Monday, October 7, 2019

The Candy Cane Caper (Cozy Culinary Mystery Book 13) by Josi S. Kilpack {Review}

The Candy Cane Caper (Cozy Culinary Mystery Book 13) by Josi S. Kilpack
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Shadow Mountain 
Source: I received a complimentary copy through the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were voluntarily given.
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 doesn't derail everyone's travel plans, and oh, yes, solve one teensy-tiny mystery before the big day.

At ninety-four and nearly blind, Mary, Sadie's friend and neighbor, knows this will be her last Christmas. When Sadie learns that someone has stolen antique Christmas ornaments from Mary's tree, she vows to find the thief, no matter what. The ornaments had been appraised at more than $40,000, but they were worth even more to Mary, who had intended to bequeath them to her great-granddaughter, Joy, as a final gift.

With Pete in Arizona wrapping up a case of his own, it's up to Sadie to question the residents of Nicholas House, where Mary lives, and deduce who had the means and the motive to steal heirloom ornaments during what should be the most wonderful time of the year.

When stories of other thefts surface, Sadie feels like she's creating a "naughty" list that could rival Santa's. Identifying the thief, recovering the ornaments, and restoring them to Mary's tree in time will take a Christmas miracle—and maybe a few extra-special cookies.
My Review: 5 Stars
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 knack for finding herself in the most precarious situations ever. I'm left cringing, blushing, and internally dying, yet I find myself cheering her on. 
Helping her friend, Mary, have the best last Christmas ever, Sadie once again finds herself smack in the middle of a mystery. Her newish husband, Pete, is out of town and she's also trying to prepare to host their blended families for the holidays and what better way to do so than through the kitchen? I absolutely love Sadie's recipes that are shared in the books and I can't wait to try some of the Christmas foods included in this book.
Sadie's character is like wrapping up in a soft, comfy security blanket, but she's also entertaining with her unique experiences and I loved her comeback.

Content: mild mystery/danger/peril

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