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The Candy Cane Caper

(A Culinary Mystery #13)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  424 ratings  ·  152 reviews
This Christmas, Sadie Hoffmiller Cunningham is making a list and checking it twice. For the first time since she and Pete married five years ago, their combined families are gathering for the holidays in Fort Collins, Colorado, for a party that would make Santa and Mrs. Claus proud.

She just has to bake the famous Cunningham Candy Cane Cake, make sure the looming snowstorm
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Shadow Mountain
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
description This was another cute cozymystery torpedoed by a super unlikable lead character.Sadiewas annoying as #"%. A judgmentalbusybody that I wanted to throat punch about a million times. Other than that, the rest of the book was good. Very festive. The mystery was well done. A nice array of likable side characters. And a lot of yummy sounding recipes to try out.



Deanne Patterson
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Josi S. Kilpack has many Culinary Mysteries and I guarantee you'll be delighted with this tasty treat as it's a Christmas Mystery.
The Candy Cane Caper is another delectable mystery in the series and it's absolutely chock full a fabulous story line, memorable characters and a mystery you'll think you have solved but as you follow along do you really ?
I loved all the unique recipes for Christmas and can't wait to try them out.

Published October 1st 2019 by Shadow Mountain.
I was given a
Rebecca Reviews
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Josi S. Kilpack’s The Candy Cane Caper is a wonderful and gentle Christmas cosy that’ll fill you with holiday joy. This is my first book in the series but I had no problem understanding what was happening.

Former private investigator Sadie has an overflowing plate this Christmas. She’s prepping for an epic holiday gathering for her huge blended family. But now, there’s a mystery in the mix! Someone has stolen expensive antique Christmas tree ornaments from Mary, Sadie’s elderly friend. Mary lives
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
It has been a while since I read a culinary mystery featuring Sadie. I am reminded of why I love her so much. She is a bumbling amateur detective who has a strong desire to help others.

This story takes place several years since the last one. If you have never read a book featuring Sadie Hoffmiller Cunningham, this is not a bad place to start. Of course, if you read this one you may want to go back and read the others.

Sadie's dear friend is celebrating her last Christmas. She celebrates by
Katie W
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Sadie Hoffmiller--how I've missed you! This is a series that does better read in order, since Sadie's relationships gradually build over time, but it's not essential. This installment is awhile after the last one ended and was a true delight!

Sadie is a typical busybody housewife, who finds herself in over her head time and again when she sticks her nose too far into someone else's business. But I absolutely adore her! Her heart is pure and her intent to help others is good, but she has a
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
It's been awhile since I read a Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery! It was so good to be back in the crazy that is Sadie's life. She has mellowed a bit since her first books but she is still the same Sadie and I've kind of missed her.

Mysteries are Sadie's thing and when her friend's prized ornaments go missing, Sadie is on the case in an instant. Her investigations have her talking to lots of people and that's where I find the most satisfaction. She makes connections with people and learns about
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Sadie Hoffmiller (now Sadie Cunningham), the "59-ish" amateur detective that seems to find trouble, or it finds her, wherever she goes. It's been five long years since the last Culinary Mystery book, but now Sadie's back with all kinds of Christmas plans which may get derailed when her good friend's Christmas ornaments are stolen.

Sadie's husband Pete is out of town on business and she's got a lot to do by Christmas Eve. It's their first Christmas with all of their kids, their spouses and
Kathleen Kelly
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Candy Cane Caper by Josi S. Kilpack is a sweet clean mystery with protagonist Sadie Hoffmiller Cunningham at the center of the book. Sadie and her husband Pete have been married for five years and have a combined family. Pete is a detective and Sadie is a retired schoolteacher, amateur detective, and chef.

Sadie's neighbor, Mary who is now in a home is in declining health and not expected to live much longer. She is determined to last one more Christmas in the hopes of repairing her
Julie Carpenter
Oh Sadie, how I adore you! It was so much fun to read this new holiday book in this series! I have to say that I haven't read all of the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mysteries. But I'm close to reading them all. I've actually been listening to several of them lately. The first book in the series had me chuckling and shaking my head at Sadie. But the more books I read in the series, the more I have come to love Sadie's character and her quirky ways. She's great!

