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Title:    Key Lime Pie
Author:   Josi S. Kilpack
Publisher:   Deseret Book
Genre:   Mystery
Year Published:  2010
Number of Pages:  345
Binding:  Paperback
ISBN10:   N/A
ISBN13:   978-1-60641-813-0
Price:  $17.99

Reviewed by Karen Hamilton for the Association for Mormon Letters

“When Sadie Hoffmiller’s new friend, Eric Burton, receives word that his missing daughter’s body may have been found in Florida, he immediately packs his bags, but Sadie is determined to stay home and prove to everyone that she is not a busybody.

“But when she senses Eric is hiding something, Sadie is compelled to take action. Before she knows it, she’s in the heart of Miami, trying to piece together a trail littered with broken relationships, mysterious strangers, and forged documents that might just provide Eric the answers he’s been desperately searching for—or reveal a truth he may not be ready to face.

“Sadie must also face a difficult question: Where is her heart leading her? Onward into Eric’s adventurous arms? Or back home to the stable and steady Pete Cunningham? If only love was as easy as following a recipe.

“Once again, Sadie finds herself in the company of some colorful characters and on the hunt for some good old-fashioned southern cooking. But despite the drama and intrigue, all Sadie really wants is to go home . . . as soon as she does just one more thing."   (from back cover)

“Key Lime Pie” is Josi Kilpack’s twelfth novel, and the fourth book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. The other novels in the series are: Lemon Tart (Book 1), English Trifle (Book 2) and Devil’s Food Cake (Book 3). This is the continuation of a delectable murder mystery series.  What can I say…I love good food and since I am on a diet, I can at least read about food that I don’t stand a snowball's chance in July of making or eating.

Sadie Hoffmiller is a middle aged busy body who is also a clean freak and a culinary snob. Well, snob might be a bit harsh, but she is one who critiques the food she eats and many times decides she can do a better job. If not, she begs for the recipe, and writes it down in her "little black book".  She's a lovable yet annoying character that you can't help but enjoy. She's funny, witty, and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Sadie has a way of getting the necessary information to help solve each mystery. If she can't get someone to talk, she's found that food usually loosens the tongue. Sadie also has a way of getting herself into trouble and not realizing it until it is too late to get out of trouble or avoid it in the first place.

A nice plus to the book are the recipes. If Sadie is eating, cooking or discussing a certain dish, you are most likely to find the recipe at the end of that chapter. If you haven't read one of these delightful Culinary Mysteries, make sure to add at least one to your reading list. They are truly a fun read. A nice bonus is you can start anywhere in the series. The books do mention past events, but it doesn’t take away from the overall greatness of the book.  You can read them out of order and still enjoy them.  Either way, this is a book or series that you want to add to your collection.
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