First of all, I'd like to tell you about an amazing new CD by Jenny Oaks Baker. Most of you know, that I love some rock tunes, and since Jenny Oaks Baker is a violinist, well, I didn't think they'd ever mix. (Jenny Oaks Baker has always been more of a "Sunday listening" CD for me, if you know what I mean.)
Ms. Baker has combined her incredible talents (seriously, if you've never heard her music she is fantastic!) and she's done a rock album with songs like Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin and Clocks by Coldplay all with her signature violin. I've been listening to this CD all week and really loving her style with the classic rock songs. No words. None needed. The violin says it all.
You've definitely got to hear this one because you'll want to own it.
I am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Josi Kilpack's new book, Fortune Cookie. This is a continuation of her culinary mystery series with Sadie Hoffmiller, and I have to say, I have loved reading this series and will be sorry to see it end. (There's one book left, sniff.)
This book really delved into Sadie's personal life and childhood and yet kept a great pace with the mystery. I really thought I had the killer pegged about halfway through the book, and let's just say Ms. Kilpack has a few surprises up her sleeve. I loved that Sadie has grown so much over the course of this series. She is such a believable character and really resonates with me in her insecurities and how hard she tries to do the right thing.
In this book there are so many memorable characters and the mystery is one of the best yet. The pacing was great, the setting of San Francisco was really well done, and of course, having my favorite characters in the thick of everything felt like I was back among friends. I haven't tried the included recipes, but they all sound yummy. A highly recommended mystery novel that will keep you guessing until nearly the last page!
Sadie Hoffmiller has always liked things to be just so. A place for everything and everything in its place. Order over chaos. And of all things Sadie should be able to control, her own wedding is at the top of the list. With the big day just three weeks away, Sadie is busily adding the final touches to her wedding plans but the arrival of a mysterious letter from San Francisco changes everything. The only person Sadie knows in San Francisco is her older sister, Wendy, whom she hasn’t seen since their mother’s funeral nearly fifteen years ago. Sadie has faced off against murderers and criminals in recent years, yet the possibility of reconnecting with her sister is both overwhelming and frightening. Sadie soon discovers, however, that the letter is just the beginning when Wendy’s world turns out to be a place of unanswered questions, twisted truths, and more than one person with a motive for murder. The more Sadie digs into her sister’s past, the more she places her own future at risk.
Author Josi S. Kilpack Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Her novel, Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney Award 2007 for Mystery/Suspense. Lemon Tart, the first book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series was a finalist in 2009. Josi currently lives in Willard Utah with her husband, children and super-cute cat.