- Title: Baked Alaska
- Author: Josi Kilpack
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain (February 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609073282
- ISBN-13: 978-1609073282
- FTC: FYI: I was given a review e-copy in exchange
- for an honest review.
An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmillers latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughters upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship between her normally easygoing son and a mysterious female passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss. When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadies apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets and it would seem her son is keeping one from her. *Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadies Virtual Test Kitchen.
Come sail away with Sadie Hoffmiller, as she cruises along to a new mystery. Sadie is on a cruise with her boyfriend, Pete, and her children, Breanna and Shawn. This "fun" family vacation soon turns into anything but fun. Sadie's son Shawn has been keeping a secret from his Mom. This secret has followed then to Alaska and turns their lives upside down.
I was thrilled to read about an Alaskan cruise. This is the cruise that I have wanted to go on for years. How exciting to read about the places and adventures that I have been dreaming about!
After reading the whole series now (Books 1-9), this has to be one of my favorites. For one, this is the book where we really get to know Pete, Sadie's boyfriend. Sadie is in her late 50's and has found a great love. Readers will truly see how devoted this couple is to each other. We also spend more time getting to know Sadie's children, Breanna and Shawn. I liked how more personal this book felt. Once again we are bedazzled by all of the great food/recipes that are talked about and eaten in this book. I have been so inspired by all of Sadie books I have been reading, that I made homemade bread and Lasagna tonight for my family.
As with all of the books in this series, there are many twists and turns that keep you hanging until the end. Josi's writing keeps you involved in the story, and not wanting to put the book down until the last paragraph. I know that each of these books can be read on their own, but I highly suggest reading them in the order that they were written. My reasoning for this, the more you read about Sadie, the more you feel like you are revisiting an old friend. Each book has drawn me more and more into the character and her life. I can't wait until I can visit once more with Sadie in Rocky Road this Fall.
Guest Post from Author Josi Kilpack************
With Josi writing culinary mysteries, I wanted to know what she likes to bake at her home. So here is her top 10 things she likes to bake.
Josi's Top Ten Things She Likes To Bake
1) 5 minute Artisan Bread. You can Google this recipe. It's fascinating and so easy. I could eat this at every meal and I keep an ice cream bucket of dough in my fridge in case I decide to do so.
2) No bake cookies. This is a cheat because it's not really 'baked' but it's quick to throw together and surprisingly good. It's a family favorite.
3) Butterfinger cookies. (From Key Lime Pie) I make these almost any time I need to bring cookies anywhere, they are always a crowd pleaser.
4) 30 minute chocolate cake. This is more like brownies in a jelly roll pan, complete with frosting. Easy. Fast. Soooooo good.
5) Bread Pudding. (From Baked Alaska) I love, love, love bread pudding but when I found this recipe, I feel in love even deeper. I get excited when the bread on the counter starts drying out because I know I can justify a panful.
6) Lemon High Tea cookies (From English Trifle) One of my test kitchen bakers (Whit Larson) gave me this recipe and I looooooove it. It's made with 2 cups of corn starch and melts in your mouth. I usually eat them until I get sick.
7) Rhodes pull apart. Shhhhh, I know I shouldn't cook with frozen dough but it's so easy. I thaw out a bunch of regular dinner rolls, then flatten them out to a breadstick shape, dip them in melted butter and line them up lengthwise in a mini-bread pan. I pack them in as tight as I can and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. I put them in a cold oven, set it to 350 and take them out after about 25 minutes, when the tops are crispy. They never last until morning.
8) Rice Crispy treats. Another cheat, but oh how we love them at the Kilpack house!
9) Cobbler. I can a lot of fruit and can easily whip this up (recipe in Blackberry Crumble)
10) Homemade dinner rolls. I have a couple recipes I go back and forth with and I love them all. Have I mentioned that I love bread?
Praise for Baked Alaska
Author Josi S. Kilpack
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