Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Pumpkin Roll by Josi S. Kilpack

Pumpkin Roll is the sixth mystery in Josi S. Kilpack's culinary mystery series. Although I hadn't read the previous books, and you don't have to have read them, the hints about Sadie Hoffmiller's previous activities will leave readers intrigued. Sadie is a little ashamed of the publicity she's had in recent months, and readers might be curious enough to go back and read the earlier books.

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.


Harvee said...

I love food mysteries and this is a new one to me. Sounds very good and yummy too. Hope you'll visit my book teaser

Lesa said...

Thanks, Harvee. I'm glad I introduced you to a new author. And, I'll check out your book teaser later. Thanks.

Liz V. said...

The cover alone does it for me. Thanks for another new-to-me author. Back tomorrow for more.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Liz. Guest blogs the next two days from Josi and then Carol K. Carr, so no new titles until Friday. I'm giving your TBR pile a two day break. (smile)

Stephanie @ Read In a Single Sitting said...

Thanks so much for this review. I'm always a sucker for a culinary mystery, and this one sounds great. :) I'll be sure to stop by tomorrow for Josi's guest post.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Stephanie. I hope you get a chance to pick up Pumpkin Roll. Good mystery.