Thursday, October 3, 2013

$25 Giveaway Blog Tour AND Book Review: Rocky Road by Josi S. Kilpack

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Rocky RoadRocky Road It was supposed to be a girls’ weekend in scenic St. George, Utah that would include shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fundraiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fundraising event, a local doctor, disappeared two months ago was not supposed to be Sadie’s problem. In fact, she refuses to participate in the grassroots investigation her friend Caro, and Caro’s cousin, Tess, have put together prior to her arrival. But then she meets the ex-wife of the missing doctor. How could she not ask a few questions . . . that lead to a few more questions . . . that lead to a small town and yet even more questions. Before she knows it, Sadie is in the middle of yet another murder investigation and trying to piece together a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.
Author Josi S. Kilpack Born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah, I met my husband in high-school--well, he wasn't my husband then, just the cute guy in weight training with the permed mullet--and we married in 1993. I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child and have gone on to publish 20 novels, the most recent being part of The Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, children, and cat.  
Culinary Mysteries by Josi Kilpack
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My Review: YAY!! She's b-a-a-c-k!! I love Sadie--she is imperfect, yet so endearing. I don't know if it's just me, but I was hooked on this series from the start, yet each book gets better and better. A bonus for me is the delicious sounding recipes--every book has some great ones and I can't wait to try these.

Sadie is on a girls trip when she is presented with a mystery--one that she is more than willing to pass up, until she is almost begged to look into things more by the police. Pretty much her dream come true, you know, to be on the good side of the police.

I love the way Sadie's mind works--the way she processes information and is willing to take risks, all in the name of truth and justice. And maybe just a little bit to satisfy her curiosity. I love how quick Sadie is to jump right into things with both feet--from service at a memorial for a man she doesn't know, to going into the woods alone, to being bait to try and trap people into telling the truth. I would probably have heart failure doing half the things she does.

The characters were all great--some I hated and some I loved, but they were all vivid. It was fun to see a character from a previous book join in the fun.

One miss for me with this book--Pete was missing. I have really come to enjoy and appreciate the balance he gives to Sadie and his calm, hesitant support. I also missed her kids--we got a very brief glimpse of Shawn in this one, but that was it.

I can't complain--it was great with a fun, unique setting that is a little familiar to me--Southern UT (St. George and Pine Valley). I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

Content: a more Christian undertone than the others; talk of an affair with no details; some mild violence and death with no graphic details.

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