Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Rocky Road Review, Giveaway and Excerpt

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.

As always, Josi Kilpack delivers another cozy foodie mystery with Rocky Road.  I love that I always know what I'm getting when I pick up a book in this series.  Not only will you have a romp of a mystery with Sadie who just cannot help but find herself in the middle of anything going awry around her, you will be treated to the most yummy sounding recipes.  (I always say I'm going to make them but honestly, I'm a girl that just does not like to cook or bake so they never seem to make it to reality.)  Although, there is a recipe in this book for fry sauce and while we don't make that exact recipe, we do make fry sauce in this house.  All my kids know how to make fry sauce.  And we all make it with our own little spin based on personal preferences.  :)

Oh, wait.  This is a book review not a fry sauce dissertation.

Usually we find Sadie working on mysteries, avoiding the local police and her fiance who is a police officer.  She is a girl who sniffs out what others miss.  It always leads to trouble. Rocky Road is a bit different in this sense because Sadie is actually working with the police this time.  Yup, all above board and on the up and up.  Right?  Well, almost.  :)  Sadie was much more level headed in this book.  Leading the youngin's and all that.  I enjoyed Caro and her contribution to the book but I really missed Pete.  This whole book takes place in just a few days but I still missed Pete.  

This is an easy read.  The dialogue flows naturally and the characters feel real.  I love the Southern Utah setting.  That area is so beautiful.  I lived there when I was really young and whenever I see those red rocks it feels like coming home to me.  Even after all these years.  

Enjoy the following excerpt from Rocky Road:

“Sadie’s been in here questioning her the whole time.” She pointed at Lori for emphasis and Sadie felt her face heating up in reaction to the accusation.
“Questioning me?” Lori looked at Sadie again.
“I was not questioning her,” Sadie explained while glancing between them, “we were just . . . talking.”
“About Dr. H,” Tess said accusingly.
“Well, yeah, and other things, but –”
“Wait.” Lori put up her hand, looking somewhat cornered. They all went quiet. “What are you talking about?”
“Sadie’s an investigator, didn’t she tell you that?”
Sadie didn’t know what to say. Tess was making Sadie look like she’d been deceptive, which she hadn’t been. The conversation had just . . . evolved of its own accord. Okay, maybe she’d guided it a little bit but there was so much more to it than that and she felt cheapened by the way Tess was pouncing on this circumstances she wasn’t even trying to understand.
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.  
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