Monday, June 10, 2013
Baked Alaska: A Culinary Mystery by Josi S. Kilpack
Shadow Mountain (February 4, 2013) 368 pages
My Rating: 3/5 stars
I enjoyed Baked Alaska! I almost *know* I would have enjoyed it more if I'd read any of the other books, though! This is the 9th book for Sadie, and while I wasn't lost in the story, I do feel I could have connected with the characters more if I'd learned more about their quirks and personalities in the other books. I'm sure a great deal has happened in the previous nine stories.
In Baked Alaska, Sadie is on an Alaskan cruise with her boyfriend, Pete, and her two adopted children, Breanna and Shawn. When a woman that Shawn has been mysteriously talking to shows up deathly sick, Sadie starts trying to solve the mystery of just what happened. Breanna is soon getting married also, but is having some setbacks with her future mother-in-law. Sadie struggles with both of her children knowing when to stay out of their lives and when to offer her assistance.
I think my biggest issue with Baked Alaska was the constant telling of how Sadie was feeling, and what she was thinking. I wanted to experience those things a bit more instead. Bless her heart! Sadie has quite a lot of things going through her head! She worries a great deal, and kind of came off insecure in this book. Aren't we all sometimes, though! She definitely has her humorous moments, and I can tell she's a sweet lady! ;)
The mystery is light and cozy-ish, despite deaths happening. I was able to figure out part of the mystery immediately, but other parts I didn't see coming. For the most part, I didn't find it predictable at all. It's a cute little book and I enjoyed myself while in Sadie's new adventure. I'd love to start from the beginning of the series, though, and fill in some details!
*I was provided an e-ARC through Netgalley.