I don't often give 5 stars. I had a boss once that said, "In order to get a 5, you have to practically walk on water." She gave me a couple 5s in my c...moreI don't often give 5 stars. I had a boss once that said, "In order to get a 5, you have to practically walk on water." She gave me a couple 5s in my career with her, and I can tell you, they meant a lot.
I really enjoyed this book. Edna is Ella's much more practical friend. She has her priorities straight and she knows who she is. While Ella gets the help of her Fairy Godmother and ultimately lands Prince Charming, Edna figures out a way to get to the ball herself and has a rollicking good time! I read this book standing in front of the shelf in the book store and I bought it for my daughter (married with children) because of the last page. While Ella and Charming worry their pretty little heads about the state of the nation, Edna and her prince work hard and laugh together. When I asked my daughter, "Why do you think this is the man for you?" she replied, "Because he makes me laugh!" This book should be included with the other wonderful tales of happily ever after we share with our children!(less)
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...moreSadie 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?) detective Pete Cunningham is on the case and has firmly suggested Sadie stay out of the way. She tried. She really did! But she sees and hears things Pete needs to know and when she gets back to the crime scene, she's arrested! Aided by new-found friends, her son, Shawn, and a newpaper reporter, Sadie carries out her own investigation to finally garner the truth behind this new crime and an old one everyone thought was closed long ago.
I must say, I liked this story better than English Trifle. The Sadie in that book was just too pushy and full of herself. This Sadie is a little more thoughtful and at least thinks about the consequences of her actions for a split second before forging ahead.
The story is sprinkled with recipes, both tasty and relevant, as usual. The mystery of Mr. Ogreski's death is well crafted and we find ourselves trying to solve it with Sadie. It has a slight twist at the end and wraps up nicely. New characters are introduced and we find Sadie in an interesting situation at the end of the book. It will be fun to see how it resolves. It was pleasant to meet her son, Shawn, and get to know him for future reference. This is a character I will continue to follow as she is likeable and relatable. I look forward to the next installment, "Key Lime Pie", a sneak peek of which is included at the end of this story. (less)