I missed Sadie and Pete's wedding
Jessica (BookObsessedJess)
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 3-stars
I am normally a sucker for anything Josi writes. Of course, up until now, I have only read her historical romances. But, thanks to the publishers over at Shadow Mountain, I was sent a copy of this culinary mystery.

Now, I am not a Christmas person. So reading about decorating trees and holiday cheer didn’t really appeal to me. I DO love mysteries, however. This one follows a middle aged woman and her close friend, an elderly and dying Mary. Mary is blind and lives in a nursing home. Her antique
The Candy Cane Caper by Josi S. Kilpack is the thirteenth A Culinary Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series (like me). Sadie Cunningham is a retired detective who now uses her expertise to craft culinary mysteries when not whipping up baked goods. Sadie takes time out of her baking schedule, to help her dying friend, Mary decorate her Christmas tree. Mary has a collection of vintage ornaments that her father brought over from Germany and France after World War I. ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to see that Josi Kilpack was giving us another Sadie Hofmiller mystery. I loved that whole series and was missing it! The Candy Cane Caper is vintage Sadie and fans will not be disappointed.

Sadie has a lot on her plate. Her husband is out of town and she's getting ready for a blended family Christmas and wants everything to go smoothly. Her neighbor, Mary, is ill and this will likely be her last Christmas. Sadie wants everything to be perfect for her friend and is horrified when
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sadie is gearing up for Christmas and getting her blended family together. She has food to prepare, gifts to buy, and cookies to deliver to friends and neighbors. Her once neighbor Mary asks her to help set up her Christmas tree in the facility that she is now living in and Sadie agrees to help. She knows that this will be Mary's last holiday and wants to make the elderly woman's last days as happy and cheerful as possible. While trimming the tree Sadie soon realizes that the ornaments being ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm the proud owner of this entire series. It was fun to return to Sadie's world and her quirky habits. All in all, her caring nature and love for others shined through in this entertaining holiday caper.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m always happiest when I’m reading a mystery book of some sort. I have loved this series by Josi Kilpack. It made my day when I heard that she was releasing a new Sadie book after 5 years. And it was completely worth waiting for!

This book didn’t pick up right where Wedding Cake left off. I loved that. It’s been 5 years since the last book about Sadie and it had been five years since Sadie and Pete got married in that book. It just worked!

Anyway….Sadie has a dear friend who is blind and lives
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is something comforting and wonderfully familiar in reading at Sadie novel. It was as if I was coming home to visit and old, dear friend. Everything about Sadie exceeds my love of precision and order. I loved how she was investigating while prepping for the holidays. Sadie s a wonderful multi tasker. I read each page carefully, trying to figure out who dunit before Sadie. I love the thoughts in her head, she truly makes me smile. I loved, loved the ending. The Candy Cane, it will be the ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SADIE IS BACK and I could not stop reading!
The story setting is wonderful-
The crime is perfect-- until Sadie solves it :)
The recipes are calling my name-
And the ending is heart-melting.
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 Stars

THE CANDY CANE CAPER is another enjoyable story in this cozy mystery series with more fabulous recipes to try out. Readers are sure to love these memorable characters, following along as a thief is revealed, and the Christmas setting. The ending is especially endearing. Highly recommended to fans of the series and cozy mysteries with plenty of heart.

I've only read a few of the books in this series, but didn't have any issues getting into and following along in this story. Some of the
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads, arc-copy
Josi S Kilpack’s The Candy Cane Caper is a splendid combination of holiday read and cozy mystery that readers will delight in from cover to cover, especially with the return of Sadie. This story is about finding some holiday ornaments that have disappeared. They belong to an older lady that is about to pass away and her friends and family want to find them before she realizes they are missing so they can make this the best Christmas for her before she passes. This story has a huge theme of being ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Christmas story. Sadie is stressed over getting everything done for Christmas, it will be the first time she and her husband will have their blended families together and she want it perfect. The weather doesn’t look like it will cooperate either. Her former neighbor and good friend is in hospice so she is visiting her often. She helps Mary put very expensive ornaments on the tree, warning that it really wasn’t safe. After one day some of the ornaments are missing and Sadie ...more
The Cozy Review
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Series: Culinary Mysteries – Book 13
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Holiday/Culinary
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Page Count: 320

