Saturday, July 25, 2009
Things to do in England:
Visit Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and the London Zoo
Take the Jack the Ripper tour--- creepy!
Sample authentic English scones and crumpets
Discover a dead body
What begins as a holiday trip for amateur sleuth and cooking aficionado Sadie Hoffmiller and her daughter, Breanna, turns into a bizarre mystery when they discover a dead body in the sitting room of an English manor. Breanna's boyfriend, Liam, is heir to both the family title and the family estate of Southgate, where everyone seems to have a secret . . . or two. When the body in the sitting room disappears, Sadie and Breanna are stranded at the estate until the police can clear them to leave. With their departure delayed, they might as well solve the murder.
Armed with a jogging whistle, her personal recipe collection, and an unfailing sense of American justice, Sadie begins her own investigation to find the killer. But as Sadie uncovers layer after layer of misdirection, secrets and outright lies, she wonders if anyone is telling the truth--or if the case is really as hopeless as it appears to be.
Take a missing family history, toss in a secret romance, mix with a mysterious murder, and this is one vacation Sadie will never forget.
True story- A package came in the mail. I saw Josi's name in the return address space and knew what was inside. One of the boys said, "What's in the package?" Brandi, smarty pants that she is, said, "It's a book. Am I right?" I said, "Of course, but what book could it be? hmm." Then Brandi gets a gleam in her eye and says, "I bet it's that cooking book with your name in it. I know that because its from Josi." I told you she was miss smarty pants.
You know I turned to the acknowledgement page first because I had to see my name in print before doing anything else. Awesome feeling. How do authors stand it? seeing their books with their very own name on shelves in bookstores and libraries and in people's hands?
So, on to the actual book. Only Sadie Hoffmiller could go on vacation and become embroiled in a murder investigation. An investigation that almost doesn't happen when the body and all evidence disappears. Only Sadie would think to snoop around where she shouldn't be and believe that a jogging whistle will save her.
(Everytime Sadie put her whistle in her pocket I was reminded of my friend's daughter. When she was a teen, she often wanted to go jogging by herself. Her mom didn't think it was a safe idea for a young girl. The daughter would always say, 'But mom, I have my phone." to which her mom and I would laugh because we could just picture it-- bad guy is trying to snatch young girl, young girl says Wait while I whip out my phone and call for help-- Ya, not gonna happen. But I digress)
Where was I? Oh, yes. Sadie. Cooking is in her blood. She can't help it if she takes a measure of curiosity and layers it with crumpets, family secrets, lost loves and tops it with her desire for one last answer. Or recipe. Either one will do, both would be better.
Josi has outdone herself with this one. I could not figure out who done it until Josi told us. Well done, Josi.
And be sure to read chapter one of book three which is included at the back of the book. It opens with an amazing chocolate cake that I promise is to die for. And given Sadie's propensity to get embroiled in murder, I am sure someone will.
Purchase book here
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (August 5, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches