Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Pumpkin Roll by Josi S. Kilpack
Sadie and her boyfriend, Pete Cunningham, have left Colorado for a temporary babysitting assignment in a Boston suburb, watching Pete’s three grandsons. Sadie, who has a newly formed private investigation business, and Pete, a cop, don’t expect trouble in the short time they’re in town. But, trouble lives across the street, in the form of Mrs. Wapple, a woman the boys claim is a witch. Even Pete’s daughter-in-law believes she’s a witch.
Sadie’s act of kindness and curiosity, taking cookies to the neighbor, leads to more questions, and strange happenings in the house where Sadie and Pete are staying. Why did the woman who accepted the cookies look so different in daylight? What caused a light bulb to explode when Mrs. Wapple pointed at Sadie? With doors slamming shut, items found in the house, and claims Mrs. Wapple caused a dog to die, Sadie and Pete find it a little unsettling. But, when Mrs. Wapple is attacked in her house, and Sadie and Pete come under suspicion, it’s time for Sadie to switch roles, from kindly “Aunt Sadie” to determined private investigator.
Pumpkin Roll is a compelling story, forcing the reader to go on. What or who is causing all the trouble? The villain comes as a surprise, but it’s a logical conclusion, one that leaves opportunities for additional plots. It’s satisfying to read about a fifty-seven-year-old protagonist, one with a little life experience. She’s not perfect by any means, but Sadie is a realistic character whose concern for others, and her need for logical explanations lead her into trouble. Her concern also leads her to cook and bake, and those recipes are included in Josi S. Kilpack’s first-rate mystery. And, with all the spooky happenings, including a suspected witch, Pumpkin Roll is a perfect holiday selection.
Josi S. Kilpack's website is http://www.josiskilpack.com/ (Stop by tomorrow when Josi S. Kilpack is guest blogger.)
Pumpkin Roll by Josi S. Kilpack. Shadow Mountain. ©2011. ISBN 9781609087456 (paperback), 375p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publicist sent me a copy of the book so I could read it before Josi's guest blog.