The Candy Cane Caper Review
Josi S. Kilpack’s The Candy Cane Caper is a fun holiday mystery—with food. It’s the perfect novel to kick off the holiday season. In addition to being a fun mystery featuring Josi’s sleuthing chef, Sadie, the book contains 12 recipes, perfect for holiday meals and entertaining. And some would be equally fitting in other seasons.
Whether you’re a dedicated Josi Kilpack fan, or this is your first introduction to her writing, the book stands on its own. This book is billed as a “cozy culinary mystery” and it does have a cozy feel to it, like an afternoon spent with friends. Ms. Kilpack excels at descriptive writing so I could easily see the story in my mind as I read.
One of the most entertaining parts—and yes, I did laugh out loud—was Sadie’s adventure as Mrs. Claus in the mall. The book contains moments of intrigue and adventure, mixed with humor and cooking. And, of course, an unexpected ending.
The Candy Cane Caper is a thoroughly enjoyable escape from daily life, and now I find myself ready for a little holiday treat.
Soon. . . .
The theft of a
friend’s priceless, family-legacy Christmas ornaments brings amateur detective
and culinary expert, Sadie Hoffmiller, back on the case in a new standalone
In the latest chapter to the Culinary Mystery series, amateur detective Sadie Hoffmiller continues combining her sleuthing with her cooking and baking to connect with people and gain information she might otherwise not have access to. Moreover, now that Sadie is married to Detective Pete Cunningham, she has a street-savvy husband to test out her crime-solving theories.
With Christmas approaching, Sadie is preparing for a large blended-family gathering including many new grandchildren–in their home in Fort Collins, Colorado. Even with the festive chaos, Sadie drops everything when word gets out that her friend, Mary, is the victim of a holiday robbery.
At ninety-four years old, and nearly blind, Mary knows this is may be her last Christmas and the last year to enjoy her family heirloom Christmas tree ornaments. She wants just one more holiday to display her ornaments and following Christmas Eve Mass, she’ll pass them on to her great-granddaughter, Joy. Though priceless to the family, the collection has been valued at $40,000, and the Christmas tree in the care facility has never looked so good. But before the ornaments can be retrieved by Mary, eleven of the most expensive ornaments are stolen.
A holiday Christmas caper might be new to Sadie, but she’s ready to mix in her seasoned crime-solving skills with a pinch of new holiday recipes.
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