Book Review | Lemon Tart by Josi S. Kilpack

Title: Lemon Tart: A Culinary Mystery
Author: Josi S. Kilpack

As some readers may remember, a couple of monthes ago I had the opportunity to review Devil’s Food Cake by Josi S. Kilpack  It was my first chance to read one of these great culinary mysteries that centre around Sadie Hoffmiller, a retired teacher, neighbourhood baker with a passion for finding the truth.

I loved Devil’s Food Cake, so I was thrilled when I was offered the chance to read the first book involving Sadie Hoffmiller entitled Lemon Tart. When it arrived, I couldn’t wait to find discover what antics Sadie would find herself involved in as well as what amazing recipes could be included.

Lemon Tart is a great first novel, because it provides an insight into the characters in Sadie’s world, as well as Sadie herself. I learned more about her background, including how she had been widowed at a young age and that her children were adopted. It was interesting to see how her role as the neighbourhood “go to gal” evolves in this novel.

Sadie finds herself in the centre of a murder investigation when her neighbour and friend, Anne Lemmon, is found murdered. If the murder wasn’t bad enough, Anne’s two-year-old son, Trevor, is also missing! Sadie finds herself immersed in a world that includes trying to discover the paternity of Anne’s son, a missing library book, planned blackmail, a disgruntled detective and some dysfunctional extended family members. Throughout the novel, Sadie tries to evade being targeted by the detective who continually asserts that she must be involved in the murder while trying to find Trevor and uncover the identity of Anne’s killer.

Overall, I loved the novel! It was full of twists and turns and, just as I thought Sadie might be on the right track and the killer was going to be exposed, another piece of the puzzle would appear and both Sadie (and I!) would be perplexed again! I also loved learning about the background of the characters and I enjoyed the attention to detail that Kilpack provides throughout the novel. The recipes that are incorporated into the novel (including Mom’s Lemon Tart and Homemade Alfredo Sauce) sound incredibly delicious – I can’t wait to try them for myself!

I would highly recommend this novel and, as I know I said when I read Devil’s Food Cake, I can’t wait to read more books starring Sadie Hoffmiller as she is a wonderfully quirky character!

*I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a free copy of the book to read and provide an honest review of its contents.*



Susan is married and lives in Ontario, Canada. She is loves to read, work out, spend time with her family and try new things!

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