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Teresa's Reading Corner: English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

English Trifle by Josi S. Kilpack

Synopsis from Goodreads: High Crimes at High Tea 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. 

About the Author: 

Has written several books on her own and in collaboration with others.  English Trifle is the second in the Sadie Hoffmiller series.  The others are Lemon Tart (which I have but have not read) and Devil's Food Cake was released on March 3, 2010.  She currently resides in Utah with her family and assorted animals.  For more info on Josi visit her website at

My thoughts:
What a fun book!  Don't read this one on an empty stomach.  The recipes, OMG the recipes.  I haven't made any of them yet, but each time I came across one I wanted to.  The story was engaging and while was able to figure out the "whodunit" before it was actually exposed, I still enjoyed it a great deal.  The characters were real people, you liked them sometimes and not so much at others.  I felt that Sadie was a little bit of a know it all at times but she does get put in her place a couple of times throughout the story.  

I loved reading about Sadie and Breanna's adventure through the Southgate Estate.  I will admit I've never been to England and would love to see this type of family estate.  How fun it would be to grow up with such a place with hidden staircases and secret rooms.

This book is for anyone who likes a little mystery, a little romance and a whole lot of fun.  I think that we all have a Sadie Hoffmiller in our lives and we love them for being that way.   

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from Pump Up your Book for review and participation in their  Blog tour.  The opinion expressed in this review is my honest opinion of the book.  

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At May 25, 2010 at 6:23 AM , Blogger Juju at Tales of said...

What a great review! :) I love it! I think I will link to it in my review :)

I agree = the recipes look amazing. I want to try the breakfasty one.

At May 25, 2010 at 8:42 PM , Blogger Julie P said...

Great review Teresa--thanks for sharing!

At May 25, 2010 at 11:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like a really great book! with recipes too! i'm definitely going to check this out. i always love a new mystery novel.

At May 26, 2010 at 2:53 PM , Blogger Teresa said...

You guys will have to let me know if you try any of the recipes and I will certainly do the same.

At May 26, 2010 at 9:29 PM , Blogger Julie P said...

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At May 28, 2010 at 6:25 PM , Blogger toothy said...

A book with recipes, mystery, and romance? I'm definitely game. I haven't heard of this author, but thank you for reviewing this and sharing it with us! I'm checking this out and adding it to my tbr!

just started following you! you're so close to a hundred followers now! hope you reach it soon. :)


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