationship. So when, May Sanderson wants ...more
I just really love these books. They are so fun & light hearted, for a murder mystery anyway. I'll admit, I was little bit concerned as to how Josi Kilpack could write a 5th book in this series without it feeling repetitive and unbelievable. However, she manages to pull off a completely different story that keeps you hooked. This one was probably one of my favorites. :) However, I did read the first chapter to "Pumpkin Roll" (which will be released in Fall 2011) and it has quite a different ...more
I have to admit, I didn't like this book as much as the previous four. I preferred it when Sadie was personally involved with the mysteries...(although I get that she can't keep realistically being involved in various murders). It was a little painful how unqualified Sadie was to be a private investigator, whereas in the other books, she had a good (ish) reason to be involved. Here, it didn't make a lot of sense.

But I could get over the unreasonableness of the story (I mean, the entire premise
I just finished Blackberry Crumble by Josi Kilpack. I would give this a 4.5 star rating. I was glad that she was hired to investigate a death instead of sneaking around. In the authors previous books Sadie was doing things that were against the law, and it never felt right. The only thing I am not a fan of is it not being realistic. 5 cases in 6 months is not very reasonable to me. If the author had put it as a longer period of time I would have enjoyed it more. I did love that there were so man ...more
Another fun Sadie Hoffmiller mystery. I was glad that this time she was actually hired to investigate a death because I'm not sure how believable finding herself in the middle of another murder investigation would have been.

I definitely didn't see the twist coming at the end either and liked that it was less predictable than the previous installments.
Fun book with a touching ending that made me cry!
Donna Weaver
The word is out about Sadie Hoffmiller's amateur detective work, but it's not exactly the kind of publicity Sadie wants. She accepts her first investigation-for-hire and travels to Portland, Oregon, at the request of a woman who has suspicions about her wealthy father's untimely death. Putting her detective skills to the test, Sadie delves into a past business partnership that didn't end well, discovers some unsavory family secrets, and exposes more than a few motives for murder.
It was interesting enough to keep me turning pages. I like that its all full of recipes, and I really want to try some of them out. But, overall it just wasn't my cup of tea. The heroine spends a lot of time thinking about her relationship with her boyfriend, which was a little boring to me, and I thought she was wimpy to get pushed around by her client so much and to be so worried about her feelings. I guess she was insecure b/c it was her first real case. The surprise was pretty good though.
So since I read Banana Split, I wanted to go back to the first books of this series. Our library system doesn't have them though and this was the earliest one, so I got it. Sadie is the main character and it was a little disconcerting to go back in time as her relationships are complicated. Didn't take long to figure those out though.

I felt like this Sadie was a bumbling idiot when it came to investigating. Much more so than in Banana Split. That would make sense, given this happened before Bana
Apr 07, 2011 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: PUYB
I loved this book even more than I did Key Lime Pie! Ms. Kilpack has what it takes to create a FANTASTIC culinary mystery. She mixes my two favorite things and throws out a novel that is so worth reading. She blends it all with just the right amount of funny humor, making her newest dish a sensation of a read!

Sadie is one character that I will not forget for a long time to come. She was in Ms. Kilpack's 4 previous novels (though, sadly, I only have read book 3, Key Lime Pie!), and she just get
This was another fun addition to this series. I do have a hard time sometimes because things that happen or things the characters do seem so unbelievable and implausible, but I still enjoy reading it. There were times I "got it" before Sadie did and it seemed so obvious to me, that I wanted to shake her so she "got it" too. LOL There was the usual twist from where you think it's heading at the end, but this one wasn't as action-packed as some of the previous ones, had a slightly slower pace. I e ...more
Disclaimer: I love reading culinary mysteries like the Sadie Hoffmiller series. Recipes are included in these types of books. So you might feel a little hungry while reading.

Is modern-day Miss Marple a magnet for murder? It seems that Sadie Hoffmiller somehow lands herself in the middle of unexpected murder crimes. But this time, May Sanderson, who is suspicious of her father’s untimely death, seeks out Sadie. Trouble is, Sadie is not a license private investigator. Yes, she’s been doing her res
I really liked this book. I'm not much of a mystery reader, but this one was recommended to me so I thought I would give it a try. And now that I have been introduced to culinary mysteries, I want to read more!!. Throw some recipes into a good story line and I'm sold!! It was a great, quick and easy read that I devoured over the course of 5 days. I was surprised about who the killer was too!! My mouth was also watering reading through those recipes and I can't wait to try them!! (My only complai ...more
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I loved Josi Kilpack’s Blackberry Crumble (even reading the title had my mouth watering. Who doesn't love a good blackberry crumble?). For those of you who aren’t familiar with Josi’s Sadie Hofmiller series, this is the fifth book and honestly, I think it’s her best one. I heard about this series from one of my friends who had really liked it, but I wasn’t sure it was going to be my cup of tea. I read Lemon Tart in two days and was immediately hooked. Her characters are so charming, normal, and ...more
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Blackberry Crumble was well-written, descriptive and full of red herrings. I honestly didn’t know who would end up being the bad guy and I was surprised by the end. The overall pace felt a little slower than the others but there was still plenty of suspense and action. There was a bit of humor along with a higher level of emotions like grief, guilt, regret, resentment, and family contention.

