Saturday, March 27, 2010

Devil's Food Cake by Josi S. Kilpack

I love to read.  There's nothing more relaxing than getting lost in a good book.
  Lately I've been so busy that I hardly find time to read anything but emails, and sometimes not even those!  My latest read came to my mailbox through the Good Reads.  I recently discovered the First Reads section  of their site and it could be a dangerous thing!  Children could starve (mine), toilets could go unscrubbed for days on end (what else is new) and schedules interrupted (schedule? I had one of those...once.)

So I bring you....
Devil's Food Cake ~by Josi Kilpack
This is the third book in the Culinary Mystery series.  First was Lemon Tart, then came English Trifle, and now we have Devil's Food Cake.  It's really not surprising that this would be my favorite of the series because, you know, I love chocolate.

(from the back cover)
     It's been years since Thom Mortensen has been back to Garrison, Colorado.  As part of the committee that invited the bestselling author to speak at the library fundraiser, Sadie Hoffmiller wants everything to be perfect--right down to the homemade devil's food cake she baked herself.
     Murder was not on the menu.
     When Thom's manager ends up dead on stage, Sadie immediately offers her guidance and expertise to investigators.  But when the police refuse to take her seriously, Sadie has no choice except to pursue justice on her own.

I have been saving this book to read on my jaunt to St. George.  I don't really like car trips and this book was a good distraction. It was also a great poolside read.  As I mentioned I've read each book in the series.  One of the coolest things about these books is that they are sprinkled with delicious, tried-and-true, homemade-tasty-goodness recipes.  I could also list this as a bad thing.  I may have gained a pound or two during this series.
The story line was easy to follow, and the characters were relatable.  I liked the plot, and just when I thought I had it all figured out, there was a twist or a turn.  At one point I actually gasped out loud (and had to check and make sure no one noticed the crazy lady in the lawn chair with the book).
It's a fun, light read that will keep you guessing until the very end!

This is us by the pool.  It's kind of hard to read AND watch a 5 & 7 year old in the pool, but I managed.  In between all of the "Hey Mom's" and the "Watch ME's" I really enjoyed this book!

The next book in the Culinary Mystery series will be Key Lime Pie
You can bet I'll be eating reading it as soon as it's released!!!

Legal Schmegal Disclaimer: I received one copy of the book to read and review. 
Other than that I received no additional compensation for my time or review.


Vennesa said...

Um, Still waiting to borrow that lemon tart book. Will you remind me to remind you to loan it to me?

Caroline said...

Makes me want to bake a cake! That picture is delicious!

tammy said...

Thanks for reminding me about these books. My Mom had told me about them, but I'd forgotten. I love to read as well, but pretty sure these books will sabotage my diet. Maybe I can read them while on the treadmill.

Mona said...

I've made a commitment to read with a vengeance this year and it's been such a joy to check mark my list off one by one. The secret for me, has been to get a purse big enough to tote a book along wherever I go. That way, obviously, I can snatch a page or two in line at the bank, the store, the doctor's office, etc. etc. Thanks for the recommend...I'll add it to the list I'm going to eat up during our year in Europe!

Aimee said...

Too bad! Not on audio yet. I just might need to "waste some time"!

Omgirl said...

I'm going to definitely read this! (As soon as my diet is over).

Jo said...

I love chocolate, I love to read. Sounds like a winner to me!

Lu Ann Brobst Staheli said...

Often I will reread books then give them away. Not this series. Not only do I have a feeling I'll read the books a second time, but I know I'll want to use some of those great recipes!

CTW said...

I haven't read this one yet, but loved the first two in the series. Josi rocks.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I picked this up over the weekend and can't wait to read it!