Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Book Review: Tres Leches Cupcakes by Josi S. Kilpack

Sadie Hoffmiller is still running from danger. A threat was made against her life a year ago, and it’s not safe for her to return home. Moving from place to place, hoping to keep her enemies from picking up her trail, Sadie moves in with Caro, her boyfriend Pete’s cousin, in Santa Fe. The Bureau of Land Management has asked her to follow up on some employees on an archaeological dig, so she has something to do to keep her mind off her troubles.
Digging in the dirt sounded like fun at first, but now she’s starting to wonder. She dislikes feeling grimy and sweaty all the time, but she does take satisfaction in finding remnants of past civilizations hidden in the dry New Mexican ground.

One day on the dig, two fresh bodies are discovered—well, fresher than the others they’ve found. And then Margot, one of the workers on the team, turns up missing. Sadie has to investigate—that’s what she does, after all—and before long, she’s in danger herself as those behind the murders realize she’s not who she says she is. What follows is a tale of danger, hot chocolate, red herrings, and hot air balloon rides at the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  

Tres Leches Cupcakes is the eighth volume in the Sadie Hoffmiller series, and it doesn’t appear that our intrepid little detective is losing steam. Her no-nonsense approach, her guts and determination, and her amazing recipes keep readers coming back for more. Perhaps what’s best of all is that these books take everything we love about mysteries and deliver us a story without gruesome details. We get dead bodies but without overt detail, we get romance but without bed scenes, and we get danger but without foul language. Readers know when they pick up a Sadie Hoffmiller mystery that they can trust the contents to entertain without offending.

My favorite part of this book is found in the last pages. Picture Sadie crawling along beneath a trailer home and popping up through a trapdoor into a closet, and then escaping the same way—that made me giggle. Leave it to Sadie to do things her own way each and every time.

There are other books yet to come in the series, so stay tuned for more as they are released. You will not be disappointed. 

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