From Shadow Mountain comes a standalone holiday cozy book from author Josi Kilpack, in her “Culinary Mysteries” cozy series The Candy Cane Caper. This beautiful holiday book will have readers smiling, longing for the holidays, family, and a warm fire, but it will also at times leave readers in tears. It is an emotional ride from beginning to end and one that
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas
Thought the idea of this book was interesting: Christmas. Recipes. Mystery, so I picked it up. I had not idea there was a whole series of the same--Culinary Mysteries.
It didn't really keep my attention until the second half. Was a sweet story that did have the Christmas feels needed around this season.
Elise Derr Griffin
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sadie Hoffmiller is back! Her new friend, Mary Hallmark, received two sets of World War I era Christmas ornaments from her father that are now worth tens of thousands of dollars to antique collectors. As Mary's health fails, she moves into Nicholas House for round-the-clock care. No one expected Mary to see Christmas this year, and Sadie feels an obligation to make sure this Christmas is a perfect one for Mary. Those plans are shaken when several ornaments (worth thousands of dollars) go missing ...more
Rachel DeVaughn
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to find another Sadie Cozy Culinary Mystery-especially a Christmas one! This story joins Sadie, Pete and their family 5 years after book 12 and their wedding. Sadie loves solving mysteries and when her friend's antique Christmas ornaments go missing, she can't resist jumping in to solve the mystery before her friend finds out.

Sadie is such a wonderful, kind, loving character. I especially loved reading about her Mrs. Claus adventure at the mall and her times spent in the
Blaine DeSantis
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thanks to the folks at Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. I read this authors first book and now her most recent offering and the basic style of the book and the main character remain true to the initial offering about 12 books ago. That being said, this cozy mystery is a little to "cutsie" for me. Aimed at the Hallmark Channel crowd, the author writes well, but the main character just grates on my nerves. But I do admire an author who knows ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Christmas has come early for cozy lovers! This is the 13th book in the Cozy Culinary Mystery series. If you like cozy mysteries with recipes, this is for you. And if you make the candy cane cake, please share.

It's the happiest and saddest time of the year. Sadie is preparing for a big blended family Christmas with her children, grandchildren, and the children and grandchildren of her husband Pete. She is also saying goodbye to her friend and former neighbor Mary. Over 90, with pancreatic
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Sadie is back! I thought this series was over a few years ago but was thrilled to see at least one more book in this series to give us a peek into what Sadie has been up to since she married Pete. They are enjoying life and she has hung up her investigating shoes until someone steals some of Mary's priceless ornaments from the tree in her room at the local nursing home. With Pete out of town for work, she pulls out her sleuthing skills to determine who might have stolen the ornaments and why.

Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Wow! This was awesome.

As I was reading along I felt like this was a cozy mystery turned on its head. It felt like half police procedural and half whodunit.

The sleuth is Sadie. She had been new to her neighborhood when her elderly neighbor, Mary sort of adopted her and they became fast friends. Then Mary had to be put into a nursing home type facility since she is now losing her eyesight and is practically blind. Mary has Sadie get some Christmas ornaments from storage in order to
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley-arc
The Candy Cane Caper is the 14th book in the Culinary Mystery series. However, I had not read any previous books and I was able to follow along.

Sadie is overwhelmed with checking things off her to-do list before her family arrives for Christmas. Yet, when her friend’s priceless, family-legacy Christmas ornaments go missing, Sadie is on the case.

I liked Sadie as she is quirky, and being a retired P.I. she does stick her nose in where it doesn’t belong, but it’s always done with good intentions.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Although this was a 3 star review for me, I still really enjoyed this book! I really wanted a light and fluffy Christmas mystery book and this was so perfect and really helped set the mood for the holidays!

This book reads as a standalone, however there are many other books in the series and I do think reading those would have increased my enjoyment level of this book!

My biggest complaint is the continuous bashing of people in my age group throughout this book! I'm 25 myself and there is a girl
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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 Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children.

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