Monday, April 14, 2014

Fortune Cookie: A Culinary Mystery (Book 11) by Josi S. Kilpack Blog Tour/REVIEW with $25 Giveaway

Fortune Cookie Tour
Fortune Cookie  Fortune Cookie Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list. With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago. Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder. The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.

Culinary Mysteries

My Review:  I started reading this series right when it first came out and I've been a fan from day one. It broke my heart a little bit when I read in the Acknowledgements about how hard this series is getting for her to write, because I think they're getting better and better. I've really enjoyed each and every one of  them--they're similar with our beloved heroine, Sadie, yet they're each different in setting and mystery.

Fortune Cookie takes place in San Francisco. I've only been there once, but I was fascinated with the city--so much diversity and so much to see and do. I loved visualizing where this was all taking place. As mentioned in the book description, Sadie was here because of her sister's death. I love the way Sadie gets characters to open up and the way she tries to worm her way into relationships and situations. She is definitely not as pushy as she was in the beginning and she has a way about her of drawing important information out. 

Pete, her fiance, came along. He's one of my favorite characters and really had to deal with some complex emotions while here. He's such a calming influence on Sadie and they balance each other well.

I really felt bad for Ji, Sadie's nephew. His whole situation was very complex and evoked some emotions that were hard to deal with. It was sad, yet the story didn't come off as depressing.

Content: no language; murder and crimes--hey, it's a murder mystery--but no graphic details; mild romance/kissing. I would consider if clean.

JosiAuthor Josi S. Kilpack Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.

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