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Key Lime Pie by Josi S. Kilpack
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Jan 24, 11

really liked it
Recommended for: Those who like light mysteries and good recipes
Read from January 18 to 21, 2011

Hot dog! The Sadie Hofmiller we grew to love in Lemon Tart is back, after a descent into obnoxious rudeness in English Trifle and a complete departure from common sense in Devil's Food Cake. Sadie is still an impulsive busybody, but Kilpack takes the time to allow her protagonist to explain herself to herself--she knows she could be perceived as taking terrible chances and meddling where she has no business--but that allows the reader a glimpse of Sadie's inner life that explains her to the reader, not just to herself, and that makes a huge difference. The phrase "inner life" is not one you're going to see in many reviews of this type of formulaic fiction, and there's not too much of it, but it makes the difference between careening inexplicably from one foolish choice to another (as in Devil's Food Cake) and enjoying the ride with Sadie while looking on with fondness instead of irritation.

This time Sadie needs to choose between Eric--with whom she feels a definite chemistry--and her steady police detective, Pete. In the process she gets caught up in Eric's search for his missing daughter. Kilpack takes the time not only to explore Sadie's motivations, but also to create some really interesting characters: the inscrutable Layla, the dependable and unusually loyal Monty, the devoted Tia (whose nature is unresolved--is she a good person involved in criminal behavior or does she think she'd doing the right thing?), and the reluctant criminal, Joe. She alse develops Eric's character further, so that Sadie gains insights that help her decide about her relationships with Eric and Pete.

Meanwhile, it's a fun ride as Sadie can't help but try to tie up an entire mystery into a package complete for presentation to the police, even though they insist that she give them what she has and let them take care of things. Not Sadie--she wants closure, and could get killed in the process. That package-with-a-bow approach may have worked for Nancy Drew, but Sadie, honey, we aren't 18 anymore and you're playing in a bigger, potentially more deadly league! Key Lime Pie is fun and worth reading--and the recipes look great! (More slow cooker recipes, please?) Thanks, Josi Kilpack, for bringing back the original Sadie. I look forward to Blackberry (or is it Blueberry?) Crumble, the next in the series.
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