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Devil's Food Cake by Josi S. Kilpack
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Dec 22, 2011

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Read from December 22 to 27, 2011

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 (despite the fact that her gentlemen friend Detective Pete Cunningham, repeatedly tells her to just go home). What I especially love about Sadie besides her stubborn determination and cleverness in figuring things out, is her love of food and the way she tries to control her sweet tooth, but always gives in. At the beginning of this story, Sadie is supposed to be on a diet after her adventure in England where she enjoyed a little too much trifle and too many scones and crumpets and gained 12 pounds in two weeks. "Is that even possible?" said asks herself. (Yeah, Sadie, it is). The description of Sadie savoring a piece of her own devil's food cake just before the murder occurs is worth the whole read. This book also introduces Sadie's adopted son Shawn as a principal character, and he proves to be as creative and likeable as Sadie herself. He even does his share of cooking--a tasty recipe called "evil chicken." This is a nice contrast to the other recipes the book includes, which are mostly variations of luscious chocolate cakes. This is a fun read with some interesting twists and turns and a hint that Sadie just might have two gentlemen friends to choose from in the future.
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