It’s been years since author Thom Mortenson has been back to Garrison, Colorado. As part of the library fundraising committee, who invited him to speak, Sadie Hoffmiller wants everything to be perfect—right down to the homemade Devil’s Food Cake she made herself. Murder, however, was not on the menu.
When Thom’s manager ends up dead on stage, Sadie does what any woman with a history of solving murders does–jumps right in to offer her guidance and expertise. The police, however, are not very appreciative. In fact, they’d rather she just go home. But can Sadie help it if she keeps stumbling over information? Can she help it if the people intricately woven into the deception keep crossing her path? The more she learns, the broader the spectrum becomes and when the police refuse to take her seriously, Sadie has no choice but to sidestep them altogether in the pursuit of justice.
With her son Shawn at her side, her reputation on the line, and a full cast of suspicious characters, Sadie Hoffmiller is once again cooking her way through a case that offers far more questions than answers.
I have not had a chance to read the first books in this series yet, but after reading this one, I have to say I will. That being said this book is a stand-alone novel that you do not need to have read the other two, while it may be helpful it is not required.
There are few things more satisfying than good comfort food right? Well this book couples food with mystery and while your reading you will find that, the sleuth is a bit food obsessed. That works well for the reader because the book also includes the recopies’ of the dishes that she describes.
Sadie herself is not an immediately likeable character. However, as you read the book and follow the mystery of who set up the shotgun trap to kill Mark you will find yourself liking her. She is not the typical heroine, she is a busy body and a bit of a gossip but she can cook and loves to share it.
If you love mysteries and food or just one or the other you will love this book. So curl upon the couch with a sweet treat and enjoy.