Today I am happy to be part of the blog tour for Rocky Road by Josi Kilpack. This is a continuation of the Sadie Hofmiller cozy mystery series and I have to say, I think this might be my new favorite one. Sadie has come a long way in this journey and her last adventure on the cruise ship has left her worn out. She's meeting her friend Caro for a girls' weekend in St. George, Utah, when Caro presents her with a mysterious disappearance of a local doctor. Caro wants to investigate it, especially when she comes across some evidence that the police might not have all the information they need, but surprisingly, Sadie says no. She just wants to turn the evidence over to the police and be done with it. Until she meets the man's ex-wife and kids at his memorial service. She promises only to get involved until the police call them back, but then, in true Sadie fashion, she is drawn into unraveling another mystery.
The thing I liked the most about this book is how easy it was to see how Sadie has grown. She's not impetuous anymore and knows the ins and outs of working a case, letting the police in on what she's doing, and how far is too far. I love the new side of Sadie and it didn't detract at all from the mystery, only making me work harder to figure it out. And I have to say it sounds so silly, but there's someone in the book who is mean to Sadie, and I felt oddly protective of Sadie! I really do love her character. (And yes, I know she's fictional!)
This mystery had it all, great twists and turns, a great supporting cast (I love Caro!) and even though Pete doesn't make an appearance we still get a zing! every time Sadie thinks of him. (Awwww.) I really do think this is Kilpack's best book yet, although there is a sneak peek of her next novel in the back that looks just as good. I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series!
Here's the back copy:
Rocky Road It was supposed to be a girls’ weekend in scenic St. George, Utah that would include shopping, trying out the local cuisine, and participating in a breast cancer fundraiser. The fact that one of the organizers of the fundraising event, a local doctor, disappeared two months ago was not supposed to be Sadie’s problem. In fact, she refuses to participate in the grassroots investigation her friend Caro, and Caro’s cousin, Tess, have put together prior to her arrival. But then she meets the ex-wife of the missing doctor. How could she not ask a few questions . . . that lead to a few more questions . . . that lead to a small town and yet even more questions. Before she knows it, Sadie is in the middle of yet another murder investigation and trying to piece together a convoluted trail of good intentions, hidden motivations, and philanthropy turned big business.
Author Josi S. Kilpack Born and raised in Salt Lake City Utah, I met my husband in high-school--well, he wasn't my husband then, just the cute guy in weight training with the permed mullet--and we married in 1993. I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child and have gone on to publish 20 novels, the most recent being part of The Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, children, and cat.
Culinary Mysteries by Josi Kilpack