I’ve already mentioned the Blueberry Muffin
Scooper Speaks
Favorite Lines: “Not all things broken could be fixed; Sadie knew that from her own experience with loss and with life in general. She’d been reminded of the same thing in spades as she’d watched the depth of human suffering this week and tried to comprehend the evil that could rot men’s—and women’s—souls And yet, as the sun came up every morning, as the roses bloomed every spring, she was reminded again that there was healing even in a world so full of confusion and pain. There was hope. There ...more
by Jane Seeley, feature reporter, The Denver Post
Local "celebrity" Sadie Hoffmiller has been involved in a number of unfortunate situations that have taken her to crime scenes from London, England, to Miami, Florida, and even in her own backyard in Garrison, Colorado. But is she truly an unwitting bystander in all these investigations? Or is she becoming something more? Is she, perhaps, even the cause...?
The word is out about Sadie Hoffmiller's a
This one gets off to a slow start, but there are plenty of interesting things to keep your attention until the central plot gets going, and this is an acceptable entry in the Sophie Hoffmiller canon. However, as interesting as the plot can be, the characterization continues, as with others of this series, to drive me crazy. It's inconsistent. How does a woman who has been widowed and apparently had a great relationship with her late husband and has raised two children she is proud of, and who ha ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This novel was not my favorite in the series. I do like how Sadie is now seeing more of the world and meeting different persons. Through most of the books in the series, you get the feeling of a grown woman who was protected by her family, husband, and religion. She is carrying a lot of inner thoughts and emotions but a lady doesn't act upon those!

Then Sadie acts and trys to help a possible boyfriend in finding his lost daughter in Miami, Fl. The scandal is spread in a newspaper article and tele
Rene' Riddle
Sadie is not really my favorite main "detective" for a mystery series - she annoys me. Yet this is the third Sadie mystery I've read because honestly, these are still well written stories. AND - I LOVE stories and recipes, so when you put the two together I'm definitely interested. Josi Kilpack is a good author and I enjoy her writing, whether her characters annoy me or not. I'm bugged sometimes by Sadie's clumsiness and nosiness, but she still seems like a real person, which in turns makes me w ...more
Sadie Hoffmiller just keeps growing on me. This story is her first real paying investigative case thanks to some very unsavory press. Making up her mind, Sadie flies to Portland. She won't give up until she finds out the truth--and this is difficult after hurting her benefactor, May, in such a way as to alienate her. Listing several suspects, I wasn't prepared for the true killer. I'm not sure whether I liked the story or the recipes more. These I really want to try.
May 03, 2012 Brenda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: to anyone
Recommended to Brenda by: no one
4/24 as usual, I get a book that isn't the first in a series. but this book looks good and as long as I don't need to know anything from the previous four books I'm fine.

I like the fact that the heroine is in her mid 50s. And her boyfriend is apparently a silver fox. mmmm.... Can this get any better. I'm on chapter 3 so I hope it continues good.

5/3 the book was good, and I was only partially correct. I thought there were two killers, but only one. Maybe.

The story was good, kept me reading and wa
Another fun read. I think this series is so popular because readers get to vicariously live through a protagonist who 1. does not fit the typical "crime-fighting protagonist" mold 2. Breaks boundaries that we would be embarrassed to interfere in, and she does it well. I've got to try the "bacon ice cream" recipe in here sometime!

This book was better written and more intriguing than her other books have been. This does mean she is getting better as a writer, though. I enjoyed the book, the different take on it and the power of older women. The recipes are sounding tasty too.

Still clean and no bad words.
Kathleen Kirby Vallejo
It was nice to have something different happen in this story, Sadie being actually hired to stick her nose in other people's business vs. somehow finding herself in the middle of another mystery. Also, another surprise plot twist I didn't see coming. Fun read.
Jan 17, 2012 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
This was one of the better books yet. Kilpack has really refined her ability to add the recipes into the story in a smooth manner that also makes sense. Sadie is actually being paid to be nosy in this book so that also helped the story flow. However, I thought the book got slow in the middle and that this wasn't the strongest mystery of the pack. Also, at the end I could have used a little bit more detail on the motive of the crime and what happened or will happen to the criminals involved. It j ...more
Toni Rae Halladay
A delightful little murder mystery with recipes that make me want to cook something. Tender feelings of love and the importance of relationships that make me want to be a better person.
This series of books is way to easy to get wrapped up in and not get anything else done until you finish each book. Sadie Hoffmiller is not your typical neighbor. She is a fantastic cook and she shares the receipes in the books. But Sadie has a very inquisitive nature and has a wonderful knack for getting mixed up in all kinds of things, murder being at the top of the list. She may be a suspect or amateur detective, or she may be the victim of a crime. You can get the first seven books now, but ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

A Culinary Mystery (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Lemon Tart (A Culinary Mystery, #1)
  • English Trifle (A Culinary Mystery, #2)
  • Devil's Food Cake (A Culinary Mystery, #3)
  • Key Lime Pie (A Culinary Mystery, #4)
  • Pumpkin Roll (A Culinary Mysteries, #6)
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