Guest Author - Launa Stout
Lemon Tart By Josi Kilpack
Lemon Tart is a truly enjoyable read. I was excited to find this beginning to a new culinary cozy series. The characters are well described and I felt myself feeling sorry for some, liking others and getting annoyed with a few of them. I was drawn into the situations and wondered throughout the book how it would end. She ties the story together well and even though I had a few thoughts about how it would end I was wrong.
Sadie Hoffmiller is a wonderful heroine. She loves to bake, loves her family and takes care of her community. So what if she is a bit of a busy-body, it is just in her nature to want to take care of everyone.
I wish she lived in my neighborhood. She is the neighbor who everyone depends on, and dont we all need someone like that? I would love to be the recipient of the many recipes sprinkled through the book.
This story is about a murder that takes place in Sadies neighborhood and she is not sure if the case is being thoroughly investigated by the police, so she does a bit of investigating on her own. A lemon tart is baking in the oven when the murder is discovered. Her investigations get her in a few delicate situations and you cannot help but wonder if she will learn her lessons about snooping.
As she goes sleuthing about town, usually a step or two ahead of the detectives assigned to the case, it is interesting to see the different directions her thoughts take her and ideas she has that might have implications on the case. She respects the police for what they are doing, but feels personally involved in the case and wants to help.
What I liked best about her was that she likes food. She has curves and mentions her generous hips on a few occasions, but not in a negative manner. She says that she likes to eat and that her method of weight control is to eat everything she wants, but to not eat it all. If she feels like she wants some brownies she makes up a batch, has one or two and packages up the rest for neighbors.
Her daughter makes a quick stop home from college to help her mom and she whips up some homemade Alfredo Sauce that is amazing. I tried out her recipe and will never go back to buying it in the bottle at the supermarket.
If she feels the need to apologize to someone she thinks in terms of what she can make and take to them. Many of these recipes are included throughout the book and are delicious. Wouldnt the world be a better place if a neighborhood apology came with a plate of cookies?
This book was enjoyable and easy to read. I loved all the recipes. They were well written and easy to understand. I hope to continue with the life adventures of Sadie in future books.
I purchased this book online at Deseret Book, but it is also available at Amazon.
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Pub. Date: March 2009